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ZVOX 325

Powered home theater sound system and platform for flat-panel TVs

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by Chris Egner
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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.

Get room-filling sound without a room full of speakers. The convenient, easy-to-use ZVOX 325 gives you full, detailed sound with your TV shows, movies, concert DVDs, and more. This one-piece system houses three full-range speakers, an internal woofer, and built-in amplification — you won't need to use a separate receiver or run wires to any external speakers.

ZVOX's proprietary processing creates virtual surround effects by manipulating the phase and timing of each channel, sending signals to separate drivers at the appropriate moment. This expands the soundstage and "tricks" your ears into thinking that sound is coming from points throughout your room.

Setup couldn't be simpler, with just one cable to plug into your TV. Control the 325 with the included remote. Automatic on/off circuitry powers the 325 on and off along with your TV. And this sleek system looks right at home below or beside your flat-panel set.

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Highlights:

  • video-shielded
  • PhaseCue virtual surround sound
  • frequency response 63-20,000 Hz
  • built-in amplifier
  • three 3-1/4" full-range speakers
  • 5-1/4" woofer
  • 2 rear minijack inputs (one doubles as a line-level output for connecting a powered subwoofer)
  • 1 front-panel minijack input
  • auto on/off
  • remote control
  • rigid MDF (medium density fiberboard) cabinet
  • 17-1/16"W x 4-15/16"H x 17"D
  • weight: 14 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Enclosure
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Bandpass
Pieces in System
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1
Color
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Black
Tweeter
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3.25" Cone (x3)
Midrange
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Woofer
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5.25" Cone (x1)
Separate Subwoofer
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No
Subwoofer Driver
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Bluetooth Connectivity
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Wall-mountable
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No
Mounting Bracket Included
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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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63-20k Hz
Powered System
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Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power
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24.3W total
Subwoofer RMS Power
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Audio Inputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs
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2
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs
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None
Optical Digital Audio Inputs
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None
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
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None
HDMI Audio Video Connections
HDMI Inputs
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HDMI Outputs
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Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches)
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4-15/16H x 17-1/16W x 17D
Sound Bar Weight
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14 lbs
Subwoofer (inches)
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Subwoofer Weight
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  • ZVOX Single cabinet surround system
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR 2025 Lithium battery
  • AC adapter with attached 6' DC output cord (DC Output: 15V/2A)
  • 57" AC power cord
  • 6.5' Audio cable (right-angled 3.5mm stereo miniplugs on each end)
  • 6.5' Audio cable (right-angled 3.5mm stereo miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other)
  • Instructions

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Features

Overview: The ZVOX 325 is a single-cabinet audio system for use with TVs, iPods and other MP3 players, and PCs. It combines high-quality speakers, a built-in amplifier, a built-in subwoofer, and ZVOX PhaseCue 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. The unit is the same width as typical DVD players and cable boxes and can easily fit on a shelf above or below your TV.

PhaseCue: The proprietary PhaseCue virtual surround sound system 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. A front-panel rotary dial lets you control the size of the sound stage and the amount of virtual surround effect. Dynamic soundtracks from movies and live recorded music programs provide a rich, 3-dimensional sound, while the surround effect is somewhat less with TV programs and newscasts. Note: While the surround experience isn't the same as high-quality 5.1-channel system, the performance is much more pleasing than simply using the TV's built-in speakers.

Speaker Configuration: The ZVOX 325 uses three ferrofluid cooled 3-1/4" main speaker drivers with neodymium magnets. The drivers use the Infinite Compliance system, which connects the outer two speakers with an acoustic tube, to create a big sound from a small cabinet. The speakers are magnetically shielded, allowing the unit to be placed near a CRT TV or monitor.

Subwoofer: In addition to the three main speakers, the 325 has a high-mass, long-throw 5-1/4" subwoofer in a bandpass enclosure. You can adjust the bass output using the rotary Subwoofer Level control on the rear panel. An optional powered subwoofer can be connected via the rear-panel 3.5mm mini-jack output.

Power Output: The ZVOX 325 has a built in amplifier that drives all of the speakers. This amplifier is rated at 60 watts, however, due to the limitations of the power supply, the amplifier outputs a total of 24.3 watts.

Cabinet: The ZVOX 325 has an MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) wood cabinet.

Auto Power: The 325 has an auto-on/auto-off power circuit. When the unit's power switch is set to Standby mode, the power automatically turns on when an audio signal is sensed. (The power LED changes from red to green.) When you turn off the audio source, the 325's power will automatically turn off after approximately three minutes with no signal. You can bypass the Auto Power circuit by switching the unit to On or Off.

