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ZVOX SoundBar SB400

Powered home theater sound bar with Bluetooth®

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Overview

Our take on the ZVOX SoundBar SB400

Looking for an easy way to upgrade your TV's sound quality? The ZVOX SB400 houses three high-performance speakers and one woofer in a slim, acoustically stable aluminum cabinet for room-filling sound without a room full of speakers. Flexible connections include both digital and analog audio inputs, for newer or older TVs. The cables are included, so you have everything you need for a quick setup. You can use your existing TV, cable, or satellite remote to control volume, mute, and power on the sound bar. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream any music you listen to on your compatible mobile device to the SB400.

ZVOX SB400

The ZVOX SB400 looks great wall-mounted, or it can rest on a stand with your TV.

Big sound from a slim bar

Looking for an easy way to upgrade your TV's sound quality? The ZVOX SB400 houses three high-performance speakers and one woofer in a slim, acoustically stable aluminum cabinet for room-filling sound without a room full of speakers. Flexible connections include both digital and analog audio inputs, for newer or older TVs. The cables are included, so you have everything you need for a quick setup. You can use your existing TV, cable, or satellite remote to control volume, mute, and power on the sound bar. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream any music you listen to on your compatible mobile device to the SB400.

Dial in the sound you want

The SB400 adds volume and clarity to your TV setup, but it doesn't stop there. It offers a custom listening experience for different situations. PhaseCue® virtual surround creates three-dimensional home theater sound for more dynamic sound from movies and TV shows. The AccuVoice® feature uses hearing aid technology so dialogue is extra clear. ZVOX's Output Leveling feature eliminates the sudden, jarring shifts in volume that occur when commercials come on or when you switch channels.

Product Highlights:

  • Dolby Digital® decoding
  • PhaseCue virtual surround sound creates spacious effects
  • AccuVoice dialogue emphasis mode uses circuitry similar to a hearing aid to enhance vocal clarity
  • Output Leveling mode helps tame loud commercials
  • MegaBass system uses advanced digital contouring for deep, accurate bass
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music wirelessly from a compatible device
    • aptX® audio coding for better Bluetooth sound quality with compatible devices
  • built-in 118-watt Class D amplifier
  • three 2" full-range drivers
  • one 4" woofer
  • frequency response 58-20,000 Hz
  • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 1 coaxial
  • 1 stereo RCA analog audio input
  • mono RCA line-level output for adding a powered subwoofer
  • learns commands from your TV remote
  • remote control also included
  • aluminum cabinet provides strength, rigidity, and lower resonance for better sound
  • 35-1/2"W x 5-3/4"H x 3-5/16"D
  • weight: 9.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • AC power adapter (attached 47" DC cord)
  • 40" AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' Optical digital cable
  • 6.5' Stereo RCA cable
  • 58" Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
  • 2 Rubber feet
  • Setup & Operation Guide
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • "Adjustment Options" booklet
  • "Using Bluetooth" instructions
  • Programming Remote instructions

Overall I am very pleased with this soundbar. Good depth to the sound. I still haven't tried the Bluetooth yet but that was something that I was looking for.

Paul, San Jose, CA

Reviews

ZVOX SoundBar SB400 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

AccuVoice really does help!

Paul from San Jose, CA on 8/29/2017

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Overall I am very pleased with this soundbar. Good depth to the sound. I still haven't tried the Bluetooth yet but that was something that I was looking for.

Pros: Great sound overall. The AccuVoice really does help enhance the dialogue.

Cons: I am having a bit of a problem getting it to recognize my remotes. But I haven't tried again or called support yet and am confident it can be resolved.

ZVOX SoundBar SB400

Michael from Oregon on 7/20/2017

I have a full THX B&W 5.1 system with a Velodyne sub, powered by vacuum tubes for thr FL and FR channels. I wanted a soundbar I could live with for news, non critical viewing to not have to fire up the full system all the time. I am 100% pleased with the sound, it sounds more like an audiophile system than a soundbar. Its dynamic, natural, and fills the room with a dynamic sound, with a wide soundfield, with hints of surround enhancement, never phasey or boomy. Thecsolid aluminum cabinet is no plastic cheapie, its solid and high quality. Does it sound as goodcas the full B&W system, of course not. But, its so good I find listening to it about 90% of the time for my viewing, which includes a lot of scripted dramas. 5 stars!!

Pros: Sound, build quality, price.

Cons: No HDMI, a slight miss, but very slight.

Clear sound

Robert from Braintree, MA on 7/4/2017

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The sound quality is very good, especially the "Accuvoice" feature that I really appreciate. Music played using the Bluetooth feature sounds excellent to me. I recommend this as you will probably like all the features, including the ability to lower the loud commercials.

