ZVOX takes your listening to a new level with the SoundBase 555. This compact, pedestal-shaped speaker will give your HDTV the boost in sound quality it deserves. Flexible connection capabilities include analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and gear. Best of all, you'll enjoy clean sound that's surprisingly robust for such a compact, low-profile speaker.

Dialogue reclaimed, commercials tamed
If you can't hear what's being said, it's nearly impossible to follow the story. That's why ZVOX created a dialogue enhancement feature that gives voices new clarity and prominence. What's more, ZVOX knows how sponsors love to blast us out of our seats when they go to a commercial break. Thanks to the Output Leveling feature, the 555 keeps commercials on a short leash so you can just relax.

Everything you need in one low-profile box
This one-piece system houses five full-range speakers, a high-output woofer, and built-in amplification — there's no need to use a separate receiver or run wires to any external speakers. Plus, the 555 is designed to serve as a convenient base for most flat-panel TVs with screen sizes from 26" to 50". Place it directly underneath your TV and you won't have to worry about making extra room for it on your entertainment stand.

Loaded with convenient features
The SoundBase 555 is a great place to plug in your iPod® or portable player for terrific sound. It has a minijack input on the front panel for easy access. Its front-panel display lights up from behind the front cloth grille then disappears when not in use. And it also learns the commands of your current TV remote, giving you one less clicker to keep track of. Signal-sensing circuitry powers the system on and off along with your TV.

Product Highlights:

  • serves as a platform for most flat-panel TVs from 26"-50"
  • TV base should not exceed 27"W or 13"D, and TV should not exceed 120 lbs.
  • PhaseCue II virtual surround sound
  • frequency response 45-20,000 Hz
  • built-in 70-watt (peak power) amplifier
  • five 2" full-range speakers
  • 5-1/4" woofer
  • Dolby® Digital decoding
  • 1 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital audio input
  • 2 stereo RCA analog inputs
  • 1 front-panel minijack input for portable music players
  • auto on/off
  • remote control
  • also learns commands from your TV remote
  • rigid MDF (medium density fiberboard) cabinet
  • 28"W x 3-3/8"H x 16-3/8"D
  • weight: 20 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

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ZVOX 555

Written By Pete, Eureka, CA on Sunday, November 09, 2014

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Not quite what I expected. Glad I didn't have to pay $300.00 for it, it wouldn't be worth it.

Pros: Sounds a little better than the TV speakers and the hook-up is easy. Delivery was speedy.

Cons: Can't control the volume with the TV remote as it claims you can. Didn't know they were discontinuing this model, but I can see why.

nice sound

Written By jim, Lincoln, CA on Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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The ZVOX has really improved our tv viewing. The speech on all programs, whethet movies from 30's and 40's or current sitcoms or news are clear and crisp.

Pros: Improved listening, easy set up, improved volume

Cons: Non at this time

Impressive sound--defective unit

Written By ArtVandalay, Richlands VA on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wanting to downsize my home theater rig from an Onkyo 5.1-channel receiver, five Polk Speakers and a sub (my wife is very grateful), I chose the ZVOX 555. I've heard about them for years; considering this with the relatively low price, I decided to take the plunge. Although no mere single-box unit can give the enveloping sound of a full surround system, I was impressed by the audio, particularly the bass--which is very rich. I initially plugged my sub into the ZVOX, but determined quickly that I really didn't need it.. Also, I have to say that placing one mbox under my 51" Sony flat screen, plugging it in, and making a few simple connections is far easier that spending hours dealing with with a full-size 5.1 system. Also, the black face of the unit seems to make it all but invisible. If you're looking for something that's simple to use and configure, barely making a dent in your decor but beefing up your tv sound dramatically, this will fill the bill.

I did have an issue with the first unit I was sent, and I provide this mention as food for thought. It worked fine for about the first two weeks, but then something weird started happening. If I used the 555 continuously for 3 or 4 hours, a whistling sound like a boiling tea kettle started coming from it. It didn't come from the speakers because its level stayed the same regardless of whether I adjusted the volume level up or down. After an hour the sound quit completely. Crutchfield shipped another no prob, so we'll see.

Pros: Good sound for its size, unobtrusive looks, reasonable price.

Cons: Will not provide a big, enveloping sound experience. Concerned about how long the unit will function considering my initial problems.

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By MarkG, Henderson, NV. on Thursday, October 16, 2014

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SoundBase 555 was able to emphasize the high-frequency sound that my aging ears were not able to normally pick up from the normal speaker system of the television. The controling of treble and base is a significant advantage to senior citizens. Dialogue is clearer and cleaner to listen to. Set up was easy and it adapted to my existing remote control for the television. I wife and I are far less frequently, asking ourselves, "what did they say?" I am very happy I made this purchase.


