Summary: This is an older model of Zvox's 555 current model. The main difference is the inputs. The 550 has only an RCA connection so if your set up uses an optical output, you will need an adapter. They cost about $30. No big deal. The unit works great! It is not (as Zvox states) a substitute for a 5.1 setup but has enough control to really open up the sound stage and give a great 2.1 sound.
Summary: It has been a year since I purchased this ZVox speaker system. Apparently it has been replaced by newer models but I cannot say enough good things about this model and I'm sure it applies to all ZVox models. One advantage is the TV sits on top of it, it does not sit in front of the TV. So it is very unobtrusive and fits right in. Normally people don't even notice it. It is simple to setup and use and has been 100% reliable.
Summary: Very happy with my Zvox 550. Easy to set up-only initial problem was my LG tv had no analogue rca output, like most new tv's these days. Started out by routing audio from TIVO which had RCA analogue output, but this was a bit fiddly so purchaced Toslink optical digital to RCA converter to connect direct from TV optical/digital output and I was up and running.
Summary: As another victim of what seems to be the universally bad sound of flat screen TVs, I gave in and bought a Sony HT-CT150 3D Sound Bar System. For me it was an overcomplicated mess that, even after tech assistance, made little difference in sound quality. I sent it back and looked further and found the ZVOX 550. It promised simplicity and the price was within my budget.
Summary: I'm not going reinvent the wheel with my review. I agree with most reviews. From opening the box to putting in under my TV and hooking it up, it literally took 10 minutes. I sold a full Reference Tower speaker system with a Denon receiver, so i knew that this wasn't going to even come close. No surprise here, my Klipsch center channel alone sounded twice as good. However sound was not my first priority in buying this system.
Summary: This was stupid easy to setup: one wire for power, one wire for sound from the TV. It even has an option to power off if there is no audio signal from the TV after a few minutes. Given the relatively low price and fact it's not a "true" surround system, the audio quality is quite amazing. This won't replace any 5.1 (or better) surround setups or please audiophiles, but it's a huge improvement over any flat-screen TV's built-in speakers.
Summary: Once again i was skeptical about buying a product through reviews only and didn't have a chance to listen to first. it was hard to get use to because i had a pair of monster jbl speakers hooked up with sound coming from behind me but once i got used to sound coming in front, i was amazed by the quality of this sound bar. No problems and easy to use. Like being in a theater with my new LG 65 inch 3d cinema tv. Wish i would have purchased the 580 model though.
Summary: My expectations were pretty high based on the previous Amazon reviews. Although I do believe this is a decent product, it didn't meet my needs and I sent it back. Setup was easy, the unit was attractive, and sound quality was good to very good for loud, busy, dynamic scenes. I was impressed with the ability of the Phase Cue to create a very wide sound stage, seemingly 15' wide in my medium sized living room.
Really good for what it does...know its limitations
26 May 2011
Summary: Heard about ZVOX on CNET. Never heard of them before that, and I'm somewhat of an audiophile (I have NHT speakers for my stereo, although I am holding out for a Bowers & Wilkins upgrade). Was going to make the typical lame HTIB decision and get a Bose, Sony or other Big Name-brand soundbar, because our minimalist-design house wouldn't stand for tiny 5.1 speakers scattered throughout the TV room. Boy am I glad I found the 550.