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ZVOX Z-Base V220

Powered home theater sound system and platform for TVs up to 32"

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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.

With the Z-Base V220, ZVOX delivers their powerful platform speaker technology in a version sized for smaller TVs. Flexible connection capabilities include analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and components. Best of all, you'll enjoy clean sound that's surprisingly robust.

Dialogue reclaimed, commercials tamed

If you can't hear what the actors are saying, 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 V220 keeps commercials on a short leash so you can just relax.

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Solid performance, sturdy support

This one-piece system houses three 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 V220 is designed to serve as a convenient base for smaller flat-panel TVs with screen sizes up to 32". Even older TVs sit perfectly atop this sturdy wooden cabinet that can support up to 120 lbs. Place the Z-Base 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 Z-Base V220 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 V220 lights up from behind the front cloth grille to show you volume and mode then disappears when not in use. And the V220 learns the commands of your 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 up to 32"
  • TV base should not exceed 16" wide or 13" deep, and TV weight should not exceed 70 lbs.
  • PhaseCue II virtual surround sound
  • output leveling feature automatically reduces volume of loud commercials
  • frequency response 55-20,000 Hz
  • built-in 35-watt amplifier (peak power)
  • three 2" full-range speakers
  • 5-1/4" woofer
  • 1 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital audio input (accepts 2-channel PCM only)
  • 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
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-7/16"H x 14"D
  • weight: 12 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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2.0" Cone (x3)
Woofer
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5.25" Cone
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
Amplifier Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Specifications
System Frequency Response
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55-20k Hz
Powered System
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Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power
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35 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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1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
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1
HDMI Audio Video Connections
HDMI Inputs
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None
HDMI Outputs
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None
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches)
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3-7/16H x 16-15/16W x 14D
Sound Bar Weight
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12 lbs
Subwoofer (inches)
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No Subwoofer
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N/A
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What's in the box?

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  • ZVOX Single cabinet surround system
  • AC adapter with attached 59" DC output cord (DC output: 15V/3A)
  • 6' AC power cord (IEC 3-prong)
  • Wireless remote control (requires 2 "AAA" batteries--not included)
  • 43" Audio cable (Stereo 3.5mm mini-plugs on both ends)
  • 6' Optical digital cable
  • Setup & Operation guide
  • Quick Setup sheet
  • Remote Control instructions

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Features
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Features

Overview: The ZVOX Z-Base 220 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 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 19"-27" flat-panel TVs (and some 32" TVs) can be placed directly on top the Z-Base 220. The television should weigh 70 pounds or less. The TV's pedestal base should not exceed 16" width or 13" depth. You can also place the unit on a shelf directly below the TV, if desired.

Class D Amplifier: The ZVOX Z-Base 220 is bi-amplified, using a specially designed, highly-efficient 35 watt Class D amplifier that includes electronic contouring for superb frequency response.

Three 2" Drivers: The ZVOX Z-Base 220 uses three 2" main speaker drivers that use a long-throw design to create a remarkable wide range, and accurate sound.

5-1/4" Subwoofer: In addition to the three main speakers, the Z-Base 220 has a built-in down firing high-mass, long-throw 5-1/4" subwoofer in a ported enclosure.

PhaseCue II Virtual Surround Sound: The Z-Base 220 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.

Wood (MDF) Cabinet: The Z-Base 220 features a cabinet made of MDF (medium density fiberboard), the same material used in most high-end loudspeakers. Its low-profile design blends perfectly with most flat-panel TVs.

Disappearing Display: The Z-Base 220 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 are 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 Z-Base 220 has independent bass and treble controls. Each has a range from -4 to 4, and can be adjusted using the remote control only.

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

Programmable: The new Z-Base 220 can be programmed to respond to your current 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 up, volume down, mute, and power on the ZVOX system.

Auto Standby: The Z-Base 220 will enter a low-power Standby mode after approximately 5 minutes of no audio signal.

Connections

One Cable Connection: The Z-Base 220 requires only one connection cable. You can use either analog or digital connection options to your television.

Audio Inputs: The ZVOX Z-Base 220 offers analog and digital audio inputs:

  • Digital Inputs: The Z-Base 220 is equipped with a coaxial digital (single RCA) and an optical digital (Toslink) input. The digital inputs will accept 2-channel PCM only (not compatible with Dolby Digital bitstream signals).
  • Analog Inputs: The Z-Base 220 has two rear-panel stereo RCA analog inputs and a front-panel 3.5mm analog audio input. The front panel input is handy for connecting an iPod or other portable audio device.
 
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5 out of 5

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Written By Townie, Charlottesville, VAS on Wednesday, June 04, 2014
 
This product is everything I was looking for. It's easy to set up and it connects with my regular remote so the volume and power buttons are synced. The sound is good and has made TV watching more enjoyable.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By ray, new jersey on Friday, April 25, 2014
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much better than the Shape box it replaced
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By paul c, n. chesterfield, va. on Monday, April 21, 2014
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does a really good job in the small room its in.
Pros:
very good sound from a small box
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By ginger1252, Florida on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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This box is awesome! I never dreamed that the words could be so clear above the background music in movies and everything else, too. Somebody wrote a review that the TV had a fuller sound than the box so they sent it back. My answer to that is we use the TV volume control which gives us the "fuller" sound of the bass and we also have the ZVOX volume which does give you more of the 'treble' for the voices. It is no trouble at all to control both volumes. It is not wise to turn off the sound of your TV control because then you get just what the other person said and that is only the voices and not any bass. They work beautifully together and feels like in the movie theatre.
Pros:
It does not take up much space at all. It was easy to install and easy to operate. It works well with other remotes.
Cons:
There are zero cons to this miracle box.
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5 out of 5

Excellent!

Written By Gary L, Ypsilanti, MI on Friday, April 11, 2014
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The box greatly improved the listening quality for the TV in my kitchen. I used the optical cable which I also have for my big screen television which is set up as 5.1 with a powered base in my entertainment room. Setup could not have been any easier! Instructions made it very easy to program the Direct TV remote to also control the ZVOX Z-Base V220.
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5 out of 5

Awesome little base.

