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ZVOX Z-Base 580

Powered home theater sound system and platform for TVs up to 65"

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    Serves as a base for flat-panel TVs

 

Our take on the ZVOX Z-Base 580

by Marshall Chase
ZVOX

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.

ZVOX brings you room-filling home theater sound — without a room full of speakers and wires — with their flagship TV audio system, the Z-Base 580. Just place it on your TV stand or A/V cabinet, set your flat-panel TV on top, and connect one cable — you've just installed a high-performance TV sound system in under 10 minutes. Flexible connection capabilities include analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and gear. This feature enables it to receive 5.1-channel surround signals from select over-the-air broadcasts or from your Blu-ray or DVD discs.

A low-profile, one-box solution
This one-piece system houses five 3-3/4" full-range speakers, two high-output 6-1/2" woofers, and built-in amplification — there's no need to use a separate receiver or run wires to any external speakers. The 580 is designed to serve as a base for most flat-panel TVs with screen sizes from 40" to 65".

Dialogue welcome. Blaring commercials — not so much.
If you can't hear the voices clearly, you miss out on the story. That's why ZVOX created a dialogue enhancement feature that gives new clarity and prominence to human voices. 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 580 keeps commercials on a short leash so you can just relax and enjoy the show.

Convenient features
The Z-Base 580 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. The display on the 580 lights up from behind the front cloth surround then disappears when not in use. And the 580 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.

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Highlights:

  • serves as a platform for most flat-panel TVs measuring 32" to 72" — TV base should not exceed 35"W or 15-1/2"D, and TV should not exceed 160 lbs.
  • PhaseCue™ virtual surround sound
  • frequency response 34-20,000 Hz
  • built-in 120-watt (peak power) amplifier
  • five 3-1/4" full-range speakers
  • dual 6-1/2" woofers
  • Dolby® digital decoding
  • rigid MDF (medium density fiberboard) cabinet
  • 2 stereo RCA analog inputs
  • 1 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital audio input
  • auto on/off
  • includes 2-meter stereo RCA-to-RCA cable
  • remote control
  • also learns commands from your TV remote
  • 36"W x 4-7/8"H x 18-3/8"D
  • weight: 33 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure
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Bass Reflex
Pieces in System
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1
Color
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Black
Tweeter
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None
Midrange
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3.25" Cone (x5)
Woofer
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6.25 Cone (x2)
Separate Subwoofer
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No
Subwoofer Driver
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None
Bluetooth Connectivity
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No
Wall-mountable
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No
Mounting Bracket Included
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No
Surface Mount Stand Included
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No
Speaker Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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1 Year
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1 Year
Specifications
System Frequency Response
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34-20k Hz
Powered System
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Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power
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120 Watts total
Subwoofer RMS Power
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N/A
Audio Inputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs
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1
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs
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2
Optical Digital Audio Inputs
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HDMI Audio Video Connections
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None
HDMI Outputs
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Dimensions
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4-7/8H x 36W x 18-3/8D
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33 lbs
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What's in the box?

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  • ZVOX Single cabinet surround system
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 AAA Batteries
  • 6.5' Audio cable (Stereo RCA plugs on both ends)
  • Setup/Operation guide
  • Quick Setup sheet
  • Remote Control instructions

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Features
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Features

Overview: The ZVOX Z-Base 580 is a single-cabinet audio system for your flat-panel television. It combines high-quality speakers, a built-in amplifier, a built-in subwoofer, and ZVOX PhaseCue II Virtual Surround Sound processing (enhanced by a Dolby Digital decoder) to give you an easy surround sound solution. Since there are no speaker wires to deal with, you just need to connect the power and audio cables to get started.

TV Compatibility: Most 32"-72" flat-panel TVs can be placed directly on top the Z-Base 580 . The television should weigh 160 1bs or less The TV's pedestal base should not exceed 35" (w) x 15.5" (d).

Class D Amplifier: The ZVOX Z-Base 580 is bi-amplified, using a specially designed, highly-efficient 120 watt Class D amplifier that includes electronic contouring for superb frequency response.

Five 3.25" Drivers: The ZVOX Z-Base 580 uses five 3.25" main speaker drivers that use a long-throw design to create a remarkable wide range, and accurate sound.

Dual 6.25" Subwoofers: In addition to the five main speakers, the Z-Base 580 has two down firing high-mass, long-throw 6.25" subwoofers in a ported enclosure.

PhaseCue II Virtual Suround Sound: The Z-Base 580 uses ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround processing to give you rich, three-dimensional sound with movies or music. PhaseCue II, as its name implies, manipulates the phase of the separate channels to "fool the ear" into believing that sound is coming from a variety of sources throughout the room. The benefits of PhaseCue II 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, literally surrounding the listener.

  • Music: With music, PhaseCue II creates a very wide soundstage - it literally sounds like you are listening to speakers eight feet apart from each other.
  • Movies: When listening to a good movie, the soundtrack will envelop you - putting you in the middle of the action.
Note: While the virtual surround experience isn't the same as a high-quality 5.1-channel system, the performance is much better than the speakers built-in to most TV's.

Dolby Digital: The unit's two digital inputs work with the built-in Dolby Digital decoder for improved virtual surround performance.

Wood (MDF) Cabinet with Hand-Lacquered Side Panels: The Z-Base 580 features a hand-built cabinet of heavy MDF with beautiful hand-lacquered high gloss end panels. Its low-profile design blends perfectly with most flat-panel TVs.

Disappearing Display: The Z-Base 580 features a four-digit display located behind the speaker grille that shows the current setting for volume, bass/treble, and PhaseCue II (virtual surround). It 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.

Controls

Dialogue Emphasis (DE): Dialogue Emphasis (DE) provides an easy-to-use and effective method for improving the intelligibility of television dialogue. By pressing the Dialogue Emphasis (DE) function button on the remote control, the system engages a circuit that mimics the functions of a hearing aid. The frequencies used by human voices are dynamically emphasized, while other frequencies are minimized.

Output Leveling (OL): The Output Leveling (OL) function prevents large changes in volume levels. Simply press the Output Leveling (OL) button on the remote control and a sophisticated processor takes over, making soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer, so there are fewer jarring moments when switching channels or when commercials come on. This system also helps by boosting the audio levels from a DVD or Blu Ray player that is not loud enough.

Surround Settings: You can adjust the level of PhaseCue II virtual surround processing effect. You can select from Surround One (low effect), Surround Two (moderate effect), Surround Three (strong effect).

Tone Control: The bass control has a range from -8 to 4. The treble control has a range from -4 to 4.

Remote Control: The included wireless remote has controls for power, mute, volume, PhaseCue II effect level, bass & treble level. and DE/OL functions.

Programmable: The new Z-Base 580 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, cable box remote, or satellite receiver remote can control volume, mute, power and input functions of the ZVOX system.

Auto Standby: The Z-Base 580 will enter a low-power Standby mode after approximately 5 minutes of no audio signal.

Connections

One Cable Connection: The Z-Base 580 requires only one connection cable. You can use either analog or digital connection options to your television.

Audio Inputs: The ZVOX Z-Base 580 offers analog and digital audio inputs.

