|ZVOX 425 Single-Cabinet Surround Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Jim Swantko|
|Friday, 01 August 2008|
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The downside of the ZVOX is also its charm. It’s completely bare bones in terms of features. It does not offer on-screen display, room correction, DSP sound processing or any of the other common features that many of its more expensive competitors possess. If you use more than two analog inputs and one portable device, then the ZVOX is not for you. If you want to use HDMI cabling throughout your system, then look elsewhere. If you are looking for your HDTV to provide HD-quality sound in a simple system configuration – then you are in luck with the ZVOX.
I was damn impressed by this speaker system. The word that kept coming to mind while listening to the ZVOX 425 was “analog.” There was no electronic glare, no harshness, no fatigue, just an extremely listenable product. It has tight, punchy bass, a smooth midrange and a clear detailed top end. No, it won’t replace your stack of separates, but it probably could replace your receiver and floor-standing speakers. In my opinion, that’s one hell of an accomplishment, considering its price and convenience.
It’s extremely simple to set up and operate. It looks good and, best of all, ZVOX is so confident in their products that they offer a 30-day in-home trial and will even cover the shipping should you decide to return it. I doubt that you will, however. If you aren’t looking for the latest technological gimmick or connection option but do appreciate really good sound, you have to audition the ZVOX 425 – it’s simply beautiful