Written By WEBBman, WATERLOO,IOWA on Sunday, September 21, 2014

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This sound stand impresses me more every day.The rich sound and dialogue enhancement has brought so much joy to my wife,I no longer ask"what did thet say".The bass is more than I can believe from its size and its so nice not to overdrive the volume on the tvs small speakers.I wondered about the subwoofer output and if I would need to utilize this feature,not so far but nice to have the option.I think the commercial volume reduction circuit is a great idea and it is nice not to play with the remote turning the volume down every time they blast you with the annoying volume jump.

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By rdh, NC on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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this is 100 times better than a sound bar. We had a Vizo sound bar and it didn't even last 6 months and sound was no were near as good as this. All I can say if u are look for great sound buy this .

Pros: fits under tv without having to wall mount

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Written By Jake, Kirkland, WA on Monday, September 15, 2014

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Replacing an old Bose Companion CS6 system that went kaput, i am pleasantly surprised on the quality of sound and build by the ZVOX 555. The best part was cleaning up the rat's nest behind the TV. Running all accessories to the TV's HDMI hub, only one optical cable is needed to feed to the ZVOX. We chose not to have the TV sit on the unit and it fit perfectly on the shelf below the TV. The sound is clean and rich to our ears. The digital display that lights up is a plus as well. Lastly, the pairing to the DirecTV remote is a blessing as the ZVOX remote can be put away.

Pros: - aesthetically pleasing yet unassuming when placed on shelf under TV - dynamic sound from small package - simple setup - Digital display is surprisingly useful

hearing impaired

Written By The Silverthorns, South Lancaster, MA on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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My wife and I are in out early 60s. Stuff like your ears just don't work like it used to. We have been looking for some sort of TV stere, or sound bar for years. We have looked at all the competitors and when told we mostly were interested in hearing the dialog, we were told their units had no special features to enable that to happen. Well thank God that Zvox has the technology. We set it up, easy enough, and turned on the TV. Even without using dialog enhancement WOW. I could hear, my wife could understand even quiet conversations without looking at their lips (she's been hearing impaired for years and wears digital hearing aids). Movies, I swear it is as good as my large panasonic stereo components. BOOM BANG CRASH they all sound live, PLUS you can hear them talk. I only pray this system lasts many years as we are sure enjoying it now.

Pros: great dialog enhancement feature. Attractive, expensive looking. PRICE lowered just after purchase. Crutchfield returned the difference. seriously... can't beat that. Shuts off if not in use for several minutes( no TV signal).

Cons: should come with a digital cable. ONLY ISSUE: The front metal panel wanted to fall off, especially on the right side. A drop of adhesive held it in place.

Great Sounding TV Sound System!

Written By GeorgeM, Rhode Island on Monday, August 18, 2014

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This unit was very easy to install and produces exceptional sound quality. It works seamlessly with the cable box remote and the visual functions on the front of the unit are a big help.

Pros: Highly recommended as a TV sound system.

Cons: Non

Crystal Clear

Written By IZZI R60, Philadelphia, PA. on Saturday, August 09, 2014

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The ZVOX 555 Sound Base is an excellent unit if you have limited space, as in my case, to incorporate a true surround sound speaker set up. I chose the sound base over a sound bar because it doubled as a pedestal for my HDTV and it eliminated any clutter of additional wires or separate subwoofer. A nice feature on the ZVOX 555 is a separate subwoofer connection if you want bigger base, but honestly, once you start playing your favorite Blu-rays or cd's you will not believe your ears. The base is output is very impressive and clean even at its neutral setting, give the Blu-ray "Gravity" an audition and listen for yourself. The dialogue is crystal clear without the annoying brightness that is sometimes audible with separate tweeters. The ZVOX has 5 full midrange speakers and 1 subwoofer, no tweeters. Cosmetically speaking, the ZVOX 555 is not a very attractive unit, square boxed, no rounded corners or fancy grill, but truth be told, your ears won't care. I find the unit inconspicuous. it blends with the base of my TV. The ZVOX 555 is solid and a sturdy unit, not light and flimsy. So, if good sound is what you're after, exceptional to what you are listening to at the moment from your HDTV, and you can't spare the expense or the room for an elaborate system, then the ZVOX 555 Sound Base will be a small investment for an abundance of listening pleasure. You won't be disappointed. I'm not.

Pros: Excellent clean base output Crystal clear dialogue L.E.D. Indicator Display Light that appears and disappears when adjusting sound levels Inconspicuous - blends well with your HDTV's base. User friendly unit Easy setup instructions Optical cable connection for best sound Front panel jack for external audio device hook up Strong and solid construction Descent sized remote control - larger than most other units I've seen.

Cons: Priced a bit high unattractive unit

Zvox review

Written By eglass, Columbus, OH on Sunday, June 08, 2014

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I was very surprised with the quality of the Zvox 555. It has great sound quality for the price and is easy to set up and use. I use this to watch tv, movies, and I also listen to music on it. The aux port on the front makes it easy to play music. Couldn't be happier with the sound quality.

