Swampscott, Mass. –
has added Dolby Digital decoding
and digital inputs for the first time to three of its single-chassis TV-audio
Zvox systems connect
to the audio outputs of a TV to amplify TV sound, widen the stereo stage,
deliver deeper bass and provide virtual surround effects. Previous models
connected to a TV’s analog stereo outputs, but the three new models feature optical
and coaxial digital inputs as well as traditional analog inputs.
The company made
the additions because several TV manufacturers recently introduced TVs without analog
audio output jacks, said Zvox founder Tom Hannaher. “Since we strongly believe
that the consumer prefers to use the TV as the input switching center rather
than the sound system, it makes sense for us to offer Zvox systems with digital
inputs,” he said.
All three models
accept Dolby Digital inputs but down-mix the content to Dolby Digital 2.0 for
The models are the
575 HSD at $749, 550 HSD at $449, and 430 HSD at $449. They join similar
versions with only analog inputs and without Dolby Digital decoding. The 575
HSD and 550 HSD are designed so that a TV can be placed directly on them. The 430
HSD is a wall-mountable sound bar.