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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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Overview

Our take on the Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

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.
    General:
    • 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

    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

    Very pleased with this soundbar. Although the speakers on my television provide great sound, I wanted just a little more oomph. Not as particular as some who rate a one star. For the price, it sounds excellent. Maybe I have a tin ear.

    Dave, Folsom, PA

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    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT Reviews

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    (42 Reviews)

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    Dave from Folsom, PA on 12/10/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased with this soundbar. Although the speakers on my television provide great sound, I wanted just a little more oomph. Not as particular as some who rate a one star. For the price, it sounds excellent. Maybe I have a tin ear.

    Pros: Sound quality, ease of set up, price

    Cons: None at present. New purchase.

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    Crutchfield customer from West Palm Beach, FL on 12/6/2018

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    Easy to set up. I cant compare it to other sound bars since this is the only one I have listened to. But I purchased it because of the ratings, that is why I gave it a 5 star.

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    Crutchfield customer from Painesville, OH on 11/18/2018

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    Easy setup/Config...great sound...great price.

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    Perfect for the Patio

    Scott from Riverview, FL on 11/12/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Originally purchased a Klipsch RSB 10 to play music through Bluetooth on my patio (Florida)...had major problems with the Bluetooth and returned it within a day. Customer support was awesome and she recommended the Polk 9500BT instead. I've had it 2 weeks now and have not had a single problem of Bluetooth connectivity, crackling or cutting out. The sound is perfect for outdoors as it has much better sound quality than smaller, portable speakers and there's no need for wires or an amp. I can't speak to how it sounds with a TV, but sounds great with Apple Play and Spitify. Plenty of volume for a large party and enough bass to bother the neighbors! As always, great service from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great sound, easy set-up, great Polk quality, excellent customer service, excellent value

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    Robert from Mullica Hill, NJ on 10/15/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound bar for the price. Fills the whole 17x20' room it's in. Subwoofer produces nice bass.

    Pros: Good price. Good sound

    Cons: None

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    Crutchfield customer from Boone, IA on 9/17/2018

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    great sound

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    Crutchfield customer from Ft Mitchell, KY on 8/31/2018

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    This is from Crutchfield: "A wireless subwoofer produces thunderous bass". That is complete bull. The soundbar is mediocre at best and the subwoofer is nonexistent even when turned all the way up. It's a piece of garbage and it will be returned. No wonder Crutchfield cut the price in half...

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    Crutchfield response on 9/3/2018 We're sorry you're disappointed with your subwoofer. Whenever you are not completely satisfied with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our Customer Support team at 1-800-955-9091. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Polkaudio 9500bt

    Crutchfield customer from Pembina, ND on 8/20/2018

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    Great speaker and great service from Crutchfield

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    Great product. Great price.

    Alan from Wooster, OH on 8/8/2018

    Incredible soundbar for the price. That price is a lot less than any legitimate competitor

    Pros: Excellent sound. Deep base. Easy installation. Simple remote.

    Cons: Could use an LED music and base level indicator.

    Very precise sound, maybe too precise

    Andrew from Charlottesville, VA on 8/2/2018

    Always been a fan of Polk. The components are good looking and feels well made. The hookup was easy. The remote is simple and easy to understand. There is no way to know what setting any of the adjustments are on, just a flashing light to tell you if the speaker is receiving signal from the remote. This makes it difficult to go back to a setting you like between music, movies and TV. With regard to sound the system has the quality of Polk. It's very clear and balanced in most cases. Action TV shows and movies reflect the action well with the sound, it's very crisp and precise and can be played plenty loud without distortion or other issues. The real disappointment is with the sub. The system has an 8" sub, which should generate plenty of low-end sound. However it bottoms out at 45hz and it's noticeable, particularly in music. Compared to my old PWS10 it has no bottom. It has nice precision and pop in classic rock, metal or country, but it completely fails on elecronic, pop or rap where the soundtrack carries long, low rumbles or extremely low beats. The bass just falls apart. I gave it a three because it really can't do everything in your living room. It's great for movies and TV, but it shouldn't even come with bluetooth since it really doesn't have much depth with regard to playing music.

    Pros: Accurate sound reproduction in movies and TV. Easy to set up. Attractive.

    Cons: Lack of true low-end bass makes it a one trick pony. No feedback on settings changes.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

    Crutchfield customer from Prior Lake, MN on 5/14/2018

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    Very pleased with sound bar and wolfer

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    Absolute junk!

    Jim from Bakersfield, CA on 5/7/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this for my 85 year old Mom and Dad. I wanted something simple for them. This is AWFUL!!! I couldn't have been more disappointed. Sound quality is not good and the sub-woofer will not connect and the remote is useless... Absolute JUNK!!! I really want a refund. The problem is they live in Kansas and I in California.