Pros: Easy to set up, incredible sound, volume display shuts off after adjusting so it is not always on.

Cons: None so far

Big, big improvement!

Written By RodC, Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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Huge improvement over the TV speakers! Very happy with my purchase.

Pros: Great sound, compact fits well under TV, not a bunch of wires everywhere.

Cons: None so far.

ZVOX 555

Written By Bob G., Sumter SC on Sunday, March 23, 2014

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Very pleased with this unit, I own two. I initially bought a Bose Solo and it was adequate. But it lacked the punch I wanted for a larger room with a vaulted ceiling. So I put the Bose in my wife's office and purchased two 555's on the reviews. I have not been disappointed; they sound clear and have much more adjustability than the Bose. I feel they also have more punch than the Bose, with clearer sound.

Pros: Bass and treble adjustments, volume, and settings indicator that disappears on time delay. Robust unit with deep clear sound. Easy setup and install, I'm using a fiber optic input and it sounds great and decreases clutter.

Cons: A little pricy for what it is, compared to other units

Great speaker for the price

Written By RickB, Los Angeles, CA. on Thursday, March 13, 2014

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I was looking for a speaker that would enhance dialogue, which is a problem on many broadcasts. This speaker does a great job in that regard. Setup is a snap; it takes just a few minutes to connect. Sound quality is very good.

Pros: Easy setup, great for enhancing dialogue

Cons: Only comes with RCA cables

Superb sound and design. Don't buy ZVOX.

Written By ef, Boston, MA on Saturday, March 08, 2014

Fabulous sound, crisp & clear at low and high volumes. The design is equally impressive like the disappearing display, learning remote and enhanced dialog.

Sadly, it failed after 5 months. Just quit producing sound. Turning it off & on got me another 20 seconds of sound and then nothing. foolishly, I ignored the many people who posted the same experience. Don't you be fooled, too. There is clearly a quality control problem at ZVOX and they are unable or unwilling to fix it.

Pros: great sound. cool features.

Cons: dead as a doorknob after 5 months of light use. Really don't want to do the warranty dance.

Great Sound system replacement

Written By Scott, Elk Grove, Ca on Saturday, March 01, 2014

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Great sound for the money. Removed five speakers and sub and this system sounds just as good if not better. Great shelf for tv to sit on as well. Very clean solid look. Easy to program DTV remote as well.

Cons: None

Huge improvement with ZVOX Z-Base 555

Written By David, Lafayette, CO on Sunday, February 16, 2014

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We just bought a new 39" flat-panel LED TV to upgrade from our 17-year old tube TV. The flat-panel TVs have terrible built-in speakers - at maximum volume, I still couldn't hear some of the dialogue. I wanted a sound bar to improve things but most models would have blocked not only the remote control sensor but also part of the screen itself. The ZVOX Z-Base 555 solves this problem by serving as a base for the TV itself. Sound quality is outstanding and now I can hear dialogue better with the dialogue emphasis feature. I've never turned the volume all the way up because it would probably blow out my eardrums and shatter the windows in our small TV room, but at my preferred normal listening volume level everything sounds great, from the lows to the highs. This is everything I was looking for in one affordable package and a much cleaner solution than multiple speakers, subwoofers, etc. of a true surround-sound stereo system.

Pros: Great bass, output leveling and dialogue emphasis features work great, very attractive appearance, easy to set up, works with the TV remote, does not block screen or remote sensor.

Cons: None


Written By Bill, United States on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Very pleased with the sound bar. Voices are very clear and i can clearly hear talking with music being played in background. Would highly recommend this sound bar.

Pros: Easy setup do not notice on the tv stand. Excellent sound talking and music.

Cons: No problem with anything.

Nice, simple audio upgrade!

Written By Oaknell, Tappan, NY on Sunday, January 26, 2014

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Good sound from a simple upgrade.

Pros: I am no audiophile, but to me this upgrade was a great way to vastly improve the sound from my Samsung TV. Hookup could not have been easier using the optical audio jack. It also blends in with the TV in an inauspicious manner.

Cons: None.

ZVOX Z-Base 555

Written By Frank C., Ridgway, Co. on Friday, January 24, 2014

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Very well built with Great sound! Easily supports our 32" screen T V. Instructions were very clear and a snap to hook up. Several adjustments make listening a pleasure.

Pros: Quality, great sound, several adjustments, and easy to install.

Cons: None to date

Like part of the TV

Written By David R, Manassas, VA on Monday, January 20, 2014

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Easy setup, just as they said. Used optical cable. Even more sturdy than expected. Sounds great -- voices are clarified, tonal quality settings cover what is needed, plenty of inputs, volume is enough for a large room, no hissing, and so on... I don't like a lot of bass I didn't connect a subwoofer. It is not surround sound but it fits the purpose I had in mind. I like the sound projected toward me just like the video, not all over me. Hooked a table-top HD radio (RCA/phono cable) to it and have rich sound from my local stations, just like I did from my old analog receiver. This thing looks like it is part of the TV. FIOS remote control works with the volume. I think the Wii sounds better too.

