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ZVOX 555 Low-Profile Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System with Optical and Coaxial Digital Inputs

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  • Dimensions; 28 "w x 14 1/2 "d x 3 3/8 "h
  • Weight: 20 pounds. With box and packing: 23 pounds.
  • Amplifier: The 555 uses a high-efficiency 70 watt Class D digital amplifier.
  • Rear inputs: (2) analog stereo inputs, (1) optical (To slink) digital input, (1) coaxial digital input.
  • Front input: (1) 3.5mm stereo front panel input.
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Technical Details
Brand NameZVOX
Item Weight20 pounds
Product Dimensions28 x 14.5 x 3.4 inches
Item model number555
Output Wattage70 watts
Color NameBlack
Number of Component Inputs2 Component, 1 Optical Digital, 1 Coaxial Digital
Specification Metcertified frustration-free
Special FeaturesDC in Jack
Speaker TypeBookshelf
Frequency Response Curve49Hz-18kHz
Audio Sensitivity 88 dB
Impedance 8
Crossover Description 200Hz
Speaker Driver Material Typefiber
  
Additional Information
ASINB0055FZIZW
Best Sellers Rank #1,430 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight22 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableJune 11, 2011
  
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

ZVOX Great Sound Made Simple

ZVOX SoundBase 555 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System

Only 3.5" high, the ZVOX SoundBase 555 home theater system can be placed beneath your flat-panel TV so you can have surround sound without adding a lot of clutter to your room. It requires no external speakers, subwoofer or speaker wires. The 555 reproduces TV shows, music and movie soundtracks with lifelike accuracy, including crystal-clear vocals and thunderous bass. And the ZVOX PhaseCue virtual surround system delivers remarkable three-dimensional sound. The entire sound bar system, including speakers, amplifier, virtual surround technology and powered subwoofer, fits into the super-slim cabinet. With only one connecting cord and a one-page owner's manual, it is truly "plug and play." The cabinet is robustly constructed using fully-braced MDF (medium density fiberboard), not molded plastic. Beautiful hand-lacquered high-gloss ebony end panels create a stylish look.

ZVOX SoundBase 555 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System
Place the 3.5" high ZVOX 555 beneath your flat-panel TV for surround sound without the clutter. View larger

ZVOX SoundBase 555 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System
Even playing at loud volumes, the 555 usually uses less than 10 watts of total power. View larger

ZVOX Audio Disappearing Display
Featuring a behind the grill, disappearing 4-digit display for settings and features
Great Sound

The most important feature for any home theater system is high quality sound. The 555 uses five high-performance speakers, a built-in powered subwoofer, a real wood (MDF) cabinet and a 70-watt Class D digital amplifier to create warm, natural sound and surprisingly powerful bass.

PhaseCue Virtual Surround Sound

With ZVOX you don't need a room full of speakers for home theater sound. The 555 uses the proprietary PhaseCue virtual surround system to give you rich, three-dimensional sound with movies or music. With music, PhaseCue creates a very wide soundstage--it literally sounds like you are listening to speakers eight feet apart from each other. When listening to a good movie, the soundtrack will envelop you, putting you in the middle of the action.

The benefits of PhaseCue vary greatly based on program material. Live music and well-recorded modern movie soundtracks will deliver rich, three-dimensional sound, pulling the sound out from the speakers and into the room to literally surround the listener. While no virtual surround system will give you the exact surround effects of a good 5.1 system, the ZVOX 555 does a remarkable job.

ZVOX SoundBase 555 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System
PhaseCue virtual surround system gives you rich, three-dimensional sound with movies or music. View larger

ZVOX SoundBase 555 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System
Front controls include power, volume, mute and input selection, plus a 3.5mm stereo input for easy attachment of your smartphone or MP3 player. View larger

ZVOX SoundBase 555 Single Cabinet Surround Sound System
Featuring inputs for analog stereo, optical, and coaxial digital. View larger
Green Design

The 555 uses a highly-efficient Class D digital amplifier. Even playing at quite loud volumes, it usually uses less than 10 watts of total power. And standby power usage tends to hover around 0.1 watts, making it one of the "greenest" audio systems ever made. The 555 is Energy Star qualified.

Setting A New Standard For Vocal Clarity

ZVOX systems are known for their remarkable vocal clarity. The 555 adds a stunning new feature: Dialog Emphasis (DE). When you push the "DE" button on the remote control you engage a circuit that mimics the functions of a hearing aid. The frequencies used by human voices are emphasized and compressed, while other frequencies are minimized. No other speaker system provides such an easy-to-use and effective method for improving the intelligibility of television dialog.

