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ZVOX Z-Base 550 Sounds Off Under Your TV
The $499 Z-Base 550 from ZVOX is an all-in-one speaker, subwoofer, amplifier and virtual surround package fits snugly under your flat-panel TV stand.
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ZVOX’s Z-Base 550 sits below your flat-panel TV and stand
December 02, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger

There are plenty of speakers designed to sit below your flat-panel TV, and usually they’re known as soundbars. The new Z-Base 550 from ZVOX was designed to literally sit below the TV—as in, you can place your LCD stand and all right on top of it.

Huh? Yup, the Z-Base 550 packs speakers, amplification, virtual surround technology and a powered subwoofer into a slim cabinet that can support flat panels mainly between 32 and 47 diagonal inches.

It’s pretty simple to give your TV audio a big boost—just plug in the Z-Base to AC power, and hook the single connecting cord to the TV and you’re set. You’ll be immersed in the virtual surround sound from ZVOX PhaseCue technology.

The Z-Base 550 will likely blend in with the entertainment decor, too, with scratch-resistant black vinyl finish that should nicely fit with your shiny new flat-panel TV.

Other features include:

  • Five 2-inch full-range speakers
  • One 5.25-inch subwoofer
  • Auto on/off
  • Remote control
  • Two analog stereo (mixing) inputs
  • 60 watts power
  • Dimensions of 28 x 14.5 x 3.5 inches

It also runs on what the company says is an Energy Star-qualified power adapter, so you get better efficiency and long-term energy savings. A win-win situation, especially if you don’t want wires or large speakers cluttering up your entertainment room. The product started shipping last month for $499.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

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