ZVOX AV200 AccuVoice TV Speaker
Powered sound bar with dialogue boost
From Zvox: AccuVoice TV Speaker with Hearing Aid Technology
Our take on the ZVOX AV200 AccuVoice TV Speaker by Crutchfield's Jeff Miller
Hear dialogue in shows again
The ZVOX AV200 AccuVoice TV speaker is a space-friendly way to get clear sound.
We're glad ZVOX offers a super-simple solution to one of TV's most common problems – speech is sometimes too hard to hear. The ZVOX AV200 AccuVoice TV speaker helps lift the sound of voices above the noisy fray. This compact sound bar uses circuitry originally found in hearing aids to boost dialogue, so that it's easier to follow. One wire connects the AV200 to your TV and your existing remote can control the bar's volume.
Lose the loud commercials, gain spacious sound
I remember hearing years ago that TV stations were no longer allowed to crank up the volume during commercial breaks. Well, they seem as loud and annoying as ever. Thankfully, ZVOX's “output leveling” mode tames startling spikes in volume when ads come on.
For the sounds you actually do want to hear, ZVOX uses special processing to spread out the sound. The AV200 offers a nice simulated surround effect that makes shows, movies, and sports pleasant to watch.
- compact, easy-to-use sound bar
- learns commands from your TV remote
- boosts dialogue so speech is clear and easy to understand
- AccuVoice® dialogue emphasis mode uses circuitry similar to a hearing aid
- Output Leveling mode helps tame loud commercials
- Dolby® Digital decoding
- PhaseCue II virtual surround sound creates spacious effects
- 30-watt Class D amplifier
- three 2" full-range drivers
- 1 Toslink optical digital audio input (optical digital cable included)
- 1 minijack audio input (analog or mini-optical digital)
- 1 minijack audio output for connecting headphones or a subwoofer
- remote control included
- wall-mountable (hardware not included)
- sturdy aluminum cabinet improves audio by reducing vibration
- 17"W x 2-15/16"H x 3-1/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- AccuVoice TV speaker
- AC power adapter (attached 58" DC cord)
- Remote control
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 6' Optical digital cable
- 5' Stereo minijack cable
- 58" Stereo minijack-to-RCA cable
- Setup & Operation/Quick Setup Guide
- ZVOX contact information
So far so good. only had it for a couple of weeks. Definitely has made an improvement in hearing voices.
David, Tucson, AZ
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||1|
|Midrange||2"x3" Cone (3)|
|Surround Sound Decoding||5.1-channel|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||No|
|Audio Return Channel||No|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||Yes|
|Control by App||N|
|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||68-20k Hz|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||---|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||N/A|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||1|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||3H x 17-1/16W x 3-5/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||3.1 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||No Subwoofer|
AccuVoice TV Speaker: The AccuVoice TV Speaker (AV200) is specifically designed to produce room-filling sound, while rendering crystal clear dialog. It uses three high-performance speakers, an acoustically stable aluminum cabinet, and a 30-watt Class D digital amplifier to create warm, natural, realistic sound. Aluminum allows ZVOX to make the speaker very small, but still acoustically correct, because the metal is strong and has very low resonance.
Built-in Hearing-Aid Technology: This tiny TV speaker utilizes ZVOX's proprietary (patent-pending) AccuVoice technology to solve the dialog clarity problem with many of today's flat-panel TVs. AccuVoice mimics the function of a hearing aid by isolating voice frequencies and lifting them out of background sounds. ZVOX's advanced digital processor analyzes TV programs and movie soundtracks, and when it detects voices it instantly activates computer algorithms that bring voices forward. The frequencies used by human voices are dynamically emphasized, while other frequencies are minimized. You'll hear crystal-clear dialogue, even at lower volumes.
PhaseCue Virtual Surround Sound: The AccuVoice TV Speaker (AV200) 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. 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.
Output Leveling: If you've ever been blasted out of your chair by a too-loud commercial, or by a cable channel that's twice as loud as another channel, you'll love the Output Leveling (OL). Just push the "OL" button and a sophisticated compression system takes over, making soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer, so there are fewer jarring moments when switching channels or when commercials come on.
Note: AccuVoice and Output Leveling can be activated simultaneously.
Bass & Treble: The ZVOX AV200 speaker has independent bass & treble controls. Each has a range from -4 to 4, and can be adjusted using the remote control only.