Pros: Easy setup Easy remote control Great sound and control Voice clarification feature

Cons: Some settings revert to default between uses

ZVOX 555

Written By DougH, Afton, MN on Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Unit offers a definite improvement over speakers in my 40" Samsung. Setup was easy and directions were very clear. Was able to sync ZVOX remote to TV in less than a minute. Purchased a digital optical cable separately based on other reviews and was surprised to see one included in the box along with standard analog cables, requiring a unplanned return trip to the store. Dialog enhancement feature works well.

Pros: Unit looks good, install was easy, directions were clear, and sound is clearly an improvement over TV speakers.

Cons: Output leveling does little to consistently level the output either within a channel or when flipping between channels. Occasionally hear a "tinny" resonating sound for certain voices... one newscaster's voice is particularly bad. Have tried adjusting bass and treble settings to minimize it, but still am not able to totally eliminate it.

Quality product that works well

Written By Steve O, San Francisco, CA on Monday, January 06, 2014

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The ZVOX was easy to set up and connect to the TV. Had to buy a digital audio cable though as the product only came with an RCA audio cable. The sound is much improved. I would buy this product again and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an easy way to get better sound. The dialogue enhancement feature works great.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: none

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Written By BobbyfH, Keysville, VA on Sunday, January 05, 2014

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The sound is very impressive. I replaced a 3 JBL speaker/ Onkyo amplifier system with the 555. The sound is crisp and clean with no noticeable distortion but I don't really crank the sound up anymore; I'm 61 years old! I was able to connect an older Vizio TV/DVD/CD player using a coax and HDMI cable. Unfortunately, my CD player has no coax capability so had to use the red/white analog connection.

Pros: the sound, capacity to connect various audio/video devices

Cons: the instructions very basic. could have used more indepth instruction.

ZVOX Z-Base 555

Written By 57vdub, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, January 02, 2014

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Super easy to set up! I had it up and running in less than 10 minutes. The sound didn't blow me away but it fits my needs perfectly. Looks like it is well built even if it was made in China. I would gladly pay a little more for it to be MADE in the USA!

Pros: Super easy set up. Crutchfield's tech support and free shipping!

Cons: Sound is 6/10 for music but a 8.5/10 for TV dialog

Good Product

Written By MikeS, Green Valley, AZ on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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My 47" LG TV had decent, but not great sound. However, I wanted a little better. I didn't have room for a sound bar (and subwoofer), so did some research on on sound bases. The ZVOX 555 satisfies my need. It doesn't sound as good as when I run the audio thru my all-separate-components stereo system, but also doesn't take all the time that turning on the whole system and resetting switches does every time I turn on the TV. In short, I'm a reasonably "happy camper".

Pros: Reasonably good sound (better than the TV speakers); easy to use.

Cons: Nothing worth mentioning.

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Written By John R, Seneca, SC on Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Adds just enough base and treble to give you some quality sound. Love the speech enhancement button for certain tv shows.

Pros: good sound enhancement.

Cons: could use a larger sub woofer

Experience True Sound

Written By DennisR, Winchester, VA on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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I purchase model 550 a couple of years ago for the bedroom and the sound is super. This new one the model 555 for the living room, and the new improved features will blow your mind. It's the best one box sound system.

Pros: This one box system with the Monster Cable 400dfo will give you sound as good or better then other multi-speaker systems. The price is great also. Easy to set up.

Cons: none

ZVOX Z-Base 555

Written By Rich F, Summerfielf, Fl on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Very easy set-up and does everything as promised. The voice enhancer really works well and the movies sound very good.

Pros: easy setup, good sound and looks nice under the TV, Remote learn Function.

Cons: None right now

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By Bill S, Muskego,WI on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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Nice sound and easy to setup with the Sony TV. Also very easy to setup with my Time Warner Cable remote. Ordered the 555 and 3 days later it was hooked up to the TV. The TV speakers would hurt my ears when the wife had it turned up so she could hear it. Now it's a nice rich sound and no complaints.

Pros: great sound and easy setup

Cons: none

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By terry, angola,in. on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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replaced a polk surround bar with this,can hear voices much better and really like the clean look, hook up was easy and programming remote super easy.

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Written By VinceC, Ashland, OR on Friday, November 22, 2013

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I can finally hear dialog by just using my hearing aids. (My wife doesn't like the volume as loud as I do.) The audio from my HDTV was so bad, I had to use 'TV Ears' Now they are unnecessary.

Pros: Great voice clarity. This sound bar is a must for all those thin HDTV's with poor audio.

Cons: Does not come with an instruction manual. I wanted to get rid of the base reverberating in other parts of the room, but am not sure how to do it. I don't know how to use "Input" or what those signals on the 555 mean.