Written By EmilB, Honolulu, HI on Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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This little audio base is hooked up to my 27 inch iMac using a mini toslink to toslink. The audio is great and my desk is clutter free. It does raise the iMac a bit higher than I am used too but the tilt on the iMac helps. At first I didn't know that the iMac had a digitial audio option so I used the RCA option. Sound was crap. The lows were horrible and the highs were not as good. I plugged the digital wires to the ZVOX and it was like day and night. Digital is the only way to go. I would highly recommend this sound base if your device has digital capabilities.
Pros:
Less clutter on desk. Audio is amazing. Setup is easy. It has a very clean look to it. Very smooth and easy on the eyes for today's modern technology.
Cons:
Audio is horrible when using analog cables.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By BillA, Dearborn , Mich on Thursday, March 13, 2014
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A great product , just as advertised . I have a main stereo/theater system , I am more into music . I bought Zvox for my 2nd TV I use in my Florida room when watching baseball or whatever during warm evenings . It is a great improvement , way better sound and dialog . It serves as a good TV base , nice and compact , good product , great price . Very good sound for regular TV programming .
Pros:
Good sound in a compact size . Just what I wanted , just as advertised by Crutchfield . Delivered in 3 days .
Cons:
none .
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Not sure

Written By Mathilda, Charlottesville on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
 
Well, I'm not sure this was worth it. I'm slightly hard of hearing, so I can make the TV louder, but the dialogue isn't clearer.
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5 out of 5

Great for TV/Movie Dialogue

Written By Sharp0305, Bluffton, SC on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Really enjoying my ZVOX and it was very easy to hookup. The only tricky part was the syncing the DIRECT TV remote with the unit. Although I got some help with Crutchfield Tech Support, I had to call ZVOX to finish the syncing. There were a couple of things not included with the unit that it appears only ZVOX was aware of. Not a problem though and would definitely purchase through Crutchfield again
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5 out of 5

Great option for our situation

Written By Anonymous, Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, February 08, 2014
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We have a TV mounted on a swivel on the wall and it wouldn't quite work with a sound bar and my wife wasn't interested in having a sub box sitting on the ground so this left the best option for the component shelf. I was a bit apprehensive about it and didn't think I would get the sound I was looking for out of the ZVOX. I have been pleasantly surprised at its sound and even has a bit of the bass that I wanted. It certainly doesn't compare to the theater room we have in the basement but then again, I wasn't expecting it to. I would put it on par with other sound bars I have heard and even put it about a regular sound bar with no sub. Great option for table mount TV's as well. For the price, it was a great option. Definitely better then the TV sound.
Pros:
Small package with no extra sub. Easy to hook up. Volume control goes away after a few seconds so you don't have to stare at it.
Cons:
Another remote.
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3 out of 5

Cable Remote

Written By Not fully compatible with Comcast remote, Monroe Township, NJ on Friday, January 31, 2014
 
After many e-mails to Crutchfield and ZVOX, they both conceded that the instructions supplied with the speakers to integrate the AUX button on the Comcast remote was not accurate. I tried everything that was suggested, and the remote turned on the speakers and then immediately turned them off. I then had to hit another button on the remote to turn on the speakers. A minor inconvenience, but something that should be corrected by ZVOX. Otherwise, the sound is a definite improvement over the TV speakers.
Pros:
Sound is improved.
Cons:
Incompatible with the Comcast remote.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By TeeKay, San Francisco, CA on Saturday, January 25, 2014
 
I read through a bunch of reviews on soundbars before deciding on the ZVox 220...It was an "open box" which made the deal sweeter. After making the proper hook-up and enjoying the improved sound of my LG set, I found that not mentioned in other reviews is the fact the remote that came along with the unit was programmable and was easily "synced" to the remote that came with the LG. What a BIG plus.
Pros:
programmable remote
Cons:
none so far
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Pretty much what I expected

Written By DiscoDan, Coxsackie, NY on Monday, January 20, 2014
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First unit I received didn't work. Spoke to the Zvox folks - I sent the defective unit back and they sent me a new replacement which worked fine. Sound is much better than the TV's speakers (32" Vizio) but "soft" conversations are still a tad difficult to hear.....but certainly better than the TVs speakers. I was hoping the Zvox was going to make a big difference in sound quality but as it turns out, it's just a slightly noticeable improvement.
Pros:
Easy to set up. Improved sound over just the TVs speakers.
Cons:
Not the big improvement in sound I was hoping for.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

Ok, but not great

Written By Ray C, Soldotna, AK on Monday, January 13, 2014
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I bought this to use with a Samsung Flat Screen LED thinking it would have better sound than the TV. Both me and my wife agreed that the TV provided fuller sound so I ended up returning it.
Pros:
Extremely easy to hook up and program to a direcTV remote.
Cons:
Didn't provide the full rich sound I was looking for.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Improved sound

Written By BillS, Wall, NJ on Monday, January 13, 2014
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I bought the ZVOX 220 to improve the sound coming from my 32" TV. This did not disappoint. The TV sound was tinny and the ZVOX considerably made it sound fuller. My TV is a Vizio.
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3 out of 5

ZVOX-V220 interaction

Written By Valery K, Brooklyn on Monday, January 13, 2014
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If you put ZVOX-V220 and satellite TV box each on other, ZVOX can interfere with the TV box (electromagnetic action of speakers?!) - loosing signal when you watching TV. Before to call to TV-company check your system for this problem. Just put the Power switch off on ZVOX. If it is, you have to divorce the units or (what I did) put the metal plate between them.
Pros:
Better sound than Sony TV-set speakers give you.
Cons:
No socket for headphones.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By Anonymous, NY on Monday, December 30, 2013
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Right size to fit under tv. can hear tv over the parakeets.
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4 out of 5

Sound bar product

Written By Rob C, Louisville on Friday, December 27, 2013
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Right size to fit under tv. can hear tv over the parakeets.
Pros:
Good size. Live music sounds great.
Cons:
Although it came with three types of connectors it did not have one for my setup.
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5 out of 5

Zvox V220

Written By DavidNYC, New York City on Saturday, December 07, 2013
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I have an older model for some time. [575HDS] that I am very please with. So I needed another small soundbar for the bedroom. Was looking at the Boss Solo, but settled with this one. I am glad I did. Fast delivery, great sound and lower price. Would highly recommend, especially with lower price now.
Pros:
Great sound. New lower price. Easy setup.
Cons:
None.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good product, but not for me.

