New ZVOX Soundbars Start Under $200
ZVOX is expanding its single-box Z-Base line to include three new models.
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December 28, 2011 by Rachel Cericola

Not everyone has the space for audio systems with multiple pieces. Of course, a lot of people don’t have the budget to put those types of sound solutions together, either. ZVOX is putting another option out there—actually three of them.

The company just announced three new additions to its Z-Base soundbar line. The Z-Base line is a series of single-cabinet sound solutions, designed to be placed right under a flat-panel TV. The new products will allow more people to use that option, with prices starting at just $199.99.

That $199.99 model is the new Z-Base 220. About the same size as a DVD player, the 220 promises 3D-style sound, without the need for external speakers, subwoofers or speaker wires. Designed to work with TVs between 22 to 32 inches, the Z-Base 220 includes three full-range speakers, a 5.25-inch powered subwoofer, a 35-watt amplifier and PhaseCue II virtual surround sound.

Right in the sweet spot of the line is the Z-Base 320. At 24-by-11.5 inches, it’s compact enough to fit almost anywhere—including on a bookshelf. Designed to go with TVs ranging from 27 to 46 inches, this model pumps up the specs above with a 40-watt amplifier and an MSRP of $249.99.

At the top of the heap is the Z-Base 420 (pictured), which can be paired with TVs up to 55 inches. This model has five full range speakers, a 45-watt amplifier and a 5.25-inch powered subwoofer using PhaseCue II virtual surround sound.

According to ZVOX, these new additions will be the most affordable Z-Base systems ever offered. However, they still maintain the same ZVOX sound quality. All ZVOX products boast high-quality speakers and amps, wood cabinets, as well as the aforementioned proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround sound system.

“As one reviewer noted, our Z-Base concept is nearly the perfect home theater design,” says Tom Hannaher, ZVOX’s president and founder. “Under the TV is the right place for a surround sound system. With one connecting wire and a one-page owner’s manual—and no external speakers or wires—these are the simplest home theater systems ever invented.”

Other features across the line include output leveling to maintain audio levels, the option to add in your own remote, and a variety of inputs for an iPod or other devices.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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