The Polk SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater gives you a simple, clutter-free way to enjoy dynamic, three-dimensional sound with all your favorite TV shows, movies, and video games. The system includes a slender sound bar that connects to your television with just one cable, plus a separate subwoofer for punchy bass impact. The powered sub can be placed anywhere in your room, and it makes a convenient wireless connection to the sound bar — no cables to run across your floor. The SurroundBar SDA has built-in amplification, so you won't need a receiver. It also learns the volume and mute commands of your existing remote control.

Polk's exclusive SDA™ (Stereo Dimensional Array) technology helps this sound bar create a fuller, broader soundstage than your TV's built-in speakers can deliver. Its SDA drivers steer audio signals with precision, successfully locking in detailed dialogue at the front of the room while producing convincing ambient effects that expand to both sides of the room. So, whether you're watching a thrilling car chase on DVD or carving through the curves on your favorite driving game, growling engines and screeching tires seem to fill the entire room and immerse you in the action.

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • 35 watts x 2
    • two 1/2" dome tweeters
    • two 2-1/2" midrange drivers
    • two 2-1/2" SDA woofers
    • one cable connects the sound bar to your TV, DVD player, or any source with a line-level stereo output
    • SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array) technology delivers expansive sound from just one speaker
    • video-shielded (prevents interference with tube TVs and computer monitors)
    • two included cradles tilt the sound bar for aiming it toward your listening space
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
    • 5-foot AC power cord
    • 31-3/4"W x 4"H x 4-9/16"D
    • weight: 8.7 lbs.
    Wireless subwoofer:
    • 60 watts RMS
    • can be placed anywhere in the room
    • 6-1/2" down-firing woofer
    • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
    • 9-foot AC power cord
    • 10"W x 10"H x 11-15/16"D
    • frequency response 40-22,000 Hz (-3dB)
    • credit card-style learning remote included
    • warranty: 3 years for the speakers, 1 year for electronics
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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.

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    Polk Audio SurroundBar® SDA® Instant Home Theater

    Written By Al R., Pittsboro, NC on Monday, February 21, 2011

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    Truly an enhancing audio experience. Had no problem programming my remote to
    adjust the volume. Easy setup. Only drawback is there is no Optical/Digital Audio input.

    analog versus digital

    Written By John, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, February 20, 2011

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    The product has great sound and I like the wireless subwoofer, but I have no choice but to send it back because it only has analog audio plugs, and my TV only has digital. Most of the other brands are too big, or need the subwoofer to be visible for the IR or they are wired subwoofers, so I guess we will have to do without surround sound. Disappointing. :-(

    Polk Sound Bar

    Written By patiodad, corcoran, CA on Saturday, February 05, 2011

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    Turned out to be a great unit. Read reviews and decided to try it.... was not
    disappointed at all. Support above and beyond what I'd expected. Of course, not
    surround sound, but definitely an improvement over the tv speakers. Easy to
    connect, great looks and great quality.

    A few quirks

    Written By Rich D, Easton, PA on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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    Soundbar does not turn on immediately with TV. It can take up to 30 seconds for it to
    start. Also, it will turn off during low volume segments (very annoying). Otherwise, the
    sound is very good and suprisingly the bass is pretty good as well

    Decent Sound Upgrade for a Small TV

    Written By Roboconk, Port Orange, FL on Saturday, October 09, 2010

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    I purchased this sound bar to upgrade the mediocre quality of sound output from a recently purchased 26" Samsung TV, a secondary TV in the household for the bedroom. It has served the purpose of providing a moderate improvement to the sound quality. However, do not be misled by claims that it will provide a reasonable substitute for Surround Sound. Perhaps those with "golden ears" may perceive such a phenomenon, but to this listener only a 5.1 speaker system deserves the title of a surround-sound system.

    Several minor points: After a week of attempted configuration, the TV remote still will not control the volume of the Sound Bar. Also, although the power on/off button of the TV remote will handle the TV and the sound bar, the subwoofer power has to be switched manually.

    Perfect for the job

    Written By AndrewC, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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    My problem had been getting decent sound out of my TV and Blu-ray player without
    resorting to major surgery to install a full surround system: I am extremely tight on space.
    The SurroundBar SDA solves this problem and was easy to set up; no changes were
    needed to the default wireless channel used by the sub-woofer & all works well with my
    Samsung Blu-ray's wireless.

