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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6500BT

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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by David Brown
Polk Audio

Sound bar speakers: room-filling sound with less clutter

Add big sound to your TV without a roomful of speakers. Sound bars require minimal space and wiring, and their sleek designs complement today's flat-panel TVs. Most sound bars have their own built-in amplification, so you won't need to use a home theater receiver. Some models use advanced surround processing and carefully aimed speaker drivers to simulate the effects of a full home theater audio system.

Solve your TV's biggest problem

The good news is that you own a gorgeous, flat-panel HDTV. The bad news is that the speakers in that ultra-thin TV are ultra-tiny. So how are you going to get sound as big as your picture? Try the Polk Audio SurroundBar 6500BT. Like your TV, it's incredibly slim. But that space is put to good use, with four 2" full-range drivers powered by built-in amplifiers. Together with the included wireless subwoofer, this system will free your TV's sound by unleashing dialogue, soundtrack music, and sound effects from the limitations of your TV's grossly inadequate built-in speakers.

Home theater, minus the bulky gear

Not only does the SurroundBar 6500BT offer big sound, it also creates a more enveloping sound field. Polk's SDA Surround® and Digital Logic® technologies use digital signal processing that bring out the dynamics, details, and surround effects in movies and TV shows. So while dialogue is crystal clear, other sounds seem to emanate from beyond the physical plane of the SurroundBar. And, naturally, the subwoofer will drive home those low-frequency effects with plenty of bluster, for a true home theater experience that doesn't involve a room full of audio gear.

What about music?

If you ever use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to listen to music, then you're ready to stream music wirelessly to the SurroundBar 6500BT. The "BT" stands for Bluetooth, which means you can send music stored on most portable devices and computers directly to the SurroundBar for easy wireless playback. Plus, if you have an Android™ smartphone that's NFC-compatible, just tap it against the SurroundBar for instant pairing.

Easy to set up, easier to use

Worried that this sound bar and subwoofer combo will be hard to set up? Polk makes it as easy as possible. The SurroundBar's thin design makes it easy to mount on the wall below your TV using the built-in keyhole slots. You can also set it on a TV stand or cabinet. The subwoofer's wireless connection means you can place it almost anywhere in your room — even up to 50 feet away. A single connection from your TV using the included optical digital cable is all you need to start enjoying this system's powerful sound. And though it comes with a remote, the bar is easily programmable to respond to your TV's remote for seamless everyday use.

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Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • ultra-slim profile is ideal for wall-mounting beneath a flat-panel TV
    • four 2" full-range drivers
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
      • aptX® encoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
      • NFC-compatible for one-touch pairing with compatible smartphones
    • proprietary SDA® surround technology creates a spacious sound field for immersive sound
    • Dolby® Digital decoding
    • learns your TV remote's commands for single-remote use
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
    • optical digital audio input (6' cable included)
    • 3.5mm minijack input (miniplug-to-miniplug cable and miniplug-to-RCA adapter included)
    • 35"W x 4"H x 2-1/2"D
    Subwoofer:
    • 7" woofer
    • connects wirelessly to sound bar for easy placement
    • 10-1/4"W x 11"H x 12-3/4"D
    General:
    • total system power: 280 watts
    • system frequency response 40-20,000 Hz
    • remote control included
    • warranty: 1 year (electronics), 3 years (speakers)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Enclosure
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    Bass Reflex
    Pieces in System
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    2
    Color
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    Black
    Tweeter
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    None
    Midrange
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    2" Cone (4)
    Woofer
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    None
    Separate Subwoofer
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    Yes
    Subwoofer Driver
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    7"
    Bluetooth Connectivity
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    Yes
    Wall-mountable
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    Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included
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    No
    Surface Mount Stand Included
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    Feet
    Speaker Parts Warranty
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    3 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty
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    3 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty
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    1 Year
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    1 Year
    Specifications
    System Frequency Response
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    40-20k Hz
    Powered System
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    Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power
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    Not given
    Subwoofer RMS Power
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    Audio Inputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs
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    2
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs
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    None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs
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    1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs
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    HDMI Audio Video Connections
    HDMI Inputs
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    HDMI Outputs
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    Dimensions
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    4H x 35W x 2-1/2D
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    7.6 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches)
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    11H x 10-1/4W x 12-3/4D
    Subwoofer Weight
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    10.6 lbs
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    What's in the box?

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    • Active surroundbar speaker
    • Wireless powered subwoofer
    • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
    • Two 6' AC power cords
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
    • 6' Optical digital cable
    • 69" Stereo minijack cable
    • 8" minijack-to-RCA adapter
    • Owner's Manual
    • Important Notes
    • Online Product Registration

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    Features

    Instant Home Theater (IHT): The Polk Audio SurroundBar 6500BT Instant Home Theater (IHT) is a two-piece home theater system comprised of a single self-powered surroundbar speaker and a wireless powered subwoofer. The system utilizes two Polk technologies - Polk Digital Logic and SDA Surround - to deliver rich, full virtual surround sound to your flat-panel TV; without the need for an AV receiver or rear speakers.