  • Digital Input: The Z-Base 580 is equipped with a coaxial digital (single RCA) and an optical digital (Toslink) input. The digital inputs will accept either 2-channel PCM or Dolby Digital bitstream signals.
  • Analog Input: The Z-Base 580 has two rear-panel stereo RCA analog inputs and a front-panel 3.5mm analog audio input.

Subwoofer Output: An optional powered subwoofer can be connected using the full-range single RCA Sub Output on the back panel.

Remote Control Input: This jack is reserved for ZVOX service only.

 
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5 out of 5

ZVOX is Clear Audio

Written By Retired executive, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, September 14, 2014
 
Bought the ZVOX 580 to replace the Sony sound bar. Was seeking simplicity of operation and clear audio. Works as advertised and very happy.
Pros:
Easy set up, voice enhancement, volume leveling.
Cons:
None
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1 out of 5

Verdict Still Out

Written By Cat, Covington, LA on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
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Installed and programmed according to instructions. Effective at improving dialogue. However, the unit inconsistently responded to on/off and volume increase or decrease. Had to walk to unit often in order to get it to respond. This happened more often than not. Recently the unit would not respond to remote, we turned it on at the unit, and the sound was extremely loud even though display read "5". We turned unit off. Turned it back on and sound is totally distorted. Since unit is 9 months old, Crutchfield advised we should ship back to ZVOX. ZVOX says it is a simple fix, we need to replace LED, which they will provide free. So I will advise further once we try this fix. In the meantime, don't recommend it.
Pros:
Improved dialogue.
Cons:
Inconsistent performance and failure.
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4 out of 5

Z-Base 580 is the answer

Written By John, Bend, OR on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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This sound box works great. I had previously purchased a Samsung and then a Polk Audio sound bar to use with my Samsung TV. Both improved the sound, but the dialogue was still not clear. Saw the reviews on this sound bar and decided to give it a shot. Glad I did, sound is crisp and clear. Working with my DirecTV remote was important to me. I hate having to use multiple remotes and this sound bar allows me to control it with the Direct TV remote! I would have given it 5 stars if the other inputs would have been in the back of the unit instead of the front. I don't love the cords showing in the front when used with an iTouch.
Pros:
Sound, dialogue clarity
Cons:
Input location
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5 out of 5

ZVox 580

Written By Matt, Nacogdoches, Tx on Friday, August 15, 2014
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Very easy set up. Remote is very simple to use. Instructions are simple. Was easily paired with my new DirectV Genie remote. Clarity, sound, and overall performance I am very satisfied with.
Pros:
Simple to setup and use.
Cons:
Its big, be sure you have a area large enough for it to sit. Also allow room behind for plugs.
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5 out of 5

This Sound Bar is Incredible!

Written By Eric, Kansas City, MO on Monday, June 30, 2014
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I bought this speaker to replace my 6.1 surround sound Onkyo system. The Onkyo system still sounded good, but I have always had a problem hearing what is being said, because of all the other effects. I needed something that would accommodate my 60 inch television. I went to a high end retail store, and listened to everything they had. I discovered for $2100, I could replace my system with one that fit my needs. So then I started looking at the sound bars. The "beloved" Bose 1 SR is nice, don't get me wrong... But, it's not $1500 nice. So I left with no item. The next day, I found the ZVOX online, and for the price, I gave it a shot. It was delivered the very next day. I sat my tv on top of it, hooked up my Onkyo subwoofer, and turned it on..... Oh my! What a great surprise! It sounds better than my whole surround sound ever did! There is also a button on the remote that when pressed makes the center voice channel loud and clear! Does it sound as good as the $2100 system? No. It's not a surround sound system people! Does it sound as good as the "beloved" Bose 1 SR? I think it is pretty close! The difference is, you can actually hear the center speaker. That has been the biggest complaint with the Bose. For the money, you will not find a better sound bar. Also, it is simple to use. Anyone who is not an "audiophile" will be happy with this. Just understand, that it is not a complete surround sound!
Pros:
Great Price Subwoofer Output Television sits directly on top Great Sound Simple to use
Cons:
NONE
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4 out of 5

Better than I thought.

Written By dynamohb, Corpus Christi,Tx on Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Would have given the product a 5 stars if would have had a hook up for a wireless subwoofer.
Pros:
Pretty good overall sound.
Cons:
Bass could be a bit better.
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5 out of 5

A Real Ear Saver

Written By JohnA, West Yellowstone, MT on Monday, June 16, 2014
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I purchased this product in an effort to overcome difficulty hearing some of the dialog on my favorite TV programs. I have some hearing loss as diagnosed by my audiologist. A few months ago, my wife and I purchased a 65" HDTV from Samsung. They were nice enough to throw in a free low end sound bar with the deal, but it made it so hard to hear dialog that we just defaulted to using the built-in TV speakers which were only marginally better than the sound bar. I looked to CNET for advice on my problem and was ready to buy a conventional stereo amp and speakers (for about $1200) to improve the situation. When I described the issue to the Crutchfield advisor, he suggested trying the ZVOX Z-Base 555. I looked at the problem, and it seemed like a good idea. I ordered the 580, since I still have some testerone left. The dialog enhancement setting really works, and it helps us to understand almost every word the first time through - even with one or two fans (from the heater and humidifier) running at the same time in the living room. The only glitch I experienced was the ZVOX remote did not work properly right out of the box. I contacted tech support, and we found that the buttons on the right side of the remote did not work. Rather than delay solving the problem by digging a remote out of a new unit, they sent me an entire new unit from which I removed the fully functional remote. Returned everything else to Crutchfield at their expense.
Pros:
Great sound for TV and music. Can attach my iPhone through the front input jack.
Cons:
It's pretty big, but I knew that when I ordered.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sound box

Written By MIKE Z, Los Angeles, Ca on Tuesday, May 06, 2014
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The sound is great, good bass, and the dialogue enhancement really helps
Pros:
VERY easy to hook up--only one cable, or was it 2 ? Sits under the TV, --no sound bar and subwoofer on the floor.
Cons:
Instruction manual--not much there, --to figure out how to program the universal remote we use for the TV,--the electronics of the illuminated window and interface could be improved.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By jtheaman, Reno, NV on Wednesday, April 02, 2014
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Looking to improve the TV's sound system wouldn't take much, but this unit really steps up to the plate. We haven't had the system very long but long enough to listen to Brit Floyd on PBS, we were impressed and surprised by both. Installation was a snap.
Pros:
Sound is impressive and the unit was way easy to hook up to the TV. No complaints as of a couple of weeks since installation.
Cons:
Could use a small light on front of unit to indicate that it is on.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base

Written By Roger, Waconia on Friday, February 14, 2014
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easy set up, awesome sound
Pros:
clarity is unbelievable
Cons:
to heavy for my wife to lift :)
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5 out of 5

