If you’re looking to set up a home theatre in a room that simply doesn’t have the space for a dedicated speaker system, you might want to check these new products from ZVOX. ZVOX, the company which focuses on the single-cabinet home theater speaker system, has just announced the new Z-Base 555 and Z-Base 580, designed to fit elegantly under flat-panel TVs and use only one connecting wire. Both new models  promise revolutionary features and room-filling sound from real wood enclosures at prices that make them the clear choice versus plastic “home theater in a box” products.

Both new ZVOX systems use five high quality full-range speakers and built-in subwoofers all housed within real wood (MDF) cabinets. New computer-controlled tonal balance delivers ultra-smooth midrange and remarkable bass (as low as 35 Hz). ZVOX’s proprietary PhaseCue II virtual surround system creates room-filling three-dimensional sound—all from one cabinet.

The new ZVOX systems feature a super-efficient Class-D digital amplifier that uses approximately 1/10th of a watt in standby mode—making it one of the “greenest” audio systems ever made.

ZVOX systems are known for their startling vocal clarity. The Z-Base 555 and 580 add a stunning new feature: Dialog Emphasis (DE). When you push the “DE” button on the remote control you engage a circuit that mimics the functions of a hearing aid. We don’t know of any other speaker system that provides such an easy-to-use and effective method for improving the intelligibility of television dialogue.

If you’ve ever been blasted out of your chair by a too-loud commercial or by a cable channel that’s twice as loud as another channel, you’ll love the new Output Leveling (OL) feature on the ZVOX 555 and 580. Just push the OL button and a sophisticated compression system takes over, making soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer so there are fewer jarring moments while you enjoy TV programming.

The new Z-Base systems can be programmed to respond to your TV or cable/satellite remote control. The illuminated display walks you through an ultra-simple programming cycle. Then virtually ANY remote control can control volume, mute, power and input functions of the ZVOX system.

The 555 and 580 feature a four-digit display located behind the speaker grille that shows the current setting for volume, bass, treble and PhaseCue™ (virtual surround) – and also shows when you have engaged the Mute, Output Leveling (OL) or Dialog Emphasis (DE) features. A few seconds after you stop using your remote (or front panel) controls, the display disappears completely.

The new Z-Base systems each have two analog audio inputs, one optical (Toslink) digital input, one coaxial digital input – plus a front panel 3.5mm analog stereo input for convenient connection of your iPod or other portable audio device. Any specific input can be selected using either the remote control or the slim-line module below the speaker grille.

The ZVOX 555 retails for $399.99 US and the ZVOX 580 retails for $599.99.

For more info, please visit www.zvoxaudio.com

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