Have you ever been frustrated watching your favorite television show because you couldn’t understand what the actors were saying?
Whether it’s Downton Abbey, CSI, or any other drama on television today, the clarity of the dialogue is terrible.
Hollywood is not as concerned about audio clarity as they are dramatic effect.
Even with normal hearing, understanding the TV clearly is nearly impossible. And the TV audio systems don’t make it any better. While a lot of focus is placed on the clarity of the picture of the television, very little emphasis is placed on the clarity of the audio.
Their small speakers built within the flat screen TV are typically either aimed behind the television, or at the ground. The TV listener is forced to turn the volume up to hear better, but we know that louder is not always better.
The ZVOX AccuVoice AV200 TV Speaker takes all of this into account. With a built in subwoofer, the speaker doesn’t just make the voices louder, it focuses on making the dialogue clearer via AccuVoice technology. According to ZVOX, this is the same technology used in hearing aids to make voices sound clear.
Small Speaker, Big Sound
I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the TV Speaker. We previously had the opportunity to test the ZVOX Soundbase 450 and while the sound quality exceeded my expectations, the size of the Soundbase was not anything to get excited about. It sits under the TV base and takes up almost the entire space of our TV cabinet.
The AV200 TV Speaker, on the other hand, is very small and can be placed pretty much anywhere around the television. It is essentially portable, and I can imagine it being taken to an outdoor tailgate party.
Being that it is so small, it was extremely easy to install, with just a power cord to plug in and a digital cable to plug into the television. ZVOX also supplies you with additional cable options that will accommodate any TV model.
When I first noticed the small size, I was eager to hear how the sound quality of the Speaker would compare to the Soundbase. I was pleasantly surprised again to hear that the sound quality of the TV Speaker is just as clear and natural.
As soon as I turned it on I could immediately tell the difference in the clarity of the voices on TV. I can see how this would be extremely beneficial to those with hearing loss. There is no need to wear a device around the neck or in the ears. The AccuVoice TV Speaker “cleans up” the dialogue from across the room.
I would definitely recommend the ZVOX AccuVoice TV Speaker to anyone who has a hearing loss, or has normal hearing but still has difficulty understanding their TV. Even if you “think” you have no hearing issues, the improved clarity will prevent you from habitually turning the volume up louder.