ZVOX 575 Single-Cabinet Surround Sound System (More Info)
We understand that many of our listeners don’t have the space for a full blown home theater system. However, those same listeners don’t necessarily want to listen to their movies through the TVs tiny speakers. For them a single unit solution is what the doctor ordered. The ZVOX 575 (Buy Now $699) is such a system that takes all of 10 minutes to un-box and start enjoying fuller richer sound from your home theater.
There is no calibration of the 575. Instead the remote control is used to adjust the Subwoofer, Treble, and Volume. There is also a PhaseCue function that adjusts the virtual surround. Logitech has all the IR codes for the 575 so we were able to setup our Harmony remote to control the system.
There is some surround imaging that you get out of the 575 and your mileage will vary based on the room you put the unit in. We had mixed results depending on what we were watching. The remote has two buttons to adjust the level of surround, Phasecue+ and Phascue-. There are 8 levels of virtual surround. What we found is for listening to music setting it to the max gave you a wide sound image. The max setting for movies drowned out the dialog when there was affects of music. We found that for most movies a setting of 5 or 6 produced the best compromise. Not once did we feel that there were sounds coming from behind us. It was more about the front and how wide it sounded.
Don’t get us wrong. We felt there was a big improvement over the speakers on the TV. The subwoofer helped add an additional dimension to the sound. When watching movies on the TV’s speakers the big boom effects are lost. They were loud and clear on the 575.
Posted by The HT Guys, March 18, 2010 10:21 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
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