Great Solution For HDTV Sound

Written By Luke, Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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Recently bought a 60" HDTV and realized something had to be done to improve the terrible sound quality that comes out of these new LED/LCD TV stock speakers. I didn't want to get into the hassle and work of getting a complete surround sound system, but did want something that had decent sound for Blu Rays and sports. After researching options, I realized a platform sound bar was going to be the simplest solution. This product was on the higher end on sales price for this type of product, but it was money well spent. The sounds on tv shows, movies, and sports are all greatly improved. Dialog comes through clear, nice bass levels on the internal subs. This product is also great for music, and I can actually use my Pandora app that comes with my Smart TV now. It was easy to set up (no mounting or figuring out if it would block the remote signal as would be required with traditional sound bars) and I was going in minutes. I placed it in my entertainment stand as opposed to directly under the tv stand, and I think that makes for a cleaner look. You can program your Cable/Satellite remote to control volume which is nice. It is certainly not surround sound, you'll only get that with an actual surround system, so don't buy this product thinking you'll get anything close to surround sound. If, however, you're looking for good quality sound improvement over your tv speakers and simplicity in setup and in functionality, look no further than this ZVOX! Very satisfied!
Pros:
Easy to setup, no worrying about mounting, can place directly under television as a platform or in your entertainment stand, good quality sound and a vast improvement over HDTV stock speakers
Cons:
Nothing major. The surround mode is not truly anything close to actual surround, but this is actually the case with all sound bars, so the product doesn't really lose any points for me on that front.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By Chuck, The Villages,Florida on Monday, January 27, 2014
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WE are very satisfied with the ZVOX Base 580. The dialogue enhancement feature by itself justufies the purchase particulaly if someone in the house has hearing difficulty. We replaced a Polk Audio sound bar which was a very good addition to a modern flat screen with terrible speakers. ZVOX base adjustment is also easier.
Pros:
Dialogue enhancement and ease of adjustments. Good speaker sound.
Cons:
It's a large, slightly heavy box
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z Base 580

Written By Jerry, Texas on Monday, January 20, 2014
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800# answered fast and gave me options of less $. I stayed with the 580. Arrived on time. No shipping problems. Makes DVD talk cleared and English movies more understood.
Pros:
Quality product
Cons:
some what lager than expected but works in space with no problems
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5 out of 5

HD sound

Written By Anonymous, Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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ZVOX does for sound what HD does for viewing. While watching Mad Men, we could hear office type writers, and street trafic - sound that was not perceivable with the TV speakers. The ZVOX speakers add another dimension to TV viewing.
Pros:
Great sound. Easy set up.
Cons:
The sound is superior when an optical cable is used.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By Ron, North Fork on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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I purchased a Samsung PN60F8500 and knew I wanted to enjoy more than just the picture. Speakers on the new televisions are mediocre at best. I had to put the television on furniture so this has worked good as a base and most other sound bars would block the bottom of the television. Second, I am hard of hearing so I was looking for something that would help me understand what people were saying. The dialog enhancement is as advertised. If you are hard of hearing and tired of asking someone what they said all of the time, this is the way to go. I am no longer asking my wife what they said. The remote enables you to quickly change to full feature if you don't need the dialog and want to get more of the experience. There is one setting that pretty much covers both areas The system provides plenty of detail for a sound bar. It isn't surround sound but great at what it does. I couldn't get DirecTV remote off and on to program with this unit. After contacting Crutchfield and ZVOX (yes and very accommodating) I learned it only works with one button control.
Pros:
Able to understand what people are saying. Sports, movies or news. and the easiest piece of equipment I have installed. Support from Crutchfield and ZVOX was great and helpful support staff also.
Cons:
If you have DirecTV, you can not program the on and off button with the ZVOX.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By JamesR, Alpharetta, GA on Thursday, January 02, 2014
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Big sound that comes from a compact all-in-one cabinet which compared to other sound bars actually looks like a piece of furniture wherever you place it. Attaching a subwoofer is truly optional unless you want a bigger punch.
Pros:
Dialogue enhancement, especially for Seniors!
Cons:
Not the best choice for surround sound. Toslink digital optical audio as well as coax digital audio cables are NOT included - must be purchased separately.for best sound results.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

WOW Great Sound

Written By Dave, Raymond,Ms. on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Great sound ,setup with direct TV, took all of 3 min.-I listened to several other sound bars at retail stores but none of them come close to this system. Thanks to the staff at Crutchfield for suggesting zvox and the sale price was the clincher. Shipping was fast and I have learned to contact them for accurate and professional advise for all stereo purchases.
Pros:
easy set up with direct TV (direct tv remotes are the worst learning remotes ever)great sound - great price-
Cons:
Only issue I had was the newer TV's work with coxial or optical cable only, zvox comes with analog cables --fyi Crutchfield rep tried to get me to buy a optical cable- TV was in another location and i rolled the dice??????
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great for enhancing your TV's sound!

Written By Anonymous, Nashville, TN on Thursday, December 19, 2013
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I received the ZVOX in 1 business day and had it out of the box and plugged in and working within 10 minutes. This unit is very easy to set up. Overall this is a good product and I really enjoy the enhanced dialogue features and it makes voices really stand out in any situation. However, when I plugged in my iPhone, the music playback was not as impressive. I knew that going into buying this product after reading other reviews so I wasn't too disappointed. My main objective was to be able to hear people speaking clearly without having really loud ambient noise and that is where this product shines. For what little bit of music we will be listening to on this unit it will be just fine. The unit itself is very sturdy and I'm confident that it will hold my 65" LED TV just fine without compromising the integrity of the unit. Regarding the virtual surround, it's ok. If I wanted a true surround sound then I would have installed my current set up of 5.1 speakers but this is a much simpler solution and sounds great for TV or Movies! One last comment, it was much larger in size than I had anticipated, not a problem for us though.
Pros:
Ease of set up / Voice quality / Simple Remote
Cons:
Music quality, this is the reason I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars. Solid product though!
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580 Everything I was told it would be

Written By Doug Hinton, Marshalltown, IA on Monday, December 16, 2013
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I can't say enough for my entire experience. The Crutchfield people without exception have been fantastic. I've had the sound box installed and operating for only a couple of days but I am extremely happy. It was everybit as easy to install and set up as I had been told. The sound results are incredible.
Pros:
The sound is incredible. set up was every bit as easy as I had been told. There have been no disappointments.
Cons:
None at this time.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good too Go

Written By Frank, Brandywine, MD on Saturday, November 30, 2013
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You buy this product, unbox it, take about 15 - 30 minutes too completely set it up, and you will be, All Good Too Go. This product is a perfect example of the fact that, sometimes, less is more. Sounds great, fits in and works well. Note : can be used for Bluetooth , with an inexpensive ($30) adapter. There are 5 inputs that all work well and add a bit of versatility too the overall possible uses. Then again, if you just want to do a ONE CABLE hook up with the TV, you really cannot do better then this Zvox unit. Crutchfield & Zevox, a Winning combination.
Pros:
Quality of Sound. Simplicity & ease of setup & use. Sale price was real nice, indeed.
Cons:
Slightly pedestrian finish. NO Multiple HDMI hook up , and Pass Thru.
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5 out of 5

Great solution for great sound

Written By Kim L, Boulder, Co on Sunday, November 24, 2013
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Very pleased with this purchase.The Z-base has provided terrific sound for television as well as movies. It's a simple system that minimizes clutter around the TV.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Three good choices on surround sound. There is a sound clarity setting that makes dialog much easier to hear.
Cons:
None so far!
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Could not be more satisfied!!!

