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ZVOX 555 Low-Profile Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System with Optical and Coaxial Digital Inputs
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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 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|
- 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.
- 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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....Read more ›
I have found myself more times than not actually wondering what the characters were saying when the sound bar is turned up that high and it seems like my tinkering with the EQ built into the TV for the last year hasn't helped much (e.g. turn down the bass a bit, turn up the mids and mid-highs to help clearly delineate dialog).
I've been looking for a sound setup for them that would give them an official center-channel to help make dialog more clear; unfortunately in my year of looking I could not find a SINGLE solution that didn't make their lives more confusing.
The first thing I did was try out a few soundbars for them; the Vizio sound bar, then the Samsung and then a Sony... all were relatively cheap and sounded no better than the sound-bar built into the bottom of the Vizio TV AND the stupid little things still required *another* remote. As my parents already have 3, I wasn't doing them any favors by adding another.
TIP: For those interested, I am convinced the soundbar that Vizio sells is literally just the soundbar off the bottom of their existing TVs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So sad. I was very satisfied with the simplicity of this product and improvement in sound quality from the TV speakers but now it's no longer good to me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lemon cupcakes
Wow, this sound system rocks!!! I had taken to bringing up closed captioning on almost all shows because I was unable to hear dialogue buried in background music/sounds. Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Taylor
Sounds very good. Fits under my TV real nice. Didnt notice it didnt have bluetooth, i would have gotten the next one up. Otherwise it met my expectationsPublished 2 months ago by R. beltran
Got this a year ago, but I am a lazy reviewer and never put it through its paces enough to justify a review. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mikey Likes it Ironically
I didnt buy my Zvox 550 through Amazon but directly from Zvox after using my Sony flatscreen and being driven crazy trying to understand dialog on many shows and movies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sojourner
I read the reviews that a lot of people were leaving and most said this system has low base. After using it for a week i can say that they are wrong. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr.McTitties
This was a terrific buy. I'm in my early 60's & have lost a some of my high frequency hearing. I am also a movie fanatic ( & a borderline/not quite audiophile ) & was having a fair... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jpf139