Audio and hearing company ZVOX Audio has introduced the AccuVoice AV157 compact speaker ($299.99) with ‘SuperVoice’ dialogue clarifying technology. The company says its patented hearing aid algorithms make dialogue clearer by reducing the level of background sound in TV programs. The AV157 is the latest addition to what ZVOX calls its “hearing” products, all of which are designed to help consumers who have difficulty understanding dialogue from their TVs.
“The best way to understand our SuperVoice technology is to picture a stage,” says ZVOX founder Tom Hannaher. “But instead of a row of actors, imagine a row of sounds. Our proprietary AccuVoice technology, that 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’ – so they don’t interfere with voice intelligibility.”
In addition to 12 levels of dialogue boost, the AV157 includes the company’s new Alexa Ready feature which allows connection to an Alexa Echo device while listening to TV programming. A user can, for example, watch a football game and ask Alexa for the score of another game, and the speaker will turn down the sound of the game long enough for the listener to hear Alexa’s answer through the speaker.
“With 12 levels of dialogue clarifying technology,” Hannaher continues, “the AV157 is perfect for people who have no hearing issues at all (but want better sound than what you get from a flat-screen TV) and it’s also beneficial for people with fairly serious hearing issues. It is an extremely smart, versatile product.”
The AV157 is available at ZVOX.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com.