Written By John B, Chicago on Friday, November 08, 2013
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My parents had a difficult time understanding dialogue and constantly complained about the vapid sound from their flat screen tv. My brother and I ordered the ZVOX 580 as an early X-Mas gift. They were amazed at the improvement in the vocal clarity of the dialogue and the all around "fuller" sound. They also love the fact that the ZVOX turns on and off right along with the tv, so using it requires no extra effort from them.
Pros:
Vastly improved dialogue All around better sound Ease of Hookup
Cons:
None I can think of
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5 out of 5

Big difference for me

Written By Wes, Castle Rock, CO on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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I have hearing aids and have always had trouble understanding speech on the TV. With the Zvox 580 I can understand every word of every show, without my using my hearing aids. This was the perfect answer for me.
Pros:
easy to set up, just plug in the optical from the TV and you are good to go.
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5 out of 5

Very good simple sound system

Written By Scottie, Ontario, OR on Sunday, November 03, 2013
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I am NOT an audio expert, but I know the difference between good and bad sound. Very good sound with just enough adjustment on remote to suit personal taste. Hooked up a powered NHT sub and now it literally feels and sounds like a theater experience, without the rear surround (Cannot run full volume on sub or the 580 because it's too loud). I have tested it for 10 days and am ordering another unit right now after I finish this review. I used to have a true surround system with multiple speakers (too much hassle and mess with wires and multiple remotes) and IMO this is the only way to go unless you have to have rear surround. Everything is controlled with the Direct TV remote, so much nicer than fumbling with multiple remotes..
Pros:
So simple to set up, it really lowers the commercials that normally blare out.
Cons:
This is really not a con because you cannot get true rear sound without physically having speakers in the rear.
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5 out of 5

Now I can understand the dialog from my TV programs

Written By DonW, Ridgecrest, CA on Friday, September 27, 2013
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Very pleased with the improvement with the quality of the voice. The unit also provides good overall sound across the desired frequency range, Bass is good for TV and not overbarring. I like the contol that is provided with the handheld controller. Both myself and wife are elderly and have had difficulty in understanding the dialog from today's TV. This unit has made watching today's TV program much more enjoyable. Loved the easy setup also. Good bang for the bucks!
Pros:
Improves voice clarity. Easy to install and setup. Good adjustments with the hand controller.
Cons:
none I have not found anything other than want I expected from my researh before buying.
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4 out of 5

This box rocks

Written By Rick, Arlington VA on Friday, September 20, 2013
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Easy to set up--if I can do it in 3 minutes then anybody can. Great sound for the money, too.
Pros:
Easy set up Easy to train your TV or cable remote to run it Good sound for a single box, especially for football
Cons:
None--it's a good value for the money. Is a big footprint but that's ok.
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5 out of 5

Xvox Z Base 580

Written By Sentries, Pinehurst, NC on Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Was a little taken back by the size of this unit. Believe me when I say this unit "kicks butt!" I have an open living area that is large and I would have been very happy with a smaller and less powerful sound bar. Anything comparable would have cost more than double.
Pros:
What is different with the Zvox is it clarifies speech making the voices clearer and sharper. For those who have hearing problems, this would certainly help plus give you a stronger bass and an all around better sound quality.
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

Zvox Z-Base 580

Written By GaryD, Boca Raton, FL on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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Great for voice clarity. I live in an apartment and I wanted to improve the voice clarity as well as the sound quality. I did not want the thump of a subwoofer. If you want 5.1 or 7.1 buy a home theater. If you want to understand what they say on the British mystery theater then buy this.
Pros:
Enhances the voices and improves the sound quality
Cons:
It is large and it is not Home Theater sound
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3 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By Phillip H, Pleasant Hill, CA on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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This speaker system sounded great but I had issues with connecting my older plasma TV through it. When watching TV and changing channels, the volume control between channels was not consistently the same. One station would be to low and one would have to increase the volume and the next station would be way to loud and one would have to lower the volume. . I had to use the 580 due to the 70+ pound TV and large base.
Pros:
Great sound
Cons:
Large speaker system that is oviously looking right at you and is not a sleek as the other models.
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4 out of 5

Okey

Written By Mineu, LA on Friday, August 02, 2013
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Seems to be good product, but I have a few bugs to be worked out. I keep having to coordinate the mute button on the controller with my TV controller as they frequently don't work together. Also, the sound will blast out on occasion when I change chanels. Otherwise, I'm happy with the sound, even for my elderly ears. The unit looks nice under the TV , and is a nice addition. Plan to contact Crutchfield for advice about bugs.
Pros:
Great sound, well-made, easy to set up.
Cons:
Have to keep coordinating mute buttons on both unit remote and TV remote. Occasionaly sound blasts out when I change channels.
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5 out of 5

owner

Written By owner, san diego on Friday, June 21, 2013
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good sound
Pros:
best speakers
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

zvox 580

Written By morey, san diego on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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received the devise in a timely manner. expected a smaller box but adjusted and looks fine with the TV sitting on top. The sound is great and find the speech easy to comprehend with some age related reduced hearing. Tried the Ipod and again was not disappointed.
Pros:
simple setup with no wire issues, better speech comprehension than prior 5.1 setup
Cons:
can't think of any
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5 out of 5

Perfect Solution

Written By DanW, San Diego, CA on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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The sound bar is a PERFECT solution for a small to mid-size room. The price doesnt offend because in my opinion this is a best in class, product. The higher wattage output for this model is worth it, especially in conjunction with the dialog enhancement. Though I am not an audiophile, I am a huge electric blues/rock fan, and the highs and lows do not disappoint; and the sound is 'punchy' in the middle, filling the room. This model also has an optical, coaxial, and rca inputs, allow for connection of a bunch of devices - worked out of the box with 10 minutes of routing cables on the TV stand from the devices.
Pros:
Sound quality is fantastic, and fills a 20 x 30 living space more than adequately. Ease of setup & use, I love the remote. I have not yet tried to train the unit with the cable or tv remote - having four remotes doesn't bother me, it's actually kind of okay for organization
Cons:
The unit is pretty darn big and heavy, so, make sure you have adequate space on your stand, or wherever you are going to place it. The depth is substantial, and you need room in the back to route in the cables.
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5 out of 5

EZ way to instantly UPGRADE sound from a Flat Screen

Written By Stevie B., Easton, PA 18042 on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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As title states; This unit has full rich sound and the Dialogue-Enhancer really brings voices to life -- Unit has 5 front firing speakers and 2 down firing subs built in, I added an external sub just for added punch, but most shoppers would be completely satisfied with the low range of the built-in subs -- By it, you won't regret it !!! Stevie B.
Pros:
Way EZ to hook-up and use
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Awesome sound for a great price

Written By twinmom, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, April 29, 2013
 
This is a great sound bar at a fantastic price, and it is easy to use. We are very happy with our purchase!
Pros:
Great quality, good value
Cons:
A little bulky - doesn't mount on the wall like some systems.
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5 out of 5

zvox z-base 580

Written By wadew, matthews,nc on Saturday, April 27, 2013
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excellent sound for your dollar. good bass. very full sound overall. extremely simple hook up. easy to use remote control. clean, unclutterd appearance.
Pros:
excellent value. great sound. simple hook up.
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

zvox

Written By davech, pittsburgh,a on Monday, December 31, 2012
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easy to setup sound quality great
Pros:
easy setup, sound quality great, commercial volume reduced
Cons:
no bluetooth
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By Van V, Hamilton, Ohio on Sunday, December 30, 2012
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I am very happy with the sound quality. Bass is OK, but if you like more bass,you need a powered subwoofer, I am going to add one. The 580 is very sturdy, heavy, and solidly built.
Pros:
Sound quality
Cons:
need more bass control
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield and ZVOX 580.....Hear TV again!!

