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ZVOX SoundBase 220

Powered home theater sound system/platform for TVs up to 32"

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With the SoundBase 220, ZVOX delivers their powerful platform speaker technology in a version sized for smaller TVs. Flexible connection capabilities include analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and components. Best of all, you'll enjoy clean sound that's surprisingly robust.

With the SoundBase 220, ZVOX delivers their powerful platform speaker technology in a version sized for smaller TVs. Flexible connection capabilities include analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and components. Best of all, you'll enjoy clean sound that's surprisingly robust.

Dialogue reclaimed, commercials tamed

If you can't hear what the actors are saying, it's nearly impossible to follow the story. That's why ZVOX created a dialogue enhancement feature that gives voices new clarity and prominence. What's more, ZVOX knows how sponsors love to blast us out of our seats when they go to a commercial break. Thanks to the output leveling feature, the SoundBase 220 keeps commercials on a short leash so you can just relax.

ZVOX Z-Base V220

Solid performance, sturdy support

This one-piece system houses three full-range speakers, a high-output woofer, and built-in amplification — there's no need to use a separate receiver or run wires to any external speakers. Plus, the 220 is designed to serve as a convenient base for smaller flat-panel TVs with screen sizes up to 32". Even older TVs sit perfectly atop this sturdy wooden cabinet that can support up to 120 lbs. Place the SoundBase directly underneath your TV and you won't have to worry about making extra room for it on your entertainment stand.

Loaded with convenient features

The SoundBase 220 is a great place to plug in your iPod® or portable player for terrific sound. It has a minijack input on the front panel for easy access. Its front-panel display lights up from behind the front cloth grille to show you volume and mode then disappears when not in use. The system also learns the commands of your TV remote, giving you one less clicker to keep track of. Signal-sensing circuitry powers the system on and off along with your TV.

Sound quality is great. Paired easily with Comcast remote control. The printed instructions were confusing, but once I figured which set of instructions to use the set up was easy.

Stephen, Holyoke, MA

What's in the Box:

  • ZVOX Single cabinet surround system
  • AC adapter with attached 59" DC output cord (DC output: 15V/3A)
  • 6' AC power cord (IEC 3-prong)
  • Wireless remote control (requires 2 "AAA" batteries--not included)
  • 43" Audio cable (Stereo 3.5mm mini-plugs on both ends)
  • 6' Optical digital cable
  • Setup & Operation guide
  • Quick Setup sheet
  • Remote Control instructions

Product Highlights:

  • serves as a platform for most flat-panel TVs up to 32"
  • TV base should not exceed 16" wide or 13" deep, and TV weight should not exceed 70 lbs.
  • PhaseCue II virtual surround sound
  • output leveling feature automatically reduces volume of loud commercials
  • frequency response 55-20,000 Hz
  • built-in 35-watt amplifier (peak power)
  • three 2" full-range speakers
  • 5-1/4" woofer
  • 1 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital audio input (accepts 2-channel PCM only)
  • 2 stereo RCA analog inputs
  • 1 front-panel minijack input for portable music players
  • auto on/off
  • remote control
  • also learns commands from your TV remote
  • rigid MDF (medium density fiberboard) cabinet
  • 16-15/16"W x 3-7/16"H x 14"D
  • weight: 12 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design Platform
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 2.0" Cone (x3)
Woofer 5.25" Cone
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dialogue Enhancement Yes
Auto Volume Yes
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible ---
Audio Return Channel No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
Control by App N
Bluetooth Connectivity No
Wi-Fi No
Wall-mountable No
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
System Frequency Response 55-20k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 35 Watts total
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Inputs and Outputs
Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 1
RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 2
Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs 1
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Outputs None
USB Port No
Subwoofer Output N
Sound Bar (inches) 3-7/16H x 16-15/16W x 14D
Sound Bar Weight 12 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

Product Research



Overview: The ZVOX SoundBase 220 is a single-cabinet audio system for your flat-panel television. It combines high-quality speakers, a built-in amplifier, a built-in subwoofer, and ZVOX PhaseCue II 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.

