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ZVOX Z-Base 550
Powered single-speaker sound system and platform for flat-panel TVs
Item # 729ZB550 | MFR # ZVOX Z-Base 550
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Our take on the ZVOX Z-Base 550 by Crutchfield's Chris Egner
ZVOX's Z-Base 550 is an innovative, décor-friendly way to improve the sound of your TV. This one-piece system houses five full-range speakers, a high-output woofer, and built-in amplification — you won't need to use a separate receiver or run wires to any external speakers. The Z-Base 550 is designed to serve as a base for most flat-panel TVs with screen sizes from 26" to 50". Place it directly underneath your TV and you won't have to worry about making room for it on your entertainment stand.
The Z-Base 550 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 Z-Base 550 from your favorite chair with the included remote. Signal-sensing on/off circuitry powers the system on and off along with your TV.
this thing kicks butt. It is loud and clear with the adjustable treble and base you can simply dial it in for a full spectrum sound as if was a much larger more powerful speaker surround unit.
What's in the Box:
- ZVOX Single cabinet surround system
- Wireless remote control
- CR 2025 Lithium battery
- AC adapter with attached 6' DC output cord (19 volts DC/3.15 amps)
- 5.5' AC power cord
- 6.5' Audio cable (Stereo RCA plugs on both ends)
- serves as a platform for most flat-panel TVs from 26"-50" — TV base should not exceed 27"W or 13"D, and TV should not exceed 90 lbs.
- PhaseCue virtual surround sound
- frequency response 45-20,000 Hz
- built-in 60-watt (peak power) amplifier
- five 2" full-range speakers
- 5-1/4" woofer
- 2 stereo RCA inputs
- RCA output for connecting an optional powered subwoofer
- auto on/off
- remote control
- rigid MDF (medium density fiberboard) cabinet
- 28-1/16"W x 3-3/8"H x 15-13/16"D
- weight: 20 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||1|
|Tweeter||2" Cone (x5)|
|Woofer||5.25" Cone (x1)|
|Surround Sound Decoding||No|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||---|
|Audio Return Channel||---|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||---|
|Control by App||---|
|Mounting Bracket Included||---|
|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|
|System Frequency Response||45-20k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||60W total|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||---|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Subwoofer Output||Mono RCA|
|Sound Bar (inches)||3-3/8H x 28-1/16W x 15-13/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||20 lbs|
|Subwoofer Weight||Not Given|
Overview: The ZVOX Z-Base550 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.
Placement: Most 32"-50" flat panel TVs can be placed directly on the Z-Base550. The TV should be 90 pounds or less and the base should not exceed 27" wide x 13" deep.
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. You can control the size of the sound stage and the amount of virtual surround effect using the included remote control. 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 Z-Base550 uses five Ferrofluid cooled 2" 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 five main speakers, the Z-Base550 has a down firing high-mass, long-throw 5-1/4" subwoofer in a ported enclosure. An optional powered subwoofer can be connected via the single rear-panel RCA output. The subwoofer output is full range.
Power Output: The ZVOX Z-Base550 has a built in 60 watt amplifier that drives all of the speakers.
Cabinet: The ZVOX Z-Base550 has an MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) wood cabinet.
Auto Power: The Z-Base550 has an auto-on/off power circuit. The power automatically turns on when an audio signal is sensed (the power LED changes from green to blue). When you turn off the audio source, the Z-Base550's power will automatically turn off after approximately three minutes with no signal. There is also a power button on the remote to override the auto power circuit and a master power switch on the back panel.
Inputs/Outputs: The ZVOX Z-Base550 has two pair of RCA inputs on the rear panel. Input 1 is for connecting your TV, PC, or other audio source; input 2 acts as a mixing input, you'll hear both simultaneously. A single RCA output allows you to connect an optional powered subwoofer.
Remote: The included remote has controls for power, mute, volume, PhaseCue effect level, subwoofer output, and treble level.
Connecting To Your TV: It is recommended that you connect the Z-Base550 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 Z-Base550's remote to control the volume.
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