Summary: The Zvox Z-Base 555 has a nearly perfect sound-bar design and a solid feature set, but it won't please critical listeners.
Pros: The Zvox Z-Base 555's pedestal design is our favorite for a sound bar, looking more like furniture than home audio equipment. Zvox has also added several oft-requested features, including a front-panel display, digital audio inputs, and true input switching. The Z-Base 555 also excels at dialogue clarity, with several adjustment options to dial in the sound to your liking.
Cons: The Z-Base 555's overall sound quality won't impress audiophiles, especially on music and dynamic action movies. And at $400, you're paying a premium over other budget sound bars, although their design isn't nearly as nice.
ZVOX Zbase 555 Speaker System to Place Under Your Flat Panel HDTV Pedestal
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
10 May 2012
Summary: Not everyone can be expected to have a big home theater system. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of solid choices out there. HTIB often give inferior sound and have a gaggle of wires to run. The Zbase 555 offers many pluses: The system is very easy to set up, looks stylish, has multiple in puts for both digital and analog, has a very effective dialog enhancement, provides spacious sound for both movies and music. It makes a great, stable base for your new TV.