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Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System

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  • Product Name: Z Cinema Advanced Surround Sound System
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Review Date: January 08, 2008 16:15
  • MSRP: $299.99
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Executive Overview

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

About Logitech
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).

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
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?

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.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
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?
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