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ZVOX SoundBase 420

Powered home theater sound system/platform for TVs up to 50"

78 Reviews | 2 questions - 4 answers

Item # 729ZBV420

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Overview

Our take on the ZVOX SoundBase 420

The low-profile ZVOX SoundBase 420 raises your TV height by a few inches — but improves your TV sound by a mile. This feature-laden, pedestal-shaped speaker gives you flexible connection options, including analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and components.

The low-profile ZVOX SoundBase 420 raises your TV height by a few inches — but improves your TV sound by a mile. This feature-laden, pedestal-shaped speaker gives you flexible connection options, including analog and digital audio inputs, for both newer and older TVs and components.

Dialogue up, commercials down

If you can't hear the actors, 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 during commercial breaks. Thanks to the output leveling feature, the 420 keeps commercials on a short leash so you can just relax.

ZVOX Z-Base V420

Big sound from a small console

This one-piece system houses five 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, it's designed to serve as a convenient base for flat-panel TVs with screen sizes up to 50". Even older TVs sit perfectly atop this sturdy wooden cabinet that can support up to 110 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.

Built with convenience in mind

The SoundBase V420 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. it's front-panel display lights up from behind the front cloth grille then disappears when not in use. And the V420 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.

Great sound and easy to use below my 40" Samsung LCD TV

EdB, Wisconsin

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 50"
  • TV base should not exceed 27" wide or 13" deep, and TV weight should not exceed 110 lbs.
  • PhaseCue II virtual surround sound
  • output leveling feature automatically reduces volume of loud commercials
  • frequency response 45-20,000 Hz
  • built-in 45-watt (peak power) amplifier
  • five 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
  • 27 9/16"W x 16"D x 3 3/8"H
  • weight: 17 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Design ---
Pieces in System 1
Color Black
Tweeter None
Midrange 2.0" Cone (x5)
Woofer 5.25" Cone
Separate Subwoofer No
Subwoofer Driver None
Features
Surround Sound Decoding No
Dialogue Enhancement ---
Auto Volume ---
4K Video Compatible No
HDR Video Compatible ---
Audio Return Channel ---
Remote IR Passthrough No
Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
Control by App ---
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
Specifications
System Frequency Response 45-20k Hz
Powered System Yes
Sound Bar RMS Power 45 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
Dimensions
Sound Bar (inches) 3-11/16H x 27-9/16W x 16D
Sound Bar Weight 17 lbs
Subwoofer (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A

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Features
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Features

Overview: The ZVOX SoundBase 420 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 32"-50" flat-panel TVs can be placed directly on top the SoundBase 420. The television should weigh 110 pounds or less. The TV's pedestal base should not exceed 27" 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 420 is bi-amplified, using a specially designed, highly-efficient 45 watt Class D amplifier that includes electronic contouring for superb frequency response.

Five 2" Drivers: The ZVOX SoundBase 420 has five 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 five main speakers, the SoundBase 420 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 420 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 420 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 420 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.

Controls

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 420 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 420 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 420 will enter a low-power Standby mode after approximately 5 minutes of no audio signal.

Connections

One Cable Connection: The SoundBase 420 requires only one connection cable. You can use either analog or digital connection options to your television.

Audio Inputs: The ZVOX SoundBase 420 offers analog and digital audio inputs:

  • Digital Inputs: The SoundBase 420 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 420 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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2 questions already asked

we are not qualified to answer that question but we love it! [ ELIZABETH  Dec 14, 2014 ]
I doubt it you would be imputing an amplified signal into an amplified speaker, how would you ever balance the the volume between home theater speakers. the Zox 420 is a wonderful speaker, and should be used as intended by Zvox [ CLEMENT J  Dec 14, 2014 ]
I am sorry but I don't know. [ KATHY  Dec 14, 2014 ]
This unit does not have a built in CD or DVD player. However, an external CD or DVD player can easily be attached to this unit using the extra inputs on the back. [ Jeff  Dec 11, 2013 ]  Staff
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