Pros: Several good features

Cons: None

ZVOX SoundBar SB400

Jim from Jasper, GA on 6/29/2017

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Purchased primarily for dialogue. Options were limited because of dimensions, choice came down to ZVOX or Sonus. Believed Sonus had greater capability than needed. Took a chance on ZVOX very satisfied with performance and value.

Pros: Great for dialogue, easy to set up and integrate remote. Real bang for the buck.

Cons: None

Clarity, Bass, Simplicity

Mark from Lawrenceburg, TN on 6/6/2017

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The ZVOX SB400 provides quality sound and clarity without the headaches and investment of an AVR and multiple speakers. Compared to my old sound bar - no comparison. My cable remote works great, clarity is greatly improved even at a lower volume! Quality made and very sturdy. Price, Price, Price, Value, Value, Value.

Pros: Simplicity, Clarity and price.

Cons: If you want full effect of action movies, don't get a sound bar. Also, the size is a bit large but very managable.

ZVOX SoundBar SB400

Sam from Wexford, PA on 4/5/2017

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This sound bar is great A , particularly for someone that has difficulty ascertaining dialogue. The information that says that it is easy to connect it to your own remote is probably accurate if you're a silicon valley software programmer.

Pros: This sound bar is great A , particularly for someone that has difficulty ascertaining dialogue.

Cons: The information that says that it is easy to connect it to your own remote is probably accurate if you're a silicon valley software programmer.

Great little sound bar.

Sal Paradise from Carmel, CA on 10/9/2016

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My requirements: 1, I needed a 1-piece solution. I don't have a lot of room in my listening area, and I didn't want a lot of speakers cluttering my room. 2, I was looking for a reasonably priced solution. 3, I wanted something that would cut through the panoply of sounds in most audio mixes and let me and my wife hear the dialog. With these requirements in mind, how did the SB400 measure up? 1-piece solution: check. Mid-priced solution, check. Now, $400 may not strike you as mid-priced solution, but consider some of Crutchfield's other offerings , such as the Yamaha YSP-5600 Digital Sound Projector, the MartinLogan Motion® Vision X, or the Paradigm Shift Series Soundscape. I'm sure they all sound better than the SB400, and they boast more features. But they are all priced three times higher than this model. Clear dialog: check. This model has three surround modes. One mode emphasizes dialog. A second mode emphasizes sound effects. It's great for action movies. A third mode balances dialog and sound effects. How does it sound? At the default settings (bass and treble at zero, Dialog Enhancement off, Surround Mode 2), dialog is good for some shows (and can be made better by switching to surround mode 1 or Dialog Enhancement). Music is very clear. Bass is present, but not overpowering ( I can finally bass violins and cellos). I think the SB400 is a good value for the money, especially after the recent price reduction. I would buy this s

Pros: Good sound Flexible mounting Lots of customization settings (bass, treble, Dialog Enhancement, surround modes) Dialog Enhancement . Easy BlueTooth set up Great for music Optical input Dolby Digital

Cons: Not true 5.1 sound No HDMI input No Dobly Digital Plus

ZVOX SoundBar SB400

Anonymous from Waynesboro, VA on 9/19/2016

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Amazing! The accuvoice feature truly works. I can now understand dialogue in programs in which I used to miss 1/4th of the words no matter how loud the volume. On top of that, I was very pleasantly surprised at the richness of musical sound. Great product!

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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Bar
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 2.0" (3)
Woofer 4.0"
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Features
Surround Sound Decoding 5.1-channel
Dolby Atmos No
DTS:X No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume Yes
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible No
Audio Return Channel N/A
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included No
Surface Mount Stand Included No
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
Specifications
System Frequency Response 58-20k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 118
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output 1
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 5-11/16H x 35-1/2W x 3-1/2D
Sound Bar Weight 9.8 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

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Features

Active Soundbar Speaker: The ZVOX SB400 active soundbar speaker system adds great sound to your high-definition or ultra-HD flat-panel television. The SB400 uses three high-performance speakers, built-in powered subwoofer, an acoustically stable aluminum cabinet, and a 118-watt Class-D digital amplifier to create warm, natural sound, and surprisingly powerful bass. The ZVOX SB400 uses PhaseCue virtual surround to create three-dimensional home theater sound from one speaker, incorporates AccuVoice hearing aid technology to deliver incredibly clear voices, and offers Output Leveling to tame loud commercials. The ZVOX SB400 active soundbar speaker system provides digital (Optical/Coax) and analog (RCA) inputs, built-in Bluetooth music streaming, and remote control.

Advanced Speaker Design: The ZVOX Soundbar SB400 speaker system incorporates high-quality full-range drivers, built-in subwoofer, a highly efficient Class-D amplifier, and digital signal processing for high-fidelity sound. And its all packed inside a slim, aluminum cabinet.

