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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

Item # 107SB95BT

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About the Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

Discover the difference the SurroundBar can make

Perhaps you think your flat-panel TV's sound really isn't that bad. If so, you've probably never heard a powerful sound bar like the Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT. It will blow the doors off your TV's sound, with 8 drivers powered by built-in amplifiers for huge, dynamic sound with lots of detail. Yet the bar is just over two inches deep, making it the perfect complement for your TV. A wireless subwoofer produces thunderous bass to give movies and TV shows depth and realism for a much more engaging experience than your TV's speakers could ever deliver.

Discover the difference the SurroundBar can make

Perhaps you think your flat-panel TV's sound really isn't that bad. If so, you've probably never heard a powerful sound bar like the Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT. It will blow the doors off your TV's sound, with 8 drivers powered by built-in amplifiers for huge, dynamic sound with lots of detail. Yet the bar is just over two inches deep, making it the perfect complement for your TV. A wireless subwoofer produces thunderous bass to give movies and TV shows depth and realism for a much more engaging experience than your TV's speakers could ever deliver.

Wraparound sound, clear dialogue, and cool effects

Not only does the SurroundBar 9500BT 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. Plus, the 9500BT also features Polk Audio's Wavefront Reconstruction Center, which creates a more realistic "center channel" effect to elevate dialogue level and clarity. While dialogue is crystal clear coming at you directly from the center, 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 9500BT. 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.

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.


Product highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • ultra-slim profile is ideal for wall-mounting beneath a flat-panel TV
    • three 1/2" silk dome tweeters; five 2-1/2" midrange drivers
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from compatible smartphones, tablets, and computers
      • aptX® encoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
    • proprietary SDA® surround technology creates a spacious sound field for immersive sound
    • Wavefront Reconstruction Center creates a realistic center-channel listening experience for clearer dialogue
    • Dolby Digital® and DTS® decoding
    • keyhole slots for wall-mounting
    • 2 optical digital audio inputs (6' cable included)
    • two 3.5mm minijack inputs (miniplug-to-miniplug cable and miniplug-to-RCA adapter included)
    • 44-3/4"W x 3-15/16"H x 2-11/16"D
    • weight: 8 lbs.
    Powered subwoofer:
    • 8" woofer
    • 150-watt built-in amplifier
    • connects wirelessly to sound bar for easy placement
    • 12"W x 13-1/2"H x 15-1/16"D
    • weight: 18.2 lbs.
    • total system power: 510 watts
    • system frequency response 45-22,000 Hz
    • remote control included
    • warranty: 1 year (electronics), 3 years (speakers)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # AM9500-A

    What's in the box:

    • 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 & specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter 0.5" Dome (3)
    Midrange 2.5" Convex Dome (5)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 8" Cone
    Surround Sound Decoding 5.1
    Dolby Atmos No
    DTS:X No
    Dialogue Enhancement Yes
    Auto Volume No
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible No
    Audio Return Channel No
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) Yes
    Voice Control No
    Apple AirPlay N
    Control by App N
    Bluetooth Connectivity Yes
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Surface Mount Stand Included Feet
    Speaker Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    System Frequency Response 45-22k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
    Subwoofer RMS Power Not given
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 2
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-15/16H x 44-3/4W x 2-11/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 13-1/2H x 12W x 15-1/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 18.2 lbs

    Product Research


    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 sound.
    • 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 (not compatible with DirecTV remote controls). Many newer TVs are coming with RF remotes and don't offer IR functionality. In this case, you would not be able to program the soundbar and TV remote to work together.

    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.

