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The [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002WPSBC/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=]Logitech Z5500[/ame] costs more on eBay and Amazon than the newer [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Surround-Speaker-System-980-000467/dp/B004M18O60/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1319407887&sr=1-1]Z906[/ame] model. It also has more positive reviews and number of reviews.

It appears that some owners of both models prefer the 5500 and the reviews seem to reflect that, as well as the price.

Other than marketing gimmicks, business (un)ethical practices,etc, I don't understand the logic behind this.

I would say the Z5500s should be classified as over-rated/over-priced because they are ancient, and worth $50(?) The new model is around $300, new. However, I don't know nearly enough about this issue to backup such claims.

So why does it cost more?

What person would choose the old over the new and actually spend more money on outdated technology from 2004 as opposed to newer available technology?

I ask because recently prior to the release of the newer model, the Z5500 had sold for around $100-$300 at most, on average. Now their prices have skyrocketed and the reviews seem to have justified the price hike.
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To be honest, they're both such awful, overpriced, terrible sounding sets of speakers it really doesn't matter or warrant discussion.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyph3r;15425072 
To be honest, they're both such awful, overpriced, terrible sounding sets of speakers it really doesn't matter or warrant discussion.

Agreed
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Originally Posted by Cyph3r;15425072 
To be honest, they're both such awful, overpriced, terrible sounding sets of speakers it really doesn't matter or warrant discussion.

This 110%. You can build a custom 2.1 setup for $250 that will absolutely DESTROY those speakers in every way shape and form. For $300-350, you can build something drool worthy.
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The Z906 were supposed to be an upgrade from the Z5500. But really nothing was upgraded and if anything, it was downgraded. No LCD screen pod, smaller sub, and some other sound quality stuff was reduced.
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To be honest, they're both such awful, overpriced, terrible sounding sets of speakers it really doesn't matter or warrant discussion.

I can't speak for the Z906, but the Z5500 aren't really that bad. They sound fine for me. I mostly play BFBC2/BF3 soon to be and I like hearing the bullets zing past me and footsteps or bushes being disturbed around/behind me. I get this experience with my current PC sound setup and I'm happy. I paid around $180 or so for my Z5500 BNIB from Buy.com few years ago when they had them on sale.
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This 110%. You can build a custom 2.1 setup for $250 that will absolutely DESTROY those speakers in every way shape and form. For $300-350, you can build something drool worthy.

If you're going to throw your opinion around, how about you make it about the topic of the thread? OP asked why the Z5500 cost more then the newer set right? Not how much it would cost to build a custom 2.1 setup. I would expect more from a forum mod, at least try to contribute to a thread.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sistum Id;15425668 
The Z906 were supposed to be an upgrade from the Z5500. But really nothing was upgraded and if anything, it was downgraded. No LCD screen pod, smaller sub, and some other sound quality stuff was reduced.



I can't speak for the Z906, but the Z5500 aren't really that bad. They sound fine for me. I mostly play BFBC2/BF3 soon to be and I like hearing the bullets zing past me and footsteps or bushes being disturbed around/behind me. I get this experience with my current PC sound setup and I'm happy. I paid around $180 or so for my Z5500 BNIB from Buy.com few years ago when they had them on sale.



If you're going to throw your opinion around, how about you make it about the topic of the thread? OP asked why the Z5500 cost more then the newer set right? Not how much it would cost to build a custom 2.1 setup. I would expect more from a forum mod, at least try to contribute to a thread.

So you would rather see the OP spend that kind of money on junk speakers?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by pioneerisloud;15425684 
So you would rather see the OP spend that kind of money on junk speakers?

I've noticed a lot of people, such as my friends, believe that a 2.1 can NEVER sound as good as a 5.1... the kid has gone without speakers for 5 months since his z5500 broke...
 
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Do not put money into the logitech's. It is better to put the money towards a better setup like Pioneer said. I had logitech speakers when starting. Not going back to them.
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I've seen this happen before with EOL stuff on Amazon, they jack up the prices as they become more rare.
     
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The z5500s are actually better than the "replacement" z906 model. For PC multimedia speakers, the sound quality is fair, tho idk about that $1k price tag, that set new doesn't even retail for $500 where I live(Bermuda) and prices here are crazy high, considering our dollar is pegged to the US dollar. Pretty sure you can find them much cheaper if you shop around sub $500

I have the z2300 2.1 setup, the subwoofer bangs like no tomorrow offering fairly clear un-muddled tones, neutral. As for the satellites, they do leave much to be desired in the highs, mid tones aren't the best but for the price(bought them for something like $150 here) they're good. For games and general listening they're ok but clarity of dialogue in movies varies. Logitech products aren't the greatest, but not the worst; tho they do have some relatively high-end items, their typical product is mid-range and below.

The [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Edifier-S550-Multimedia-Speaker/dp/B004EO6NHM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319416716&sr=8-1"]Edifier s550[/ame] may be worth a look. Don't have quite the audio output has the Logitechs, but the sound quality is far superior.
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