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Thursday, October 31, 2002
Logitech Announces New THX Speakers
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Mac gamers out there who demand excellent sound while playing will be happy to know that computer peripheral maker Logitech has released a new set of speakers, called the Z-680, to be its flagship system in their award-winning Z-Series. It boasts such impressive features as realistic 5.1 surround sound and ability to easily connect to any audio device. One of the most interesting features is the THX-certifications. THX is a standard devised by LucasFilms in the 80s for movie theaters' sound systems and audiophiles' home theatres, but now the same quality can be had on the consumer level.

Here's an excerpt of the press release:

The Z-680 is a THX-certified, 5.1-surround sound system with 450 watts of RMS power.  Its high-end features include:
* Eight-inch, long throw subwoofer driver with a flared bass port for powerful, distortion-free bass.
* Dolby® Pro Logic II for creating realistic 5.1 surround sound from stereo music, movies and games.
* Digital optical and coaxial inputs, as well as six channel analog inputs, for simple connection to nearly any audio device
* Digital SoundTouch™ Control Center with a wireless remote, for easy adjustment of the speaker controls from anywhere in the room. 

“Last year, with the introduction of the Z-Series speakers, Logitech established itself as a top player in the multimedia speaker market,” said Bob Wick, senior vice president and general manager of Logitech´s Audio Division.  “This year we plan to raise the bar for high-end multimedia speakers, with the introduction of the Z-680.  This 5.1 system will surpass the competition by offering a single system that is THX-certified, includes Dolby Digital and DTS hardware decoding, and simultaneously connects to four different audio sources.  The extraordinary power this system brings to both the desktop and the living room will revolutionize the multimedia speaker market.”

THX certification involves rigorous testing of sound performance, user interface and construction. With the launch of its second THX-certified speaker, Logitech is underscoring its commitment to providing superior clarity and power in a multimedia sound system.   “We are extremely pleased with Logitech´s entry into the 5.1 speaker market with the Z-680 speaker system,” said Mark Paddack, director of sales for THX. “All speakers that receive THX certification must meet stringent performance parameters, including: bandwidth, frequency balance, peak sound pressure levels and the ability to play up to their rated output level. The Z-680 exceeded all requirements, and has received the THX seal of approval.”

Such a powerful system would easily greatly enhance the experience of any Mac gamer. For more information on Logitech , or to read the press release, follow the links below.

Logitech Releases the Z-680

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