Inputs/Outputs: The ZVOX 325 has two 3.5mm mini-jacks on the rear panel and another mini-jack input on the front panel. Input 1 on the rear panel is for connecting your TV, PC, or other audio source. The other rear-panel mini-jack, labeled Output (Input 2), allows you to connect an optional powered subwoofer, but also acts as a second mixing input. It will only act as an input when another device is connected to Input 1. When a cable is plugged into the front panel input, the rear panel input is automatically disengaged.

Connecting To Your TV: It is recommended that you connect the 325 to the audio output of your TV. If your TV's audio outputs can be set to Variable, you can use your TV's remote control to adjust the volume. If not, use the 325's front-panel volume control or the supplied remote control.

 
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4 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By PH, Blacksburg VA on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Good little unit--decent sound, (way better than the built-in TV speakers), easy to hook up and doubles as a handy stand for our TV. Can adjust bass response to taste. May not be as impressive as multi-speaker surround-sound systems but that's not what we were after--just a good upgrade to TV sound. Crutchfield delivery was amazingly fast too!
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4 out of 5

Nice Inexpensive Audio Solution

Written By BrianM, Danbury, CT on Friday, January 20, 2012
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Bought this for a client that was unhappy with the volume & clarity on his regular Panasonic panel speakers. For a small box sound is outstanding. I'm not using the remote, just the RCA Jacks on the back of the panel which handle that. I'm not a Bose fan, but it reminds me of the wave radio, really good bass good definition. ZVOX addresses tone via a front knob that actually throws the L & R speakers out of phase, I found that interesting and it works well. Good Value. I don't think this particular model is available anymore, but I'm recommending ZVOX for a low budget solution to bad TV speaker sound.
Pros:
Ease of installation, compact size, good sound, inexpensive.
Cons:
Too deep to mount under a wall mounted TV, Remote codes not available for some Univ. Remotes.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By Ryan K, Buffalo, NY on Friday, November 18, 2011
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Great product!
Pros:
The sound is clear, crisp and I can hear some things that I wasn't hearing on my previous low-budget system.
Cons:
The product image is a bit deceptive. The speaker is much more substantial than what I had initially thought.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX 325 Connected to a Colby TV

Written By Daverx, Willits, CA on Thursday, November 03, 2011
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My wife bought a 15" Colby/DVD so she would have TV in the kitchen. The sound was like the speaker was coming out of a tin can. Crutchfield advised me that the ZVOX 325 powered speakers would do the job, so I bought it. The only reason for the 4stars instead of 5 is getting it to work using the Colby rca connections. I was almost ready to return it when I noticed a "Phone" connection, stands for head phone. So I plugged one end in to the Colby with the provided single cable (Mini stereo plug) and the other end into ZVOX 325 Mini Port port. To my suprise, out came the perfect sound.
Pros:
For it's size it sounds as good as my Home Theater full size speakers.
Cons:
I could not get it to work, then discovered in our case we needed to use the mini cable instead of the RCA connectors.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Improves sound on tv

Written By tomr, westchester, ny on Friday, September 23, 2011
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I bought this unit because the sound on my new plasma tv was disappointing. It definitely succeded in that regard. However; as my tv did not have audio outputs, the zvox had to be connected to my cable box which had a certain benefit because the cable remote could not control the volume before. Nevertheless, the cable signal now has to be turned off or the sound continues after the tv is turned off ( I have the power on the zvox on standby as instructed.) I can't use the unit for my dvd player which is one of the reasons I purchased the zvox and have to turn on the tv speakers in order to watch a dvd recording.
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4 out of 5

worth every cent

Written By Ron, Pace, Florida on Sunday, September 11, 2011
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I have two of these, one for my 54 inch Panasonic G30 and another for my brand- new 60 inch Panasonic ST30 plasma. These are excellent TV's but with horrible sound system. The ZVOX 325 provides a full sound for a reasonable price. What more can I say!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By Don, Hahira, Ga. on Saturday, September 10, 2011
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Works as advertised. Sound from my flat screen TV is greatly improved. Product was easy to setup and operate.
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By Declan, Richmond VA on Sunday, August 21, 2011
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This product performs as advertised. The quality of the sound is amazing. I would highly recommend these to friends.
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1 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By MikeV, Cypress, TX on Thursday, June 02, 2011
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Sound was worse than my LG TV speakers. Subwoofer output was non existent. Possibly a defective unit??? Returned for credit.

