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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 220||ZVOX 320||ZVOX 420||ZVOX 555||ZVOX 580|
|Dolby Digital Support1|
|Advanced Processor for enhanced virtual surround and musical fidelity|
|Output Leveling to tame loud commercials|
|Dialog Emphasis for super-clear vocals|
|Built-in Powered Subwoofer|
|Wood (MDF) Cabinet|
|Switching between multiple A/V devices|
|Can learn to respond to other remotes|
|Front connection for iPod or other devices|
|Volume and power controls on sound system|
|Bass Adjustment Control|
|Treble Adjustment Control|
|PhaseCue II Virtual Surround Sound|
|Multiple Virtual Surround Settings|
|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 14.5||5" x 36" x 16.5"|
|Recommended for use under TVs2 sized...||37" or smaller||27" - 42"||32" - 50"||37" - 55"||42" - 70"|
|TV Base Maximum Depth||11"||10"||14"||14"||16"|
|TV Base Maximum Width||16"||22"||26"||26"||34"|
|TV Weight Limit (lbs)||40||50||70||125||165|
|AC Power Requirement||100-240V, 50/60 Hz||100-240V, 50/60 Hz||100-240V, 50/60 Hz||120 Volts only||120 Volts only|
I had been looking for something like this for a couple of years. I've tried a couple of sound bars but since my tv is on a low cabinet and not wall mounted, it blocked the signal... Read morePublished 1 day ago by golfdog
I purchased this based on stellar reviews, it was as easy to setup as Zvox adverstised. The sound quality is no better than the speaker on my viso flat screen which are not very... Read morePublished 3 days ago by William Coe
Outstanding mid-size speaker base with surprisingly powerful sound and great bass output.
- Small to medium sized sound base looks great under 32-47 inch... Read more
I had trouble hearing dialogue on my Visio tv. I kept increasing the volume, but I still could not understand what anyone was saying most of the time. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Orazzan
connected this to our television and within 20 minutes of use it makes a loud buzzing noise. Paid an audio specialist to come to the house to check the set up. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Cynthia A Macklin
ZVOX 555 broke a few days after a year; conveniently after the 1 year warranty. The company sent me a part that did not fix the problem and wouldn't fix the 555 free of charge. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Keith Mineo
ZVOX is nice looking sound is OK but there are better sound boxes for about the same money.Published 1 month ago by Lawrence