Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System
- Product Name: Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System
- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Review Date: January 08, 2008 20:07
- MSRP: $299.99
- First Impression: Pretty Cool
Logitech unveiled the Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System. The Logitech Z Cinema speaker system reproduces dialogue, film soundtracks, and gaming audio sound from your PC into high-performance theater sound. To deliver high-performance sound and save space, the Z Cinéma speaker system uses SRS TruSurround HD, which immerses people in surround sound and enhanced movie dialog without the need for rear speakers. Using only two satellite speakers and a subwoofer, SRS TruSurround HD creates a broad sweet spot around the listener for maximum realism and enjoyment, while providing dialog enhancement in the center channel to ensure that voices are clear and intelligible.
Featuring an audio design, the Z Cinéma speaker system uses hybrid amplification to create a more natural, balanced listening experience for a desktop environment. The 180-watt (RMS) Z Cinéma speaker system is powered by a premium three-amplifier design with a digital crossover equalizer. Using hybrid Class D and Class AB amplifiers, the Z Cinéma speaker system accurately reproduces high, mid and low-range frequencies. Each amplifier delivers an independent, digitally equalized signal that minimizes distortion and creates a broad soundfield. As a result, no matter where people sit to enjoy their entertainment, the Z Cinéma speaker system provides accurate, crystal clear sound.
To further support a high-performance listening experience, Logitech used laser tuning to design a set of drivers that create far less distortion than those developed using only acoustic measurements. As a result, the one-inch textile dome tweeters, three-inch ventilated midwoofers and eight-inch long-throw subwoofer deliver more accurate frequency response, detail and clarity.
A single USB cable provides a pure, 24-bit digital audio signal, transporting data with minimal distortion. With USB, people can expect simple, no-hassle installation. And because it’s USB, the PC soundcard can be bypassed, which means that the Z Cinéma speaker system can enhance the audio experience for any PC or laptop. No matter what kind of PC setup is present, the Z Cinéma speakers provide high-fidelity sound. The Z Cinéma speakers also include a convenient headphone jack that enables private listening, and a 3.5 mm auxiliary input that can connect to MP3 players or other audio devices.
The Z Cinéma speaker system also includes a powerful Media Center remote that delivers all the advantages of remote control functionality for the PC-entertainment experience. With its dedicated Windows Media Center button, the remote helps people easily manage digital media including Internet radio and playlists. A convenient scroll wheel allows people to quickly navigate through TV shows, video clips, Internet radio, albums, artists and any other type of digital media.
The Logitech Z Cinéma Advanced Surround Sound System will be available in U.S. and Europe at the end of January. The suggested retail price is $299.99 (U.S.).
For more information go to http://www.logitech.com
Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SWX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?