ZVOX 555

Written By rich, Central PA on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Love it. Does exactly what we wanted it to do. It helps enhance the TV dialogue. Only things missing - I wish it had Bluetooth and cheap that they do not include a digital optical cable.

Pros: Good sound. Simple hookup. Dialogue enhancement feature.

Cons: No blue tooth and no digital cable

Excellent Product

Written By MLC, Sullivan NH on Thursday, November 14, 2013

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I recently moved and could not use my Sound Bar. After talking with my Crutchfield Advisor, I decided to give this a try. What great advice. The sound is excellent. It was very simple to install - one cable and one power cord! The hardest part was lifting the TV. The 555 is pretty good size and you might want to double check the dimensions for placement but a really great product. I am still working on all the possible setups, including speech enhancement, but very pleased.

Pros: Great sound Easy to assemble Easy to use

Cons: None that I have found

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Written By Kevin, 21219 on Thursday, November 07, 2013

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An amazing sound now reverberates my family room. I am so pleased with this. Easy to hook up. Theater sound in 5 minutes. Worth the expense.

Pros: Sound quality and easy install.

Cons: None

Great Product

Written By JanG, Dyersburg, TN on Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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My husband had almost stopped watching TV because he could not hear or understand the dialogue clearly even with hearing aids, so I went on the great search for something that would help him enjoy TV more. I considered a Bose and started reading reviews. The ZVOX Z-Base 555 was mentioned in several reviews as a better product, so I researched that and decided to buy it. I was really surprised at how easy it was to set up and program my ATT Uverse remote to operate the volume . I am 65 and my husband is 76 so we are not really tech smart. We have been very pleased with this product especially the dialogue enhancement and I love that our 42" Vizio sits neatly on top of the box. It looks like they were purchased together.

Pros: Very good instructions for easy set up. Great sound

Cons: None

ZVOX Z-Base 555

Written By JimR, Alpharetta, GA on Sunday, October 20, 2013

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Great for dialogue enhancement, even in a large room. GREAT for Senior citizens and those who have difficulty listening to dialogue from their existing audio speakers...

Pros: Dialogue enhancement

Cons: Not the best setup for surround sound.

Great Sound!

Written By JanB, Mesa, AZ on Thursday, October 17, 2013

This is a great product. It is easy to set up, the sound is great, the dialog is much easier to understand. Looks good under the TV-better than a sound bar.

Pros: Easy to set up

Cons: Should have been suggested to buy the optical cable that I needed to set it up.

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By Marion s, Dedham, MMa on Monday, August 19, 2013

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Good sound. Simple to install and operate.


Written By Howler, Big Bear CA on Friday, July 19, 2013

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BIG SOUND! Echo throughout the mountain! Paired with 55" Panasonic Viera, The sound is awesome

Pros: Heavy duty, nice piece of furniture! This box blows the competition away

Cons: The ZVox555 is US integrity that has been outsourced to China BUT with a hefty price tag. We need to demand that our ideas and thier manufacturing be brought back to the United States!

Great Soundbar

Written By Bad Ankle Bill, Cazenovia, NY on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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Looking for something to facilitate my wife's difficulty in hearing tv dialogue. Complicated as an axe. Did a lot of shopping around, reading of reviews. Tipping point was simplicity/quality/ease of use of remote. The sound is gre"Scratch and Dentat. We usually listen at level 12 out of 30. Dialogue Emphasis feature works well. Output Leveling works well. We usually leave Surround Settings on 1, as other settings seem to decrease ability to understand dialogue. Played iPhone/Pandora flawlessly with reasonable sound. Bass is acceptable for our needs. Great deal as I bought Scratch and Dent and arrived good as new-so saved $60! Great sound bar!

Pros: Good sound, ease of use, nice features, grew remote, ease of using cable remote for sound level

Cons: Surround sound not great for dialogue

Dynamic sound...reasonable price.

Written By RWJ, South Amboy, NJ on Friday, July 05, 2013

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I recently purchased and hooked up a new ZVOX Z-Base 555 to my SHARP Quattron 46" LCD. I was replacing a twelve year old Bose 321 that had lost it's 5.1 surround mode, output was reduced to only 2.0 stereo, it had lost that full rich dynamic sound I so enjoyed. I wanted to replace the tired old Bose unit and de-clutter the mass of wires behind, around, and under my TV stand at the same time. Did a lot of research online and in stores then decided to give the ZVOX Z-Base 555 a shot. After tweeking the modes and functions of the ZVOX unit I was able to attain almost the same quality dynamic room filling sound that the 321 had provided so well for so many years. Keep in mind the ZVOX is only a simulated surround sound unit not a 5.1 but with adjustments comes very close effects wise and basically matches the quality of sound. A pleasant surprise I must admit. All around very happy with the purchase, this is a quality product.

Pros: Full range dynamic room filling simulated surround sound. Voice enhancement modes come in very handy when needed. Fits nicely under TV. Well made and nice looking.