Written By DJG, Bremerton, WA on Monday, November 18, 2013
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Unit arrived quickly as promised and installed like a dream. Small question on remote activation was answered promptly and courteously by ZVOX staff. Certainly has plenty of power, far more than I would ever need, but still didn't help with quiet conversation in movies, no matter how I tried to adjust the settings. Since this was my purpose in purchasing it, I reluctantly had to return it. Crutchfield staff also very polite and helpful
Pros:
Easy installation. Plenty of power for such a small unit.
Cons:
Didn't help me with soft conversation.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Get a ZVOX and dump your Soundbar

Written By Thundergod, San Diego, CA on Friday, November 01, 2013
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I purchased this ZVOX 220 from Crutchfield. I received it within 3-days with FREE shipment. My purpose for the ZVOX was to keep wifey from wasting my 55-inch Samsung LED HDTV speakers listening to her soaps and talk shows. The Samsung TV is excellent, but like most thin TV, the speakers produce scratchy and tinny sounds. Wifey does not appreciate good sound. Hence, It was not fun having her using the 7.1 Onkyo HTS for her simple TV programs. Yes, I agree other customer reviews, it's an excellent system, it's compact but has great full-body sound. In fact, now I can honestly stand to be in the same room as wifey when the ZVOX going.

As with most products, the instructions are quite disjoint. At first I tried using the DirecTV to program the ZVOX. It did not work. After about a 1/2 hour, I tried the Samsung TV remote to program the ZVOX. The ZVOX responded just like the regular TV when using the remote. Then I tried the DirecTV remote which was already set to control the TV & DirecTV receiver. The DirecTV remote controlled the ZVOX just like the regular TV remote.

My setup: The Samsung's audio Optical output is connected to the ZVOX audio Optical input. The 7.1 Onkyo HTS audio input is connected via Samsung's HDMI/ARC output. The Samsung speaker select menu was set to External TV speaker.

Based on the results, I now have two audio systems completely independent of each other. Thanks to ZVOX, I have the best of both worlds.
Pros:
Can be programmed to control VOLUME, MUTE, and POWER just like the DirecTV remote does for the TV Does not run hot after hours of continuous operation..
Cons:
The setup guide is a bit too confusing especially the part that is suppose to lead the user into using the ZVOX Learning mode to program the remote. There is no need to discuss the cable or satellite remote, when it's the TV remote which should be used in the ZVOX Learning mode.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By Robert. Gurciullo, Eastchester NY on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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Aside from the fact that the first remote I got didn't work. That was resolved,the product is excellent it's just enough sound that I need With great quality. Thank you
Pros:
Compact, easy to set up . No fuss straight out of the box
Cons:
Only problem I see is if you have a TV where you can't turn off the internal speakers When you raise the volume on the unit the tv volume comes up as well.creating a doubling effect kind of sound
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Fabulous. Could not be Happier

Written By Anonymous, Plano, TX on Monday, September 16, 2013
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After reading all the reviews and doing all my homework I decided that this was the exact item for me. I cannot tell you how happy I am with that decision. I have it in a small TV room maybe 15 by 20 and the sound is spectacular. it changes the way that movies and music are enjoyed from my TV.
Pros:
Hookup was way to easy.
Cons:
None.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Zvox v220

Written By Lagata, Canyon Lake, TX. on Thursday, August 29, 2013
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Excellent system, compact but great sound. It was only one that would fit in our entertainment center shelf. It has base and treble adjustment, dialog enhancement works very well and much better price than the Bose. Very pleased with the product for the money.
Pros:
same as above
Cons:
none
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By PA, Ogden, UT on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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This was a perfect find for our space limitation and sound delivery need. The speaker as a base for a light weight flat screen TV was just the ticket. We are impressed by the sound quality; the depth, with good bottom end and the crispness of the highs, The voices on movie soudtracks are easy to understand (no more CC). Great music and sound, what more do you need from a TV speaker?
Pros:
None
Cons:
None
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect for a small set-up

Written By Mike, New England on Friday, August 16, 2013
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Easy to set up with better-than-average instructions for the unit and the remote. The unit has a nice learning/programming feature that allows you to transfer most of the functions of the remote to an existing TV or Cable remote. I noticed a dramatic increase in sound quality over the TV's speakers and the Surround function works remarkably well. Decent highs and lows, but the midrange really stands out. This is not a substitute for a high fidelity system, but is perfect for under a bedroom TV.
Pros:
Multiple input options. Seems sturdy. Clean lines. Great sound for the size.
Cons:
Does not ship with coaxial digital cable.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

easy to set up and usr

Written By Stephen, New York, NY on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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Very easy to set up and use. Fits perfectly under 32 inch tv in bedroom. The Tv's own speakers are not loud enough to be heard over air conditioner and street noise; now, that is not a problem. The fake surround is surprisingly good, and the sound is not buttressed by unnatural bass. And the price is very reasonable, and Crutchfield service is excellent. Recommended.
Pros:
Price; size; ease of use; sound quality.
Cons:
None
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By UtahGal, Hebgen Lake, MT on Friday, June 21, 2013
 
This is the 2nd one of these I have purchased. The first went in my guest house in Utah and this one is at my summer cabin on the lake. It is simply to set up and really helps the sound with DVD's and I can play Pandora through the speakers. I like that the TV can sit on top. This is a good product and priced well.
Pros:
Small compact, good sound easy to set up
Cons:
I need to figure out how to keep it turned off since it doesn't play TV sound when I turn on the TV it comes booming on with some weird noises.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The great ZVOX

