Summary: I recently purchased a 65" Sharp Aquos. Love the set, but the sound is terrible. Lots of volume, but the dialogue was near impossible to understand. I first bought a Vizio S3820W, but it was no help. All it did was make the garble louder. Sent it back and purchased the ZVOX 555. What a difference! Voices are clear, volume is more than I'll ever need, and it looks much better than the Vizio soundbar.
Summary: I have heard of Zvox for many years, but never tried their products as they are hard to find here locally. I decided to give them a shot when they went on sale. Here is what I found: Pro's: Set up takes 5 minutes tops 2 cables....1 optical from TV to Zvox and power cable from Zvox to the wall 3.5" height is low profile and the unit looks nice Plenty of volume power A hidden front display lets you see info like volume level for a couple seconds an then disappears Remote...
A fix for improving dialogue comprehension beyond hearing aids
Doctor Bob, Amazon
20 September 2014
Summary: 32" LG TV in sun room: The only TV show I heard 100% was Jim Cramer on Mad Money. After watching Outlander, and asking my wife about 30 times, "Now, what was that?," even with hearing aids IN both ears and ON, I thought something had to be done. (Nope wasn't the accent so much.) I liked the dialogue booster idea with this gadget, and the commercial damping idea, and the price, I thought, was not unreasonable. Arrived in 2 days, installed in 30 minutes.
Summary: Had this two years to the day. Just stopped working after using one or two times a week in a spare room. Checked all cords to ensure they worked and ensured my electrical outlets are grounded properly. Unit has been plugged into a surge protector the entire time. No other electronics plugged into that surge protector have failed.
Summary: I can't be more disappointed in this product after reading all of the great reviews. I had my eye on the 420 base, but saw this for the same price, and was really excited. Got it pretty quick, but after 10 minutes the sound would cut out and it would make a loud, almost siren-like noise. This was using the provided optical audio cord. After turning the unit off and back on it would go away, but the siren always seemed to come back.
Summary: Been looking for a way to get better audio from my living room tv. Watch tv shows, sports, and movies. I have a 47" Vizio, which is great visually but the tv speaker is lacking. Was about to purchase the Vizio 5.1 system with subwoofer and speakers but I came across the Zvox and read all the comments and decided to go this route. It's pretty cool. The unit is large but sturdy. It helped lift the tv up about 4" which is another option I needed, so saved money on tv riser.
A product that has exactly the features you want in a front simulated system.
Dr. Doo-Wop, CNET
24 June 2014
Summary: The Zvox exceeded my expectations. The sound is phenomenal, it is compact, it simulates surround sound very well, and it has enough whistles and bells on the remote control to improve areas the buyer is not happy with. I also have a Bose Solo, which does enhance the hdtv sound, but is a step lower than the Zvox, for its separation of sounds lack the distinct clarity of the Zvox. I like both products, but for different reasons.
Pros: Sound, ease of installation, features on the remote control, user friendly
Summary: This unit does a great job providing quality sound, but my review to rave about their AWESOME customer service. When I bought this in 2012 we had trouble getting the DirecTV remote to work the sound system. One call to their tech and he walked us though not only programming but also how to best connect all of our components. A few month's ago I renovated my living room and moved the television.