Powered 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System for $129.99
Today Logitech released the Z606, a new 5.1 surround sound speaker system with Bluetooth for $129.99. The all-in-one, powered home-theater-in-a-box pumps out 160 watts of peak power that’s shared between five speakers and a subwoofer. No A/V receiver is required.
Although the package is wireless, only the subwoofer (bass unit) provides the Bluetooth connectivity. Each of the five speakers connects to the back of the subwoofer via wired connection. Speaker wires come pre-attached to each speaker and are color-coded so you know where they go. The wire stretches 7 feet to the front three speakers and 20 feet to each of the surround speakers. As noted in the picture, all five speakers look the same and contain the same 2-inch full-range driver and front bass port with no tweeter. The subwoofer has a 5.25-inch driver with one side bass port.
The next step is to connect your source device wirelessly via a Bluetooth or with the included 3.5mm-to-RCA aux cable (3 feet) into the AUX input. The aux cable is intended for use with a laptop or desktop PC, or a TV with a headphone jack. There’s also six analog RCA inputs for 5.1 connectivity from older TVs and DVD players. However, a 6-channel RCA cable is not included and costs around $20 at Amazon if you need that connection method. In total, there are three connectivity options and the remote can toggle between each of them.
The Z606 works with any Bluetooth (version 4.2) compatible TV, computer, smartphone, tablet, music player, DVD player or gaming console. Since the unit also connects to any device with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, you could add an Echo Input for Alexa voice features. The Logitech Z606 speakers could fit nicely in a living room, bedroom or office with a PC. Plus, each speaker is wall-mount ready thanks to rear mounting slot.
Bluetooth connectivity is limited to one device at a time within a typical range of 33 feet. If you have multiple devices, re-pairing takes a few seconds after tapping the Bluetooth button on the remote and re-selecting Logi Z606 from your device.
An included 12-button remote control adjusts volume and channel levels, activates Bluetooth, changes inputs, and toggles power or surround modes. The same functionality is available from a ring of buttons around the subwoofer’s LED screen.
Each satellite speaker is 7-inches tall and the subwoofer is just under a foot. For such a low price and a small size it’s hard to argue with the sound quality. It’s got a punchy sound signature and is a definite upgrade to regular TV sound. The Logitech Z606 (MSRP $129.99) is a good starter home theater system that’s easy to setup and makes experiencing 5.1 surround sound fun.
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