    Pros: None

    Cons: I just mentioned above.

    Crutchfield response on 5/9/2018 Once we saw this review, our Customer Support rep, Tylaher, reached out to Jim to set up a return. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

    luke from Chicago, IL on 5/4/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Shortly after having this set up, the Bluetooth sub no longer connects to the sound bar. Have reached out to Polk support. Polk tech support is average at best

    Pros: Bar gives good sound. even in a big room. Crutchfield always delivers on their support

    Cons: Bluetooth sub quickly stopped working with the soundbar.

    Great Sound

    Kenley from Pelham, GA on 4/30/2018

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    Awesome sound. Small sub packs a mighty punch. Highly recommend

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    Crutchfield customer from Alabaster, AL on 4/26/2018

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    Love the SurroundBar. I have owned 4 others and this is bar far the best. Easy to install and set-up. Fantastic to listen to. Would buy this again in a minute.

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    Not Impressed

    Mike from Rincon, GA on 4/25/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love Polk Audio but not too impressed with this sound bar. Vocals lack depth and bass is weak. Replaced a Vizio sound bar with this unit expecting richer tones and greater depth.

    Pros: On sale.

    Cons: Lacks richness, depth.

    Great sound bar!!!

    Mike from Oakland Park, FL on 4/15/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is an excellent sound bar, great surround sound and an excellent blue tooth sub woofer. Very easy to set up as well. I checked prices everywhere and Crutchfield was by far the best! They also have excellent customer service

    Pros: Sound Easy to set up Great price Excellent customer service

    Cons: None

    Movie Majic

    Crutchfield customer from Canton, GA on 3/26/2018

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    Brings movies alive.

    Pros: Just what I wanted.

    Cons: I had to parallel a RCA plug from the inside Polk subwoffer speker terminals and mount it on the back in order to pick up a signal for my Kripsch.Powered subwoffer. Amazing results though.

    Perfect choice

    Tim from Houston, TX on 3/11/2018

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    This was the perfect choice for our TV room. Great sound for tv viewing and sounds great when streaming music. Setup was easy and flawless.

    Pros: Sound, Setup

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    Crutchfield customer from Colorado Spgs, CO on 3/6/2018

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    Easy to install and great sound! Order was seamless and the company communicated well regarding deliveries.

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    Crutchfield customer from Flagler Beach, FL on 2/21/2018

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    Works as was presented. Easy hook up and operation. Still working to get it to work with cable remote but overall very good. No issues with sub.

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    Chris from Ithaca, MI on 2/18/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had planned to match my new 55" OLED TV from Crutchfield with better sound from a soundbar. TV sound can't compete with this Polk 9500 BT. Easy plug & play setup. Synced easily with the subwoofer. Dialogue is superb. Has been wonderful to watch & hear the Olympics coverage. Agree with other reviewers that a sound level indicator be added to the bar.

    Pros: Easy setup. 50% off. Great sound for the price. Streamed music is superb.

    Cons: No volume control indicator. Find a way to ship using fewer materials. The box was huge, but luckily was mostly recyclable.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

    Crutchfield customer from Mansfield, TX on 2/14/2018

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    Nice sound, does exactly what it says it will. Easy setup. Very cordial and helpful support, always.

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    Crutchfield customer from Enfield, CT on 2/12/2018

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    Easy to hook up. Has watched 2 movies and the sound is excellent, I wish that there is a volume indicator on the sound bar. However, it doesn't bother me because the system put out great sound and Crutchfield price was excellent.

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    Best bang for buck

    Ben from Eastford, CT on 2/11/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My old polk surroundbar wouldn't connect to the sub anymore so I decided to upgrade to the 9500BT and couldn't be more pleased. My old sub was just a 6 1/2 and it was nice, but this new 8 inch is way better. The sound bar itself is phenomenal, and at half price you can't go wrong.

    Pros: Awesome sound, ease of setup

    Cons: No equilizer controls on the sound bar or the sub

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    Crutchfield customer from TX on 2/10/2018

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    The positives.... Great sound!!! Easy setup of of remote... sub sync automatically... sound is typical Polk... great range and punch for a self powered soundbar woofer combination... quality build is good and weight is up there... And from my perspective the negatives... my application is a shelf mount... with the fiber jumper in place, the bar cannot rest it on a shelf...??... I had to place my soundbar upside down to clear the jumper.. really??... why not provide the correct 90 degree fiber jumper for this application??? it could be used for both wall and shelf mounting... also, my DTV remote has an off button and a on button... the sound bar power button setup will only record off... or on... not both... pain in the butt when I turn the Sony off and the sound bar stays on.... my Pioneer soundbar in the bedroom works with both buttons by the way.... also, an auto off feature would be modern day too....maybe Im just being too picky... but the fiber jumper issue is a big one (unless Im doing something wrong)... Thanks for reading... KS

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    Crutchfield response on 2/12/2018 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to this customer to help him further. We'll either help him get this mounted the way he wants, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.