Written By Dick, Minnetonka, Mn on Thursday, May 16, 2013
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We purchased the ZVOX ZBASE V220 to enhanced the sound form a 32 inch tv. My sister in law was having a hard time hearing the sound from the tv. The ZVOX sure did the trick. The sound is so much better that that which came out of the original tv speakers. Another plus was how easy it was to set up. We would highly recommend this unit. As usual, Crutchfield was most helpful in choosing this unit and getting it shipped out.
Pros:
GREAT SOUND FOR SUCH A SMALL UNIT. IT IS GREAT THAT THE TV SITS ON TOP.
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Great value and sound for the $

Written By Kenton B, Honolulu, HI on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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We all know TV speakers suck, and in those installations/locations where a home theater is impractical an alternate solution is required. The V220 is the solution in my bedroom where the 50" wall mounted Samsung plasma had awful sound to go with its stunning picture. What a difference this little box makes. Great sound, wide soundstage, a hint of surround, clear dialogue and vocals, output leveling, optical digital input, tone controls on the remote, what's not to love? And IT PLAYS LOUD without a hint of distortion when the Blu-Ray player demands it. Granted, it is not my Def Tech setup in the living room home theater, but I never tire of listening to it, and that is high praise indeed. ZVOX, you rock!
Pros:
Compact size, great sound, ease of use.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Bruce, Huntington Beach CA on Sunday, March 31, 2013
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I am a Crutchfield believer. I have a bigger ZVOX hooked to my 50" set. I had bought a 32" Samsung from Crutchfield and really like the set but not the sound. The ZVOX makes all the difference. Crisp sound without having to blast the volume.
Pros:
Inexpensive, easy to set up.
Cons:
Not really a con. The Samsung set does not allow me to turn off the speakers. I wanted them off so I had to fiddle with the volume controls on the set and the ZVOX so that the volume on the set was off at the level we wanted to listen.
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5 out of 5

Great Soundbar

Written By Mollie, Houston, Tx on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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Great soundbar for small TV. Bought a 24" television for the kitchen. The sound on smaller TVs leaves something to be desired so we searched and purchased the ZVOX based on others reviews. We were not disappointed with the ease of installation or the quality of the sound.
Pros:
Small size, easy install
Cons:
No cons for the ZVOX only the fact that most smaller TVs have no way to turn off their speakers which means we could not teach the cable remote to operate the sound. Have to use 2 remotes, 1 for on/off, channels and the other for sound.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By Anonymous, Pensacola,Fla. on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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Mighty fine equipment for the money!
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4 out of 5

GOOD PRODUCT, GOOD PRICE

Written By HowardS, NY,NY on Monday, March 04, 2013
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Product lived up to expectations. Moderately easy to set up; instructions clear and concise. Sound quality quite good and with enough controls to satisfy different program circumstances. Size and price just right.
Pros:
Size, price, good sound, flexible controls
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

Works fine

Written By Don, San Jose, CA on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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Even though this was from their scratch and dent store everything was in the box and it worked fine.
Pros:
Easy to install
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5 out of 5

Excellent Sound Quality

Written By RichR, Concord, CA on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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The additional clarity and sound quality was exactly what we wanted. The base is in an enclosed cabinet but the sound projects just fine. We weren't looking for true surround sound, just better quality and we got just that. My wife likes to listen to the sat. dish's music channels and now she can hear the music.
Pros:
Easy to install. Reasonable cost. Good quality sound.
Cons:
Need to make sure the TV speakers are sync'ed to the base. Our TV doesn't have the ability to turn off the speakers so the volume adjustment needs to be the same for both speakers in the TV and the box to sound right.
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5 out of 5

Awesome TV Speaker

Written By quickguy, vernon CT on Friday, January 25, 2013
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The easiest and best sounding speaker bar I have ever used. Two mins to set up and WHAMO. This Lil box sounds extremely detailed and plays LOUD. I have readreviews stating sub woofer shook the whole TV. I have topped my V220 with a 47 inch Sony LCD. The base is just one inch smaller than the v220. No shakes or rattles of any kind. So easy to set up to my ATT Uverse remote. I will admit the Surround leaves it a little short but the three different settings are useful and noteable both on TV and DVD. Great midrange and highs. To my ears the lows are perfect and yes you can feel the impact. Dialouge emphasis is outstanding, If nothing else worth the price of unit aolone.. Build quality and fit and finish are excellent. I have not been this excited about TV since cable came about. Buy this , YOU WILL NOT regret it.
Pros:
Small size. Solid wood cabinet. Fit and finish. Ease of hook up. Clear sound.
Cons:
Lacks a little bit in surround sound area but still ACCEPTABLE.
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5 out of 5

Wow!

Written By Butchdog, Bemidji, MN on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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Couldn't be more pleased with the ZVOX. The size is perfect for out 32" tv and the sound is unbelievable.
Pros:
Impressive sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Very Nice Product

Written By GreggS, Bluefield, WV on Monday, January 21, 2013
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Just received, great directions, easy to use and the sound is wonderful...makes all the difference in the world! Would definitely recommend and buy again. Crutchfield was very prompt on delivery and communication!
Pros:
Ease of use, quality product
Cons:
Setting up with local remote, easy but not that easy.
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By mns3dhm, Fort Worth, TX on Monday, January 21, 2013
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I am using the ZVOX Z-Base V220 in my kitchen and it's a vast improvement over the TV speakers. The ZVOX has a small footprint and fit right under the Direct TV receiver. Connections and setup are extremely simple and I can operate the ZVOX using the Direct TV remote, which is a plus. The device has decent sound quality and a number of preset sound modes that can be used to enhance dialogue, increase surround effects, reduce volume during commercials, etc. ZVOX claims a frequency response of 55 Hz- 2 kHz so, while it's adequate for my kitchen application, you'd probably want one of their larger units for your primary TV setup.
Pros:
Good sound quality overall Easy to connect and setup Small form factor
Cons:
Dialogue enhancement OK but not great (could be due to speaker location, room interaction, etc.)
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5 out of 5

