Who Invented The Sound Bar?

Posted by Tom Hannaher , Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Around 1998, at the peak of the new "surround sound revolution," two companies introduced all-in-one TV sound solutions that were much simpler and less cluttered than a 5.1 system. Altec Lansing was one. Cambridge SoundWorks, where I was VP of Marketing at the time, was the other.
The Cambridge product, which we called TVWorks, was very innovative, very ahead of its time.  As it turns out both of those products were too ahead of their time, because they both failed. But deep in my heart, I knew this was a good idea -- home theater sound without a room full of speakers and wires. So in 2003 I left Cambridge and started ZVOX, where we introduced what CNET now calls the first commercially successful sound bar -- the ZVOX 315.CNET Story: Who Invented the Sound Bar
This was years before Yamaha, Sony, Samsung, Polk, Bose or Klipsch introduced sound bars.
Then, in 2008, we realized that a lot of people were not mounting their flat-screen TVs on the wall, and invented yet another category of home theater system, the SoundBase(R). 
And in 2014 we introduced AccuVoice(R) -- which uses hearing aid technology to create remarkably clear dialog reproduction.
The point I'm making is this -- ZVOX is the only small company involved in our product category. All our competitors are billion dollar companies. The reason we can compete with the big guys, is because we keep finding innovative ways to make sound systems better, more useful.
And we'd like to thank you, our customers, for being so supportive -- and so nice. We really have nice customers! Because of you we get to keep finding new ways to make sound systems better. It's a fun job, and we couldn't do it without you.


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