Written By Dick G, Akron, Ohio on Friday, December 14, 2012
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I had trouble with TV voice clarity for a long time. Had tried various hearing aids, but the real answer was the 580 Zvox. I no longer look at my wife and say....."What did he/she say???" It is marvelous for me.....and for my wife!! Crutchfield is an outstanding company and we will deal with them again....just like having the helping hand of a friend!!
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4 out of 5

Great sound, but large footprint

Written By dm, New York, NY on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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The ZVOX 580 does everything that the critics say in terms of sound. Like others, I was looking for a soundbar for our 46" flatscreen. Like many other city dwellers, our TV is located in our living room, so setting up a surround sound system was really out of the question for a room that is not dedicated to TV watching. I compared the ZVOX with other soundbar solutions but almost without exception the ZVOX came out far ahead in the ratings. What is only hinted at, however, is the size of the box itself. While elegantly designed to not draw attention to itself, it's still pretty huge: 36" wide, 16.5" deep and 5" tall. From my perspective, the sound is worth the tradeoff but it's hard to appreciate how large it is until it's sitting on your credenza.
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4 out of 5

Zvox Z 580

Written By Captain Kirk, Ft Wayne, IN on Sunday, December 02, 2012
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Great musical quality sound. The theater surround is above average but the center channel voicing is sometimes a bit unreal. Voice volume equalizing is also a problem issue.
Pros:
Music quality
Cons:
Voice volume equalizing on broadcast TV
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5 out of 5

Zvox 580

Written By TomD, Loganville, Ga on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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I have been having an increasingly hard time understanding the dialog from my plasma tv.. I came upon this unit while looking for a solution. The setup would have been very easy were it not for my Pioneer 5070HD tv. I set up everything as per instructions and connected the 580 to my Pioneer with an optical out Toslink cable. When I turned everything on -nothing. After talking to a very helpful person at Zvox, we determined that the HDMI on my Pioneer will not pass any digital information from HDMI connected devices through the Toslink cable. Long story short, I had to connect to the Monitor Out using analog rca cables. Somewhat disappointing. But thats Pioneers fault. The 580, even through an analog source, sounds great. I can actually understand the words. I was concerned over the prospect of setting my 50inch tv on top of the Zvox,but everything worked great and it was very stable. This is a great sounding speaker and I cant say enough good things about Zvox customer support. Iwould not hesitate to buy from them and Crutchfield again.
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5 out of 5

Happy Z580taly

Written By DD, Tx on Thursday, November 15, 2012
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If your are looking for a simple powerful set up, the Z 580 is a great choice! I was looking to improve the HDTV sound without having to have speakers and components all over the place. I started with internet searches and reviews of sound bars of all types and price ranges (Ie. Sony , Harmon Kardon, Polk Audio, Bose) to name a few. Then went to listen to each product that suit my specific needs. I had read about a company name ZVOX years ago and kept an eye on their product line because I liked their sound in a box theory. Well ZVOX kept on coming up on several sites as a good choice for a sound bar. I am now glad I waited all these years for the ZVOX 580! Setup and install fast and simple. Just know your sound needs and you will not be disappointed in this product. My wife was not home before I set up the system to my liking and left it like that and went to work. See called me later and to say that the sound was great coming of that black box and made her DVD movie enjoyable! Nufff said, the wife likes it!!

Pros:
Remote syncs easily , connection and set up simple to understand great sound clarity and just enough subwoofer
Cons:
None at this time
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5 out of 5

Solid Product

Written By Eric M, Batavia, IL on Wednesday, October 24, 2012
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I'm very happy with the Zvox 580 that I recently received. Initially I had not heard of this brand, so was a bit skeptical - but after looking online quite a bit for reviews (by both customers and independent websites), I gained quite a bit of confidence in them, and made the purchase.

The fact that Crutchfield has an excellent return/refund policy only made the decision easier to try it out. I did go to a local store to listen to it first, but it's hard to make a decision based on that even, since essentially you have to be happy with how it sounds in YOUR setup, not in a professional one at a store. That's how Crutchfield's policy really gave me peace of mind.

The 580 is very sturdy, heavy, and solidly built. I like the fact that the connections are simplified on it (just run audio from your TV and you're done). As with any product that offers multiple sound settings, you'll have to fuss with it until you''ve got the setting you like, based on what you're watching (movie vs. TV vs. sports). But that's normal.

I have used mine to watch several movies, and was very happy with the sound quality. It's not going to replace a "true" surround sound system, but even Zvox admits that. The point of it is to get something better than the TV speakers, deliver solid, immersive sound, but not have to deal with a full surround setup. It does that well.

It does what it's designed for quite well!
Pros:
Solid sound, makes movies and TV much more enjoyable than TV speakers
Cons:
If I was picky I'd say "cost", but you actually get quite a bit for your money, considering you don't need a receiver/amp to power it! I think the price is fair for what you get.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 580 Model

Written By Bob M, Fairfax Station, VA on Saturday, October 20, 2012
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Well, I took the plunge after reading all the reviews on the ZVOX Model 580 and I'm glad I finally bought this model. The Bass is Excellent! And, the overall sound of the unit is clear as a bell. My wife likes the fact that we don't have a bunch of wires strung out all over the room. We like the one box system alot! It's kind of unbelieveable how good this little small box sounds!! I'm an audiophile and I am generally real picky about which equipment I buy. I paired this 580 with a new 70" Sharp LED, 3D TV and it is just phenomenal how I finally feel like I'm watching a real movie with real movie sound!! It's really worth it (I think) to buy the best system ZVOX offers, so you won't get short changed on your bass. So, good ahead and spend the extra $100 and be done with it for the next 10 years!
Pros:
Easy set up clear instructions Great Bass! Good stereo separation Good surround sound qualities
Cons:
No cons that I can see.
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5 out of 5