Fills the bill

Written By PaulJ, Campton Hills, IL on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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I wanted some way to boost the audio quality of my 32" Sony Bravia, but was constrained by 1) furniture size; and 2) budget size. Most regular sound bars were simply too big for my TV cabinet. So I thought I'd try the ZVOX since it fit under the TV. I've had the unit for a couple weeks now, and am very pleased. I ordered it from Crutchfield on a Monday and got it Friday (with standard shipping). After reading the materials (there's a quick set up guide), I had it installed in about 10 minutes. Synchronizing my (AT T U-verse) cable remote took a bit longer, but after about 30 minutes I was set and ready to go. The sound, while not "home theater" quality, was still far and away better than TV alone. The black front looks fine (volume indicator goes off moments after level is set/reset), and lifting the TV monitor a few inches up helps with viewing, too. Audiophiles might scoff, but this was exactly what I needed.
Pros:
Easy to install. Very nice sound quality. Perfect for those who want audio improvement but don't want to invest in a home theater system, or don't have the room to do so.
Cons:
none yet
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5 out of 5

Impressed

Written By Dave, Erie,PA on Monday, January 14, 2013
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Very nice unit. Using this in the bedroom with a 26" TV. Used to have to turn the TV up high to understand dialog in the shows, now can play at a low volume and hear everything quite well. Lots of inputs and like the fact that it shows no lights when on or off.
Pros:
Great sound, fits nicely under the TV.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By Tom, Mobile, Al on Sunday, January 13, 2013
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Product works as expected. Had to get with ZVOX customer support to set up due to my 39" Toshiba not having an internal speaker cut-off capability (why Toshiba would have all the external audio jacks w/o this cut-off is beyond me, but that's a different story). Only problem is a loud sub-woofer pop when the unit is turned off with the Direct TV remote. Customer support was no help, almost indifferent to this problem.
Pros:
Works as expected, low end price for a 2nd TV.
Cons:
Set up difficulty, sub-woofer pop when turned off.
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5 out of 5

Great product and excellent customer support

Written By DK, Buffalo Grove, IL on Friday, January 04, 2013
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Simple to set up, sound quality is a huge improvement over my TV speakers. Called customer support with a customer support with an issue with the triggering of Auto Standby . The Customer Service agent was very knowledgeable and helped to isolate the problem, which was caused by the cable signal and not caused by the Z-Base.
Pros:
Setup is very easy. Sound quality is great. Compact form factor looks nice. Affordable.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

My new ZVOXZ-Base V220

Written By Phil, Bishop, CA on Monday, December 31, 2012
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For awhile I thought I was losing my hearing. I could see people's lips moving on TV shows, but what they were saying was badly garbled. Same with music, especially on the lower notes. On talking with a Crutchfield rep it was suggested to me that a supplementary speaker system would be of great help. Most TV sets, especially the smaller ones, do not have the space to install larger speakers. The ZVOX Z-Base V220 V220 was recommended as a likely remedy for my problems, so I ordered one from Crutchfield. Written setup instructions were minimal but adequate, especially on the use of the supplied remote. A couple of calls to Crutchfield's tech support quickly resolved them. A good feature is that this equipment may be programmed to operate with your regular TV remote. Bottom line: It constitutes a great improvement over your original equipment.. I highly recommend it.
Pros:
Much better sound from your TV.
Cons:
Setup a bit difficult. Be sure to read the instructions twice before attempting it. Crutchfield's tech support is of great help here if and when necessary.
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5 out of 5

DLP

Written By DLP, Kulpmont,Pa. on Sunday, December 30, 2012
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Sounds just as good as the 550 we have in the living room. Would recommend this small unit to anyone who wants to fill a small room with great sound. Very easy to program to work with my Directv remote.
Pros:
Small size works well with my 22inch LG. Ease of use.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Excellent versatile small speaker

Written By Gannon, New York on Saturday, December 29, 2012
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Easy to set up in a few minutes. Just enough inputs for a simple system. I have it connected to Apple AirPort Express (3.5mm) and Apple TV (optical) as well as cable (D COAX) and old school gaming systems (RCA). It is a substantial improvement over the TV sound. As others have noted, the bas is not what you could expect from a dedicated sub, but is good for TV and great for most music (I stream my library from multiple devices). Bass heavy music is less impressive. The the price, it is a good value, and accurately reviewed. The surround simulation is a small improvement, but nothing spectacular .
Pros:
Simple, good value, unique form factor, awesome large disappearing display
Cons:
No sub output.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By neper, Ellijay, Ga. on Thursday, December 13, 2012
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The ZVOX base 220 is everything and more than the reviews and description of sales say, Great design, compact and delivers sound so much better than expected and so easy to connect. The settings displayed on the front panel allow for volumn control, balance of base and trebel but also "Dialog Enhancement" "d e" The purchase allows 30 days trial period for return and full refund if not satisified. Believe me, You will NOT return it or give it up under any circumstances. The very best sound enhancement system available anywhere for the money. compared to other systems offered costing double, this one has double the pleasure. I know, I shopped going to stores and listening to demonstrations. If you have a large screen TV you have got to have this sound system. JUST-DO-IT !
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5 out of 5

Old Ears Hear Again

Written By icq3, Essex, MD on Thursday, December 06, 2012
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I couldn't be happier with my purchase of the ZVOX Z-Base V220. Very easy to set-up, connect to TV, with included cables, including toslink cable. Greatest problem I had was understanding some of the written directions. Other than that, no problems. Bought originally to improve dialogue, and it's just terrific being able to understand, again. Thanks to Crutchfield, for the great price, and outstanding next-day delivery.
Pros:
Easy hook-up - Clarity, and greater volume of sound. Compact, easy to place for set-up...
Cons:
Written directions are a little difficult to comprehend.
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5 out of 5

Great addition for HDTV

Written By Mike, Baltimore, MD on Wednesday, December 05, 2012
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The ZVOX-Box has a great sound and is a perfect additon to the Samsung 32" HDTV. The remote controlled the TV and the ZVOX-Box. The ZVOX sound filled a large 20x 30' kitchen with ease. The sound was perfect! This is my second ZVOX.
Pros:
Great addition to the TV, and good sound quality in a small package!
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1 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By Don O, Mocksville, NC on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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No improvement in sound quality with system
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By JUDY H, CENTRALIA IL on Sunday, September 09, 2012
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LOVE THE SPEAKER. MY SON SET IT UP FOR ME WITHOUT ANY DIFFCULTY. REALLY SOUNDS GREAT, AND SO COMPACT.
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4 out of 5

