Logitech Cinema z on a mac, will it work?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mladenz, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. mladenz macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Hi guys,

    I really wanted the Bose companion 3 speakers, but i just got from the store where they have discount on the Logitech Cinema z speakers for 150euro.

    Now i was wondering if this speakers will work on a mac and if i would be able to control the speakers with my keyboard, because the remote is too big of a hasle.

    Does anyone have experience with the cinema z speakers? If so, i would really like to know.

    PS: if you dont know the cinema z speakers, which speakers would you recommand for me? Price <300€


  2. mladenz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
  3. T-Stex macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2006
    I'll start this with saying that I know absolutely nothing about the Logitech Cinema Z speakers, but I'd recommend the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 speakers. This is a great set, and you won't be disappointed.
  4. rhyx macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    I use the Logitech Z Cinema at work on my Mac Pro. They are VERY finicky. I would avoid getting them if at all possible. The Klipsch 2.1 set will serve you far better.

    If you do get the Z Cinema - you have to set your initial volume with the remote (I put mine at about 50% as shown on the speaker lights). Then you can control the volume normally using your keyboard. None of the special surround stuff works and you can't control bass or treble levels.
  5. mattcube64 macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    Yeah, I've got them.

    When I first hooked them up, I could set a "highest level" volume on the speakers with the remote, and then control the volume output to those speakers with my computer. Then I installed them on the Vista side. In Vista, they're great. Great sound, clear and loud bass, etc... But when I went back to OSX, they wouldn't even change volume... They're *really* finicky.

    If I had a Windows-only rig, they'd be great. If Logitech provided OSX drivers, they'd be great. But as it stands right now, there are better options out there to avoid headaches.

    However; they do look FANTASTIC next to my iMac. :p
  6. mladenz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Ive been researching a bit and i think the best solution is to get the Logitech z 5500, they cost 50 euro less then the Bose speakers and i get more for my money. And the cinema z is just too much of a hassle.

    Good decision?
  7. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    I have the older z5450 but I LOVE these speakers. I would say its a good route, and if you have a MBP I believe you can hook up the optical for true 5.1. That is what I do for the z5450

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