Excellent choice ... for what it is

Written By WilliamH, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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The ZVOX-Base 580 is an excellent choice for what it is -- a single unit, all-in-one speaker system which richly replaces the anemic sound of the speakers on my wall-mounted LG 55" HD 3D TV. I purchased it for use in my modestly sized master bedroom, choosing it over the smaller ZVOX systems so as to have a richer sound at low volume. The bass volume range is more than adequate given the facts I have neighbors adjacent to my condo and my wife prefers less bass over more. Over the years I have purchased many A/V items from Crutchfield and have always appreciated the quality of the items and the excellent support service provided both before and after purchases. The purchase process and quality of this product is very much in line with my previous happy experiences with Crutchfield.
Pros:
Very helpful pre-purchase consultation with sales associate, quick delivery after placing order, very easy installation, superb sound, broad variety of sound-setting options.
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5 out of 5

Zvox-Z Base 580

Written By Bob B, La Mesa, CA on Monday, October 15, 2012
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This excellent product installs just as the ad says...simple and done in 5 minutes without hi-tech knowledge. It is controlled by your TV remote and turns on and off automatically. A separate remote is supplied to change the type of sound you desire...concert hall, stadium, movie, etc. I just set it at the best sound for the room and put the separate remote away. Wife loves the simplicity which is why I purchased it. Other electronic retailers never heard of it and that is their loss. Finall, a audio/video component that does not require the Geek Squad to intergrate.
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5 out of 5

zvox z-base 580

Written By Milt D, Centennial on Saturday, October 06, 2012
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Great buy and sound for the money. I'm totally satisfied.
Pros:
Great sound
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2 out of 5

Disappointed

Written By NW, North Central, Florida on Friday, September 21, 2012
 
First the speaker tries to copy Dolby Digital and they do not. The speaker spreads the sound from center and all I wanted was speakers that sounded more natural than the TV speakers, not a Dolby speaker system for I already have a 7 speakers and AV receiver system for true Dolby or DTS. This speaker has un-natural hissy highs and little bass. I wanted this speaker system to reproduce natural sounding voice which my TV does not accomplish and neither does this speaker.
Pros:
Playing music over the speaker is pleasing.
Cons:
Over priced, less than average voice reproduction speaker system.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By Anonymous, Southold, NY on Saturday, September 01, 2012
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I replaced an amazing surround system (but never had backround speakers). This sounds pretty incredible for it's size. The bass was ok, but was awesome after using my existing powered subwoofer using a 55hz crossover setting. It really sounds great but rear speakers would make it sound a lot more like surround sound. (but the sound quality is excellent). The wife loves the fact that she dosent have to look at speakers.
Pros:
Sound quality
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4 out of 5

Very Good

Written By MG, Sacramento, CA on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
 
Yes like most of us who are in a market for a sound bar we've probably demoed and listen to many different brands before making a final decision. I must say bang for the buck the Z-Base 580 is an awesome product. I listened to sound bars ranging from $300 to $2000 and the 580 is an outstanding value. Yes the sound bars in the $1500 to $2000 range have awesome separation, brightness, clarity, and DSP enhanced or simulated 5.1 surround sound, but the 580 is very good too in those sound qualities as well at 1/3rd the price. The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 star rating was the ability to give it more bass for those who like a bass type EQ, but I called ZVOX and they have a firmware revision called "REV-27" that improves this issue for some purchasers. I am listener who doesn't like a lot of bass and so far the 580 has enough bass for my ears. One last thing when I called their customer service number the person was very helpful and told me up front all the details of this product. Can't ask for more than that...
Pros:
Great Value... Very Good Sound... Some nice basic sound adjustments that not overly complicated...
Cons:
A little more bass control for people who love a thump-in bass sound.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By killerjimbo, Reading, Pa on Sunday, June 03, 2012
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First let me say that I am hearing impaired to the point that I wear hearing aids so I may not hear exactly what you hear but that is true of all of us regardless. After years of frustration in trying to get my wife to understand and operate a 5.1 channel receiver system, I gave up. Did that upset me, no because I was tired of all the wires and all the other new-fangled that was coming out every few weeks myself. All I wanted was good clear dialog and music worth listening to. So I started checking out amplified soundbars and I have owned some or had some for trial periods (probably had six or more). In a very weak moment I even purchased a $2000 soundbar which I will not name. Within a weak of listening I was kicking myself for being so gullible because in head to head testing the sound wasn't any better (in my opinion) than my Polk SurroundBar 6000 at $499. But I was still looking for something better and more flexible in terms of setting options. Finally, on the recommendation of a Crutchfield advisor I decided to try the ZVOX Z-Base 580. I have had it for about 4 weeks now and it keeps getting better all the time. Simple to set up, great sound quality and maybe best of all the wife knows how to use it. I really liked my Polk Surround 6000 but it is now on Craig's list because the ZVOX does everything even better. As a bonus benefit for me, I was looking to raise the height of my TV so it was a perfect solution.
Pros:
Simple hook-up. Great sound. Flexibility for selecting various surround modes, dialog enhancement, bass response. Blends well under the TV.
Cons:
Programing Cable Box remote a little tricky
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5 out of 5

Looks Great

Written By bobS, Top of stand, with 50" TV set on top on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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It's was bigger then I expected, but hook -up/set-up very easy for this old guy. Sounds great, I hear everything when set at at low volume. Now I don't disturbe the wife. When watching movies I due turn sound up, and it's still clear and fills the room.
Pros:
Easy Hook Up
Cons:
Needs the help of two others who have the 50" TV when unit is place under TV
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5 out of 5

zvox 580 - subwoofer now working with zvox factory patch

Written By mak, westport ct on Monday, April 23, 2012
 
excellent sound & great design; allows me to replace much more expensive and dated Denon AV receiver and separate speakers; integrates very well with system comprised of Sony fp (40XBR3), tivo HD, PS3, ATV3; very easily programmed Tivo remote to control ZVOX;

works great with external powered subwoofer, a 1997-vintage Sunfire; - ZVOX now has a patch to correct their previous external subwoofer design issue (i don't know if it can be retroactively applied)

one drawback: older vintage HDTV's such as Sony 40XBR3 do not switch all audio inputs through the HDTV's optical link; only digital audio received through the HDTV's own tuner; requiring using of the ZVOX analog inputs; NOTE: newer HDTV's do not have this limitation.
Pros:
great sound; great compact design; easy to use; BOOM BOOM external subwoofer support works great
Cons:
older vintage HDTV's don't support optical audio for all sources
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2 out of 5

Perfect, until it stopped working

Written By Ralph F, Bryant, AR on Monday, April 09, 2012
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This was exactly what I was looking for; the sound -- especially the dialog enhancement aspect -- was precisely what my family room needed. We loved it (well, my wife thought it was too much of a monolith, but it still fit logically and unobtrusively under our 46" Samsung TV). The bass is just right, the midrange just right, the highs just right.

So why three stars? After about a month and a half, the unit started having some trouble. Wouldn't come on for a bit, but then it was fine. After another week, it started stuttering. After another week, it would cut in and out and then, eventually, it just stopped working altogether.

Trial and error testing revealed that it was the optical input that was the culprit. Two different brand cables were used; same problem. Hooked those same cables from the same TV to another speaker box and the optical works fine.

