Conclusion: The Z Cinema is an interesting approach to integrating a home theater PC remote with a set of better-than-average speakers. Overall the package accomplishes most of the goals it set out to achieve, making it somewhat easy to control a wide range of media from the comfort of your couch. Of course, we did have a few difficulties, and must also point out that you must have Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, or XP Media Center Edition to fully utilize the software.
Pros: Decent sound quality; remote works very well; easy installation
Cons: Expensive; a few interface issues; "surround" sound is so-so
Excerpt: We’ve been around long enough to never say “never.” That’s why we decided to take a look at Logitech’s new Z-Cinema speakers. They tap your PC’s audio through its USB port, and they rely on digital signal processing trickery to deliver a good audio experience—two of our biggest pet peeves with “multimedia” speakers. But we like ‘em anyway. We first encountered these speakers at a Logitech editors’ day prior to CES.
Pros: Enough power to fill a moderate-sized media room; terrific remote control; delivers effective surround sound from two speakers.
Cons: Hard-wired speakers; too many LEDs on the satellites; not for audiophiles.