Zvox To Add More TV-Audio Systems

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CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - Zvox will go to the CEDIA Expo with four new single-chassis TV-audio systems, all designed to connect to a TV's audio outputs to amplify TV output, widen the stereo stage, deliver deeper bass and provide virtual surround effects.

The company will show the products at the Hyatt Regency.

All are designed to offer high-quality sound at affordable price points while simplifying setup and operation, said Zvox founder Tom Hannaher. All connect to a TV via its analog stereo outputs or headphone jack. All feature signal-sensing auto on/off circuit to automatically turn the unit on when a TV is turned on. All are biamplified, and all feature PhaseCue virtual-surround circuitry to widen the sound stage and, from surround-encoded soundtracks, deliver a virtual surround-sound effect. They also feature wood MDF cabinets.

Two of the new products are wall-mountable sound bars, expanding the company's sound bar selection to three from two. The other two new products, part of the Z-Base family, double as platforms for stand-mounted flat-panel TVs, expanding the Z-Base selection to three SKUs from one.

In the Z-Base family, the company will show one model larger than its current Z-Base 500 and one model that is smaller. The smaller model, the $399-suggested 525, fits on a 12-inch-deep shelf. Its 3.5-inch by 24-inch by 12.5-inch chassis incorporates 60 watts of amplification, five 2-inch full-range speakers and a 5.25-inch subwoofer. It shipped Sept. 1.

The other new Z-Base product, the $799-suggested IncrediBase 575, is larger, delivers deeper bass down to 35Hz and delivers more power output. It packs 133 watts of amplification, five 2-inch full-range speakers, and two 6.5-inch subs into a 5- by 36- by 16.5-inch cabinet. It ships Oct. 1.

In wall- and shelf-mountable sound bars, the company will show the $449-suggested Zvox 430, which replaces the Zvox 415 and is already shipping, and the $549 Zvox 440, shipping Oct. 1. Both feature 60 watts of amplification, three 3.25-inch full-range speakers and a long-excursion 4-inch subwoofer. The only differences between the two are chassis width and bass response. The 430's cabinet is 5.5 by 5 by 30.5 inches, delivering bass response down to 48Hz and making it ideal for use with 32- to 42-inch TVs. The 440's cabinet is 5.5 by 5 by 39 inches, delivering bass to 43Hz and making it ideal for 40- to 52-inch TVs.

Zvox also offers three other TV-audio solutions that it classifies as neither sound bars nor TV bases, bringing the company's total selection to nine SKUs.

For the Zvox 430 and carryover Z-Base 550, Zvox has begun offering an optional digital input package at $100. The package adds coaxial digital and optical digital input, plus Dolby Digital decoding, to the systems' standard analog inputs.


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