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Bluetooth Audio Is Great. Bluetooth Audio Is Not Great.

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Monday, November 26, 2012

We’ve been experimenting with Bluetooth audio for years…long before “Bluetooth speakers” became the latest audio fad. There are times when we really like it, but there are also times when we hate it. For example:
  •          When we turn link our iPhone via Bluetooth, turn on Pandora, an nothing happens. Reboot the Bluetooth receiver (yes, acrobatics are involved – the plug is hard to reach), and it plays.
  •          Music has been playing for forty minutes and then simply disappears for 20 seconds.
  •          See above, repeating itself at random, for random lengths of time.

These problems have reached dangerous levels lately in our household. Technological failures can be very emotional. So we’ve disconnected Bluetooth altogether and now connect the iPhone or iPad to our ZVOX 580 sound bar via a good old fashioned headphone connecting cable.
It’s not nearly as cool. And people at parties no longer look at me like I’m a techno-wizard. But the music sounds good and it works every time.
Bluetooth technology is getting better as we speak. When it gets there, ZVOX systems will probably start coming with a Bluetooth option. Until then, we think we’ll stay wired.

“HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THEE, ZVOX 580, LET ME COUNT THE WAYS...” (EXCUSE ME MR. BROWNING.)

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Saturday, November 17, 2012
The blog entry below was submitted to us by an 83 year old hearing-impaired customer who just received his ZVOX 580...


Better still, let me tell you why I am eternally grateful to the creators of the ZVOX 580.

I am an active and healthy eighty-three year old citizen who suddenly lost a significant amount of hearing in both ears.  Suddenly, I was made made aware of how much I took for granted and took advantage of my good hearing.  Think about it. 

Most creatures, men and women, rely on their hearing in all sorts of unconscious ways. Conversations start when, through our senses, especially our hearing, we are made aware of others.  My ability in this realm is now diminished.

Experienced drivers routinely get into their automobiles, and while driving, unconsciously sense sounds that say, “You are ok, car. I don’t hear any problems.” I cannot do that now. The list can go on regarding our unconscious dependence on hearing. 

However, one of the most awkward and frustrating set of activities involves use of the television. Most individuals take for granted that their ears are telling them that the TV volume is set at the appropriate level for all within ear-shot.  I cannot do that now. Most individuals can hear movie and other dialogue without a struggle.  I cannot do that now.

Accordingly, I began to search the internet for help.  I first decided to buy an ear-bud/amplifier system made by a fine German company.  Fortunately, my daughter who is a music teacher cautioned me to seek something that did not isolate me from other sounds in the world around me.Then I discovered reviews and descriptions of the ZVOX systems, and purchased the Model 580.  Within fifteen minutes after its arrival at my door, it was installed.  Within another few minutes, my remote was educated to control the basics of the 580.

And then, the miracle bagan to happen, not only for me, but also for my wife who has been putting up with my need for uncomfortable TV volumes. We turned on a movie as our first test, and, truly, experienced great joy with what we heard.  The overall sounds were full.  The low frequencies were true to life.  Most of all, the dialogue, my movie nemesis in recent weeks, was now superbly clear.

 WHAT A REMARKABLE BOX! It is hard to imagine the greatness that comes out of such a simple exterior.  The men who created this system should receive accolades for their creativity.  They certainly are offered our gratitude for what they have given to the world.

How ZVOX Invented the Soundbar.

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Tuesday, November 13, 2012

In 2003 ZVOX was one of two companies that introduced an all-in-one-cabinet surround sound system – now often called “sound bars.”* And we were the very first company to introduce a “SoundBase” style system – that allows you to place your TV on top of the speaker cabinet.
When  we introduced the first ZVOX system, customers really liked our combination of quality sound, simple design and affordable price.  We sold lots of systems directly to people via our web site.
But most retail stores really didn’t like the concept. I remember demonstrating the ZVOX 315 to a Manhattan dealer in early 2004. The owner liked it until I told him that it sold for $200…and required absolutely no “installation labor.” They were busy selling $2,000-$5,000 surround sound systems, and couldn’t be bothered with a product with such low price point.
But by 2008 things had changed. Flat panel TVs that used to sell for $3,000 now sold for $800. And NOBODY was buying $2,000 surround sound systems for their $800 TVs.
2008 was also the year we introduced our first low-profile SoundBase™ style system – the ZVOX 550…a product that truly changed the face of surround sound. Since 2008 a lot of dealers have changed their minds about ZVOX, and our sales have grown by a factor of ten. And other companies have started to imitate us.
Now just because we created this product category, doesn’t mean our products are better. But guess what – they really are better.
Don’t believe us. Read the reviews, compare features and benefits…then try a ZVOX in your own home for 30 days. You’ll find out why so many companies are trying to imitate us.   

* Note: the second company no longer makes them.

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