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    Customer Q&A

    Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
    great discount, like polk [ T  Jul 18, 2019 ]
    Discount and simplicity. Not a lot of bells and whistles. [ Ted  May 25, 2019 ]
    Price break and brand name! [ Douglas  May 21, 2019 ]
    Good specs, positive reviews, recommended by rep. [ NOAH  May 16, 2019 ]
    For a family room [ Gary  Mar 04, 2019 ]
    I am a huge fan of Polk Audio and have had speakers in past home systems. The pricing on this soundbar was incredible too! [ Timothy  Feb 19, 2019 ]
    Heavily discounted coupled with the additional scratch and dent discount. I appreciate great sound, and was looking for some mid-level quality in the bottom price range due to steep discount. [ Jorge  Feb 13, 2019 ]
    Already own on Polk Audio subwoofer that I'm happy with, stick with what works. [ EG  Jan 10, 2019 ]
    The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT has excellent reviews and when looking at the Specs, I was impressed with what the product offers. [ Eduardo  Jan 01, 2019 ]
    Nice style and have had Polk Audio equipment for years. Great quality and sound. [ CLIFFORD E  Dec 18, 2018 ]
    Polk quality and reviews [ John  Dec 13, 2018 ]
    Price was right for this soundbar. Hoped it would have Dolby Atmos but it did not. [ STEVEN  Dec 12, 2018 ]
    Fantastic deal on a fantastic speaker! Looking for something that could provide a little better surround qualities than most plain soundbars [ Michael  Dec 09, 2018 ]
    Value [ POOYA  Nov 24, 2018 ]
    Quality [ Michelle  Nov 19, 2018 ]
    Wanting to upgrade my current Polk audio sound bar [ Daniel  Nov 15, 2018 ]
    I'm looking for a better soundbar than my current Samsung. I am hoping the quality of the Polk 9500BT is much better than the Samsung. Excellent assistance also from Cole. [ Thomas  Nov 09, 2018 ]
    Reputation of polk and great advice from ziggy [ Mark  Jun 20, 2018 ]
    Excellent brand and powerfull! [ wilfredo  Jun 05, 2018 ]
    Donebegotoneitsoundgood [ STEVE  May 27, 2018 ]
    Larry and Archer helped me choose this product. I don't know how Al (never talked with him) got connected to this order, but not a big deal--just want to point the credit in the right direction, at the right people. [ Phillip W.  May 25, 2018 ]
    I work for Dish Network as a Technician and we provide Polk products and became familiar with the brand. Any time I get a chance to snag a deal on a Polk products I don't hesitate. [ W  May 22, 2018 ]
    reviews were great and price is 50% of that on Amazon and Best Buy [ George  Apr 21, 2018 ]
    Always enjoyed Polk systems. Need new system. [ MICHAEL B  Mar 30, 2018 ]
    Sale item [ FRANK A  Mar 25, 2018 ]
    Wanted an upgrade and the price is right. [ steve  Mar 23, 2018 ]
    previous excellent experience with polk products [ M  Mar 07, 2018 ]
    Huge Polk Audio fan! Even bigger Crutchfield fan; my first purchase was a Craig AM/FM Eight Track in 1979. It's been a great ride thru the years. More to follow...... [ STEVE  Mar 05, 2018 ]
    Price and features [ TIMOTHY  Feb 26, 2018 ]
    Product reviews, my previous Polk experience, great price and Crutchfield!!! You guys always surprise me!!! Thanks!! [ Ken  Feb 06, 2018 ]
    Decent review and quality price. [ Chinh  Jan 30, 2018 ]
    Great savings and adviser said it is very close to Bose. We will see. [ Matthew  Jan 09, 2018 ]
    Great price, and good reviews. Hope I'm not disappointed. ?? [ Wayne  Jan 08, 2018 ]
    Good review and great price. Can't afford Atmos yet. [ Aaron  Jan 01, 2018 ]
    Over the past 3 years our friends have had the Polk soundbar 5000 that has an amazing sound. We have been saving and awaiting for it to go on sale. To Not find the Polk Audio soundbar 5000 on black Friday , cyber Monday or even available With some homework and help from Crutchfield alert system. Along with Crutchfield's awesome chat service that verified our homework of the replacement unit was the 9500BT We are very happy to of had this service provided by Crutchfield for our purchase [ Brian  Dec 31, 2017 ]
    Awesome sales price! Great features. And recommended by staff. [ Frances  Dec 16, 2017 ]

