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Overview: The ZVOX Mini (Model 215) 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, built-in subwoofer, and ZVOX PhaseCue virtual surround
sound processing to give you an easy surround solution. Since there are no
speaker wires to deal with, you just need to connect the power and audio cables
to get started. The Mini is designed to easily fit on a shelf above or below
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: The surround experience is limited, compared to a
high-quality 5.1-channel system. However, the performance is much more pleasing than
simply using the TV's built-in speakers.
Speaker Configuration: The ZVOX Mini uses three 2-1/2" main speaker
drivers, which use ferrofluid and neodymium magnets. The Mini uses 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 Mini to be used near a TV or monitor.
Subwoofer: In addition to the three main speakers, the Mini has a
high-mass, long-throw 4" x 6" 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
Power Output: The ZVOX Mini has a built in amplifier that drives all of the speakers. This amplifier is rated at 40 watts, however, due to the limitations of the power supply, the amplifier outputs a total of 24.3 watts.
Cabinet: The ZVOX Mini uses an MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) wood
cabinet, which is used in most high-performance speaker enclosures.
Auto Power: The Mini has an auto-on and auto-off power circuit. When
the unit's power switch is set to "Standby" mode, the power automatically turns
on in approximately two seconds when an audio signal is sensed. (The power LED
changes from red to green.) When you turn off the audio source, the Mini will
automatically turn itself off after approximately three minutes after no signal
is detected. You can also bypass the Auto Power circuit by switching the unit to
Inputs/Outputs: The ZVOX Mini has dual 3.5mm minijacks on the rear
panel, and another minijack 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
minijack, 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.
Connecting To Your TV: It is recommended that you connect the Mini 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 raise and lower the volume
of the Mini. If not, you can use the front-panel volume control, or the supplied