Digital & Analog Inputs: The ZVOX AccuVoice TV Speaker has one optical (toslink) digital input and one analog stereo minijack (3.5mm) input. The digital input will support 2ch PCM and 5.1ch Dolby Digital.
Sub Output: The The ZVOX AV200 speaker features a minijack (3.5mm) subwoofer output for connecting a powered subwoofer if you want more bass out of the system. The powered sub should have a line-level input and a built-in low pass crossover.
Remote Control: The ZVOX AV200 comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the speaker. The included wireless remote has controls for power, input select, mute, volume, surround effect level, bass & treble, as well as AccuVoice and Output Leveling functions. The AV200 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 AccuVoice TV Speaker (AV200) 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 or AccuVoice features. A few seconds after you stop using your remote (or side-panel) controls, the display disappears completely.
Mounting Options: The ZVOX AccuVoice TV Speaker measures only 17.0625" (w) x 3.0" (h) x 3.3125" (d), and can fit almost anywhere. The speaker can be placed on a table top or wall-mounted using its integrated keyhole slots.
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Why did you buy this?
It has a good reputation (not the best, but good) and it's size fits the limited space that I have to work with. [ James R. Nov 18, 2018 ]
Advice from Marshall [ Matthew Nov 05, 2018 ]
what ??? [ Michael Sep 29, 2018 ]
Hoping for better audio from my TV [ Milton Sep 16, 2018 ]
Bestreviews recommendation. [ Richard Sep 05, 2018 ]
Hearing problems [ Nick Aug 26, 2018 ]
It seems to meet our needs, particularly targeting to its a feature of emphasizing dialogue. [ JOANNA M. Aug 16, 2018 ]
Our TV technician encouraged us to try your sound bar because it was the best product he had heard about to help people who have hearing loss hear their TV programs. We will get back to our TV technician with a good report about the sound bar so that hopefully he can spread the word amongst his other clients. [ Kenneth Aug 16, 2018 ]
Wall st journal add [ RALPH Aug 10, 2018 ]
Have a hard time understanding the dialog on some shows, such as anything with Kiefer Sutherland (24 or Designated Survivor). [ Fred Jun 30, 2018 ]
good reviews [ ROBERT L Jun 28, 2018 ]
recommended by Chuck [ John Jun 05, 2018 ]
Good reviews. Good price [ Lee May 30, 2018 ]
I have a ZVOX and like it [ Dan May 24, 2018 ]
I talked with Joey and with his help I chose this and with a 60 day return policy we can try it out with confidence. Looking forward to seeing if it helps with my wife's hearing aids. [ William May 22, 2018 ]
Husband can't hear tv [ MARGARET May 19, 2018 ]
I like the online reviews [ ROBERT Apr 11, 2018 ]
My 85 year old dad has poor hearing and struggles with TV because the background music and noises overwhelm the dialog. I am hopeful this device will allow him to enjoy TV. [ Steve Mar 27, 2018 ]
i wear hearing aids and still cannot hear or understand what's being said on the tv. plus sale price and free shipping [ darrell Mar 22, 2018 ]
We needed help in the speaker system. [ Thomas Mar 13, 2018 ]
I am hoping that I will be able to hear dialogue on my TV much better. [ Robert Jan 31, 2018 ]
Bought to improve voice clarity. On some TV shows and movies, it is hard to hear the voices over the background music. Hopefully this will give great improvement. [ James Jan 29, 2018 ]
To increase vocal clarity when watching TV. [ CLARE Jan 20, 2018 ]
size and positive reviews [ Virginia Dec 29, 2017 ]
Based on the reviews, I think it will improve the sound of our television. [ Jean Dec 27, 2017 ]
sounded good. reviews OK. Saw ad in Wall St Jour. Trusted Crutchfield [ Hugh Dec 27, 2017 ]
improve voice and sound volume changes [ Alfred Dec 23, 2017 ]
Hearing imparied mother blew speaker on TV! Coose you due to quick shipping and price competitiveness [ STEPHANIE Dec 18, 2017 ]
Have hearing difficulties and was swayed by the reviews I read about the item [ Richard Dec 18, 2017 ]
Mom can't hear TV well so we are going to try this out.................. Stand By................... [ Guest Dec 17, 2017 ]
Attractive price, favorable reviews, Crutchfield's reputation for good service. [ James Dec 14, 2017 ]
Have one and like it. These are gifts [ Wesley Dec 12, 2017 ]
Quick personal response to technical question. You don't get that on Amazon [ David Dec 10, 2017 ]