TV Compatibility: Most 19"-27" flat-panel TVs (and some 32" TVs) can be placed directly on top the SoundBase 220. The television should weigh 70 pounds or less. The TV's pedestal base should not exceed 16" width or 13" depth. You can also place the unit on a shelf directly below the TV, if desired.

Class D Amplifier: The ZVOX SoundBase 220 is bi-amplified, using a specially designed, highly-efficient 35 watt Class D amplifier that includes electronic contouring for superb frequency response.

Three 2" Drivers: The ZVOX SoundBase 220 uses three 2" main speaker drivers that use a long-throw design to create a remarkable wide range, and accurate sound.

5-1/4" Subwoofer: In addition to the three main speakers, the SoundBase 220 has a built-in down firing high-mass, long-throw 5-1/4" subwoofer in a ported enclosure.

PhaseCue II Virtual Surround Sound: The SoundBase 220 uses ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround processing to give you rich, three-dimensional sound with movies or music. PhaseCue II, 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 II 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, literally surrounding the listener.

  • Music: With music, PhaseCue II creates a very wide soundstage - it literally sounds like you are listening to speakers eight feet apart from each other.
  • Movies: When listening to a good movie, the soundtrack will envelop you - putting you in the middle of the action.

Note: While the virtual surround experience isn't the same as a high-quality 5.1-channel system, the performance is much better than the speakers built-in to most TV's.

Wood (MDF) Cabinet: The SoundBase 220 features a cabinet made of MDF (medium density fiberboard), the same material used in most high-end loudspeakers. Its low-profile design blends perfectly with most flat-panel TVs.

Disappearing Display: The SoundBase 220 features a four-digit display located behind the speaker grille that shows the current setting for volume, bass/treble, and PhaseCue II (virtual surround). It also shows when you have engaged the Mute, Output Leveling (OL), or Dialog Emphasis (DE) features. A few seconds after you stop using your remote (or front panel) controls, the display disappears completely.


Dialogue Emphasis (DE): Dialogue Emphasis (DE) provides an easy-to-use and effective method for improving the intelligibility of television dialogue. By pressing the Dialogue Emphasis (DE) function button on the remote control, the system engages 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 (OL): The Output Leveling (OL) function prevents large changes in volume levels. Simply press the Output Leveling (OL) button on the remote control 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. This system also helps by boosting the audio levels from a DVD or Blu-ray player that are not loud enough.

Surround Settings: You can adjust the level of PhaseCue II virtual surround processing effect. You can select from Surround One (low effect), Surround Two (moderate effect), Surround Three (strong effect).

Tone Control: The SoundBase 220 has independent bass and treble controls. Each has a range from -4 to 4, and can be adjusted using the remote control only.

Remote Control: The included wireless remote has controls for power, input select, mute, volume, PhaseCue II effect level, bass and treble level. and DE/OL functions.

Programmable: The new SoundBase 220 can be programmed to respond to your current remote control. The illuminated display walks you through a less-than-a-minute programming cycle. Then your TV remote, cable box remote, or satellite receiver remote can control volume up, volume down, mute, and power on the ZVOX system.

Auto Standby: The SoundBase 220 will enter a low-power Standby mode after approximately 5 minutes of no audio signal.


One Cable Connection: The SoundBase 220 requires only one connection cable. You can use either analog or digital connection options to your television.

Audio Inputs: The ZVOX SoundBase 220 offers analog and digital audio inputs:

  • Digital Inputs: The SoundBase 220 is equipped with a coaxial digital (single RCA) and an optical digital (Toslink) input. The digital inputs will accept 2-channel PCM only (not compatible with Dolby Digital bitstream signals).
  • Analog Inputs: The SoundBase 220 has two rear-panel stereo RCA analog inputs and a front-panel 3.5mm analog audio input. The front panel input is handy for connecting an iPod or other portable audio device.