  • 3 Full-Range Drivers (including dedicated center): The Soundbar SB400 features three high-performances full-range 2" drivers for crisp, detailed sound. One of the full-range drivers is a dedicated center speaker for excellent dialog and vocal reproduction.
  • Subwoofer w/ MegaBass: The soundbar speaker is also equipped with one long-excursion 4" woofer for accurate bass & midbass response. The new ZVOX MegaBass feature uses digital processing to tailor sound and control the subwoofer to a degree never before achieved. The result is robust, accurate bass (down to 42 Hz) without an external subwoofer.
  • Class-D Amplifier:  The ZVOX SB400 employs a highly efficient 118W Class-D amplifier that includes digital signal processing (DSP) for superb frequency response. The result is a very warm, natural, smooth, and accurate sound.
  • Aluminum Bass Reflex Cabinet: The SB400 features a stylish, slim cabinet constructed of anodized aluminum (not plastic). The metal design provides low-resonance audio characteristics, and allows the SB400 to produce room-filling sound. The cabinet is ported on one end for added efficiency and bigger bass response.
Note: If the built-in subwoofer is not enough bass for you, the SB400 also has a mono-subwoofer output so you can add a powered subwoofer for even bigger bass.

PhaseCue Virtual Surround Sound: The Soundbar SB400 uses ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue virtual surround processing to give you rich, three-dimensional sound with movies or music. PhaseCue, 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 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, virtually surrounding the listener. You choose from 3 PhaseCue Virtual Surround Sound modes.

  • Surround 1: Low virtual surround effect and strong vocals for enhanced vocal clarity.
  • Surround 2: Moderate virtual surround effect and moderate vocals for most program material.
  • Surround 3: Strong virtual surround effect and moderate vocals for movies.
Note: AccuVoice cannot be used in conjunction with a PhaseCure Virtual Surround Sound mode.

Audio Enhancements: The ZVOX Soundbar SB400 offers a variety of audio adjustments to enhance your listening experience.

  • AccuVoice: The Soundbar SB400 includes the ZVOX AccuVoice feature, which uses hearing aid technology to create super-clear voice reproduction. When you push the "ACCU" button on the remote control you engage 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: The Soundbar SB400's Output Leveling feature automatically turns down loud commercials, while boosting audio levels from DVD and Blu-ray movies that are not loud enough. Simply press the "OL" button on the included remote 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.
  • Bass & Treble: The Soundbar SB400 has independent bass and treble controls. Each has a range from -4 to 4, and can be adjusted using the remote control only.
Note: AccuVoice and Output Leveling can be activated simultaneously.

Digital & Analog Inputs: The Soundbar SB400 has one optical (toslink) digital input and one coaxial digital input, plus one analog stereo RCA audio input on the rear-panel. The digital inputs will support both 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital 5.1ch audio. The analog inputs only support 2ch PCM.

Note: The digital optical output terminals of many newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blu-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Bluetooth Wireless Audio + aptX: The  ZVOX Soundbar SB400 supports Bluetooth A2DP which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC/Phone, Mac computer/laptop, etc.. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the soundbar speaker system. The Soundbar SB400 even employs AptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible phones (like Android OS 4.0+). You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enable mobile device for music navigation and to view song/artist information.

Remote Control: The ZVOX Soundbar SB400 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the speaker system. The included wireless remote has controls for power, input select, mute, volume, PhaseCue II effect level, bass & treble level, and DE/OL functions. The Soundbar SB400 can also be programmed to respond to your TV or satellite/cable remote control. Once programmed, you can control volume, mute, input, and power with your TV or satellite/cable remote. There are also Power, Volume, and Input control buttons on one end of the soundbar speaker.

Note: Many newer TVs are coming with RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be able to program the soundbar and TV remote to work together.

Hidden Display: The ZVOX Soundbar SB400 features a four-digit display located behind the speaker grille that shows the current setting for volume, bass, treble, and PhaseCue (virtual surround); plus shows when you have engaged the Mute, Output Leveling (OL) or AccuVoice (ACCU) features. A few seconds after you stop using your remote (or side-panel) controls, the display disappears completely.

Mounting Options: The soundbar speaker can either be table-top or wall-mounted, and works well with TVs from 37" to 70". You can place the SB400 on any flat, stable surface near your TV. There are three general placement options to choose from (Face Front, Face Up, & Wall-Mount). The SB400 has a "Tonal Profile" adjustment to allow it to sound better based on its room placement.