ZVOX V220

Written By kirk, Bel Air, MD on Friday, July 06, 2012
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First experience with this product and it pretty much delivers as promised. Treble sounds very good (better when sitting directly in front of it and speakers are at ear level), bass is better than TV speakers, but not incredible. However, I did not expect earth rattling bass. I suppose bass would improve as you go further up the range and the power level increases and since I bought the cheapest one, I am satisfied. Unbelievably easy to connect it to my FioS remote. Have it below a 37" TV with no problems. Used TosLink optical cable that it came with and it works fine. Literally took less than 10 minutes to completely set up unit.
Pros:
Good highs, very easy set up, extremely easy to program other remotes.
Cons:
Bass output fair, no batteries for remote (but you wont need it once you set up other remotes anyway).
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4 out of 5

Great sound, hard to setup remote

Written By David '57 Fender, Michigan on Sunday, May 20, 2012
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I ordered an open box item that Crutchfield said they went through and checked everything on it and it was all working. Can you believe it, the volume down switch on the front panel went bad during shipping? (or they didn't check it, I think they might not have checked it) They made good on it though and exchanged it. I had a hard time setting up the remote to work with a universal remote that came with Comcast's cable box. I have installed home theater systems for over 15 years and I am a pro, so if I struggled, it's not easy. All that a side the unit sounds great and is perfect for the bedroom. Time will only tell on quality of the product.
Pros:
1. sounds very good 2. works by remote 3. compact (no sperate sub to take floor space)
Cons:
1. would be nice if it had a clock on the front 2. hard to setup remote on basic universal. 3. manual refferences a power button on front that isn't there? (need to use a auto off feature) 4. This price seems like a lot for what you get, I only paid $300 for the small 27" tv that had sound so bad I needed this thing. (I check around and listen to almost every brand out there, 32" and down flat screen tv's as a whole sound really bad)
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5 out of 5

220 review

Written By Matts Chicken Shack, Bridgton ME on Tuesday, May 15, 2012
 
I really like my speaker, so do my parents. Very compact and sounds awesome. I don't think I could go back to the stock TV speakers. I had some issues with learning my satellite remote, but I called ZVOX and they helped me figure it out. It really working out for us. Very happy with the speaker.
Pros:
Sound system I can actually afford. Easy to install. Great sound.
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5 out of 5

Great little sound system!

Written By pmac619, Slaem, VA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Great little sound system that fit perfectly in the cabinet below the TV. The only complaint would be at high volumes it does sound a little boxy, but that is probably due to where I placed it. If it were directly under the TV this would probably be eliminated. This was exactly what I was looking for as the other Sound Bar that I have downstairs would not fit in our bedroom as it was too long. You can't beat the price, or the fast shipping and it works very well with a 37' flat screen TV in the bedroom. I called Crutchfield to get it to link with my Dish remote and 5 minutes later it was working great!
Pros:
Compact size, ease of use, convenience, all in one design, price.
Cons:
Boxy sound if not placed correctly.
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5 out of 5

satisfied

Written By DS, Chautauqua on Friday, April 06, 2012
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Easy to install. Sounds great;very satified.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By bobsburgers, minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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Amazing sound, listened to other sound bars same price no comparison. Worth the money, works well in bedroom
Pros:
very nice sound with bottom sub-woofer.
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

Very, Very NIce.........

Written By Anonymous, Dunmore, PA on Thursday, March 22, 2012
 
First of all this is not surround sound, if your looking for a cheap way out for surround sound stop reading this and go elsewhere!!!

This is a great way to enhance your Tv's speakers which usually sound limited and this helps out greatly.

Apartment dwellers this is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!

I did get my Directv remote to work with this on AV mode and the instructions state to press and hold during set-up which did not work, had to press and release continuously for the unit to program.

I purchased an optical cable along with this only to find out it comes with one and I'm glad I bought it because the one included was terrible and used the other one and worked perfectly. I cut the included cable in half and put it in the circular file.

Its made of wood, sturdy, and sleek looking.

Playing an MP3 player with this sounds awesome....

I have this in our living room which is 12'Lx12'Wx11'H and fills the room with plenty of sound....

This is like a center channel speaker with a pleasant sound of bass.

There were no AAA batteries included for the remote....

I shouldn't be saying this, but I have a 40" Tv that weighs 78 pounds and hold its without a problem.

Would I recommend this to a friend for great sound enhancement..........Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 out of 5

Wow!

Written By Jim, Boynton Beach, FL on Monday, March 19, 2012
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Went with ZVOX V220 because of great reviews in many tech publications, and I had limited space in bedroom where I was going to use it. Wow was I amazed at the sound of something so compact! I'm still amazed at the sound, and how richly it fills the room. The sound when their is dialog is 10 times better than TV speakers and even a center channel speaker in a full system. Still fan of full surround system in a large room, but if you have limited space for full system and it's intended for a small to medium size room you cannot go wrong with ZVOX.
Pros:
Takes limited space, great sound, versatile, great for using with iPod or other mp3 players, and easy to use, price.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Zvox Z-base V220

Written By Turbo, Akron, Ohio on Monday, March 19, 2012
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Sound on new Toshiba 24" flat panel was horrible. The Zvox V220 solved the problem completely. Very. very simple to hook up, even programming the V220 to accept the TV's remote was a no brainer. The sound is rich & spacious. Sure, it's not a 5.1 but it's truly amazing how well it works for its small size.
Pros:
Easy set up. Modest price. Very good sound. A quality product.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220 - Thumbs Up!!!

