Active Soundbar Speaker: The ZVOX SB500 active soundbar speaker system
adds great sound to your high-definition or ultra-HD flat-panel television. The SB500 uses three high-performance speakers, two built-in powered
subwoofers, an acoustically stable aluminum cabinet, and a 140-watt Class-D
digital amplifier to create warm, natural sound, and surprisingly powerful bass.
The ZVOX SB500 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 SB500 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 SB500 speaker
system incorporates high-quality full-range drivers, built-in subwoofers, 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 SB500 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.
- Dual Subwoofers w/ MegaBass: The soundbar speaker is also
equipped with two long-excursion 4" woofers for accurate bass & midbass
response. The new ZVOX MegaBass feature uses digital processing to
tailor sound and control the subwoofers 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 SB500 employs a highly
efficient 140W 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 SB500 features a
stylish, slim cabinet constructed of anodized aluminum (not plastic). The
metal design provides low-resonance audio characteristics, and allows the
SB500 to produce room-filling sound. The cabinet is ported on one end for
added efficiency and bigger bass response.
Note: If the built-in dual subwoofers are not enough bass for you, the SB500 also
has a mono-subwoofer output so you can add a powered subwoofer for even bigger
PhaseCue Virtual Surround Sound: The Soundbar SB500 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
- 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
Note: AccuVoice cannot be used in conjunction with a PhaseCure Virtual
Surround Sound mode.
Audio Enhancements: The ZVOX Soundbar SB500 offers a variety
of audio adjustments to enhance your listening experience.
- AccuVoice: The Soundbar SB500 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 SB500'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 SB500 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 SB500 has one optical (toslink) digital input and one coaxial digital input, plus
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
Bluetooth Wireless Audio + aptX: The ZVOX Soundbar SB500 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 SB500 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 SB500 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 SB500 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 SB500 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 50" to 80". You can place the SB500 on any flat, stable surface
near your TV. There are three general placement options to choose from (Face
Front, Face Up, & Wall-Mount). The SB500 has a "Tonal Profile" adjustment to allow it to
sound better based on its room placement.
- Face Front: You can place the SB500 on a flat surface so it faces
forward. This placement is ideal for a shelf below, above, or near the
- Face Up: You can place the SB500 facing up; often in front of the
television. Check to ensure the SB500 does not block the television infrared
remote sensor. There should be no shelf or flat surface immediately above
the SB500 in this configuration.
- Wall-Mount: The SB500 has two sturdy keyhole-shaped hanger mounts
on the back-panel. You can hang the SB500 on two screw-heads (not included)
that are securely installed in a wall or other vertical surface.
Auto On/Off: The ZVOX Soundbar SB500 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 SB500 will also
automatically turn off if the selected input is silent for longer than
approximately 30 minutes.