It was love at first sound when I reviewed ZVOX AV50 headphones in 2020. In 2023, ZVOX celebrated its 20th Anniversary so for the holidays of 2023, I am featuring a great gift from ZVOX –ZVOX AV 157 soundbar/speaker. This is not just a huge boon for the elderly or hard of hearing, it’s for everyone who wants clearer sound. My hearing is fine, but I am always wondering what s/he said when the actor is mumbling, whispering, or talking at a very low volume. For those whose hearing is not so great, this is even more frustrating. This soundbar made a big difference in how we enjoy TV and movies at home.
12 Levels of ZVOX Dialogue Boost:
Enter the ZVOX Audio AV157. This soundbar uses ZVOX’s patented hearing aid algorithms to make dialogue clearer – and adds a new feature called SuperVoice – designed to reduce the level of background sound in TV programs.
Consider the ZVOX SuperVoice technology as a stage. According to ZVOX founder Tom Hannaher “Instead of a row of actors, imagine a row of sounds. ZVOX proprietary AccuVoice technology, which we introduced in 2016, clarifies voices and brings them forward on the stage. Our SuperVoice technology takes the other sound effects into the background – ‘pushing them backstage.” This means you filter out extraneous noises so the voice comes through more clearly.
The AccuVoice AV157 speaker combines six levels of AccuVoice dialogue boost with the ZVOX SuperVoice algorithms. This gives the listener 12 levels of dialogue boost. Therefore, the ZVOX AV157 is good for people who have no hearing issues at all (but want better sound than what you get from a flat-screen TV). But it’s very useful for anyone who has real hearing issues. Note that the soundbar is slim and can be placed on the TV or nearby. That’s a plus! Also, the hookup is very easy. You don’t need to be a tech wizard to use it.
Dimensions: 17″w x 3 3/8″d x 2 7/8″h – 2.8 lbs (3.1 lbs with power supply cord)
Three 2″x3” high-output full-range speakers.24-watt Class D digital amplifier. Dolby™ Digital decoding. PhaseCue virtual surround delivers room-filling 3D sound from one small cabinet.
One optical digital toslink, input, one 3.5mm analog. One headphone/subwoofer output jack. Can be used on furniture or wall-mounted. Includes a remote control and can be programmed to respond to most infrared remote controls.
The ZVOX V157 also includes ZVOX’s new “Alexa® Ready” feature. This lets you connect to an Alexa Echo® device to Input 2 and use it while listening to TV programming. So if you’re watching the big game, and you want to know the score of another game, the speaker automatically turns down the sound of the football game long enough for you to hear Alexa’s answer through the speaker. Then it automatically turns up the soundtrack for the football game you’re watching again.
The Bottom Line:
There are plenty of soundbars you can choose for your television. However, if you would like to hear everything clearly and enhance your enjoyment, the ZVOX AV157 is clearly (no pun intended) the best choice. And for the price, you can’t beat it! This latest speaker/soundbar from ZVOX is the fourth generation of their voice clarification technology. Amazingly, the unit is just $200. The AV157 is available at ZVOX.com, Amazon.com, and Walmart.com.