Zvox has introduced several features designed to bring today's audio output up to the same quality as the latest video technology on the market. Some of the features appear in the company's upgraded Z-Base series of sound systems, which double as TV pedestals and offer enhanced dialogue intelligibility, dynamic range compression and a front-panel 3.5 mm auxiliary input.
Sony has introduced two soundbars and a home-theater system that the company claims provides a 3-D audio experience to match its 3-D television sets. According to this report, the speakers widen "the typical stereo image produced by two loudspeakers," thereby making it seem as though the sound is coming from all angles.
Aperion Audio introduced its SlimStage 30, a soundbar speaker setup that delivers audio similar to home theater to any flat-screen TV. The unit consists of four 50mm drivers and two subwoofer arrays with 3-inch drivers and 3-inch bass radiators.
A high-quality soundbar may not provide the surround-sound of a home-theater setup, but for those who lack the funds or physical space it just might offer a viable alternative. This review analyzes four top soundbars: the Coby DVD988 300W Home Theater Soundbar, the Zvox 430, the Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 and the iLive iT319B Soundbar with iPod dock.
With the economy squarely in mind, Westinghouse has introduced the TX-42F450S -- a 42-inch, liquid-crystal display, flat-screen TV with full 1080p high-definition resolution -- for $699. The set offers four HDMI connectors and a 1000:1 contrast ratio.