Uses Your Remote Control

The new Z-Base systems can be programmed to respond to your remote control. The illuminated display walks you through a less-than-a-minute programming cycle. Then your TV remote...or cable box remote...or satellite receiver remote...or ANY remote...can control volume, mute, power and input functions of the ZVOX system.

Taming Commercials That Are Too Loud

If you've ever been blasted out of your chair by a too-loud commercial, or by a cable channel that's twice as loud as another channel, you'll love the new Output Leveling (OL) feature on the ZVOX 555. Just push the "OL" button and a sophisticated compression system takes over, making soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer, so there are fewer jarring moments when switching channels or when commercials come on.

Disappearing Display

The 555 features a four-digit display located behind the speaker grille that shows the current setting for volume, bass, treble and PhaseCue (virtual surround)--and also shows when you have engaged the Mute, Output Leveling (OL) or Dialog Emphasis (DE) features. A few seconds after you stop using your remote (or front panel) controls, the display disappears completely.

Connect Your iPod and Other Devices

The 555 has two analog audio inputs, one optical digital input, and one coaxial digital input, plus a front-panel 3.5mm analog stereo input for convenient connection of your iPod or other portable audio device. Any specific input can be selected using either the remote control or the slim-line module below the speaker grille.

Wood (MDF) Cabinet With Hand-Lacquered Side Panels

The 555 features a hand-built cabinet of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) with beautiful hand-lacquered high-gloss end panels. Its low-profile design blends perfectly with flat-panel TVs. Most people don't even notice the ZVOX 555 until they hear it.

What's in the Box?

ZVOX Z-base 555, 1 stereo RCA to stereo RCA connecting cable, multifunction remote control with programming instruction sheet, power cord, one-sheet safety instructions, operations manual, Quick Start guide.

ZVOX SoundBase System Comparison Chart

ZVOX 220ZVOX 320ZVOX 420ZVOX 555ZVOX 580
ZVOX 220ZVOX 320ZVOX 420ZVOX 555ZVOX 580
Dolby Digital Support1YesYes
Advanced Processor for enhanced virtual surround and musical fidelityYesYes
Output Leveling to tame loud commercialsYesYesYesYesYes
Dialog Emphasis for super-clear vocalsYesYesYesYesYes
Built-in Powered SubwooferYesYesYesYesYes
Wood (MDF) CabinetYesYesYesYesYes
Switching between multiple A/V devicesYesYesYesYesYes
Can learn to respond to other remotesYesYesYesYesYes
Front connection for iPod or other devicesYesYesYesYesYes
Volume and power controls on sound systemYesYesYesYesYes
Bass Adjustment ControlYesYesYesYesYes
Treble Adjustment ControlYesYesYesYesYes
PhaseCue II Virtual Surround SoundYesYesYesYesYes
Multiple Virtual Surround SettingsYesYesYesYesYes
Main Speakers(3) 2"(3) 2"(5) 2"(5) 2"(5) 3.25"
Subwoofer(1) 5.25"(1) 5.25"(1) 5.25"(1) 5.25"(2) 6.5"
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth)3.4" x 17" x 12.5"3.5" x 24" x 11.5"3.5" x 28" x 14.5"3.5" x 28" x 14.55" x 36" x 16.5"
Recommended for use under TVs2 sized...37" or smaller27" - 42"32" - 50"37" - 55"42" - 70"
TV Base Maximum Depth11"10"14"14"16"
TV Base Maximum Width16"22"26"26"34"
TV Weight Limit (lbs)405070125165
AC Power Requirement100-240V, 50/60 Hz100-240V, 50/60 Hz100-240V, 50/60 Hz120 Volts only120 Volts only
  1. If a TV is connected to an off-air HDTV antenna or to an HD cable TV feed without a cable box, a sound system connected to the TV's digital audio output may require a Dolby Labs license. The analog audio output of a TV will always work, if present.
  2. These are guidelines. Confirm your TV base fits within the width and depth of the top of the ZVOX Audio system. It is not necessary to place a TV on top of a ZVOX Audio system. A ZVOX Audio system sounds excellent placed near a TV. Allow for a 1.75" space behind the ZVOX system for rear panel connections.