    5 questions already asked

    Which polk soundbar does dish TV use for their in home demonstration ?
    [ Michael  Aug 03, 2019 ]
    1 answer
    Un fortunately I do not have dish, so I can not help you with that question.
    [ Benjamin  Aug 04, 2019 ]
    How do you pair up the subwoofer to the speaker bar?
    [ Larry  Mar 29, 2019 ]
    4 answers
    All we did was , turn on the main speaker , played music thru the DVD player , had the sub power on , adjust the sound level by the remote
    [ Frances  Mar 29, 2019 ]
    Its basically turning them on in a certain order. When ever my subwoofer gets unplugged it automatically connects to the sound bar with no effort from me
    [ Nicholas  Mar 29, 2019 ]
    From the factory it should automatically be paired up when the sub woofer is turned on. If not, there is a factory reset on the sub woofer. You will have to turn pairing mode on with the sound bar to pair up again.
    [ Cork  Mar 29, 2019 ]
    It should do it automatically.
    [ Glyn  Mar 29, 2019 ]
    Has bluetooth?
    [ Giovanny  Oct 23, 2018 ]
    8 answers
    Hi . I don't know , was for gift.
    [ Wilmer  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Yes has Bluetooth, I use it with my iPhone all the team and my Alexa.
    [ ROBERT  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Yes it has Bluetooth
    [ Thomas  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    [ Mickel  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    [ Jay  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Yes but disconnects often and terrible range.
    [ CHAD  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Yes it does
    [ Nicholas  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Yes it does
    [ Cork  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Is this a good sound bar for gaming? I'm also going to be using it for music and I don't want to get something too expensive,
    [ Kyle  Jan 15, 2018 ]
    3 answers
    @Kyle P I've been using the Polk 9500BT for a couple of weeks now. Here's my feedback... 1. The cost from Crutchfield. Nearly 1/2 the price of major sellers like Amazon Prime. 2. The Blue Tooth Sub. We have it located behind our couch, and you can really feel it! Especially in action movies, or gaming. 3. The sound from this product is .... amazing! Polk isn't kidding about the center channel. Wow! 4. The sound bar's weight. 8 pounds. I'm going to use this mount so I can locate it below my tilting TV mount. Mounting Dream MD5420 Sound Bar Bracket Universal Sound Bar TV Mount for Mounting Above or Under TV Fits Most of Sound Bars up to 22 LBS, with Detachable Long and Short Extension Plates 5. Lastly this SB is basically plug and play. My only complaint is the battery was dead in the remote, but a 2025 battery is common. Same one I use in my garage remotes.. No sweat as I always have spares. I give it 5 stars out of 5. Hope this helps , Doug
    [ Wayne  Jan 19, 2018 ]
    The Polk is an excellent powered sound bar for all your different sources (including gaming, yes). It offers robust performance and wide frequency response so it will be a significant upgrade over using your TV's built-in speakers. I hope that helps My bio:
    [ Ryan  Jan 19, 2018 ]  Staff
    I wish I could answer your question, but I am not a gamer. I can tell you though, I received one unit for Christmas in 2016 and decided to buy a second this month for a new 65" tv we purchased for a game room. I have been very pleased with both.
    [ Jeffrey  Jan 17, 2018 ]
    can i use this Polk soundbar system if I do not have a 4k tv? I have an HD samsung tv.
    [ Kyle  Jan 14, 2018 ]
    2 answers
    Yes, its just an optical cable from the TV to the soundbar
    [ Mickel  Jan 14, 2018 ]
    Yes you can, I'm using mine on my Samsung led non 4k tv.
    [ Nicholas  Jan 14, 2018 ]

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