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ZVOX Mini

Powered compact single-speaker TV sound system

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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.

The compact ZVOX Mini speaker system makes it easy to enjoy spacious, three-dimensional sound with your TV shows, movies, video games, 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.

Sound quality is detailed and surprisingly full — a huge improvement over your TV's speakers. The Mini 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 Mini with the included remote. Automatic on/off circuitry powers the Mini 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 2-1/2" full-range speakers
  • 4" x 6" 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
  • 13"W x 3-3/8"H x 11-1/2"D
  • weight: 7 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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2.5" Cone (x3)
Midrange
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Woofer
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4" x 6" 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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3-3/8H x 13W x 11-1/2D
Sound Bar Weight
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7 lbs
Subwoofer (inches)
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Subwoofer Weight
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What's in the box?

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  • ZVOX Mini single cabinet surround system
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR 2025 Lithium battery
  • AC adapter with attached 6' DC output cord (DC Output: 15V/2A)
  • 5' AC cord
  • 6.5' Audio cable (with right-angled 3.5mm miniplugs on each end)
  • 6.5' Audio cable (with right-angled 3.5mm miniplug on one end and stereo RCA plugs on the other end)
  • Hook-up Instructions

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Features

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 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: 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 output.

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 "On."

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 remote control.

 
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Mini

Written By Jack, Central N.J. on Monday, September 19, 2011
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Huge difference in sound from flat panel TV
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5 out of 5

Zivo Mini in RV

Written By Steve, Cape Cod, MA on Friday, September 02, 2011
 
I installed the mini under my tv in my rv up front. I customed the install. The Tv is a great tv but the reviews where all poor on 26 inch tv's audio. So I custom fit the mini under tv. The result was awsom.I would highly reccoment this unit for what I did.
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4 out of 5

Good sound for a small unit

Written By Morgan, Sumas, WA on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Great sound for a compact package. Certainly not going to replace a full surround system, but if space is limited it is way better than my flat panel tv speakers! Note it only has 3.5mm plug input, so have a compatible tv!
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5 out of 5

mini

Written By Diana H, orland Park, IL on Sunday, August 28, 2011
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Fantastic sound for such a small unit. Great value for the money.
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By Anonymous, Elma, NY on Monday, August 15, 2011
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Excellent sound, easy setup, supplements tv sound and compact unit.
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4 out of 5

Great product

Written By GT, East Norwich, NY on Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Bought a new Toshiba flat screen for the kitchen over the weekend. Picture is
fantastic,
but sound is terrible (thin, tinny), so ordered the ZVOX Mini. Arrived two days
later (great customer service!), hooked it up in less than two minutes, and
voila! Excellent sound! Not really
surround-sound, but excellent! Very happy.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Not Bsd!!

Written By Anonymous, Woodland Hills, CA on Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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The size is just perfect to put in a small shelf. For such a small audio the
sound is a great improvement over the TV's speakers. My only criticism is that
there is very little separatgion of sound and thus to call it surround sound is a
little exagerated.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Mostly Great

Written By Ed, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, March 17, 2011
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I am mostly loving this inexpensive product. Great improvement over the
built-in speakers of my Samsung 40" LCD. This is in the bedroom, so I didn't
want lots of wires and little speakers all over the place. The unit lacks some
depth & richness of sound, but I'm still tweaking that. Setup was pretty easy.
Biggest problem: this new Samsung TV does not have the menu option that allows
ZVOX volume control from Samsung's remote. So...we have to keep track of the
small ZVOX remote, and it adds to general "remote clutter".
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By jay, Illinois on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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Awesome small unit, with big sound. I needed a smaller unit to clean up all the wires
and speakers of my home theatre, and I was skeptical at first so I ordered an open box
and I was surprised at how clean and clear the sound was. It is really good in a midsize
room. It is not as spacious sounding as a true surround, but it is one unit, less clutter
than 5 or more speakers in a regular surround, but I hooked up my powered subwoofer
and it totally made a big impact, and if you have audio surround adjustments on your TV
or DVD player you can get even more of a surround sound. I hate to say this but I do not
miss my old surround, and I plan on getting a larger ZVOX for the living room and using
the mini's in all the bedrooms .
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4 out of 5

Good sound from a small package.

