Instant Home Theater (IHT): The Polk Audio SurroundBar 5000 Instant Home Theater (IHT)
is a complete 2.1-channel home theater system comprised of a single self-powered
speaker, a wireless powered subwoofer, and an IR remote control. The SurroundBar
5000 IHT utilizes two Polk 3D Audio technologies (Polk Digital Logic and SDA
Surround) to deliver richer, fuller sound (with no rear speakers) to your
flat-panel TV from a compact system with no complex hook-up or set-up.
3D Audio: Polk Audio's 3D Audio combines two groundbreaking, patented
technologies to produce an audio environment that can only be described as
3-dimensional. Combining Polk Audio's proprietary SDA Surround technology and
Polk Digital Logic processing technology produces a rich, enveloping listening
experience. It reaches out beyond your TV screen to put you in the center of the
- Polk Digital Logic: The SurroundBar 5000 Instant Home Theater
utilizes Polk Digital Logic (Polk's proprietary DSP programming) to deliver big,
crisp sonic performance with no complicated setup or calibration. Through Polk
Digital Logic, the SurroundBar 5000 IHT's sound is created independent of any
room boundaries. Polk Digital Logic helps to maintain a solid center channel for
clear, intelligible dialogue and Polk's signature warm & full sound.
- SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array) Surround: Polk's patented SDA
(Stereo Dimensional Array) Surround technology is based on fundamental
research into the way our ears process sound and perceive the direction of
sounds. It uses a patented combination of signal processing and acoustical
geometry that complements the spacing between your ears to produce a wide
sound stage without the need for rear mounted speakers. Since the
SurroundBar works directly with the hearing mechanism and requires no
special room characteristics, it can deliver a room-filling surround
experience in nearly any location in almost any type of room
Self-Powered SurroundBar: The self-powered surroundbar
features two 2.5"" full-range composite cone
drivers powered by a built-in 160 watt amplifier. The
speaker itself is lightweight in part because of the neodymium
magnet structures in the drivers. The surroundbar features a black plastic
bass-reflex enclosure with two rear-firing ports and a non-removable metal grille. The surroundbar can be placed on a
tabletop or wall-mounted. It provides analog and digital audio connections to
your television. The surroundbar requires AC power.
Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The wireless powered subwoofer features a
down-firing 6.5" woofer in a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with a down-firing
The 6.5" woofer is powered by a built-in 120 watt amplifier. The wireless powered
subwoofer receives it audio signal wirelessly from the system's surroundbar, so
there is no subwoofer cable to connect. The wireless powered subwoofer requires
Bluetooth Audio w/ aptX: The Polk Audio SurrounBar 5000 IHT features
built-in Bluetooth (A2DP) with aptX audio coding in order to wirelessly deliver
CD-quality sound from your Apple device (iPod/iPhone/iPad), Android
smartphone/tablet, or other compatible device to the soundbar system. You can
pair up to 8 Bluetooth devices with the Surround Bar 5000 IHT (but only one can
be playing at a time). You will continue to control your Bluetooth audio enabled
device from the device itself (no control from the surroundbar or remote).
Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology,
some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or
may not support all features when used with the Polk SurroundBar 5000 IHT.
System Controls: The SurroundBar 5000 IHT offers the following system functions; Power, SurroundBar
Subwoofer Volume, Source Selection, and Mute. You can control these functions
from the SurroundBar's touch-sensitive controls, included remote control, or
your TV's remote control.
- Touch-Sensitive Controls: The touch-sensitive buttons on the
front of the surroundbar offers easy operation of the system.
- Remote Control: The included IR wireless remote control
provides wireless operation of the system.
- Program TV Remote: You can program the SurroundBar 5000 IHT to respond to your TV's remote.
Sync: The Sync button is located on the back-panel of the SurroundBar.
If the wireless subwoofer stops receiving an audio signal from the SurroundBar,
press the Sync button to regain system connection.
Wireless Connection: The
SurroundBar and powered subwoofer communicate with one another wirelessly. The
SurroundBar sends the low-pass audio signal from your TV or connected source to
the powered subwoofer wirelessly over an RF frequency. The SurroundBar
and powered subwoofer come from the factory preset to work together. If the
wireless subwoofer stops receiving an audio signal from the SurroundBar,
there is a sync button on back of the SurroundBar to press to regain system
Analog & Digital Connections: The surroundbar features one optical
digital input and two stereo 3.5mm inputs to connect the system to your
- Analog Connections: The surroundbar is equipped with two analog
3.5mm stereo inputs to connect your television (which may lack an optical
digital output). If your TV is equipped with stereo RCA outputs, a
minijack-to-RCA adapter is provided. The additional 3.5mm stereo input can be
used to connect another audio device, such as your MP3 player.
- Digital Connection: The surroundbar also features an optical
digital input to connect your flat-panel TV with an optical digital output
(optical digital cable included). The surroundbar supports 2-channel PCM &
Dolby Digital through its optical digital input.
Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or
connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to
the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).
Surroundbar Placement: The surroundbar should be centered under or above your
flat-panel TV screen. The lightweight easy-to-mount single speaker can be placed
on a tabletop or wall-mounted. It can sit on a flat surface because of its
integrated rubber feet that enable it to rest
securely. If your TV is wall-mounted, the surroundbar can be mounted right
beneath it using the speaker's integrated keyhole slots (x2) on the
rear-panel. The keyhole slots are spaced 19.75" apart. It is
magnetically shielded for placement on or near any type of video monitor.
Wireless Subwoofer Placement: The powered subwoofer receives its
signal from the surroundbar wirelessly, so it can be placed virtually
anywhere in the room (up to 50' from surroundbar). It only requires plugging
into an AC outlet.
Power Supply: Both the surroundbar and wireless powered subwoofer
require an AC outlet connection using the supplied AC power supply and AC power
Auto Power: When their master power switches are left on,
the amplifiers in both the surroundbar and subwoofer turn on automatically when
the surroundbar receives an audio signal. Both amplifiers turn off after
approximately 15 minutes without an audio signal.