    • Active Surroundbar: The active surroundbar speakers features four 2" dynamic balance/polypropylene full-range drivers powered by a built-in 200 watt (peak) amplifier. The surroundbar's dual tuned-port enclosure design optimizes the realistic blending of midbass drivers with the wireless subwoofer, for more dynamic performance throughout the room.
    • Wireless Power Sub: The wireless powered subwoofer features a down-firing 7" Dynamic Balance woofer with foam surround and down-firing flared J-port in a compact enclosure. The 7" woofer is powered by a built-in 80 watt (peak) amplifier. The powered subwoofer receives it audio signal wirelessly (up to 50') from the system's surroundbar, so there is no subwoofer cable to connect. You can adjust the volume of the sub independently from the surroundbar speaker.

    Surround Technologies: Combining Polk Audio's proprietary SDA Surround technology and Polk Digital Logic digital signal processing, the SurroundBar 6500BT system is able to produce a rich, enveloping listening experience.

    • SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array): Polk's patented Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) 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.
    • Polk Digital Logic: The SurroundBar 6500BT 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 6500BT'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.

    Analog + Digital Connectivity: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 6500BT provides both analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) connectivity for a variety of source components.

    • Digital Connection (Dolby Digital compatible): The surroundbar features a single optical (toslink) digital input to connect your flat-panel TV. The optical input can decode and reproduce Dolby Digital 5.1 program material. The surroundbar's digital input also supports 2-channel PCM. One 6' optical cable is included.
    • Analog Connections: The surroundbar is equipped with two analog stereo minijack (3.5mm) 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 will be required. The additional 3.5mm stereo input can be used to connect another audio device, such as your MP3 player. One 69" stereo minijack cable and one 8" minijack-to-RCA adapter is included.
    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).

    Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Polk Audio SurrounBar 6500BT supports Bluetooth A2DP which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, laptop/computer, etc.. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device to the surroundbar speaker system. You will continue to your Bluetooth-enable mobile device for music navigation and to view song/artist information.

    • aptX Audio Coding Technology: The SurroundBar 6500BT employs AptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible AptX-compatible phones (like some Androids).
    • Simple Pairing: The SurroundBar 6500BT pairs wirelessly and effortlessly with Bluetooth enabled devices (up to 8) with a single press of a button. Bluetooth-enabled devices (like Android) that have Near Field Communication (NFC) are even easier to pair with; simply touch the device to the soundbar speaker and they're paired. Once paired, the SurroundBar6500BT will automatically re-connect to your device when within range (up to 33').

    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 Audio SurrounBar 6500BT.

    Remote Control: The included IR wireless remote control provides wireless operation of the system. You can also program the SurroundBar 6500BT to respond to your TV's remote.

    Mounting Options: The surroundbar speaker 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 24" apart.  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.

    Auto Power: When their master power switches are left on, the amplifiers in both the surroundbar speaker and subwoofer turn on automatically when the surroundbar receives an audio signal. Both amplifiers turn off after approximately 15 minutes without an audio signal.

     
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    5 out of 5

    Sounds Great

    Written By Jason, Charlotte, NC on Saturday, April 26, 2014
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    Sound Bar sounds great, fills the room way more than expected. Very easy to set up.
    Pros:
    Easy to set up, sounds great
    Cons:
    somewhat difficult to hide the wires when mounted to the wall. Needs a bigger gap in the rear to allow wires to move more freely
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    2 out of 5

    Terrible sub

    Written By Rotor head, Ranching Santa Margarita on Sunday, April 13, 2014
     
    Sound from the bar is fine and plenty loud enough.. Problem is with any boost in volume the sub sounds as though it's a busted speaker.. After 2 months I'm sure it's too late to return...
    Pros:
    None
    Cons:
    Sub is junk
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    4 out of 5

    Polk Surroundbar 6500BT

    Written By DTB, Columbia, SC on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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    Overall, very good product. Very well made. Easy to set up and worked very well out of the box. Very good and clear sound quality from soundbar. Not pleased with the Subwoofer - weak bass.
    Pros:
    Quality product. Easy to set up. Excellent sound quality from soundbar.
    Cons:
    Weak bass from subwooder. I was not looking for wall shaking bass, but this subwoofer produces very little bass sound. Sub needs more horsepower, i.e. watts.
    2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    POLK 6500BT Surround Bar

    Written By CLSA, Martinez, CA on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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    Wanted a surround bar for a Sharp tv we purchased. Did not want to go with a 6 speaker set-up like on our main tv. Was limited to 37" max width. Currently own other POLK speakers and have been very happy with them , so I decided to try the 6500BT. Overall very pleased. Easy to install, worked perfectly with our existing remote. Sounds great!
    Pros:
    Quality speaker case that looks very good. Easy set-up and works well with our existing remote. Sounds great!
    Cons:
    None
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    how do you hook up blu ray player with hdmi ports? [ Andre  Apr 27, 2014 ]
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