Christmas gift for Dad [ STEVEN Dec 09, 2017 ]
hear ing tv problem [ judith Dec 01, 2017 ]
To be able to understand voices on the TV. [ DANIEL Nov 26, 2017 ]
Recommended by Trevor to possibly resolve an audio problem of distorted sound on television receiver. [ Stan Nov 25, 2017 ]
Got this for my 80+ year old parents. Hoping the dialogue features help them hear. Great summary and reviews. I love Crutchfield. [ Kevin Nov 18, 2017 ]
My mother has asked for a sound solution that will improve her ability to hear dialogue (specifically). After testing this unit, myself, I think that it will work perfectly for her auditory and spatial needs. [ Mathilda Nov 15, 2017 ]
I have mild hearing loss and I hope this will help to clarify and understand what is being said on TV programs. [ Samuel E. Nov 14, 2017 ]
WE WANT ONE THING - DIALOG IMPROVEMENT AND THIS SPEAKER SEEMED TO EMPHASIZE THAT. PLUS RICE IS GOOD AND SMALL SIZE IS IMPORTANT. [ thomas Oct 15, 2017 ]
I have problems understanding voices on the TV, especially low and soft ones. [ PAUL D ST Sep 28, 2017 ]
I saw this at a friend's house. I purchased from Crutchfield rather than Amazon because I thought I might need assistance in setting it up. [ Marilyn Aug 09, 2017 ]
I have a hearing impairment and I expect an improvement in hearing tv dialogue. [ Fred Aug 08, 2017 ]
The claim is this sound bar is great for dialog and I can not hear all that well. [ William Jul 13, 2017 ]
Well recommended, well presented, hoping to have a product that will make TV viewing more intelligible. [ William K. Jun 22, 2017 ]
Read comments in AARP magazine [ Ray A. May 19, 2017 ]
have a sound bar but music overrides voices, ready to try something else [ LaMar May 15, 2017 ]
My hearing is not good and the reviews were good. [ Thomas May 08, 2017 ]
I purchased a Yamaha sound bar that was supposed to make voices more clear. It doesn't. I'm hoping this makes voices more clear since it uses the technology of hearing aids. [ Lois May 05, 2017 ]
Saw ad in Sound & Vision magazine. [ Joseph Apr 02, 2017 ]
I wear hearing aids and have trouble separating words, normally have cc on. My son recommended that I get this. He felt reviews were and price was also good and my dealings with Crutchfield have aways been good. [ Jack Mar 18, 2017 ]
I am hoping this will enable people's voices on TV programs to be more clearly audible to my mother. [ Clay Mar 17, 2017 ]
I already have one for my TV, this second one I will use on with my desk top computer. [ Oliver Mar 14, 2017 ]
Expect it to improve TV audio re speech. [ SAM P Mar 02, 2017 ]
Recommendation from a friend who has purchased unit and has similar hearing problem as I do. [ Gary Feb 27, 2017 ]
Friend recommended [ Harold Jan 09, 2017 ]
Decent ratings for those of us having trouble separating voices from background music/noise on the TV. [ James Jan 09, 2017 ]
I can't hear voices clearly [ James Jan 09, 2017 ]
reviews [ kathryn Jan 01, 2017 ]
recommended by a relative. [ Franklin D. Dec 24, 2016 ]
My cousin was complaining about her mom always having the TV so loud. I thought this might be a good choice to try. If not my aunt will need to get hearing aids. [ Steve Dec 10, 2016 ]
Wanted the improved voice enhancement [ Lawrence Dec 09, 2016 ]
It supposedly will improve voices from tv. [ Barbara Nov 22, 2016 ]
For voice boost, and better sound from TV, and small size [ PK Sep 15, 2016 ]
It appears to be a speaker that will aid my wife and me in understanding words in movies, etc. We have a ZVOX 320 soundbar that we use with a small TV in the kitchen and we are very pleased with it. We were so pleased with Crutchfield when we purchased our TV ten years ago that I thought I could look to it for help for the current situation. Thanks for not disappointing me. Robert [ Robert C. Sep 06, 2016 ]
4 questions already asked
It should work and sound great. How long it works I can't vouch for. Consider the Bose unit, as I have never had problems with Bose. [ Andrew Apr 24, 2018 ]
Not sure. There are 3 ways to connect to the ZVOX (viz., output from source like a TV to the ZVOX) 1. Using the supplied Optical Digital Output Jack (sometimes called a "Toslink") 2. Using the supplied Minijack Analog Audio Output Jack (3.5 mm) or headphone jack--mini plug to mini plug 3. Using the supplied Red and White RCA Analog Output jacks. Hopefully, one of these 3 options will work with your tower computer. All cords are supplied with the ZVOX which is a very nice feature of this speaker product. Good Luck! [ Gary Apr 24, 2018 ]
