I made a decision about a year ago to simplify my life and living room, and make my G5 Macintosh my “media hub.” I purchased an external Miglia USB TV tuner with EyeTV DVR software, a 30″ Dell monitor (most HIGHLY recommended!), and sold my home theater.
At the time I had a modest Logitech analog system, which was good, but I wanted more. For a few years the Logitech Z-5500 Digital speaker system caught my eye, but the price was just a bit too high, and I just couldn’t justify the close to $400 price ticket for a second sound system. But now that this was going to be my main (and only), system, I decided to take the plunge.
I purchased the system through Dell for $278.95, and say what you want about Dell, they were the best choice when it came to this item as they had very reasonable shipping ($22.32), and this was a VERY heavy item (somewhere around 40 or more pounds). Another positive thing I found with Dell is they have a very fast delivery time.
I received my system in 3 days. The setup was easy and straightforward. Included in the manual was a quick setup guide with diagrams that made the initial wiring and placement of the speakers quick and painless.
The G5 has an optical audio out, and the Z-5500s an optical in (as well as a coaxial and the usual analogue connections), so the link between the two was made with one simple toslink/optical cable.
Although I originally had a rather thin, inexpensive fiber optic cable running between the two that was intermittently giving me a hard time with recognizing sound coming from the computer. I upgraded this to a $30 Belkin toslink cable which did the trick!
With a few quick sound tests I was up and running and the sound was absolutely SPECTACULAR! The sound was VERY comparable to my former home theater with Bose Acoustimass 5s.
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