To be fair, the ZVOX still works great when hooked up via the TV's 1/8" plug to the RCA inputs, but I didn't spend this much for analog input. Thanks to Crutchfield's awesome return policy, I'll be sending this back and trying out a different brand. But I sure wish like crazy this would have worked, because it was exactly what I wanted.
Pros:
- Great dialog enhancement - All-in-one design with two cords (power & audio) - multiple auxiliary inputs (including front-panel 1/8) - solid build quality, save for the optical input as noted
Cons:
- optical capabilities not ready for prime time, negating its usefulness - a little on the big side, but not badly so
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5 out of 5

Know what you are buying.

Written By bwhitacre, Tampa,FL on Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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My first purchase was the Zvox 580. I decided to take advantage of the scratch and dent option. When I recieved it the defect was minor to say the least. However when I got it home and hooked it up it wasn't what I expected. Quite weak and the output leveling feature just wasn't what I was hoping. Then POW loud noise followed by a constant high pitch tone. Called customer service and they promptly sent out a new unit and I couldn't be happier! This thing is awesome. I am very happy with the performance of this unit. To anyone considering this purchase just know what you are geting. This is not a replacement for a quality 5.1 or 7.1 surround system. It is a massive improvement over your TV speakers. And in my opinion is far superior to anything(sound bar or HTIB) in its price range. I am considering buying two more for other areas of the house. Thanks to ZVOX for an excellent product and Thanks to Crutchfield for excellent customer service and technical support.
Pros:
Excellent sound nice bass esp. playing music. Attractive instalation.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Performance with simplicity

Written By Neil R, Canoga Park, CA on Friday, March 09, 2012
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I love the sound ZVOX delivers. 3D and Bluray movies provide theater like sound, and dialogue is so clear, even when listening to old shows such as Gunsmoke. The bass is more than adequate as well, so forget adding supplementary sub woofer. Listening area is a small living room, and I rarely raise the volume above the setting of 10. Connecting and setting up is amazingly simple, and the learning feature for ones existing remote for volume control and power is the same; the engineers who designed this deserve accolades. I used to spend large sums of money on Denon and Yamaha systems when I was young, and shaking the foundation off the house was a vicarious thrill, but that isn't necessary. ZVOX delivers a superb product at an affordable price; I am very satisfied, both with the product, and with my Crutchfield advisor, Keith.
Pros:
Great sound, ease of set up and remote learning function, and output leveling option is a great feature for commercial tv viewing. And, as one other review stated, it disappears under the tv.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 580

Written By Jim B., Long Island NY on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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So far so good. I'm still playing around with it trying to get the best sound since I have a hearing problem. The sound appears to be good since I have be able to watch the TV without my hearing aids. I have been using the SR 1 setting with the OL.
Pros:
It seems to work very well, but I haven't really had it long enough to pass judgement on it. Set up was easy optical toslink out from tv to the optical in on the ZVOX and its good to go.
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5 out of 5

zvox 580

Written By Stu, Morristown, TN on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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I did a lot of research before choosing this system and I have no regrets in my choice. It was a very easy set up and performs as well as I expected. I have a new samsung 7000 55 inch that sits nicely on it. The Direct TV remote was a little difficult to set up but the crutchfield tech was very helpful.
Pros:
Easy set up.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Awesome system but.......

Written By Mark, Leesburg, VA on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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The reason and ONLY reason this system get a 2 is because of the Bass. The High and mids are great on this system. It pains me that I have to return this item, but with gaming, music, and movies, you need BASS! I even plugged in my powered sub woofer and received mediocre feedback. BEWARE! Please read under "Detail", "Connections" and "Subwoofer output" it states, "Although there is a single RCA subwoofer output, the output voltage is too low to integrate with most powered subwoofers. The output is full range." I just didn't want to have to order a sub, return, order another, then rinse in repeat looking for that perfect sub that will work with this unit. I was even told by the technical adviser with Crutchfield that this was a downfall with this unit.
Pros:
Awesome Highs and mids
Cons:
Unable to use powered sub.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base 580

Written By RonC, Allentown.PA on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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This unit replaces a five year old Yamaha sound bar and Pro Sub 800. Those pieces combined cost 3X the ZVOX 580. Guess what? The sound quality of the ZVOX is much, much better and it looks great as well. I kept the Yamaha set on stereo all the time (believe it or not) because all the surround settings were either echo prone or tinny. This is one fantastic unit for the price. Also, props to Crutchfield for the technical advice and the quick delivery. Best Buy couldn't even give me a solid delivery date, and they don't carry this in their stores so I'm told.
Pros:
Sound. All in one unit. Ease of use and installation. Solid build.
Cons:
None, because it does what it was designed to do.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZBOX Z-Base 580

Written By MichaelE, Windsor, CO on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Perfect for an uncluttered and reasonably priced audio solution to the poor audio from an HDTV. It is not a full featured sound system but not sure you could buy one for anywhere near this price that would compare to the sound you get from the ZVOX 580. I agree with other reviewers that the bass can be a little boomy but it has separate bass & treble control settings that can minimize the boom if that is an issue for you. Personally, I think a well rounded audio experience doesn't require a dominant bass emphasis. Also, the dialog emphasis feature is excellent, especially for older ears! Overall, we are pleased with our purchase and so is our son, who got the old receiver and Bose 201 speakers that the ZVOX replaced!
Pros:
Compact, sturdy, attractive, and functions as advertised. It has multiple inputs and a simple to use remote.
Cons:
None worth mentioning.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

We love this ZVOX

Written By VinAms, Staten Island, NY on Wednesday, February 01, 2012
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As many of you have found large screen Led backlight TV's have really poor sound quality. We found the addition of the ZVOX 580, change our poor sound, to super sound quality. Maybe not quite a 7.1 surround. However, the improvement over original TV sound is just unreal.
Pros:
Great sound, and clarity. Nice, undistorted bass. Super quick set up.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Jeff

Written By Jeffj, Beaver Falls Pa on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Works well as a HDTV stand.
Pros:
Many audio adjustments possible.
Cons:
Lacks bass
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Very good sound, but

Written By RH, Wichita, Kansas on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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The ZVOX-Z-Base 580 fits perfectly under our Sony Bravia 42" flat screen HDTV. The sound is great, although with the bass turned up is very "boomy". Connection is EASY, and I'm now listening to an ipod through it with good sound (even without a DAC...though that is definitely better...i.e. in a listening room with Martin Logan (?) speakers!). I bought the ZVOX for simplicity for my wife & family. If I had it to do over again, I would just buy a Bose T20 or similar good receiver, good small speakers, and easy digital connectivity, preferably wireless at least for sub and rears. Still, a great product & a sound bargain! I'd recommend highly, since the Bose & others are 4x+ in price!
Pros:
Simple to install & use. Looks fine. Much, much better sound than the TV!!!!
Cons:
"Boomy bass", & the early Sony only had optical, not SPDIF connection. That was Sony's problem! Still not the wide stereo/multichannel separation that is best, but is very good for one unit! In short, the "cons" aren't that bad, unless compared to far more expensive systems.
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5 out of 5