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Why did you buy this?

We're outfitting our RV with a little entertainment system, and this will fit nicely in the corner with the Denon DVD-2200 and 20" Samsung TV. Can't wait to be watching movies when we can't sit by the campfire! [ GARRET  Aug 31, 2016 ]
From the reviews it received from other buyers it seems like a good buy. [ Jay  Aug 15, 2016 ]
Limited space in daughters cabinet and this is the one she thought would work the best. [ MARK  Jul 27, 2016 ]
Its small footprint should fit in the fairly restricted space that I have available. Replacing crappy Samsung built-in speakers. [ Francis  Jul 08, 2016 ]
Size and shape of sound base. Sounds good too. [ doug  Jul 08, 2016 ]
needed a self powered with remote tv speaker. it absolutely rocks. solid construction. good sound. [ dan  Apr 15, 2016 ]
The reviews on this site really helped me to choose this item. [ Vicki  Apr 09, 2016 ]
Appears to meet my needs; good price; good reviews from prior purchasers [ Robert  Mar 28, 2016 ]
Internet reviews. [ Dennis  Mar 25, 2016 ]
For a 32 inch tv.. Cheap tv speakers. Need better sound so i purchased zvox sound base 220.. [ Daniel  Feb 24, 2016 ]
already own another zvox which is super. Good price on this smaller model which my space requires. [ phillip  Feb 20, 2016 ]
Reviews [ James  Feb 18, 2016 ]
I wanted to improve the audio of our television, particular for classical music performances, and the model chosen had the right price/quality combination. [ PHILIP ALAN  Feb 02, 2016 ]
compact size, optical connection, good customer reviews, low cost [ Forrest  Dec 19, 2015 ]
I've used ZVOX products since they first started. Always a solid choice for sound bars! [ John  Dec 13, 2015 ]