Cons: Remote has no channel change function so one must use a separate remote for that. No Digital Optical cable included.

Compact Home Theater Sound

Written By Charlesk, Laurel Springs, NJ on Monday, July 01, 2013

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Since traditional sound bars were too tall to fit under my Panasonic 50 inch TV, the Zvox was the best solution. Its design is really the best feature, as the actual sound produced is good but some other home theater systems but better than one would expect from a single box. A good

Pros: Design, overall appearance

Cons: Sound is good but not great

Incredible Sound and Value!!

Written By Fred, California on Saturday, June 22, 2013

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This device should be a must have for every recent flat screen TV, with small built-in speakers, sitting on a stand. I am using mine in a guest bedroom with a 40" Samsung LED.

I listened to this and Bose One in the showroom, there is NO comparison, even without a sub-woofer Zvox 555 is meaningfully superior, in my opinion.

Center channel speech is very clear in Surround 1, but if some source really needs help Dialog Emphasis should make any listener happy.

It is hard to know how Zvox put so much sound and technology into this product at only $399. In my opinion, this unit is competitive with much higher priced sound bars.

Pros: Excellent spacious sound; Flexibility to control sound; 3 surround modes, dialog emphasis, treble, and base; digital display

Cons: No optical digital cable included

Love my new ZVOX Z-Base 555!

Written By JerryB, Boca Raton, FL on Thursday, May 16, 2013

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I am delighted with the ZVOX Z-Base 555. For the past year, my wife and have relied on the speakers in our 55" Samsung flat screen TV while listening to the dialogue on many of our favorite shows and it has been a struggle, especially conversations with various dialects. I sought advice from Buddy, one of the terrific members of Crutchfield's teach support team, and after telling him my budget, he immediately recommended the ZVOX. I placed my order, two days later it arrived, and I had it installed and operating in 30 minutes. The sound is light years better than what I was listening to before and dialogue is now crystal clear. I highly recommend the ZVOX 555.

Pros: Crystal clear sound and very easy installation

Cons: Does not come with an optical cable. I found this out when I read many of the reviews, so I purchased the optical cable before the ZVOX arrived and was ready for the quick connection.

Makes a difference

Written By Louis, Rochester, NY on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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Delivers as advertised. The speech enhancement feature "clears away" back ground noise. And, again, the service at Crutchfield is outstanding. The first unit was defective, but the replacement arrived 48 later. The service tech assisted with setup, and accepted return of the digital cable which my Sony Bravia audio output made unusable.

Great, but one missing feature

Written By Anonymous, Pittsboro, NC on Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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We chose this instead of a regular sound bar because of the limited space in front of the TV. Setup was super simple and fast. The sound is of course worlds better than the TV's speakers. The bass from the kids watching cartoons actually woke us up one morning. The auto power off is great. Now for the missing feature, auto power on. It would be nice if the power came back on when audio was detected. I guess it doesn't to reduce the amount of energy used.

Pros: Easy setup Good sound Auto power off

Cons: No auto power on

OK product, horrible documentation

Written By GC, Hampstead, MD on Monday, April 22, 2013

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I need to begin by making clear that I am far from an expert. I just knew the sound on my new (Panasonic) TV was weak at best. The sound on this unit is, in my opinion, very good, enjoyable at least to my untrained ear and I guess that is what you buy this product for. However, it is supposed to have a sound leveling feature to level the volume between different inputs and channels which is very annoying and would be quite useful if it worked. Even on the same station there times when the sound between program and commercial is vastly different, let alone between different channels and inputs. This unit does NOTHING to even that out. There is also a setting that emphasizes speech, which again might be nice, but I can't tell if the function is on or off (ditto the sound leveling function) add to the confusion that some of these functions cancel one another out. With all this said you may think, just read the instructions-they are worthless. In fairness, the instructions are good at telling you how to set up the unit and correlating the unit with your TV's remote but as to using the various features on this unit, forget it.

Pros: Very good sound quality Good coordination with your TVs remote

Cons: Lacking documentation Sound leveling function is worthless Confusing as to whether the different functions are on or off

Crutchfield response on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

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Written By RickS, Hollywood, FL on Monday, April 15, 2013

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We were torn between the Bose and ZVOX product to improve our TV audio without lots of boxes and wires. The features and controls of the ZVOX is why we selected that product.

Pros: Great sound, clear voices, easy to hookup, very easy to control from our Comcast remote, looks great under our 46" flat screen TV

Cons: Volume control is too coarce, bass and treble settings make little difference, mute indicator does not stay on, no indicator light when the unit is on

audio music lover

Written By Mario L, San Diego, california on Monday, April 15, 2013

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easy to use,great sound, a cool appearance

Pros: quality

Cons: none

Great sound!

Written By skifishvail, Vail, CO on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Great sound and easy hook up.

