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ZVOX Audio SoundBase 555 Low Profile Surround Sound System
  • SoundBase 555 Low Profile Surround Sound System
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Zvox SoundBase 555 - Low Profile Surround Sound System

Only 3.5" high, the ZVOX Z-Base 555 home theater system can be placed beneath your flat-panel TV* -- so you can have surround sound without adding a lot of clutter to your room. It requires no external speakers, subwoofer or speaker wires. The 555 reproduces TV shows, music and movie soundtracks with lifelike accuracy – including crystal-clear vocals and thunderous bass. And ZVOX PhaseCue® II virtual surround processing delivers remarkable three-dimensional sound. The entire system – speakers, amplifier, virtual surround technology and powered subwoofer – fits into the super-slim cabinet. With only one connecting cord and a one-page owner’s manual, it is truly "plug and play." The wood cabinet is robustly constructed using fully-braced MDF -- not molded plastic. Beautiful hand-lacquered high-gloss ebony end panels create a stylish look.

Great Sound. The most important feature for any home theater system is high quality sound. The 555 uses a new amplifier design with extremely accurate frequency response and a warm, natural sound and surprisingly powerful bass.

PhaseCue® II Virtual Surround Sound. The 555 uses ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround processing to give you rich, three-dimensional sound with movies or 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. When listening to a good movie, the soundtrack will envelop you, putting you in the middle of the action. While no virtual surround system - including ours - will give you the surround effects of a good 5.1 system, the ZVOX 555 does a remarkable job. Sound & Vision magazine calls our PhaseCue processing "remarkably ingenious."

Green Design. The 555 uses a highly-efficient Class D digital amplifier. Even playing at quite loud volumes, it usually uses less than 10 watts of total power. And standby power usage tends to hover around 0.1 watts - making it one of the "greenest" audio systems ever made.

Setting A New Standard For Vocal Clarity. ZVOX systems are known for their remarkable vocal clarity. The 555 adds a stunning new feature: Dialog Emphasis (DE). When you push the "DE" button on the remote control you engage a circuit that mimics the functions of a hearing aid. The frequencies used by human voices are dynamically emphasized, while other frequencies are minimized. We don't know of any other speaker system that provides such an easy-to-use and effective method for improving the intelligibility of television dialog.

Uses Your Remote Control. The new Z-Base system can be programmed to respond to your remote control. The illuminated display walks you through a less-than-a-minute programming cycle. Then your TV remote...or cable box remote...or satellite receiver remote...or ANY remote...can control volume, mute, power and input functions of the ZVOX system.The 555 uses a highly advanced processor to digitally tailor the sound for excellent frequency response. The result is a very smooth, very accurate sound. This Z-Base system doesn't sound like a "sound bar," it sounds like an audiophile quality speaker system.

Taming Commercials That Are Too Loud. 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 new Output Leveling (OL) feature on the ZVOX 555. Just push the OL button 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 is not loud enough.

Disappearing Display. The 555 features a four-digit display located behind the speaker grille that shows the current setting for volume, bass, treble and PhaseCue II® (virtual surround) - and 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.

Multiple Inputs, front-panel connection for iPod® and other devices, Dolby Digital decoder.The 555 has two analog audio inputs, one optical (Toslink) digital input, one coaxial digital input - plus a front panel 3.5mm analog stereo input for convenient connection of your iPod or other portable audio device. Any specific input can be selected using either the remote control or the slim-line module below the speaker grille. The two digital inputs work with a built-in Dolby Digital decoder, which can improve virtual surround performance and allow for simplified connections to a wide variety of TVs, cable boxes and disc players.

Wood (MDF) Cabinet With Hand-Lacquered Side Panels. The 555 features a hand-built cabinet of heavy MDF with beautiful hand-lacquered high-gloss end panels. Its low-profile design blends perfectly with flat-panel TVs. Most people don’t even notice the ZVOX 555...until they hear it.

ZVOX Audio has recently learned that some "stand-alone" powered subwoofer models are incompatible with the subwoofer output provided on the Z-Base 555 and 580 models. These subwoofers require a stronger signal than the level available from the subwoofer output on the ZVOX Audio system. The available signal level from the subwoofer output on the ZVOX Audio systems can not be increased. For the time being, unless using a product that has been pre-tested and is known to be compatible, a prospective customer for a ZVOX Audio 555 or 580 should assume that it is not compatible with an external powered subwoofer. Please note that most people are perfectly satisfied with the level of bass produced by the subwoofers already built into these two models -- and thus do not feel the need for an additional, external subwoofer.


  Average Customer Rating

Excellent sound!

By: Brian O'reilly
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
The Zvox 555 is the audio piece I have been the most impressed with in a long time. It gives a large theatrical sound for movies and music sounds great allowing all instruments to be heard clearly. Plus the built in subwoofer adds a powerful punch.


By: Rich Corpuz
Date: Thursday, August 01, 2013
Expert Review by a Paul's Pro

Great sound, great price

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By: Rich O'Neill
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Expert Review by a Paul's Pro

Zvox 555 developed the concept of a “soundbase” for your TV and other manufactures are rushing to copy the simplicity of their design. The TV simply sits on the soundbase without the clutter of a soundbar and subwoofer. The Dialog Enhancement feature makes a typical cable tv show with muffled dialog and loud tv commercials much more enjoyable. Along with its bigger brother, the 580, this is the best solution available for $1000 and under, period.

This is a terrific product!

By: L.A. Wilson
Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Not only does the ZVOX 555 Low-Profile Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System stop the commercials from being so LOUD, it also makes speech easier to understand. This is expecially important when one's spouse is hard of hearing. No longer is it necessary to have the TV blasting!! When one listens to a TV without this system, one immediately notices the difference. It is a wonderful system and everyone should have one. BUY IT! By the way, we have owned this system for almost 6 months and would not be without it.

Incredible sound

By: RabTab
Date: Monday, May 06, 2013
I was interested in the Bose unitl, but after reading a few of the reviews I decided the features of this unit were more in line of what I wanted (adjustable bass and treble, volume display). The sound is incredible! Also, the ability to use the cable box remote was a double bonus. I use this sound system with a 32 inch LG HDTV in my living room with a blue ray player and I could not be happier. Great product and I am very happy with my purchase and recommend it highly.

Very pleased with my price

By: T. Garner
Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
I simply love this sound system. Delivery was fast, set up was very simple for me, and the sound in my opinion was simply amazing for my needs. I am completely satisfied with my purchase!!

Zvox 555 sound base

By: Alex Kiras
Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Expert Review by a Paul's Pro

For the customer that is looking for a clean easy setup the Zvox555 is perfect. With the subwoofer integrated into the system it makes for less clutter and a more enjoyable home theater experience.


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