Written By tonys, Chicago, IL on Monday, March 12, 2012
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Great product for the price. I use on my tv in the bedroom sounds great!!!! Fits perfect on my shelf.
Pros:
price, sound, size
Cons:
none
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3 out of 5

ZVOX V220 -- OK

Written By Henry, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, March 05, 2012
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I knew this unit would not give me surround sound, but hoped it would give me better sound than the TV speakers. It does, and I am pleased with that. ZVOX says you can teach the unit to respond to your satellite remote's volume buttons. You can, BUT...! I have Dish network for my TV source, and I was not able to make the "teaching" process work. The volume controls were easily taught to work with the V220, but I was unable to make the power control work, and ZVOX won't allow you to teach only the volume controls without the power control. It's all 4 or nothing. ZVOX support was not helpful in the matter. I'm still trying to find a working method, because having to use a second remote for sound control is a nuisance. Also, the ZVOX remote buttons require a more robust pressure to operate.

I had to swap my first unit for a new one, when the first unit stopped working. But Crutchfield, as always, was just geat about the swap, making it as easy and pleasant as one could hope for.
Pros:
Better sound than the TV speakers. Dialog enhancement works well, and is at times a useful feature. The low profile of the V220 fits my living room setup very well; I like it.
Cons:
Could use a more detailed user guide, especdially when it comes to programing another remote. And ZVOX really needs to show how a DISH remote cab be programmed for the V220.
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By BG, Bronx, NY on Saturday, March 03, 2012
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Great sound for the price. Purchased when TV went from stand to wall mount when nearby furniture muffled/distorted output from TV speakers especially during dialogue intervals. You can really hear the improvement when switching between TV speakers and this unit. Don't let the small speaker size discourage you from purchasing this model.
Pros:
Easy set up. No distortion at near maximum volume settings.
Cons:
Can't use Dialogue Emphasis and Output Leveling at the same without switching between the two functions.
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By Cathy, Athens, GA on Thursday, February 16, 2012
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This sound bar is absolutely wonderful. The sound is rich and it has improved my enjoyment of TV by leaps and bounds. My ears no longer have to deal with the irritating sound of the tiny speakers in my 32" LED TV, and now I can understand all the words. This was money well-spent. And the ZVOX 220 was very easy to hook up, even for someone who is not knowledgeable about electronics. Believe me--If I can do it, anyone can! I love that my TV remote turns on the TV and sound bar at the same time, and I can use the TV remote to control the main functions of the sound bar.
Pros:
Quality, Appearance, Ease of hook-up
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By Matthew, Staten Island N.Y. on Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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very good sound
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By TravisS, Dacula, GA on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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Great Value, easy setup and awesome sound! I wanted something for my Vizio 32" flat screen. It is located in a great room and the TV speakers were weak for the room size. This was the perfect product.
Pros:
Price, quality and ease of setup.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Very happy.

Written By tc, Dalton, GA on Saturday, February 11, 2012
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I needed something small enough tofit on ashelf under my 42" flatscreen which is located in a small room. This unit fits perfectly. Set up was a snap. The sound is so much better than thru the tv speakers. I purchased the open box unit and saved 20.00. I'm very pleased.
Pros:
Fast shipping. Easy set up.
Cons:
None so far.
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Written By acer10, Peoria,Ill. on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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I really like the ZVOX V220.Easy to set up and good sound.Also,I am very satisfied with Crutchfield and their products,service, and price.I'll buy again.
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5 out of 5

Great sound system

Written By Matthew J, New London on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Wonderful Home Theater system. The ZVOX V220 sounds amazing. Have mine sitting underneath my 32" Vizio 3D TV. Watched The Lion King Blu-Ray last night and it sounded amazing.Love having the surround turned on. No you don't hear anything behind you.But it does sound like you are hearing things from the right and left of you're TV set when you watch a surround sound movie or TV show. I'm so glad I bought one.
Pros:
Great sound for the price.
Cons:
None that I can see so far.
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2 questions already asked

