Excerpt: One system that offers similarly impressive sound and that has a much lower price tag is the Logitech Z-560. Currently the lowest-priced four-channel THX-certified computer speaker on the market, it's the first system we've seen that beats the Klipsch ProMedia 4.1 at its own game. Boasting even higher volume levels, a superior high end, and more powerful bass, the 400-watt Z-560 produces ear-splitting output that seems virtually impossible from a desktop speaker system.
Summary: After exhaustively testing this component system I must say that we have found a real winner. The system works very well and it can really bring out the best in a well recorded piece of music or a well designed computer game. I enjoyed listening to music and gaming more now then ever before due to my purchase of the speaker system- that is basically the best thing anyone can say about a purchase they make.
Conclusion: The quality of the system
is evident and it is easy to see how a THX certification was awarded here. Power
is ample at 400W RMS for the system and music sounds great from Audio CD or MP3.
Something is lacking however, and it seems to be the lack of 5.1 capability.
With DTS compatible systems available for less than half the price of the Z-560
it seems overpriced for what is provided.
Conclusion: The only small shortcoming we could find was the fact that there is no treble adjustment on the Control Center box but this was just a minor setback. The bass control allowed us to dial in pretty much any tonal adjustments we needed. As such, we can't score the Z-560s a perfect "10" on the Heat Meter but if there were a 9.9, the Z-560s would have earned every bit of it.
Conclusion: As much as I praised this system in the review, of course there are better systems out there…if you pay the price! However, for the meagre (yeah I know its not exactly meagre) price tag of AU$499 (Available from PC's Australia in NSW for $394), these speakers provide superb sound in all applications, and shouldn’t be looked past. As the saying goes ‘Look for quality, not quantity’.