5 questions already asked

You can use your TV analog audio output connections which your TV should have. It does have dialog enhancement setting. I don't believe you can connect to wi-fi. You will be pleased with the sound quality if you are trying to improve on small flat screen speakers. Good luck. [ Charles  Sep 04, 2016 ]
You can connect your audio output of your TV to the ZVOX 220 inputs three ways: Optical cable (most desirable, if available); coaxial cable (2nd choice), or RCA cables (right and left), which almost certainly your TV has. There is definitely no WIFI connectivity for this speaker [ CHARLES A  Sep 02, 2016 ]
Inputs are RCA (2 sources), optical (1) and digital (1). It does have a dialog mode (which is my default). It does NOT support Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Also, the infrared sensor can learn one other remote, i.e., your primary clicker. The ZVOX 220 option changes are cumbersome via the panel but the ZVOX remote is easy to use (and small). [ Roger F.  Sep 02, 2016 ]
Sorry I don't know, but a Crutchfield spokeman should be able to answer this question. When I bought my unit they answered my questions about integration with my exisiting hardware. [ Judith  Jul 27, 2016 ]
Bob V., The ZVOX Model 220 does not have built-in Bluetooth capabilities. This model was built just prior to their Bluetooth available models. Sorry! Suggest to contact ZVOX direct to see if there are other options that you might try to make a Bluetooth connection. [ Michael  Jul 26, 2016 ]
Not much choice, if you have an optical input that will work. I do like the zvox it makes a small tv sound much better. [ PAUL  Jul 26, 2016 ]
Should not be an issue. Make sure the source (e.g tv) is connected through the receiver and then output to the sound bar [ CHARLES A  Jul 26, 2016 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Krissy  Jan 05, 2015 ]  Staff
Thank you all! [ Monte  Jan 19, 2014 ]
Thank you all for your answers! I absolutely love it. Works just as described. Much fuller sound than my monitor's built-ins, nice and compact, a breeze to setup as far as remote compatibility and cabling (optical digital), and it has performed flawlessly. For my compact space it is ideal. Thanks again. Very pleased. [ Monte  Jan 19, 2014 ]
I LOVE this unit! And YES it is very easily programmable to your cable remote for volume control. It literally took me less than 3 minutes to follow their "quick directions" pamphlet to program. I have TV sitting directly on top of, so cannot answer about direction. [ SUZANNE  Dec 08, 2013 ]
Hi, in response to your query on the ZVOX Z-Base V220, I find it to be a great improvement over the "tinny" speakers in the Samsung UN55D6050-ZA 55-inch HDTV. Setup is trying, but the unit works as advertized. You can color the sound by adjusting the Volume, Bass & Treble. Surround sound options create spatial effects. Volume fills my 14' x 14' open-end family room. My purpose for purchasing this unit was because wifey, who captures the TV 90 percent of the time just listening to that "tinny" TV audio, drives me crazy. I read reviews before purchase. Users indicated good functionally. Instructions IMO are disjointed. Included in the box is a phone number to get HELP. At first, using their process, I was trying to set up remote control by using the DirecTV remote. It just wasn't working. Then I decided to set it up with the TV remote. Walla! Now the TV or the DirecTV remotes work. I have control of the Volume/Mute. Incidentally, if you don't have the ability to switch the TV's speakers to OFF or External, then you will hear the TV's speakers in the background, which causes an echo effect. Hardware wise, the unit does not shut OFF. It goes into Standby, then later to SLEEP, upon TV shut OFF. Upon TV turn ON, Wake the unit up, by adjusting the Volume UP/DWN. Main Power switch ON/OFF, on rear panel. I leave mine in the ON position. The unit does not get hot. It is heavy. My TV is supported by the HT console's metal Backstay. The unit is positioned on a lower shelf, on the left side of the HT console, just about 2-feet below ear level. Remember wifey doesn't care as long as she can hear her "Soap" characters. Yes it is a bit directional. I use an Optical cable for audio hookup. Surprisingly, the unit is functioning just as I had envisioned. It's completely independent of my HT system and at the same time, I can run both at the same time, which really creates some unique audio sound effects. Overall, I think the unit will fit your needs. It completely satisfied mine. [ RUBIN  Dec 07, 2013 ]
This unit can be paired with your Samsung TV Remote and you will only need your TV remote to control both units, Plus your cable box. It depends how you set it up. This unit, if set up correctly will fill a room with a surround sound effect. [ VINCENT  Dec 03, 2013 ]
Can't help you with the volume issue. I have my ZVOX on a kitchen counter with the TV on a swivel mount 1 foot above the counter. You would never know the sound was not coming from the TV unless I told you. This is true for all angles. [ washerman  Dec 03, 2013 ]