    It took a little while to tweak the bass level to my preferences but, once that was done, the
    difference was huge, a big improvement over the TV's built in speakers, which were not
    too shabby to start with. Dialog is now clear and because of the crispness of the sound I
    am, if anything, running the volume levels a little LOWER than I had been using the TV's

    Recommended if you are looking for better sound but are not in a position to step up for
    a full receiver/home theater.

    Interferes with WIFI

    Written By txag1989, Dallas, TX on Saturday, June 19, 2010

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    Works great when watching TV or DVDs. However, I have to turn the speaker and sub off to watch streaming movies or to use the wireless network while in this room. I tried all four channels and found one that allows me to use the wireless network on my laptop for basic internet access, but I still can't stream movies through my PS3/Netflix unless I turn the speaker and sub off. I do have a relatively weak signal in this room, so you might not have as big an issue if you have a better signal. Although, based on an earlier reviewer, it could be even worse if your router is closer. I would rate it a 4 or 5 if it weren't for the WIFI issue.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA

    Written By Ron, Arnold, MD on Tuesday, June 01, 2010

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    Incredibly easy setup and great sound. Remote learning took just a couple of minutes to learn and everything operates simply and easily using the cable box remote. Using this in our master bedroom, so no wires, elegant looks and flexible from regular TV to Blu-Ray DVDs.

    wireless network interference

    Written By Jerry, Weems, VA on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    I had just installed a Blu-Ray player with a wireless connection to my router, which worked perfectly. After installing the SDA Instant Home Theater, the network was disrupted and totally unreliable. It slowed to a crawl and often lost connection altogether. Turning the SDA off did not solve the problem - it has to be unplugged for the network to work. Don't try this device if you have or are thinking about a wireless network!

    So far so good

    Written By Matthew, Stratford, CT on Sunday, February 28, 2010

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    So far so good. Plug and "hear". Took a bit to figure out the volume control via cable
    remote. Directions could be a bit more comphrehensive. but got it, never the less. Very
    pleased with the sound quality compared to TV speakers.

    Does all that I expected

    Written By Richard, Leeds, ME on Sunday, January 17, 2010

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    As one reviewer stated this is not a surround sound unit, but I have a tv area that is small and didn't want that. What I wanted was something to hear the programs on tv (Sony Bravia) that didn't sound like it was coming over the telephone. This combo does the trick.

    Even without the subwoofer, the soundbar is an amazing bunch of speakers. Put your hands over your ears, that's the tv speakers. Take them away and you have a room full of sound with a crispness and clarity that you won't believe. Then add the woofer. Wow. Everytime a truck goes by, my dog gets up to check to see who's come to visit.

    BTW, I'm an ole gezer, haven't got, but definitely need, hearing aids because I work around a lot of power tools and heavy equipment. To listen to the tv when my wife is watching, I use a small pocket amp, which amplifies the high frequencies that I normally have trouble with, and bud earphones. When she's not I can turn the volume way up. Anyway, that's the way it used to be. With this combo of speakers, I sit and watch with her and don't need the pocket amp.

    I don't see how anyone not interested in a surround sound home theater system can go wrong with this and the quality is solid Polk. Boston Acoustics has a cheaper, but similar system, but the reviews are what killed that for me. I'm glad that I spent the extra money.

    Polk Sound Bar SDA

    Written By Bob, Aiken SC on Thursday, January 07, 2010

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    I purchased this product to improve the sound quality without the installation issues that come with a home theater. The sound quality is fairly good but I have had some issues. My first unit had to be returned because it was impossible to program its remote. The second unit was better, but I had to work with Polk technical service to program it. The manual gives an incorrect procedure so they emailed me the correct one. It turns out that it will not accept instructions from my satellite control or from the credit card remote supplied with the unit but it will respond to my TV remote. Finally, I cannot adjust the sound (bass/treble) because my TV won't do that with an external speaker. I'm not impressed.

    Excellent !!!

    Written By Glenvall, Batesville, Arkansas on Friday, December 18, 2009

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    Hey, this set really is simple and very effective. I have a 42" TV in an approximately 16'x32' room. I have the sub behind the listening area. The soundbar gain in set on 1 and the sub is turned up halfway. TV speakers are off. We couldn't be happier. It sounds at least as good as a 5 channel Bose speaker/JVC amp system I gave away. Also cool to connect an mp3 player to it.

    Great Sound for a great price!

