One of the questions we get the most often on this site is ‘what products are available that will help hear voices or dialogue on TV better?’. This issue is the cause of a lot of frustration for people with different levels of hearing loss, as well as for people who live with them. When you can’t hear your TV very well most people will turn the TV volume to full blast.This usually doesn’t help much with hearing dialogue, it just makes everything louder. Luckily there is technology that can help to clarify voices even when there is a high level of background noise in the program that you are watching.
A relatively new and very popular device to boost the sound of voices on TV is the Zvox AccuVoice AV200 TV Speaker. It is designed specifically to lift voices out of background noises in the same way a hearing aid does, by isolating voice frequencies. This is a great little sound bar because it is compact, easy to setup, and it works really well for most people, with or without additional hearing aids or amplifiers.
The purpose of this speaker system is to clarify voices on TV and help to make your TV watching experience more pleasant. A lot of people have difficulties hearing TV shows these days, not just those who have hearing loss. This stems partly from the type of speakers that are being used on flat screen TVs and partly because of the way TV shows are made these days.
What is great about this sound bar is that it uses digital algorithms to lift voices out of the sound track. It then modifies the voices to make them more understandable to the viewer. It works well for all different kinds of hearing levels, whether you wear hearing aids or not. Many people who wear hearing aids or amplifiers still have trouble hearing the TV well. The remote control has an option to adjust the bass and the treble, so you get even better sound quality. Overall it works well because it lets you keep the volume low, while still being able to understand each word being said.
Ease of Use
For the most part, the AccuVoice AV200 Sound Bar TV Speaker is easy to set up and use. However, if you have a home theatre or a complex TV set up, you may have some trouble integrating it into your system. Sound bars are generally intended to replace or be used instead of a home theatre system, rather than be used along with another speaker system. If you do run into trouble with your setup, the employees who do the support at ZVOX have a good reputation for helping to overcome any setup difficulties.
For those who have a straightforward TV system, all of the cables that you need are included in the package so all you need to do is follow the simple instructions. Most people are able to get the speaker up and running with a very little effort and time. The AV200 is easy to use and can be easily adjusted with the remote that is included with the speaker. If you have any trouble it also comes with an excellent user guide for trouble shooting.
The AV200 is a sound bar, so it is an all-in one system that is created to give high quality sound without having to set up a big home theatre type system. The design itself is long and sleek, and made to fit into relatively small space. All of ZVOX sound bars have Accuvoice technology, but the AV200 offers pure vocal enhancement. If you are looking for home theatre sound as well a dialogue boost, you may want to check out some of the other models. It comes with a remote that lets you customize your sound a little bit.
If you have severe hearing loss, ZVOX has a more advanced model The AccuVoice AV205. The AV205 is equipped with a special remote control that allows an audiologist to tailor the sound of the speaker to an individual’s ears. It is a little bit more expensive and more of an effort to use than the AV200 since you have to get an audiologist or hearing aid professional involved who can give you a hearing test and then can program the speaker.
When the speaker is bought from an authorised dealer or re-seller, it comes with a One Year Limited Parts and Labor Warranty. You will need to ensure that you keep your sales receipt or invoice unless you purchase directly from the company. At the time of writing this post ZVOX Audio doesn’t provide any service or support outside of the U.S. Click here for more info on where to buy ZVOX products.
You can get support for your ZVOX products by going to their support page . They offer email support or phone support. If you are having trouble with your product, they also list all of their manuals on their site.
The Bottom Line
The ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 Sound Bar TV Speaker is a great investment for those may have hearing loss or just have trouble hearing dialog when watching TV. It is compact, easy to use, and does an incredible job at enhancing voices on TV while really making them stand out from background noise.