Logitech® G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System
Built on the success of their G-Series gaming peripherals, Logitech® has unveiled the new G51, a true 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System with 360-degrees of sonic impact. The G51 system features dual matrix surround modes for a better gaming and music experience. The G51 speakers incorporate Logitech's FDD2 sound technology, which is said to produce a more uniform soundfield anywhere in the room. This along with 155 watts RMS of amplifier power gives the G51 gaming speaker system a high fun factor. The system includes four satellites, center channel, subwoofer and an easy to use controller. Each of the satellite speakers has a pair of small drivers that produce surprisingly good sound. The small size of these drivers limits the bass response, so the subwoofer compliments the system by filling in the lower frequencies.
The G51 speaker system does not include any digital decoding hardware internally, so it must be connected to a multi-channel sound card to experience true 5.1 audio. We used an M-Audio Revolution 7.1 audio card in our test PC. Logitech provides a set of color coded cables to connect the PC to the G51 system. Three of the cables are for the 5.1 audio and the remaining cable is used for the microphone connection. This allows the user to connect the microphone to the controller POD and control the microphone mute right next to the main speaker mute. Our DTS and Dolby Digital audio was decoded using the latest InterVideo WinDVD 8 Platinum software on our PC. The lower portion of the rear subwoofer panel includes the five speaker outputs through RCA jacks. Each output is color coded to make it easier to identify during installation. The power input also comes in here from a non-detachable power cord. The system drives each of the satellite channels with approximately 20 watts RMS, while the remaining 56 watts RMS of power is dedicated to the subwoofer.
The satellite speakers have a swivel base that work on the desktop or when mounted to the walls. The transparent covers hold down the user replaceable pre-made skins or can be fully customized using the Skin Mod Software. It is a clever idea that some gamers may find enjoyable, while others like myself may not use. In any event, it gives the system a personal flare not typically found in gaming speaker systems. The center channel is designed to fit securely onto a flat panel monitor. This works well on this system and previous Logitech speakers systems we have reviewed in the past. Having the speaker directly above the display is ideal when watching movies or playing games.
- Kevin Nakano
PC - Sony Vaio PCV-RX550,
1.5GHz Pentium 4
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