Written By thedoctor2001, south florida on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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I wanted better sound w/o all the expense. This little unit fills the bill. With my TV I have to use the unit's supplied remote. Just another thing to have on the table, but worth the improved sound. Set-up: one minute. Beat that!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Mini

Written By Davide, PA on Saturday, February 05, 2011
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Very nice sound in a small package. I use this in a small living room and it
produces clear full sound. Impressed by the ZVOX and even more by the
Crutchfield service. I received my order the day after I purchased. Impressive.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good Performance

Written By TomG, Baltimore MD on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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This sound bar is perfect for small places where you do not have the room for several
speakers. Do not expect to have great surround sound or great separation, What you do
get is a significant improvement over the tiny speakers in your TV. The bass is rich and
the highs are clear. I connected this unit to my 32" Sony LCD flat screen and the sound
improvment was well worth the cost of the unit. One of the drawbacks of the ZVOX Mini is
the analog connection. Although the unit turns on and off automatically with the TV, the
analog connection with the Sony prevents the TV or cable control from changing the
ZVOX volume; this has to be accomplished with the separte ZVOX remote. Overall this a
a very good unit for a small TV in a small room.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

ZVOX Mini

Written By Dave C, Pitttston, Pa on Monday, December 06, 2010
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We have a small HDTV in our kitchen with a great picture, but as all models in this size, it
has weak audio. I shopped around for alternatives, and a long thin soundbar made no
sense for the location. Then, based on your sales reps advise, he directed me to the
Mini. I figured it would be a compromise with the small size and a bit of an improvement
with the sound. I got the Mini in 2 days after ordering it (really fast), took it out of the box,
and had it plugged in in under 120 seconds. The sound is nothing short of amazing!
This rivals my Sony surround sound that is in my livig room, and it's the size of my Sony
center speaker. I have every intention to buy 2 more, one for each bedroom. Best bang
for the buck, and great sound.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic sound

Written By Brano, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, November 19, 2010
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The mini is the best sounding speaker of its size that I have ever heard. I can
see why the Zvox 325 and it are close in price because they sound almost the
same: excellent! The bass is very impressive as well. We put it under a 27 in
flat panel. Simple, clean, elegant, great sound. No complaints.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Not Bad

Written By Anthony, Garden Grove Ca. on Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Nice device when you need something to fit in a small area. Good sound improvement.
Easy installation. Don't expect theater like sound, but I would recommend
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5 out of 5

Great sound for a great price

Written By ChristineR, Chattanooga, TN on Monday, September 06, 2010
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I bought the ZVOX mini for my workout room so I could hear the lousy TV sound
over my treadmill. I liked is so much that I moved it to my main TV, which
links to my ipod...meaning I also use this for music, as well as TV/DVDs. The
box is small and the sound is great - I can now hear sports announcers, all of
the little creaks and creatures in Harry Potter movies, and the quiet dialog of
TV and DVD features. The product couldn't be any easier to setup or simpler to
use. It automatically turns on when you turn on the TV, but fades in so you
don't blow out your ears if you had the set on a little too loudly the last time
you used it. And can I just say how helpful it was to have all possible
connecting wires included?
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Mini

Written By Priscilla, White Plains, NY on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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I bought this when my old 32" HDTV's bar speaker stopped working. Not knowing what to do short of buying a new TV, I read a lot of support articles online (this seams to be a problem with the TV) and learned about the ZVOX Mini and decided to give it a try. It is an affordable alternative and the sound is probably better than what I had, but I have had to tone down the bass (because I personally don't like it). I am not able to use my TV remote control for the volume. The sound is kept on stand-by so that when the TV is turned on, it senses this and sound will begin, however, it comes on with a big crackling burst before settling to a normal sound. All in all, I am happy that I didn't have to buy a new TV yet since my picture quality is still good.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

ZVOX Mini

Written By Charles, Ormond Beach, Florida on Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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While I agree that the ZVOX Mini improves the sound of my Toshiba HDTV I can detect no virtual surround sound or significant enhancement; I question the PhaseCue technology. Also, since I cannot turn off my Toshiba speakers it seems that I cannot use the TV remote to control the Mini and the TV.
6 out of 10 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ZVOX Mini

Written By Mark M, Toms River, NJ on Friday, January 30, 2009
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I purchased this unit for my master bedroom TV as we were only using the speakers that are on the set. Setup was a snap and I set the unit right in front of the TV. I must say the sound delivered from the set is a big improvement from the TV speakers, but not quite as good as I had hoped it would be. The sound is full, but doesn't give you the same sound as say the Bose unit of the same size that we use in our Kitchen for music. For the price I would recommend it, but I should have spent the extra money and bought a lower end sound bar unit.
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