  • Face Front: You can place the SB400 on a flat surface so it faces forward. This placement is ideal for a shelf below, above, or near the television.
  • Face Up: You can place the SB400 facing up; often in front of the television. Check to ensure the SB400 does not block the television infrared remote sensor. There should be no shelf or flat surface immediately above the SB400 in this configuration.
  • Wall-Mount: The SB400 has two sturdy keyhole-shaped hanger mounts on the back-panel. You can hang the SB400 on two screw-heads (not included) that are securely installed in a wall or other vertical surface.

Auto On/Off: The ZVOX Soundbar SB400 will automatically turn on if it senses a volume adjustment or power command from your programmed remote control or the included remote control. The Soundbar SB400 will also automatically turn off if the selected input is silent for longer than approximately 30 minutes.

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Why did you buy this?

My partner has problem hearing well. Everyone described the wonderful sound and clarity of words. [ Patricia  Apr 10, 2018 ]
I wanted a high quality, yet compact sound bar that could also connect to my mobile device to play music. ZVOX products all have great reviews. [ Paul  Aug 03, 2017 ]
Liked that it had feature to enhance voices, built in subwoofer and power amp. [ Keith  Jul 24, 2017 ]
Great Reviews and perfect size [ Larry  Jul 17, 2017 ]
I wanted a soundbar that provided improved clarity for speech and improved the sound quality of TV shows for the bedroom TV without the bulk of a subwoofer or a large cabinet. [ Mark  May 24, 2017 ]
Dialogue enhancement [ Randall  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Fit the environment of the location. [ Douglas  Jan 21, 2017 ]
This will be my second Zvox speaker purchase after having first purchased a Zvox ZBase 575 Soundbase 6 years ago. I wanted something more compact, with no installation hassles, and the SB400 looks like a great fit, plus Iâ??ve found in previous purchases that Crutchfield and Zvox have both been terrific at answering all my questions about their products. [ Guest  Oct 08, 2016 ]
I did a bunch of research; this sound bar looks to have the best sound for the money. I previously purchased a ZVOX SoundBass for another TV, and I'm very happy with the product. I hope this one lives up to my expectations. [ Robert  Sep 30, 2016 ]
Looking for a way to make voices stand out over the music on movies. [ Jean  May 23, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

Hi, the orange indicator only illuminates for a few seconds then disappears. The bar has no lights shining while it in use except when you change something like the volume or the surround sound settings those appear in that small window and then disappear. Hope this helps. [ kevin  Apr 05, 2018 ]
Yes. It turns off after selecting input which also becomes visible to let you see what you are selecting, same with volume. [ ED  Apr 04, 2018 ]
The volume number does shut off after a couple of seconds. The display illuminates briefly when you turn the unit on or off, when you change the volume, or when you change modes. [ Joanne  Apr 04, 2018 ]
My Volume light only comes on when I press the volume button and immediately goes out afterward. [ JERRY L  Apr 03, 2018 ]
Its only on when being adjusted and then turns off after a second or two [ JAMES B  Apr 02, 2018 ]
It shuts off after a few seconds. There is nothing shining on the bar except when you turn on/off or change the volume. Very brief, just enough to let you know the setting. [ David  Apr 02, 2018 ]
Yes, the digital display turn off after just a few seconds. It's not at all distracting or annoying. [ CHERYL  Apr 02, 2018 ]
I have the SB500 and an SB400 that I bought for my sister. I am not home right now but I am quite sure the sound bar display is empty all the time, only when there is some activity (turning on or off, or volume or input change), then it shows the activity for a few seconds. It is ahown for a very reasonable duration, not too long, not too short. You shouldn't be concerned about it. [ Victor  Apr 02, 2018 ]
It shuts off in a few seconds,and the sound is awsome,it will shake your house,you will probably have to turn the bass control down,hope this was helpful,enjoy... [ Mark  Apr 02, 2018 ]
The light goes off after a very short while. Interestingly, I just discovered yesterday while we had Netflix on hold while I was on the telephone, the ZVOX turns the sound off, too after a while. It easily comes back on at the previous setting when turned on again by pushing the volume button on the side. [ Barton  Apr 02, 2018 ]
Yes. I believe it comes with brackets to do just that. I had an installer attach it to my Sony 55" TV looks great. [ Keith  Nov 19, 2017 ]
I mounted mine to the TV with the enclosed brackets. No problem. [ Barton  Nov 19, 2017 ]
It can be programmed to another device to control volume, on and off and mute. I use my TiVo remote to control the ZVOX when watching TV. [ Ed  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Yes, it has a learning function. It works with our FIOS remote. [ Stephen  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes you can teach it to turn on and off with your Comcast remote. You will still need to use the Zvox remote for the more advanced features though. [ Keith  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Yes you are able to use your Comcast remote to control power and volume on the ZVOX SB 400. [ DAVID  Jan 22, 2017 ]
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