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Written By Anonymous, Orange, ca on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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Excellent sound, the sound of this unit fills a large room very nicely.

Pros: Simple, no additional sub needed, awesome sound quality, it is able to be programmed to function using universal remote.

Cons: The unit is kind of large, with that said it fits perfectly for my application.

Z-Base 555

Written By JF, Columbus, OH on Monday, February 11, 2013

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Works as expected. The sound quality for speech is a big help for my "golden-age" ears. And turning on the dialogue enhancement makes it even clearer. (I am not the one to judge how good it sounds for music.) Setup was easy. As other reviews have noted, the cable is not included for the optical digital input. It easily learned the commands (Volume, Mute, Power) from our remote. It also has its own remote control, but you really only need that remote to turn on/off its special features such as dialogue enhancement. So it doesn't really add the confusion of an additional remote for your life. More than I wanted to spend, but it seems to be worth it.

Pros: Dialogue is much clearer.

Cons: It is a rectangular box designed to sit under a LCD. If you have one of the new very thin LED screens, the shape may not work for you. But, under our fluorescent LCD of a few years ago it is fine. There are a few control buttons on the front. They are very small and recessed below the speaker grill. That makes them impossible too see unless you are crouching on the floor. Fortunately you don't really need to use them. But, kids might poke them and change settings (e.g. mute or input).


Written By Ray, Hemet CA on Monday, February 04, 2013

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This is an awesome sound system!!! We are delighted with its richness! Fifteen minutes to install and setup and a great price!

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Written By Jim, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Needed better sound on my new Sony HDTV and this sure filled the bill. Great sound.

Pros: Real easy to setup and program

Cons: none

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By Budarp, Shrewsbury, MA on Saturday, December 29, 2012

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The Z-Base 555 is my second purchase of a ZVOX speaker system, this time a smaller unit for my second 40" TV panel. I find the peak power output to be perfectly sufficient in my large office area, 310sqft, enjoy the very noticable Dialog Enhance feature and continue to enjoy the Surround (formerly Phase Que) feature. Starting with my purchase of the largest system two years ago I continue to much favor these one box systems. Judgeing from the appearance of such systems from high priced competitors I am not alone in preferring the simplicity yet high performance of the ZVOX systems.

Pros: High performance, competitive pricing, simple yet stylish design, minimal standby power.

Cons: Cannot think of any.

ZVOX SoundBase 555

Written By D, Logan, Oh on Friday, December 28, 2012

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Generally, very well pleased with this unit. Easy setup and use with the instructions and a little help from Crutchfield. I could tell more about the sound if the wife would let me turn the volume up.

Pros: Nice looking base without a bunch of extra wires and speakers to deal with.

Cons: While the surround sound is good I suspect addtitional speakers would make it sound even better.

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Written By Ken B, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, December 27, 2012

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Really helps the hard of hearing separate the increasingly louder background music from dialogue. I'm very happy with my decision.

Pros: Dialogue enhancement button works

Cons: too large a change on up/down volume changes

ZVOX 555 Soundbar

Written By AndrewP, Orange, CT on Sunday, December 16, 2012

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Pleased after two-week's ownership. Sound output quality is an impressive improvement over built-in speakers of my flat-panel TV.

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Written By Bob, Menomonie Wi on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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The product is awesome. The sound is exceptional and the price comparitive to others such as Bose etc. I would buy again but would call with any questions beforehand.

Pros: Great sound and easy to use remote. Display is nice on the front. Shuts itself off if not used which I felt is a nice feature.

Cons: NO OPTICAL CABLE PROVIDED. Advertisment says "Just plug it in and go." Not so fast. No optical cord is provided! I had to run to WalMart in the dead of night to make the proper connections. Other than that the product was "as advertised". I think they could throw inthe stupid cable or at least say it's not provided.

Very Satisfied

Written By JR, Baltimore MD on Sunday, December 09, 2012

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This Zvox 555 sound bar is great. We needed something to help the clarity of the dialogue on our television and this sound bar is perfect. There are three adjustments and changes are made easily with the remote. Set up was easy for us (we are sometimes challanged in that area and have to call in our son to help) and we were able to set it up and program our current remote to control the sound bar as well. I like the fact that it sits under the TV rather than in front of it, which makes it feel like part of the stand and less like another piece of equipment. Very satisfied with the sound bar and we continue to be satisfied with Crutchfield's advisors and products.

Pros: Greatly improves the sound of our television. Easy set up.

Cons: none that I can see

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Written By stanlsc1, Hampton, SC on Friday, November 30, 2012

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This is a must with any of the new LED-LCD SUPER THIN televisions. You will need something that is an improvement over factory TV speakers. Instead of buying a sound bar and separate speakers consider the Zvox 555 it has all the sound you need in one convenient box. Commercials are no problem and low tones or voices are crystal clear! Almost bought the Bose, but there were too many bad reviews.

Pros: Great sound! You can listen to the news, watch a movie or listen to music from your iPhone! This is a great system!