Hi. A couple questions: 1: Can this unit's volume be set at a predetermined level and have the tv's output regulate the the volume level? I really don't want to be using yet another remote for tv watching. I have the options for both analog audio out and optical audio out. (Samsung UNC7000FW40) 2. My intention is to use this in an media console where the unit would be a foot or so lower than the actual monitor, and probably a couple feet below one's ears. Is this unit terribly directional? I'm not expecting that's optimal, but I'm looking for an inexpensive, compact improvement over my monitor's speakers. Thanks! [ Monte  Dec 01, 2013 ]
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  • Thank you all! [ Monte   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • Thank you all for your answers! I absolutely love it. Works just as described. Much fuller sound than my monitor's built-ins, nice and compact, a breeze to setup as far as remote compatibility and cabling (optical digital), and it has performed flawlessly. For my compact space it is ideal. Thanks again. Very pleased. [ Monte   Jan 19, 2014 ]
  • I LOVE this unit! And YES it is very easily programmable to your cable remote for volume control. It literally took me less than 3 minutes to follow their "quick directions" pamphlet to program. I have TV sitting directly on top of, so cannot answer about direction. [ SUZANNE   Dec 08, 2013 ]
  • Hi, in response to your query on the ZVOX Z-Base V220, I find it to be a great improvement over the "tinny" speakers in the Samsung UN55D6050-ZA 55-inch HDTV. Setup is trying, but the unit works as advertized. You can color the sound by adjusting the Volume, Bass & Treble. Surround sound options create spatial effects. Volume fills my 14' x 14' open-end family room. My purpose for purchasing this unit was because wifey, who captures the TV 90 percent of the time just listening to that "tinny" TV audio, drives me crazy. I read reviews before purchase. Users indicated good functionally. Instructions IMO are disjointed. Included in the box is a phone number to get HELP. At first, using their process, I was trying to set up remote control by using the DirecTV remote. It just wasn't working. Then I decided to set it up with the TV remote. Walla! Now the TV or the DirecTV remotes work. I have control of the Volume/Mute. Incidentally, if you don't have the ability to switch the TV's speakers to OFF or External, then you will hear the TV's speakers in the background, which causes an echo effect. Hardware wise, the unit does not shut OFF. It goes into Standby, then later to SLEEP, upon TV shut OFF. Upon TV turn ON, Wake the unit up, by adjusting the Volume UP/DWN. Main Power switch ON/OFF, on rear panel. I leave mine in the ON position. The unit does not get hot. It is heavy. My TV is supported by the HT console's metal Backstay. The unit is positioned on a lower shelf, on the left side of the HT console, just about 2-feet below ear level. Remember wifey doesn't care as long as she can hear her "Soap" characters. Yes it is a bit directional. I use an Optical cable for audio hookup. Surprisingly, the unit is functioning just as I had envisioned. It's completely independent of my HT system and at the same time, I can run both at the same time, which really creates some unique audio sound effects. Overall, I think the unit will fit your needs. It completely satisfied mine. [ RUBIN   Dec 07, 2013 ]
  • This unit can be paired with your Samsung TV Remote and you will only need your TV remote to control both units, Plus your cable box. It depends how you set it up. This unit, if set up correctly will fill a room with a surround sound effect. [ VINCENT   Dec 03, 2013 ]
  • Can't help you with the volume issue. I have my ZVOX on a kitchen counter with the TV on a swivel mount 1 foot above the counter. You would never know the sound was not coming from the TV unless I told you. This is true for all angles. [ STROUD   Dec 03, 2013 ]
  • Monte, 1. I programmed my TV remote (easy instructions) to adjust the volume of the ZVOX. So, yes, you won't need to use the supplied remote for volume adjustment. 2. I have my ZVOX Z-Base V220 on the shelf below my TV. I think this works fine. You mentioned "a couple of feet below" your monitor. That should work OK, but you might want to prop the front feet up a bit for better sound. I does provide a fairly "large" sound for such a small box. Watching three seats from the front of the unit gives OK sound, if you are also wondering about lateral dispersion. I hope this helps. [ DANA M   Dec 03, 2013 ]
  • Thank you all so much. Thinking I'll take the leap. Cheers! [ Monte   Dec 02, 2013 ]
  • 1) Unknown 2) Unit functions best as TV support/ speaker. Try it as you state and if unsatisfactory bring higher. Don't obscure speakers. [ ALAN   Dec 02, 2013 ]
  • Hello, 1. I doubt that i can be of much help, but: I use my unit with the V220's remote because it allows me more flexibility. I need to use my TV remote to change change over to my DVD, which requires a change on my V220. That works for me. Sorry. 2. My TV sits on the V220 and both are pretty much at ear level. I wonder if the difference in height would affect the surround-sound effect. I am enjoying a very effective performance as I have it set up. It wouldn't hurt to try it your way, that is if you haven't already done so. Good Luck on your quest! A. Mestas [ AUGUSTINE J   Dec 02, 2013 ]
  • Monte...I bought this unit for my sister in law who has lost some of her hearing. We set the unit up so that she uses the zvox remote for the volume and than uses the cable company remote to change channels. She indicates that the sound is good enough that she can go into the dinning room or the kitchen and still hear the sound ok as long as she has the volume turned up. Don"t know if this helps you or not. My sister in law really likes the improved sound from the zvox. [ RICHARD C   Dec 02, 2013 ]
  • 1. You can use your TV or cable remote to adjust the volume. Setting up the connection is usuallly easy, but in my case it was not because I have a Panasonic TV and Verizon FIOS cable. But I have to say that the ZVOX service line was top-notch and they walked me through the whole thing. I didn't have to wait at all for them to pick up. 2. I haven't noticed a problem with directionality even though the ZVOX is a foot or two below our ears and the monitor. I haven't played around with the surround sound buttons, so that might help if you notice a problem. One tip: I needed to adjust the treble up and the base down one notch and that improved the dialogue audio tremendously.We were losing some words in the lower register when the amplitude of the voice was also low. [ STEVEN   Dec 02, 2013 ]
CAN DVD DISKS BE PLAYED ON IT ? [ -----kapoyos  Nov 28, 2013 ]
9 answers
  • If connected to a dvd player or CD player you will hear the sound. The ZVOX is a speaker. I purchased to enhance the sound from a small flat screen. Sounds very good. [ G.   Nov 29, 2013 ]
  • This unit is not a player if I understood your question right. Hooking it to a tv for a better sound, you will have a different experience. Thanks! [ ROMEO L   Nov 29, 2013 ]
  • Yes it will work with a DVD player. The sound is really good as well. [ RICK   Nov 29, 2013 ]
  • No, the ZVOX box is just a speaker assembly meant to replace the tiny speakers in your TV. [ RICHARD   Nov 28, 2013 ]
  • no dvd can be inserted. this is just like a sound bar...so if you can see it on a tv, then the sound can come out of the Zvocx..it is really great. [ KEITH F   Nov 28, 2013 ]
  • Well anything really...technically it is an amp and speaker all in one..so if you have the right line in [ THOMAS R   Nov 28, 2013 ]
  • The answer is yes. My television doesn't have an output, so I use an optical digital cable from my bluray to the Zvox. If your player has no optical output you can use the coaxial digital one. The HDMI cable goes directly from the bluray player to the tv. Try this only if a conventional set up don't work for your DVDs. As an additional bonus I also have an inexpensive bluetooth device that plugs into the analog inputs on the zvox making it so I can play music from my iPod and iPhone. I love the v220 and recommend it highly. [ DANIEL J   Nov 28, 2013 ]
  • It is not a player. It hooks into my TV along with a Blu Ray player. The box works as an external speaker to the TV. I shut off the TV speakers and get great sound off the DVDs and TV. Hope this helps. Bruce [ BRUCE   Nov 28, 2013 ]
  • Not sure I quite understand the question. I run HDMI cables from my HD Cable box and BluRay player to the TV, and run a digital optical audio cable from the TV to the ZVOX. This setup is connected to a 50" plasma that I have on the wall in the bedroom. No room for a soundbar or separates in my bedroom. ZVOX has excellent sound, but you must sit directly in front of it for the "surround effects" to be evident. I like that it has tone controls, dialog enhancement, and output leveling. No, it does not sound like my Def Tech home theater in the family room but it does sound much better than the TV speakers. Hope this answers the question. Break - Crutchfield, if you have any suggestions for a better setup (BluRay directly to the ZVOX via DO or Coax, TV to whichever one I don't use for the BluRay) I would appreciate it. [ KENTON   Nov 28, 2013 ]

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