|ZVOX Mini Speaker System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Matthew Evert|
|Thursday, 01 June 2006|
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Using multiple inputs was my biggest frustration with this product. I experienced no issues with one input connected. As I added the iPod to the second input, I started to encounter some issues. First, the volume is reduced on both sources. It is a substantial decrease and something that required me to turn my iPod volume nearly all the way up to compensate. In addition to turning up the iPod volume, I also had to turn the Zvox volume up substantially higher than the CD player when the iPod input was playing. Second, I had to physically disconnect the iPod (not just pause it) from the back of the Zvox before I could hear the CD player again. Of course, when I did that it was as loud as a jetliner taking off in my ear. Occasionally, I would get a distorted signal that would break up and come back when the CD player was connected to the second input. I think some normalization of the input volumes and the presence of an explicit input selector switch (put it on the remote, too) may help the issue.
There were also some smaller issues that were of note, including the use of a clunky external power supply. I understand that this adds the flexibility to be portable, but it is ugly and heavy. A more slick power supply in a version two unit would be well appreciated. The feet of the cabinet were not well-attached and slid off during my tests. Maybe some stronger glue would fix the problem. The front two feet were actually missing from my test sample, which ended up being the source of a mystery rattle I was hearing in my tests. Some helpful number guides or frets on the subwoofer, PhaseCue and volume knobs would be helpful to easily reset to your home settings if you take it to the beach and change the settings. The use of RCA inputs would have been a better choice than the use of the mini-stereo plugs. Except for an iPod or portable CD player, most input devices will use RCAs, not stereo plugs. If you have more than one RCA device, you will need to buy a special cable to connect it to the Zvox.
As people continue to invest in increasingly high-performance home theaters, they will also want to find ways to get that sound into their lives outside of their darkened theater rooms. The Zvox mini screams for applications such as desktops, vacation homes, guest rooms, hotel rooms (it sounds 10 times better than a Bose Wave Radio for less than half the price) and beyond. With the introduction of the Zvox Mini music system, better sound can be easily had by all at an affordable price. The Zvox is easy to set up, small, portable and versatile. Now you can experience better-sounding television, music and movies without having to spend a lot or take the time learning how to set up a complicated receiver. No bigger than a cigar box, the Zvox Mini packs a large enough punch to fill any small to medium-sized room with high fidelity music. Best of all, you can enjoy the same sound at home or take it with you on the road. Seemingly, a performance this good at this price in a component this small should be impossible. It’s not – the Zvox Mini is a winner.