Cons: None so far.

ZVOX Z-Base 555 & Crutchfield's Buying Experience

Written By Garfield2012, San Jose, CA on Friday, November 30, 2012

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Purchasing my ZVOX 555 from Crutchfield was as perfect as it can get. Their great communication and fast shipping is second to none!

I've had my unit for over a week now, and I can say without question that it improved the sound quality of my Panasonic plasma TV. It exceeded my expectations of what it could do, and I am very happy I chose the ZVOX over other type of sound bars that I had considered. The unit has plenty of sound setting options, and after trying several, I found the one that works best for my needs.

Pros: The minute you pick up this unit, you can tell by the weight it is not cheaply constructed. The unique design and dimensions set it apart from sound bars. The built in sub woofer is fully adjustable, and you can fine tune it to your listening preference.

Cons: If I had to give one, I would suggest the manufacturer ship it with an optical cable, as most new TVs all have this connection.

Improved "Voices"

Written By don, Colchester, VT on Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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Fantatstically fast delivery from Crutchfield and really beautiful IMPROVED SOUND from this speaker box unit. The Panasonic TV speakers just could NOT delivery voice clarity over the background sounds in many of todays TV Series shows. Hooking up the ZVOX-555 was easy and quick. I used an optical cable rather than the RCA type connector cable that came with the delivered ZVOX and the optical cable worked out perfectly. Sound quality to our ears was improved the minute I turned the ZVOX "on". Loudness is there at low settings and you can get the voices to pop-out from the background sounds. It's easy to set-up and adjust bass and tenor if you so choose. Nice looking unit, though a little larger in length than I would have liked. I'm very pleased with the unit, and with Crutchfield.

Pros: exceptional voice enhancement, good looking unit, powerful sound for/in a family room, easy set-up

Cons: should come with a digital optical cable

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Written By John, Hawaii on Sunday, November 04, 2012

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Very easy to set up. Sounds much better than the bar speakers on my Sony TV. Takes a while to get exactly what you need in the way of speech v surround, but so much neater and easier than my receiver and the six speakers that I used before.

Pros: So simple and uncluttered, and easier to use than the rather complicated home theater stuff.

Cons: The sound level button is very sensitive, and goes from soft to loud very easily, jumping numbers.


Written By Stroud, New Bern, NC on Friday, September 21, 2012

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It took longer to unpack this unit than it did to hook it up and get get it running. My DirecTV remote was programmed in less than 5 minutes. Sounds great for what I'm using it for. Much better than the TV speakers. It won't replace my 7.1 system but it sure make the bedroom TV sound great.

Pros: Easy hookup and setup

Cons: No digital cable included. Might be an issue for someone who does not have an extra one on hand.


Written By RayM, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Sounds great and works perfectly for what I wanted. I've had several soundbars and this easily beats them all. The sound is great, you can control it with your regular remote, it's easy to hook up, and has just enough adjustments to get the sound the way you want it without overwhelming you. I like the complicated 5.1 or 7.1 systems as much as anyone, but the wife and kids never use them because they can't figure everything out. This unit solves all that without sacrificing the quality.

great voice quality, small footprint

Written By Sandi, Sarasota, FL on Saturday, July 14, 2012

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We downsized & gave away our 5.1 surround sound. We have a small tiled room off the kitchen and couldn't get discernible sound. Our Bravia's sound is horrible, my husband has hearing loss and we set the level to 50+ to hear what was being said. Even then it was difficult and the commercials were painfully loud. I called Crutchfield and the tech asked me some questions and recommended this product. It works! The sound is clear now with just an 11 vol level. We find ourselves not FFing through the commercials because the volume is normalized and they capture our interest. The hardest part was the audio cable connection. I called Sony and was told I needed to use an optical cable from the TV to the Zvox. We got one and it didn't work. Another 20 minutes with Sony helpline and they finally told me to try directly from TiVo to Zvox. That worked, (I already knew that but I wanted to go from the Sony TV because of the Zvox auto volume shut off.) The Bravio model has no Pass Through Setting and Sony Support didn't know that. Anyway, it works directly from the TiVo box and when TiVo is paused or stopped the volume also stops. I then need to hit the Tivo volume up/down to make the Zvox power up- it doesn't turn on automatically with a direct TiVo connection but that's not a problem for us. I then spent 1+ hrs searching for TiVo codes. Finally I went to the Zvox site and found a video. The video explained it well & within 2 minutes my TiVo remotes were in control of the Zvox

Pros: Set up in minutes, clear conversation for TV programs, audio normalized in commercials, Zvox powers off even when connected to TiVo box instead of to TV.

Cons: Instructions not clear as to how to program TiVo remote to control volume. Internet search on TiVo is misleading- you do not need to enter codes into a TiVo Premier remote- just pair it to the Zvox using IR. Go to Zvox website and watch the short video to get the correct information on how to do that.