Product Description

Only 3.5 high, the ZVOX Z-Base 555 home theater system can be placed beneath your flat-panel TV - so you can have surround sound without adding a lot of clutter to your room. It requires no external speakers, subwoofer or speaker wires. The 555 reproduces TV shows, music and movie soundtracks with lifelike accuracy - including crystal-clear vocals and thunderous bass. And the ZVOX Phase Cue virtual surround system delivers remarkable three-dimensional sound. The entire system-speakers, amplifier, virtual surround technology and powered subwoofer-fits into the super-slim cabinet. With only one connecting cord and a one-page owner's manual, it is truly "plug and play." The cabinet is robustly constructed using fully-braced MDF (medium density fiberboard) - not molded plastic. Beautiful hand-lacquered high-gloss ebony end panels create a stylish look.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy set up.
Gary Gaddy
Dialogue is much more clear, and the ability to make adjustments in bass and treble tones provides good control.
Beth
Now I can clearly hear the dialog which means I can actually enjoy TV movies and programming again.
Endura

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

144 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Gsell on June 27, 2011
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First, a little background. I had a Bose 5.1 System with a powered sub woofer that everything went through. From there, it went to my Sony receiver. For me, a parent of three young kids (one under 2), I wanted to get something more streamlined, something more straight forward. I was looking to remove the clutter of the satellite speakers, the large center speaker and the miles of wires that connected everything.

After reading an article last month on cnet.com about the Zvox systems, I went with the 555. It came in the mail four days after I ordered it. It took about 3 minutes to connect it to my Samsung 46" LED. One optical audio cable to the back of the TV, the other end to my 555. That was it! My FIOS and Panasonic Blue Ray HDMI cables stayed where they were. It works perfect and sounds amazing. When my wife and I watch TV and movies at night, we only turn it up to 14-16 or so and it is more than sufficient. The volume gets up to over 25 (I think). I haven't gone past that as it gets loud. The music sounds great, the vocals sound crystal clear. It is amazing that all this comes from one speaker. It sounds like something that should cost 3x as much.

As they state on their site, if you are looking for true 5.1 sound, this is not for you. For me, the whole 5.1 is not a huge factor anymore. The sound that comes out of this speaker more than makes up for any bullets or cars whizzing by me from behind.

It perfectly fits under my TV and blends right it. At night, it becomes invisible. My goal was to have a kicking home theater system without any clutter. One where no sacrifices are made. With the 555, I reached that goal.
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105 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Jackytar on December 31, 2011
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The Zvox 555 is an excellent compromise solution for the middle-aged man who wants to stay married. My previous set up of about 8 yrs was a 6 speaker Polk Audio system that included towers up front and a 12 inch sub that could muss up your hair. Now after a major renovation of our home, dear wife, who never dug the whole surround thing anyway, banished this so-called "dorm room" aesthetic from the new decor. Women! Phffft...

Enter the Zvox 555 which I set up last night and put through it's paces. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase. As others have cautioned, it's important that you don't expect this to compare to an actual surround system. Better to think of this as a very nice upgrade for your TV speakers. Having said that, there's a lot here to be happy about beyond price, form factor and ease of set-up. The Zvox seamlessly integrates with your TV remote which means even dear wife will use it each time she watches TV. The clarity of dialogue with the Zyvox 555 is truly remarkable, even without the "dialogue emphasis" effect turned on. And the system has an amazing ability to project detailed audio to all corners of the room.

Okay, so being a single box the sound is, of course, limited in ways you might expect. There is no real feeling of involvement with music. No ground shaking bass. No bullets zinging by your ear. Sure, I suppose there is a depth and spaciousness that does belie the small single cabinet design. This even without the enhanced surround effects cranked up (blechhh!). But, again, this isn't home theater. The best news is that there is virtually none of the "shrill" or tinniness associated with cheap or poorly engineered systems. The Zvox 555 actually has a fair measure of warmth - and right out of the box.
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92 of 96 people found the following review helpful By trep on October 22, 2011
Here's my take on the ZVOX ZBase 555

I have owned many sound systems over the years for different rooms to serve different purposes, let me start out by saying I have this ZVOX 555 in a medium sized great room that is basically wide open on all ends. A 5.1 satellite system is not an option with the architecture of this room, so for years I had a Bose 321 system set up in this room. That system was adequate, but always seemed to lack the clarity of vocals from the perceived center channel, when we would crank it up a bit for movies or music.

For about 1/3 the price of that Bose 321 system, this ZVOX 555 completely obliterates it. The ZVOX is incredibly easy to setup (took approx 15 minutes). You hook all your components to your TV, then run one single optical audio cable to the ZVOX. There are other inputs available on the ZVOX as well for older audio products that only connect via the red/white RCA cables, but if you hook everything up to any modern TV with an optical out, that's all you need. Simply amazingly easy

The ZVOX has 3 levels of surround for when you are watching movies, as you progress from levels 1-3, the simulated surround sound increases, as the center channel dialogue gets softer, but when setting it to level 3 and watching any good blu ray action movie, you can still clearly hear all vocals while the cars and fighting scenes race from side to side. Now, ZVOX doesn't claim to simulate speakers behind you, and of course any soundbar system cannot do that, but it does do a pretty darn good job of making you feel like stuff starts on one side of the room and works its way across to the other, especially bullets flying, glass breaking, cars zooming, etc....
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