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Instant Home Theater (IHT): The Polk Audio SurroundBar
9500BT 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),
along with SRS TruSurround HD4 to deliver rich, full virtual surround sound to
your flat-panel TV; without the need for an AV receiver or rear speakers.
- Active Surroundbar w/ Optimized Center Array: The active
surroundbar speakers features three 0.5" dynamic balance/silk dome tweeters
and five 2.5" dynamic balance/convex dome midrange drivers powered by a
built-in 360 watt (peak) amplifier (45W x 8ch). Discrete amplification of
all eight channels with electronic crossovers means each driver is tailored
for better efficiency, lower distortion and better dynamics.
"Optimized Center Array" (OCA) creates a more realistic center channel
experience for greater intelligibility of vocals and mid-range clarity. The
array also creates greater SPL, dynamic range and better off-axis response.
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 8" Dynamic Balance woofer with rubber surround and down-firing
flared J-port in a compact enclosure. The 8" woofer is powered by a built-in
150 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, plus SRS
TruSurround HD4, the SurroundBar 9500BT system is able to produce a rich,
enveloping listening experience.
- Polk Digital Logic: The SurroundBar 9500BT 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 9500BT'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
- Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) Surround: 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.
- SRS TruSurround HD4: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT
also incorporates SRS TruSurround HD4 for a high quality, feature-rich
surround sound experience from its front-facing speaker configuration. The
result is rich bass, high frequency detail, and clear dialogue.
Analog + Digital Connectivity: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT
provides both analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) connectivity for a variety of source components.
- Digital Connection (Dolby Digital/DTS compatible): The
surroundbar features two optical (toslink) digital inputs to connect your
flat-panel TV, Blue-ray player, and/or Satellite/Cable box. Both of the surroundbar's optical inputs can decode and reproduce Dolby Digital 5.1 and
DTS 5.1 program material. The surroundbar's digital inputs also support
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 w/ aptX: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT
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'll be
able to stream and listen to stored music and music apps on your mobile device
through the SurroundBar 9500BT. You can
pair up to 8 Bluetooth devices with the SurroundBar 9500BT (but only one can be
playing at a time). You will continue to control your Bluetooth audio enabled
device and view song/artist information 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 9500BT
Remote Control: The included IR wireless remote control provides
wireless operation of the system. You can also program the SurroundBar 9500BT 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 24.5" 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.