ZVOX SoundBase 570 Review

ZVOX SoundBase 570 Review

By Joe Ridgely from Technical Defects 

One problem most of us have when trying to enjoy a movie or television show is the weak performance from our TV speakers. I had the pleasure of testing out the ZVOX SOUNDBASE 570 and it totally blew away my expectations as a TV speaker.

The 570 sound bar is really pretty sweet and features some great technology that is sure to please both young and old alike.

PhaseCue Virtual Surround Sound

ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue virtual surround sound works extremely well. I tested the latest Star Wars movie on it and it sounded absolutely FANTASTIC! 
I heard sounds coming from this speaker that I had no idea existed in this movie, because of my weak television speakers. It really did sound like the space ships were surrounding us and the explosions were right on top of us. I really love no matter how loud I turned up the SoundBase the sound did not distort at all. 
Video Games sounded GREAT as well. Had fun testing some retro games on the Nvidia Shield  paired with the SoundBase. It makes game play much more fun and exciting!
Streaming movies and tv shows were also put to the test using a Roku Premier. Everything I threw at it sounded absolutely amazing.

AccuVoice (Dialog Emphasis)

Another great feature (especially for the hearing impaired) is the AccuVoice (Dialog Emphasis) and Output Leveling Features. When the "AccuVoice" button is pushed on the remote control, you engage a circuit that mimics the functions of a hearing aid. One click of the remote and the voices become louder than the background noise/music and you can hear the actors perfectly. No need to turn the volume way up and this is a feature you will soon grow to love!  

Output Leveling (OL) feature on the ZVOX 570
Ever have a commercial come on your TV and you practically jump out of your skin because it is way too loud? Not anymore with their Output Leveling feature. With a simple press of the OL button, a sophisticated processor takes over, making soft sounds louder and loud sounds softer. This is a MUST have feature that makes watching live TV so much more enjoyable. No more holding the remote in your hand, trying to anticipate when a commercial comes on just so you can turn the volume down in time.

BlueGiga Bluetooth Wireless Audio with aptX
After connecting a phone via Bluetooth and tested a couple of Podcasts and music apps, along with my personal music collection. The Podcasts sounded great. I kept the volume relatively loud because I was doing stuff around the house WITH my phone in my pocket. The audio never dropped and was always clear. Music sounds AMAZING! The treble and bass this speaker can produce for its size is unbelievable.

Set up is very simple. They provide you with the cables you need along easy to follow step-by-step pictures to get started. If your television has an optical digital (TOSLINK) cable out, you just plug in one cable from the TV to the speaker and done your done. The same with RCA/composite cable or digital coax. It’s  truly a matter of unboxing, plugging in the power, and attach a cable or two to your Tv and SoundBase.

The Remote
The remote is compact and easy to use. My only real complaint with this whole system is the size of the remote. It is a bit small and it can be a little hard to see the writing on it, especially in a dimly lit room. The beautiful thing is it can be easily programmed to virtually any universal remote or cable/satellite remote. 

Manufacturer Specifications:
SOUNDBASE.570 Details:
Dimensions: 30 "W x 14 1/2"D x 3 1/2 "H
Weight: 19 pounds. With box and packing: 23 pounds.
Amplifier: The 570 uses a high-efficiency 65 watt Class D digital amplifier.
Rear inputs: (2) analog stereo inputs, (2) optical (Toslink) digital input, (1) coaxial digital input.
Front input: (1) 3.5mm stereo front panel input.
Frequency range: 45 Hz - 20 kHz.
Virtual surround sound: The 570 uses ZVOX's proprietary PhaseCue virtual surround sound processing. PhaseCue, as its name implies, manipulates the phase of the separate channels to "fool the ear" into believing that sound is coming from a variety of sources throughout the room. The benefits of PhaseCue vary greatly based on program material. Live music and well-recorded modern movie soundtracks will deliver rich, three-dimensional sound – pulling the sound out from the speakers and into the room, literally surrounding the listener. Note: All virtual surround systems – including the PhaseCue system – are limited in their effects when compared to a good 5.1 system. And sitcoms, news broadcasts and soundtracks from older movies often have very little in the way of three-dimensional sound. That being said, PhaseCue is capable of generating a wonderful and engaging virtual surround experience.
BlueGiga Bluetooth Wireless Audio with aptX for optimal connectivity, range and sound quality
AccuVoice (Dialog Emphasis) and Output Leveling Features
The 570 is bi-amplified, using a specially designed amplifier that includes electronic contouring for superb frequency response.
The 570's 5.25" subwoofer uses a high-mass long-throw design in a ported enclosure.
The 570's five 2" main speaker drivers use a long-throw design to create remarkably wide range, accurate sound.
Unlike most systems in its category, the 570 uses an MDF (medium density fiberboard) wood cabinet - instead of molded plastic. MDF is the preferred construction material for high-performance speaker systems.
A 2-meter RCA-RCA analog stereo connecting cord and an optical digital (TOSLINK) cable are included.
100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz.
The ZVOX 570 is backed by a one year limited parts and labor warranty.
UPC: 882360057012
What's In The Box?
One stereo RCA to stereo RCA connecting cable
One optical digital (TOSLINK) cable
One remote control with power on/off, volume up/down, mute, PhaseCue (three level settings), bass up/down and treble up/down, input selection, Output Leveling (OL), AccuVoice (ACCU).
Power cord
One-sheet safety instructions and operations manual, fast setup sheet and remote control programming instruction sheet.
SOUNDBASE.570 Product Manual

Can’t recommend the SoundBase.570 or ZVOX company highly enough. It is a very attractive sound bar that won’t take up a lot of extra room in your home. You don’t have to be a sound engineer to set it up either and won't need to run or hide a ton of wires so this makes installation a breeze. The sound quality and ease of use of this TV sound bar has blown me away.

We will be mentioning ZVOX on the upcoming Technical Defects Podcast.

ZVOX has been very responsive via their Facebook page, Messenger, website, and E-mail.
                                                       Website: http://www.zvoxaudio.com/

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