I have had my ZVOX 415 for about a month and half now, and I can tell you all that I am very happy with it's sound and performance. I must thank AVS Member bron for his guidance and patience with answering my questions about the 415.
Here is some background information:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...&postcount=309
I was looking to improve upon the Samsung LCD speakers for the LCD in the kitchen. I thought a soundbar would be the best solution, as I did not want to mess with hooking up a receiver and speakers (low WAF, too). I looked at the Yamaha products but just couldn't see spending that much for the kitchen. Polk, Sony, etc. didn't do much for me, either. It was by chance I came across this thread and started learning about ZVOX.
I did a lot of on-line research and determined the 415 was for me. I bought an "open box" unit from ZVOX off of eBay, and it couldn't have been an easier transaction. Believe me, I was nervous/unsure about an open box unit from eBay, but it arrived in a factory box with all the parts. It looks brand new, and works just fine. Can't beat that, and I saved some $$$, too.
I placed the 415 on top of the kitchen cabinets (see picture), angled down a bit towards the listening area. It's a shame it's up on top, as it would look great under a flat panel or on top of a stand-it's a great looking, heavy/solid feeling unit.
I connected the Dish Network box to Input 1 (did not use the headphone jack on the LCD). For Input 2, I connected a Belkin Dock with USB Wall Charger for iPod. I ran all the cables through the cabinet for a clean looking install.
To bring it all together, I got a Harmony 510 remote (based on feedback on this thread). It was very easy to program the 510 to work with the cable box and the 415. However, after some frustrating trial and error, I realized I had to create a custom program for the iPod dock to work with the 415 (volume only-doesn't control the iPod):Dish Network Satellite:
Dish Network Satellite is onZVOX Amplifier:
ZVOX Amplifier is onBelkin Digital Music Server:
Belkin Digital Music Server is onOther All other devices are offZVOX Amplifier:
ZVOX Amplifier is set to "Input 2"Dish Network Satellite:
"PowerToggle" command is sent to the Dish Network Satellite
Now when my wife and daughter are cooking or baking, they can blast the iPod through the 415.
Also, using the 510 improved the range of the remote to control the volume. With the ZVOX remote, you basically had to be holding it right at the 415, whereas with the 510, I can be off center and it will control the volume.
Referring to the 1 page (!) instruction guide, as well as bron's recommendations, I adjusted the PhaseCue, bass, and treble and was good to go. I've tweaked the PhaseCue a little bit here and there, and feel that I'm dialed-in now. WOW-what open and warm sound this unit puts out! It's nice and clean, and the "little" details of sound that I never heard or noticed before are there now. The bass is clean and tight, too. Music through the iPod sounds equally as well, and it's nice that I can use the Harmony to switch between the cable box and iPod and run it through the 415.
It's an amazing unit and just what I wanted-much improved sound, a sleek and good look, all at a very reasonable price.
The only "negative" I can think of, and it's not the 415's fault, is how crappy and inconsistent the audio is from program to program on the Dish Network box. Since the 415 is so good, it brings out the bad in the audio-what I wasn't or couldn't hear before! Some channels just sound flat at times, whereas HD baseball on ESPN or Discovery HD sounds great-good bass and the surround effects are really cool.
To sum it up, this is what made me smile knowing I had done the right thing: My daughter was sitting at the kitchen island watching TV and she goes "Wow Dad, it sounds like there are speakers over there (points toward the far, opposite side of the kitchen)!"
I'm really excited to learn about the new ZVOX products being discussed right here in this thread, as I will happily recommend ZVOX to family and friends (already have).
Thanks again, bron. That's what AVS Forum is all about.