used with optical cable from TV so I can't answer re PC [ wilford Apr 23, 2018 ]
If your receiver has a headphone output jack, I believe that would work. Be aware that the ZVOX also has a volume control on it's remote. Hope this helps. [ Frank Dec 05, 2017 ]
I am very sorry that I don't know the answer to your question. I purchased this for my father-in-law last Christmas and connected it directly to the television speakers. He is 93 and thinks this is the greatest thing in the world! [ Judy Dec 04, 2017 ]
No on both. The ZVOX is amplified, with no ARC. It will connect though the PCM output on your TV. [ Ethel Dec 04, 2017 ]
I do not have a Yamaha receiver. Connects through the TV speaker system. [ ROBERT L Dec 04, 2017 ]
The way the AV200 works is to lower the bass, raise the treble and combine all channels so hearing impaired people can hear better, in effect cancelling out any surround action. It can be used as a center channel speaker. I prefer some surround action, however some people can't listen that way. The AV200 has an option also to keep volume levels the same for all viewing (commercials are not louder) and that is worth it. I am using it for TV sound for my mom, sounds somewhat tinny, but she can hear it better than the TV speakers. [ Andrew Jan 10, 2017 ]
Can't do it. This is a Powered unit. You need a Soundbar designed to work with a surround sound receiver. I know that Def Tech makes one. Good luck. [ Ethel Jan 09, 2017 ]
You can plug the AV200 into the optical output of your Pioneer and use both at the same time. But I think you will lose the advantage of the AV200's emphasizing speech frequencies. [ flanso Jan 09, 2017 ]
4 answers I wear hearing adds and have difficulty hearing voices. My TV is a Samsung LED Series 6000 manufactured in July, 2011. It has rear facing speakers. I need a soundbar that is especially good with voices and projects the sound forward. Is this one the correct choice, for my purpose? [ Robert Nov 25, 2016 ]
Maybe, this unit does offer a feature that seems to project dialogue. I also am a Hearing Aid user. It is without question 100% better than the speakers in my 60" Vizio. ZVOX builds a outstanding piece. Hope this helps. [ Ethel Nov 28, 2016 ]
I also have a Samsung TV and bought this product to improve the poor sound quality that's common with flat screen TVs. I would recommend this product which I find has helped lift voices above background noises and music. The Accuvoice setting dramatically increases the clarity of voices on programs with poor audio quality. My brother-in-law has hearing loss and he thought the Accuvoice sound was clear. This product also has adjustable treble/bass and surround settings that also help improve overall sound quality. It is easy to install. I think your TV has an optical digital output jack, but if it doesn't, you can use the analog signal cable that is also included with the sound bar. ZVOX has a good reputation and this product has received favorable reviews. For the price, it's a great value. [ Gary Nov 27, 2016 ]
Dear Robert B., My wife and I are both "hard of hearing." We have a wonderful, and very expensive, Panasonic 50" plasma TV. It has wonderful speakers--but--we still have difficulty understanding the words of a movie, and especially the words of the sports announcers. In July or August or this year I read about a new soundbar by ZVOX to be on the market in September. It was one advertised as one using hearing aid technology. We, as many other "older people," have difficulty with hearing people with crowd noise in the background. Our hearing is diminished severely in the high frequency range. Well, as is said, "To make a long story short," on September 4th I ordered that new soundbar--from Crutchfields. It is the zvox AV 200 AccuVoice. To say that we are happy with it is an understatement. We are thrilled! Robert C. [ Robert C. Nov 27, 2016 ]
I wear hearing aids too. My Samsung TV is connected to the ZVOX AV200 through the optical audio output. I have it sitting in front of the TV and use "Accu" or "SD 1" mode for voice boost. Seems to work well at the volume setting of 7 for me. Depending on your hearing, the volume setting may be different. Some voices sound a little tinny but I can hear them fine. You may also want to check out Bose an Yamaha. [ PK Nov 26, 2016 ]
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