ZVOX 4003201 Audio Z-Base 320 Low-Profile Single Cabinet Sound System Reviews

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  1. KEVIN says:
    35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    All TVs should sound this good, February 2, 2012
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    I was looking for a sound system for our 32″ Samsung LCD TV to provide a more cinema-like experience for movie viewing. We live in a small apartment in NYC, and I didn’t want a traditional 5:1 surround system with speakers jammed in all corners, wires, etc. I got excited when I saw the various soundbars offered by various brands, but they all stretched far longer than I wanted to deal with and would have had to have been wall mounted, another thing I wanted to avoid. So after a bit of searching I ran across a review that placed three ZVOX systems at the top of their ranges. Which led to further research on the ZVOX site and I found the perfect solution in the 320: a soundbar in a pedestal that the TV sits on, and which doesn’t extend off the edges of the table! Apparently the 320 is a relatively new offering, replacing the older, boxier 325, which seems to have received high marks. So I gave it a chance and it arrived yesterday. First off, the unit fits perfectly and discreetly under the TV’s built-in pedestal and disappears. It’s nicely styled, attractive in a slightly retro way yet looks fresh and contemporary. No junky lights or buttons but a very clean front. Nothing stays lit for more than a few seconds when powering on or changing a setting with the remote, a feature I love. I don’t care for the distraction of equipment LEDs near the screen and this box is perfectly dark. After some fiddling with disabling my TVs built-in speakers I got it working. It learned the volume, mute and power buttons on our Time Warner cable box remote after going through a learning routine, clearly explained in the instructions. But note, DO turn off your TV during this routine else you will find your TV volume going through the roof while you wait for the ZVOX to confirm the frequency. I’m sure our upstairs neighbors lost their minds last night before I figured this out. And you must disable your TV’s own speakers otherwise you will get an unpleasant echo effect. It takes a little work but I got it working. The 320 brings a clarity to the sound that I didn’t realize we were missing. I leave the DE setting on all the time to enhance dialogue. It’s amazing how well it works without sounding too tinny. You still get mids and bass along with exceptionally crisp spoken dialogue. It’s still new to our home, so I will report back after we’ve watched our first DVD movie, but so far so good and very glad we took a chance. Not cheap. But you will wonder why all TVs aren’t manufactured to sound as good as this does.

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  2. L. Millar says:
    22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Second Zvox sound system purchased., February 8, 2012
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    L. Millar
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    This review is from: ZVOX 4003201 Audio Z-Base 320 Low-Profile Single Cabinet Sound System (Electronics)

    I now own two Zvox systems. The first was the 580 model for my 46 inch Sony TV and I was so impressed with it that I also purchased this 320 model for the bedroom to go below a 32 inch TV. The truth is some people want better sound out of their TV, but can’t be bothered with the hassle and complication of setting up a home theater system to complement a great TV picture with lousy built in speakers, so they either make do, spend money on something with wires and speakers all over the house, find a soundbar or go in the Zvox direction. Priority one was to have a no hassle installation. After turning the built in Tv speakers off and connecting the Zvox to the TV using the optical cable, I was pretty much good to go. The only thing left to do was program the cable company’s remote to work with the Zvox and I was up and running in 5 minutes.

    Since I’m speaking for the 320 model and not the 580 model, my first concern was that the three smaller speakers on the 320 wouldn’t be enough in comparison to the 5 larger speakers on the 580, but I was pleasantly surprised. There’s more than enough volume there to fill a decent sized bedroom with crystal clear audio and although the 320 doesn’t have the big bass of the 580 model, it still holds its own. What you’ll find with buying any Zvox model is they are built solid and the speakers are of quality. No vibration or distortion and if you ever have issues with hearing dialog from TV or movies, this is the solution. The DE ( dialog emphasis ) button brings voices front and center. If you ever have a problem following dialog on the screen, turning on DE will solve it. Music sounds great as well. I choose the surround sound 2 setting with the audio level turned on to give the music some soundstage. The surround sound won’t bowl over true home theater guru’s, but it does work.

    Bottom line is this is a good quality, easy to install, great sounding sound box and you could do a heck of a lot worse spending money on this all in one unit to get the best out of your TV.

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