Monte, 1. I programmed my TV remote (easy instructions) to adjust the volume of the ZVOX. So, yes, you won't need to use the supplied remote for volume adjustment. 2. I have my ZVOX Z-Base V220 on the shelf below my TV. I think this works fine. You mentioned "a couple of feet below" your monitor. That should work OK, but you might want to prop the front feet up a bit for better sound. I does provide a fairly "large" sound for such a small box. Watching three seats from the front of the unit gives OK sound, if you are also wondering about lateral dispersion. I hope this helps. [ DANA M  Dec 03, 2013 ]
Thank you all so much. Thinking I'll take the leap. Cheers! [ Monte  Dec 02, 2013 ]
1) Unknown 2) Unit functions best as TV support/ speaker. Try it as you state and if unsatisfactory bring higher. Don't obscure speakers. [ ALAN  Dec 02, 2013 ]
Hello, 1. I doubt that i can be of much help, but: I use my unit with the V220's remote because it allows me more flexibility. I need to use my TV remote to change change over to my DVD, which requires a change on my V220. That works for me. Sorry. 2. My TV sits on the V220 and both are pretty much at ear level. I wonder if the difference in height would affect the surround-sound effect. I am enjoying a very effective performance as I have it set up. It wouldn't hurt to try it your way, that is if you haven't already done so. Good Luck on your quest! A. Mestas [ AUGUSTINE J  Dec 02, 2013 ]
Monte...I bought this unit for my sister in law who has lost some of her hearing. We set the unit up so that she uses the zvox remote for the volume and than uses the cable company remote to change channels. She indicates that the sound is good enough that she can go into the dinning room or the kitchen and still hear the sound ok as long as she has the volume turned up. Don"t know if this helps you or not. My sister in law really likes the improved sound from the zvox. [ RICHARD C  Dec 02, 2013 ]
1. You can use your TV or cable remote to adjust the volume. Setting up the connection is usuallly easy, but in my case it was not because I have a Panasonic TV and Verizon FIOS cable. But I have to say that the ZVOX service line was top-notch and they walked me through the whole thing. I didn't have to wait at all for them to pick up. 2. I haven't noticed a problem with directionality even though the ZVOX is a foot or two below our ears and the monitor. I haven't played around with the surround sound buttons, so that might help if you notice a problem. One tip: I needed to adjust the treble up and the base down one notch and that improved the dialogue audio tremendously.We were losing some words in the lower register when the amplitude of the voice was also low. [ STEVEN  Dec 02, 2013 ]
Sure...if ZVOX sounds great !! [ Jon  Apr 22, 2016 ]
If connected to a dvd player or CD player you will hear the sound. The ZVOX is a speaker. I purchased to enhance the sound from a small flat screen. Sounds very good. [ G.  Nov 29, 2013 ]
This unit is not a player if I understood your question right. Hooking it to a tv for a better sound, you will have a different experience. Thanks! [ ROMEO L  Nov 29, 2013 ]
Yes it will work with a DVD player. The sound is really good as well. [ RICK  Nov 29, 2013 ]
No, the ZVOX box is just a speaker assembly meant to replace the tiny speakers in your TV. [ RICHARD  Nov 28, 2013 ]
no dvd can be inserted. this is just like a sound if you can see it on a tv, then the sound can come out of the is really great. [ KEITH F  Nov 28, 2013 ]
Well anything really...technically it is an amp and speaker all in if you have the right line in [ THOMAS R  Nov 28, 2013 ]
The answer is yes. My television doesn't have an output, so I use an optical digital cable from my bluray to the Zvox. If your player has no optical output you can use the coaxial digital one. The HDMI cable goes directly from the bluray player to the tv. Try this only if a conventional set up don't work for your DVDs. As an additional bonus I also have an inexpensive bluetooth device that plugs into the analog inputs on the zvox making it so I can play music from my iPod and iPhone. I love the v220 and recommend it highly. [ Daniel  Nov 28, 2013 ]
It is not a player. It hooks into my TV along with a Blu Ray player. The box works as an external speaker to the TV. I shut off the TV speakers and get great sound off the DVDs and TV. Hope this helps. Bruce [ Bruce from Boonton  Nov 28, 2013 ]
Not sure I quite understand the question. I run HDMI cables from my HD Cable box and BluRay player to the TV, and run a digital optical audio cable from the TV to the ZVOX. This setup is connected to a 50" plasma that I have on the wall in the bedroom. No room for a soundbar or separates in my bedroom. ZVOX has excellent sound, but you must sit directly in front of it for the "surround effects" to be evident. I like that it has tone controls, dialog enhancement, and output leveling. No, it does not sound like my Def Tech home theater in the family room but it does sound much better than the TV speakers. Hope this answers the question. Break - Crutchfield, if you have any suggestions for a better setup (BluRay directly to the ZVOX via DO or Coax, TV to whichever one I don't use for the BluRay) I would appreciate it. [ klbaloha  Nov 28, 2013 ]