Have you ever watched someone hook up a surround sound system? If you have a drink and a recliner, it can be pretty entertaining, especially when the person installing it gets frustrated with all the cords that are either exponentially longer than they need to be or they are about 5 inches too short!
Sadly, I speak from experience. I have a surround sound system of my own – I used it without any problems until I moved. Now it sits still packed in its moving box because I don’t want to pollute my living room with cords and speaker stands.
Thankfully, ZVOX Audio heard the cry of so many people like me and developed a system that eliminates the need for cords and speaker stands with an all-in-one surround sound system. ZVOX sent me the amazing ZBase 550 to review. The ZBase was created for those who have a flat screen TV but choose not to mount it on the wall (like me). It’s a three-inch tall box that’s intended to be placed underneath your flat screen TV, which also provides a great location for the best sound quality. I could list all the technical specs and pretend I understand what they all mean, but let me be straight with you….this system is beyond what I expected! I was a little skeptical with the promise of surround sound provided with only one speaker/subwoofer box, but it delivered beyond my expectations! I will shamelessly admit that I truly put this system to the test!
I started with a high-action movie with car chases, intense music, and fight scenes. The ZBase delivered beautiful, crisp and clear audio which I controlled with the provided remote. The remote has separate controls for overall volume, bass, PhaseCue (the surround technology), and treble plus a mute button and an auto-shut off button. As soon as I finished the first movie, I popped in a romantic drama which I’ve always thought had a moving, well-composed soundtrack. I pumped the volume up louder than my neighbors probably appreciated but it was well worth it as the clear compositions made me feel like a part of the movie.
ZVOX openly admits that their all-in-one system is not the same as a 5.1 surround sound system but it gives it a run for its money. For people like me who don’t have a theater in my house, I don’t need all the cords for the separate speakers! I will gladly sacrifice some of the enveloping sound for no cords and an easy installation. There are only 2 cords with the ZBase 550 – one for the power and one to hook to your TV (or cable box/satellite box/DVD player). It was the fastest, easiest installation ever, especially for the technologically incapable, like me!
ZVOX is confident that women will also love their brilliant ZVOX systems, so they would like to offer one ZVOX Mini to a very (VERY) lucky Mommy PR Reader! [Pictured Below]
The ZVOX Mini was chosen as one of TIME’s top 25 Back-to-School items! The Mini is a sleek, smaller version of the original ZVOX system but still packs a big sound punch and is small enough for easy transportability. Plus it hooks into anything with an output audio or headphone jack like computers, iPods, radios, or game consoles! And for surround sound on the go, the Mini comes with a PortaParty™ carrying bag to easily pack up your system to go anywhere with you! Average Retail Value: $199.99
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