    Written By Anonymous, New Orleans, La on Thursday, December 10, 2009

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    This system was a birthday/christmas present for my boyfriend. He had wanted a full surround sound system, but given the layout of our house, it would have been difficult to set the speakers up without the ugly wires all over the place. So i did some research and chose this surround bar as an alternative. I have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of sound coming out of this product. It definitely sounds as close to an actual 5 speaker system as you can get, It was very easy to set up and was up and running in about 10-15 minutes. All of his friends were impressed with the surround sound feel. I would definitely recommend this system, especially if you're looking for a surround sound system without all the messy wires.

    It's very good, but not excellent.

    Written By Rick, Rhode Island on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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    This is a very good product to upgrade a television's internal speakers. The bass is tight and balanced, but it is not room-shaking. Subwoofer placement does matter. I found that by placing it in a corner near the TV works best. The equipment does sound better after several hours' break-in period. I've had several Polk products over the years, and the build quality is always excellent.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® SDA® Instant Home Theater

    Written By Rainy, Klamath Falls, Or on Sunday, September 20, 2009

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    Had the Surroundbar IHT for a week now. Easy to install. Dialogue is clear and the increased soundstage and bass makes for a much improved experience compared to our TV's internal audio. However the surround experience is very limited. Maybe because it is setup in a large open room. So it doesn't replace a true surround system but if you are looking for a quantum improvement over your TV's internal audio I highly recommend this product.

    Very nice but let it break in

    Written By Anonymous, Minneapolis, MN on Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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    The first time I fired this up I was really disappointed. It sounded flat.

    After a few times, it really warmed up. Sounds very good when used in a bedroom. Note that this is not designed to be cranked up loud.

    I have had a few issues with it turning off at low volumes on my TV. That is tweakable and I think I have it figured out now.

    Sound bar perfection

    Written By Tom, San Jose, CA on Saturday, September 12, 2009

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    Received my sound bar yesterday, drama free, and got it connected without a single issue or having to crack a manual. The sound is incredible in my space. The reviewer that said this sub won't rattle your walls must not have the sub turned up, because this little thing is amazing. The sub is physically lightweight, but it adds a serious wallop to movie-watching. If anyone out there is considering a sound bar solution, this is the one to go for. Ease of setup, aesthetics, sound... This thing has it all.

    Fantastic Speaker

    Written By Dr.EinTN, Fayetteville, TN on Monday, August 17, 2009

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    I just ordered and received my soundbar speaker and subwoofer. I installed it this past Thursday August 13, 2009. It installed perfectly and easily as advertised. After a few tweaks including turning my TV's internal volume off and turning the gain on the soundbar up, I can say that the sound is amazing. My BluRay Incredible Hulk movie was awesome. My walls reverberated with amazing sound. It is a beautiful speaker in its simplicity. My one slightly confusing complaint is that I have to frequently set the volume back down manually due to the volume being too high. I may have the gain set too high. I love this product!

    Polk Audio Surround Bar SDA

    Written By David, Aiken, SC on Sunday, August 09, 2009

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    Simply put, it's a keeper! Crutchfield gives you 30 days to "test drive" their products. Buy it and use it for 2 to 3 weeks and then unplug it and turn you TV speakers back on. If you don't hear a significant difference when going back to just your TV's speakers, then return the Surround Bar SDA to Crutchfield.

    Setup is easy. I actually spent more time syncing up the Surround Bar with my DirecTV remote then the time spent setting up the speaker and sub. The top of the Surround Bar has a volume control "up" arrow. I turned that all the way up and then adjusted the volume by the DirecTV remote from that point forward.

    Overall I am pleased with the Surround Bar and the sound it produces. The "sub" works and makes a difference. However, you should not have great expectations from an 8 pound sub. It does what it is suppose to. If you are looking for rich deep floor moving/window rattling sound from the sub, then this not the sub for your needs.

    When buying and using a product two questions always come to mind:

    1) Would you buy it again?
    2) Would you recommend to a friend/coworker?

    The answer to both questions is Yes.

