Originally Posted by YOTR
Well that make me want to consider the 415 more now even though I just posted a pro 325 post above........lol
. I am still excited to read your comparison between the 325, 415, and 425 and your pick as the best. Is the 415 basically a 425 without a built in sub and a little less power? Can you tell a noticeable difference between the 425 and the 415? After all of this testing (thanks again!), do you still feel the 325 holds it's own? I admit I would really like having the controls on the 325 but think that I could deal with the remote on the 415. Thanks and sorry for so many questions. I know we all appreciate the testing you are doing for us!
First, alas, testing delayed again for two reasons, 1) we lost power for over 16 hours in the big snow storm and 2) I've caught a nasty bug that's been going 'round, so most of my time now spent under blankets resting. (Without power we have no heat or water where I live. Got pretty darn cold!)
I will try as I get to the end to give my comparisons and summaries of the units. But a few quick comments re: your questions. Both the 325 and the 415 have built-in "subs" (called such by ZVOX) though small ones, of course. Their bass output is pretty darn good.
Again, between the 325 and 415, I, personally, would chose whichever one best fit my space and mounting needs. Overall, I like the 325 design the best for all around value. I like the 415 sound just a little bit better, but if I had either one on hand, I'd be equally happy. The difference is there in close comparative listening, but it's not enough, alone, to make me want to pay the extra cost of the 415. But if you want the rectangular soundbar style of the 415 and prefer all controls on the remote, then that's the way to go. If you prefer knob controls, a front input, and a smaller width package, go for the 325.
Honestly, either is fine and I really went back and forth as to preference during my comparisons. The 325 was actually punchier on some things, but the 415 had a smoother overall sound throughout the full range which I preferred. But, add a sub to the 325 and I think it would equal to or possibly even top the 415 (without sub). Hopefully, I'll have time to find out.
Sorry for the delay, but out of my control, as they say.
P.S. There is little doubt in my mind that the 425 will be the overall "winner" as it has twice the power, controls on the unit and the remote, and some other plus features. But it is also considerably more expensive. Factor cost in and there may be another "value" winner - most likely the 325 (as ZVOX themselves seem to think).