A nice litttle thing

Written By juniee, Warm Springs, VA on Sunday, July 24, 2011
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The receiver itself is a nice thing to have. I live in a small place and do not have the room for many speakers. The sound is deep and full. I am having some difficulty with training my directtv remote to control the sound of the Zbox. Following the instructions of a zbox technical person did not work and actually stopped my direct tv from even controlling the tv sound which it did before i started in with folllowing the zbox tech person's instructions. I will continue to try and get my directtv remote to control the sound of the zbox. But I am very happy with the zbox itself and would recommend it to anyone
15 out of 17 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Soundbar

Written By Steve N, Burlington,N.C. on Friday, July 08, 2011
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This unit replaced another more expensive soundbar that was ruined by a power surge. This unit is great. Having the subwolfers in the unit produce better sound overall. We really like that the TV can sit on top of the unit. Looks like a part of the TV set. Our remote had a glitch, and ZVOX immediately sent us a new one at no charge. We are very happy with our purchase. Great quality, sounds super!
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The InfraRed sensor for the remote control does not have a very wide angle when you are sitting a little to the side of the box. Has anyone else noticed this and have you found a fix? Thanks [ Tom  Apr 27, 2014 ]
6 answers
  • I got no problem with it. It is working fine [ LEONILO   Apr 30, 2014 ]
  • Tom W. I have had my ZVOX 580 for some time now. It has been installed in two separate locations - my sound room and later in my bedroom . Both locations complemented widescreen televisions. In each instance, I did not have infrared problems with the remote commanding the 580. I would suggest three things for you: (1) make sure your are pointing DIRECTLY at the infrared sensor on the 580. Make sure there are no obstacles between your remote and the 580 (anything in front of your 580?) (2) IF there are no obstacles as noted in (1) and the 580 still fails to command - then CORRECTLY change the batteries. (3) Is your 580 CORRECTLY connected to your tv receiver? Check! These three checks should remedy most infrared remote problems. If they do not, ask the ZVOX folks for a remote swap, particularly if 1 and 2 doesn't fix your concerns, Since your 580 does intermittently respond, I think it more of a remote issue than the 580 unit itself. Jim [ JAMES   Apr 29, 2014 ]
  • I've noticed the same thing I just make sure the remote is pointed straight at the box. I will say that's the only issue I've had, the thing works great other wise I would highly recommend this unit to any one that has the room for it. You could maybe try a infra red repeater if its a real issue for you. Chad [ PPMC MFG,   Apr 28, 2014 ]
  • I use the dish network 722 dvr to control the volume, It is an RF remote and I have it programmed to work with the Zvox. Off axis, maybe 30 degrees, the dish volume indicator will show functioning but the zvox, which is analog wired to the tv will not work. I tried a cheap IR blaster but it did not make much difference. Zvox cust.support told me sometimes the ir sensor in the 580 will be off center and cause this problem, but I am not exactly sure where the IR sensor in the Zvox 580 is. Thanks for the response. [ Tom   Apr 28, 2014 ]
  • I have not experienced the wide angle issue you referenced. I have a Samsung TV and control the the volume using the TV remote. I only use the ZVOX remote to turn the box on and to change the functions. [ S R   Apr 28, 2014 ]
  • The remote for the 580 is pretty much a point and click remote. If you are more then 20-30 degrees off center, it will probably skip. Anywhere from straight on to 20 degrees off center, you should be good. I have heard & read from others pretty much the same thing. Personally, I never sit more then 15 degrees off, so I just don't have the stated problem. Also, I don't use the 580 remote much. I have pretty much, set it & forget it. You got the remote, grab that Good Center Seat, and be happy. [ FRANK   Apr 27, 2014 ]
Does this speaker come with the required cables to connect to the TV? [ richard  Dec 23, 2013 ]
14 answers
  • No [ RAUL   Dec 30, 2013 ]
  • Yes, it comes with one cable, but we purchased a better cable to get the best sound possible. I'm enjoying my Z=Base very much and am glad I purchased it. [ MARION T   Dec 25, 2013 ]
  • Yes the wires needed to hook up the tv is included. I used the optical cable nad it worked great. [ RONALD H   Dec 24, 2013 ]
  • It comes with the standard RCA (red & white) audio cables... that should be all you need.. take care! [ CRAIG A   Dec 24, 2013 ]
  • The Z-580 comes with RCA cables but not the digital cables which most newer flat screens use [ GARY L   Dec 24, 2013 ]
  • The important cable, not supplied, is the optical digital cable. You can use other cables for your audio, but I always go with the digital. [ PAUL R   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • Unfortunately I can't give you a good answer - I don't remember if cables were included but I didn't purchase any with this speaker. [ MELVIN D   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • I have mine hooked up via a optical cable, which I had to purchase -- I don't recall this unit coming with any cables except for the power cable -- [ STEPHAN   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • The only cable that came with the package was the power cable. I purchased an optical cable when I ordered mine. I asked this question and no one knew so I went ahead and ordered one. Lucky [ DOUGLASS M   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • Yes! All the cables came with it. [ JOHN F   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • No [ RAUL   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • No. You only need one cable but the type depends on your TV. If your TV has an optical digital output, that is the best choice. You will have to buy an optical digital cable (also called toslink). Next best choice is coaxial digital. If your TV has a coaxial digital output you can use any cable with RCA-style connecting plugs. If you have an older TV which has neither of these outputs you will need a standard analog audio cable with red and white wires and RCA-style connecting plugs. I have been using this system for seven months and consider it to be an outstanding product [ STEPHEN A   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • I think it came with an RCA cable. You will like this speaker. I am exceeding satisfied. [ ARNOLD   Dec 23, 2013 ]
  • No! Each TV requires A cable(one cable) to suit your INPUT area of same. PS/ My 65" Samsung(8000 series) sits perfectly on the box and all my old speakers are history. [ THOMAS A   Dec 23, 2013 ]
I read that the 580 was incompatible with external powered subwoofers. Is this true or has this issue been corrected? If so, can you recommend a good subwoofer in the $200 range? Thanks, Kevin Q. [ Kevin  Dec 17, 2013 ]
1 answer
Can this speaker be hooked directly to your cable box (ATT U-Verse) or does this have be connected through the TV? [ Michale  Dec 02, 2013 ]
3 answers
  • I had a cable box but connected to t v and cable box, at least time warner. [ PATRICIA   Dec 09, 2013 ]
  • I think you need to read the setup instructions. Hook the cable into the Sony and use an HDMI cable to connect to the TV. It works great. [ JERRY   Dec 07, 2013 ]
  • This will depend slightly on the connections coming out of your cable box. If your cable box has audio outputs (analog or digital) then you can connect those directly to this unit. [ Jeff Staff  Dec 05, 2013 ]
I recently purchased a 65" Samsung TV model 7100. Will the stand fit on the ZVOX 580? I have a 4 year old and am worried about stability of the TV on the box. [ Patrick  Nov 26, 2013 ]
1 answer
  • The Samsung 65" TV will work great with this base. Stability of TVs around children is a very real concern. I would recommend a safety strap to help ensure that the TV cannot tip (whether it is on a base like this or not). The Sanus ELM701 is the one recommended for your TV. [ Jeff Staff  Nov 26, 2013 ]

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