CNET First Look
Zvox's TV speaker for the hearing impaired a one-trick ponyThe Zvox Accuvoice AV200 is a micro sound bar which offers excellent build quality and does what it says on the packet.
[MUSIC] If there's one trend we're seeing this year, it's the tiny TV sound box. The ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 is $250 speaker which is just 18 inches long. But it promises to make TV dialog more intelligible than ever before. There's a lot to like about this speaker, the first is the build quality. It's solid aluminum with a steel grill. It's got a bright orange display and buttons on the side if you replace the remote. It's got two main inputs, the 3.5 millimeter analog as well as an optical port. Unfortunately, there's no Bluetooth. It does have a headphone out that also doubles as a subwoofer output. It's got a credit card that you can use to set the ZBox up and then toss for your TV remote. Judged as a sound bar it's actually not that great though. It's a little expensive for what it does. For example, it's pretty terrible at playing music which is what many people buying a sound bar will want it to do. It applies some pretty heavy handed compression to everything which can make music sound just weird. Dialogue is what this TV speaker does though. While some may find the AccuVoice mode a little too piercing People with advanced hearing loss may actually prefer. In the end, $250 is a lot for a speaker of this kind, and there are other options at the same price, which offer more balanced sound and better features. [SOUND]