Maybe their higher priced units have better sound and bass ouput.
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4 out of 5

Just what I needed

Written By TomP, Akron, OH on Saturday, April 09, 2011
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Look folks, some of us don't want or need audiophile experiences just to watch
TV. But we DO want to be able to hear well with our new flat screen TVs, right?
I did not want a five speaker home theater nor did I want a booming,
space-eating sub-woofer, even if it could be stored in a corner of the room and
operated wirelessly. I DID want something that would fit on a shelf in my new
TV cabinet and, well, not be the focus of everyone's eyes. This speaker does
the job perfectly. When added to the TV it is a good complement and we have had
to turn DOWN the bass because it seemed to have more than enough for the room
(which is about 15' x 20'). The clarity of the sound is fine and there is more
than enough volume. The virtual surround feature is not what you would buy this
for. Overall, a good value.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great little unit

Written By R.W., Michigan on Monday, February 28, 2011
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I wanted something simple to use and that didn't have a lot of wires and
controls. This fits the bill marvelously. Anything with RCA right and left out
or headphone out jacks will interface with this box. We've got an old furniture
grade corner entertainment center that was originally made for a CRT type TV and
we set it on top, above the flat panel, as there wasn't quite enough room
anywhere else. It appears it has turned the whole cabinet into a speaker as the
bass is much more clear and solid than I would expect for the size of the ZVOX.
It displaces enough sound to feel through the furniture and hear clearly in
most of the main floor. It's not going to replace a full surround system but as
installed in our situation it's a remarkable device. I give it 5 stars for
being simple, easy to use, and having superb sound.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By Joe, North Jersey on Monday, February 07, 2011
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Overall, this is a great product. Very easy to setup. Works great with a Laptop or TV. The
sound is great, even for a large room. I have this setup in my bedroom and I can hear it
throughout the top floor of my house when turned up. It projects the sound as if you had
multiple speakers in the room. It is very heavy so it can easily hold a small TV or
something on top of it. I researched a lot of products and if you're looking for a "home
theater in a box" then this is one of the best options. Another option would be to get a
Soundbar but this connects much easier and is smaller.

My only suggestion would be to attach a Subwoofer if you want a better overall sound.
The subwoofer in this box is not very powerful and does not sound too great when
turned up.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By Jeff, Crystal River, FL on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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Bought the ZVOX 325 for our motorhome to supplement the free standing 36" TV that sat on
a steering wheel table. The ZVOX sat perfectly under the tv and produced great sound. I also
particularly liked the easy connection to the IPOD. This was a perfect 1 piece solution for our
situation.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By Steve B, ATL on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Really great sound from a "small" package. I have not heard a better sound
system for the money anywhere. Ultra simple hookup and great looking to boot. If
you're considering vastly improving your TV sound for a bargain price this is
the unit for you.
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5 out of 5

Couldn't be easier

Written By stichy, Kent, OH on Friday, May 07, 2010
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This product has exceptional sound and is a breeze to set-up! Bought an extra input cable, not being sure if it came with one and it does.
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5 out of 5

Best Sound bar, well worth the money and then some

Written By Marissa, Bronxville, NY on Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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I love this sound bar. After reading several reviews, I chose the Zvox325. The
sound is just amazing, the woofer brings movies to life, music is just amazing
through my mp3 player. The phase technology fools your ears in to thinking there
are more speakers in your room. The automatic shutoff is amazing, it will
autodetect sound and turn on once it is detected. The remote also comes in handy
for controling the voluem easy set up is a plus. I'm totally blind, and I was
able to set this unit up without any problem. It is sleek, and will fit nicely
next to any TV. I use it everyday, and cannot imagine life without it. No more
space hogging home theater systems, go with this one itwill not disappoint.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Quite Adequate For the Job

Written By Arthur, Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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This speaker system is definitely adequate for the job of providing enhanced sound for a large flat-panel TV. I just purchased a Samsung 50-inch plasma TV and was disappointed with the internal TV speakers. I did not want to purchase an expensive and space-hogging "surround sound" system, but I did want better sound, and was hoping to find a single-unit system that would do the job. This one definitely does that. It is by no means the best speaker system in the world, but it is considerably better than the TV speakers, and the price is quite reasonable. It also fits neatly on the shelf under my TV. I'm pleased with the purchase. If you're expecting great bass-range coverage and crystal-clear sound in the treble range, this is not the unit for you. But if you want a reasonably priced system with adequately rich sound that is significantly better than the speakers on large flat panel TVs, this is definitely a good bet.
50 out of 51 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX 325

Written By Jackie, Montevallo, AL on Monday, February 02, 2009
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For the price, Zvox can't be beat! I use the 325 in my den and it is perfect for the size of the room. It sounds as good or better than some of the high priced surround systems and installation is simple. I am extremely pleased with the product and even more pleased with the customer service Crutchfield offers!
82 out of 90 people found this helpful
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