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ZVOX Z-Base 550 Surround Speaker System

by January 05, 2009
ZVOX Z-Base 550

ZVOX Z-Base 550

  • Product Name: Z-Base 550 Speaker System
  • Manufacturer: ZVOX
  • Performance Rating: StarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: January 05, 2009 04:00
  • MSRP: $ 399
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  • 60 watt amplifier
  • 2 analog audio inputs
  • Subwoofer: 5.25"
  • Drivers: 5 2" (ferrofluid & neodymium magnets)
  • Frequency: 45Hz-20kHz
  • Magnetically shielded
  • Subwoofer output
  • MDF construction

 

Physical Attributes

  • Dimensions: 28" W x 3 3/8" H x 14 1/2" D
  • Weight: 20 lbs.
  • Cabinet Color: Black - High Gloss on the sides

 

Warranty

  • 1 year parts & labor

Pros

  • Surprisingly wide sound stage
  • Virtual surround solution for rooms where a 5.1 system is not possible
  • Accurate, detailed and clear sound

Cons

  • Limited to 2 inputs
  • Limits size of display if used as a base
  • Lacks punch
  • PhaseCue effect can cause a hollow effect when listening to music
  • PhaseCue needs frequent adjusting
  • Dual analogue inputs are always active

Introduction

In this digital age we live in, sometimes we get locked into the "more-is-better" mode. How many formats can it decode, how many different inputs/outputs does it have, exactly how big is the birds nest of cables coming out of the back of the unit? Actually - that mode works most of the time, but thing is, sometimes you just need to shut up and listen before you pass judgment on it. If you are an old school guy (read - your VCR was always blinking 12:00) the Z-Base 550 does a decent job of creating surround effects by ignoring all the digital data available on a disk and manipulating the analog signal to reproduce what the digital signal contains.

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Recent Forum Posts:

birdonthebeach posts on January 15, 2009 13:50
If anything, it sounds like a great (priced) alternative to Bose systems….
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