Logitech G51

Logitech's G51 should keep most gamers on a moderate budget very happy with their performance. Those who want the ultimate in clarity though should keep saving the pennies for the long time king of the hill, the Logitech Z-5500.


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Clearly conscious that gamers wanted something a little more in the speakers department, Logitech put its collective brains to work on something that would satiate the most ardent gamer's desires, and came up with the G51.

Design
A 5.1 sound system, the G51 is a series of "champagne" off-coloured gold, silvers and blacks. While you could separate the identical-looking satellites into front and rear by colour matching the cable terminations with the sockets on the subwoofer, more likely you'll figure out which is which by cable length alone. We wouldn't mind something even more explicit demarcating which is which. The centre speaker of course is immediately identifiable due to its horizontal orientation.

The subwoofer itself has a down-facing cone, to rumble all the more, and potentially get the floor vibrating in sympathy. Everything plugs into the subwoofer, and there's even two additional RCA ports for a secondary input -- potentially for a gaming console or portable media player.

Features
The G51 carries a few interesting tricks up its sleeve that makes it appealing for gamers. Ignore the misguided waste of time that is "customising" the speakers by being able to insert a print-out beneath the plexiglass on the satellites. More interesting is the separated control panel that connects to the subwoofer via a 15-pin port.

This features a large jog dial in the middle that is capable of altering master volume, bass, centre positioning, and more impressively, surround. This means the rear speakers can be easily jacked up independently in volume, taking into account the varied living domains of gamers, and that you finally can hear that enemy creeping up behind when you're meant to.

A headphone and microphone jack are built into the control panel, and it even remembers the volume level independently of the speaker volume when you plug in your favourite cans. Annoyingly, you can't keep your headphones simply plugged in and switch between them and the speakers -- it turns off the speakers when you plug in you headphones, and turns them back on when you pull out. Although this is still more convenient than jumping behind your machine to plug into your headphone jack, we would have thought Logitech would have gone the full mile and simply included a button for switching, eliminating the need to plug in repeatedly.

There are separate mute buttons for both volume and microphone, a "Matrix Mode" button that simply upscales 2-channel sound to 5.1, and a power button to shut the whole thing off.

Performance
Letting blast with an array of music heading from the heavy metal (Karnivool's "Themata") to classical (Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana) and pop (Barenaked Ladies' "Bull in a China Shop"), then loading up Half Life 2 for some blasting, we lent the G51s our sharpest ear.

The good news: Gamers will love them. They're perfectly fine and suited for all things gaming, with deep rumbles and great positional audio. No sounds were lost and clarity of the satellites was good.

The bad news: The bass is quite muddy with little definition, although it does rumble a lot, and music lacked the impact it should have, feeling slightly remote.

Perhaps this is a little unfair though -- our speaker tastes have been tainted by the earth shattering Logitech Z-5500s, which could possibly displace a rib with the volume and clarity they're capable of. They're also AU$300 more than the AU$299 G51s, and keeping this in mind Logitech's most recent offering is very good indeed.

Logitech's G51 should keep most gamers on a moderate budget very happy with their performance. Those who want the ultimate in clarity though should keep saving the pennies for the long time king of the hill, the Logitech Z-5500.

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Shadowkillaa
7
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"Nice looking speakers. Great for first time 5.1 system owners."

Shadowkillaa posted a review   
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The Good:Great for gaming

The Bad:Not so good for Music/loud volume levels

When i first purchased the Logitech G51 for AUS $300, my first thoughts (as it was my first 5.1 surround sound system) was %u2018OMG%u2019. For someone unfamiliar with HIGH PERFORMANCE speakers, the Logitech G51 will blow your mind away. For gaming, they are mostly on the positive sides of things, as the rumbling affect sounds great when vehicles/tanks drive past or grenades exploding. The volume does go up to high enough level to make you want to turn it down. Sound quality does decrease as the volume metre gets on the loud side of things.
For music, they are alright. When turned up loud, (With the sub turned all the way up cause I love my BASS) the Subwoofer absolutely FAILS and over rumbles. This just makes the system sound like junk, alongside your favourite music.

The appearance of the system however did take my fancy however. Cool looking speakers compared to the previous X540%u2019s. Made to look like GAMERS system.