    Excellent Sound Quality

    Written By Jay, Boston, MA on Friday, July 31, 2009

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    Both my wife and I wear hearing aids and often have trouble understanding the dialogues of DVD movies. We hooked up this system to our DVD player and voila! -- we rarely miss a word. Playback now has a clarity that we couldn't get when running through our much larger and more expensive sound system. The unit was so easy to set up that we had it running within 5 minutes. We highly recommend this system.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® SDA® Instant Home Theater

    Written By william, upstate n.y. on Tuesday, April 07, 2009

    This system is a true "plug and play' without any of the hassles of running wires all over. I found the spatial qualities of the speakers to give a good surround sound effect. Ease of setup and operation is excellent. Wireless sub gives a nice boost. That being said, I believe the system is a little pricey
    but overall a good buy.

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    What's in the box?

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    • 2-Channel SurroundBar speaker
    • Wireless subwoofer
    • 9' AC power cord (for sub)
    • 5' AC power cord (for SurroundBar power supply)
    • SurroundBar power supply with 9' DC output cord attached (24 volt/2.7 amp)
    • Remote control
    • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
    • 5' RCA patch cord (stereo)
    • 6" RCA/mini adapter cable (female Stereo RCA on one end and 3.5mm male stereo mini on the other)
    • 2 Mounting cradles
    • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian/ Portuguese)
    • Quick start remote programming guide
    • Note about included remote control
    • Online product registration information
    • Wall mount template
    • Polk Audio brochure

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Acoustic Suspension
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter 0.5" Dome (x2)
    Midrange ---
    Woofer 2.5" Cone (x4)
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6.5" Cone
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity ---
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Surface Mount Stand Included Yes
    Speaker Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    System Frequency Response 40-22k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 35 x 2
    Subwoofer RMS Power 60
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs None
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs None
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs ---
    HDMI Outputs ---
    Subwoofer Output --
    Sound Bar (inches) 4H x 31-3/4W x 4-9/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8.7 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 10-1/16H x 9-15/16W x 12D
    Subwoofer Weight 9.1 lbs

    Product Research

    Overview: The Polk SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater is a great solution for improving your TV's sound quality in situations where you can't, or choose not to, run speaker wires for a multi speaker system. It's a two piece, 2.1-channel system; including the powered SurroundBar with left and right channels built in, and a wireless powered subwoofer.

    Note: While the subwoofer receives its audio signal wirelessly from the SurroundBar, it does have an AC power cord that plugs into the wall.

    Driver Technology
    Controls & Connections
    Mounting Options

    Driver Technology

    SDA Surround technology: 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.

    Enclosure: The SurroundBar features a stylishly curved composite enclosure. The shape of the enclosure breaks up internal standing wave resonance to give you pure, lifelike sound. The down firing subwoofer is in a ported enclosure; the port is also down firing.


    • Tweeters: two 1/2" Silk dome tweeters deliver clear highs and lifelike imaging
    • Midrange: two 2-1/2" composite midrange drivers provide clear, distortion-free midrange, even at high volume levels
    • SDA Drivers: two 2-1/2" composite Dimensional drivers create the wide and deep soundfield
    • Subwoofer: the 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofer has a long throw poly composite cone

    Controls & Connections

    Controls: The SurroundBar has top-mounted controls for power, mute, volume up, volume down, and remote. On the back of the SurroundBar there are switches for master power, gain level, and channel ID (for wireless transmission). There are three controls on the back of the subwoofer; power, volume, and channel ID. The channel ID switches on the SurroundBar and subwoofer need to be set to the same channel (1-4).

    Connections: The audio signal is routed to the SurroundBar via the RCA stereo input. You can get this signal from your TV's audio output, or from your satellite or cable box. The subwoofer receives its signal wirelessly from the SurroundBar.

    Remote Programming: The SurroundBar can be programmed so that codes from an existing remote (TV, cable box, etc) will control the system volume, including the mute command. In the unlikely event that your existing remote isn't recognized, a credit card style remote is included that controls power, volume (+/-), and mute.

    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.

    Mounting Options

    Video Shielded: The SurroundBar is magnetically (video) shielded for safe placement near your TV or computer monitor without causing picture interference. The subwoofer is not magnetically shielded.

    SurroundBar Placement: The SurroundBar has its own feet, so it can sit directly on a shelf. Two cradles are also included, allowing you to tilt the speaker up or down slightly. The cradles add approximately 1-1/2" to the SurroundBar's height. Two keyhole slots allow wall mounting the SurroundBar above or below your TV. A wall mount template is included for proper hole placement.

    Bass Unit Placement Options: The subwoofer receives its signal from the SurroundBar wirelessly, so it can be placed virtually anywhere in the room. It only requires plugging into an AC outlet.

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