I have heard the Z5500%u2019s and they kick the hell out of these speakers. Actually most speaker systems do. If you want REAL sound, save up your pennies, and go for a home theatre system.

But as I stated before. If your new to 5.1 sound systems, then the Logitech G51 is for you.

TrincaCiprian
6
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TrincaCiprian posted a review   

The Good:great overall

The Bad:high frequency sound might create problem

It's a nice system after all but not so good when pushed to it's limits. I just had it played really loud at a party and the rear speakers just could not handle it. They "burned out"; not really caught fire but they died, they just died... I don't know if can fix them... it's really a shame that something like this happened. Now I'm left to 3 speakers and the subwoofer.
But I have a friend who has the same system and he didn't had this problem... he gets them to full power (or very close to full) almost every day. I don't know what to think about this...
If they were just working it would've been perfect; it is a nice one considering the price that it had but I am left now without 2 speakers!!! That's way it only gets 6... maybe I should even go for a 5, because it is really a shame......

Allen
10
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Allen posted a review   

The Good:Fantastic Speakers!

The Bad:Asymetric Bass, turn it down!

I love these speakers. The only issue I've had with them, is that I need to turn down the bass because it's too powerful on the default setting.

 

blah posted a comment   

The Good:best speakerssss

The Bad:no idea

the bass aint muddy its the best!! i love these speaker, i dont give a **** about price, jus teh sound quality which is awesomee!!! lovee these speakers.:)

fernand-7
9
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fernand-7 posted a review   

The Good:Awesome bass great surround and very good looking especially the control

The Bad:when listening to vocals its a bit soft but not a huge drawback

Great speakers got em for $180 today and i would recommend them

AussiePaul
5
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AussiePaul posted a review   

The Good:good speakers for gaming.
good spatial separation for FPS.

The Bad:Terrible for music and movies
Sounds are a bit lifeless, bass and midrange for vocals are sub par.

I am a logitech fan, but I just dont like this speaker system. They just tend to make music sound too flat and the bass thump is annoyingly dull and lifeless.
The satellite speakers offer poor midrange and bass.

I personally recommend Z-5500 they were a huge upgrade and really nice sound all round, but at high the price.

joey
9
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joey posted a review   

G51 excels most surround speakers . Provides good quality louid music.

Phoenix
9
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Phoenix posted a review   

The Good:Sounds excellent at all levels of volume, the bass is perfect
i am also not only able to plug in my computer directly, but also the the 2 sound RCA plugs from a console or dvd player, so that there isnt a need for an amp or second set of speakers.

The Bad:cables arent long enough, with my set up, i had a bit of trouble trying to get everything to fit in.

i got these a few days ago, as i was in need for a set of speakers that could do multiple stuff

random1zer
10
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random1zer posted a review   

The Good:loads on features
love all the connections on the pod
looks nice

The Bad:none

I paid 139 at tiger direct. what a bargain great bang for you buck

jds21
9
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jds21 posted a review   

The Good:Excellent sound quality at all volumes
Exceptional bass for music and games - it is not muddy whatsoever so I don't know what these other people are on about; it gives off a good vibe - literally
Matrix mode - gasming mode really does make games feel lifelike and music mode makes my music sound like it is being performed live in my room
Control panel - control each part individually; sub, centre and rear
No noticeable distortion at high volume levels

The Bad:The speaker cable lengths are nowhere near long enough - if it weren't for this i would give this a perfect score
Matrix mode can sound unnatural at times with some types of music but nothing too bad so it isn't really a big drawback

This is a spectacular speaker system and I bought it for $180 which makes it great bang for my buck.
It sounds great for nearly all types of music and gives an unbelievable performance when gaming


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User Reviews / Comments  Logitech G51

  • Shadowkillaa

    Shadowkillaa

    Rating7

    "When i first purchased the Logitech G51 for AUS $300, my first thoughts (as it was my first 5.1 surround sound system) was %u2018OMG%u2019. For someone unfamiliar with HIGH PERFORMANCE speakers, th..."

  • TrincaCiprian

    TrincaCiprian

    Rating6

    "It's a nice system after all but not so good when pushed to it's limits. I just had it played really loud at a party and the rear speakers just could not handle it. They "burned out"; not really ca..."

  • Allen

    Allen

    Rating10

    "I love these speakers. The only issue I've had with them, is that I need to turn down the bass because it's too powerful on the default setting."

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