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    vincent from San Bernardino, CA on 2/9/2018

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    The sound was horrible, the bass was very weak, the sound bar didn't sound clear as if it had to much bass or mid range sound . I think it was defective because my polk sound bar 6000 sounds way better than this one , my 6000 will shake my living room . the 95000 bt was not even close. I tried new cables, moved it to different areas of the room and could not get the sound I m sure it could have put out if it was not defective ,so i think it bad . I was very disappointed so I sent it back.

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    Sub does not stay connected

    Jay from Marietta, GA on 2/2/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The sub constantly disconnects and reconnects while watching TV, movies or listening to music. It makes for a very bad experience.

    Pros: Have not found any yet.

    Cons: The sub constantly disconnects and reconnects while watching TV, movies or listening to music. It makes for a very bad experience.

    Perfect for space limited rooms!

    Doug from Charles Town, WV on 2/2/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Rich, deep, sound. The blue tooth, powered sub-woofer provides thumping bass at all the right times. The 1/2 off price from Crutchfield was the biggest incentive to purchase the Polk system, and I can't be happier! I mounted the soundbar below my 55" Samsung via another vendors installation kit. The TV is mounted on a tilting wall mount so when the TV is moved the soundbar moves with the TV. So the 'sweet spot' moves with it. Voices comes across very clearly. Even when there's a lot of LOUD action the dialog isn't lost. I couldn't say that about my Bose.

    Pros: Rich sound, deep bass from the sub, super easy installation. Great sound without weighing a ton. Fast shipping and low price from Crutchfield.

    Cons: None

    Movie and TV dialog champ

    Crutchfield customer from Eldridge, IA on 1/30/2018

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    Dialog tops my other sound bars (Klipsch) The bottom isn't as strong as the Klipsch. I would say I prefer the Klipsch for music capabilities however the Polk out performs in Movie/TV arena. Size and looks are appealing. The train the remote feature was interesting but nice with the new Dish remotes with limited aux devices set up.

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    Brian from Plainfield, VT on 1/27/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We love! it It sounds awesome ! Thank you to the staff at crutchfield for answer are question about the product it help a lot.

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    Best soundbar hands down !

    Scott from Cabot, AR on 1/24/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was skeptical about a soundbar. So i was careful when investing in one. I personally am klipsch fan. Crutchfield had this for half price which made me spring for it. This sounbar is amazing I dont watch movies bought it for music. THis polk sounds better than denon /klipsch full surround system that its replacing. You will be amazed of the things you have been missing in your sound. It is worth full price so if you can get it now for half do it !

    Pros: Sound quality. THe sub matched perfectly to the bar itself. Simple connection.

    Cons: no volume display. Cannot use standard size optical cable when using it placed on a shelf there is not enough clearance for the cable connection. the inputs are underneath the bar not behind it.

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    Crutchfield customer from Buda, TX on 1/23/2018

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    Sound is great, especially with movies

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    Crutchfield customer from Fallbrook, CA on 1/21/2018

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    I already have one which has been fantastic. However, when we decided to turn our spare room over the 4 car garage into recreational space, we purchased a 65" 4k tv and a second Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT because of our experience with the first one. We have been very very happy with its performance.

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    Paul from Mountain Top, PA on 1/21/2018

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome sound, deep bass, easy hook up and unbeatable price. I highly recommend this sound bar. I was looking for a sound bar for the family room/man cave area because we watch a lot of movies and sports, and the TV's speakers were lacking. I jumped on this bar when it went on sale and could not be happier.

    Pros: Price, sound, ease of hook up, high quality addition to main TV in family room.

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    GOL POLK?

    BUNZ from Michigan on 1/20/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had not heard of this polk system. Only the regular, sony, vizio, bose, lg, etc. I was just about to purchase one of those top brand sound bar systems when a young worker showed me the polk 9500bt system! The sound was powerful! I went online and discovered, "Crutchfield", where i purchased my system. The polk 9500 system is simply amaxing! I wanted this big theater sound in my home and now i have it! My floors shook from the power of this clear sounding system! I am also pleased with the discounted price i paid for it, as well! Thank you Crutchfield! I will always look for fine products from your company at a discounted price!

    Pros: One of the best sound systems around for the price!

    Cons: It would help if polk had a visual volume control. You cant see what level your volume or subwoofer is on. However, the blue lights flash to let you know, something is going on. Other than that, get the system!

    Polk Soundbar

    Dennis from Virginia on 12/30/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Looked at a lot of different brands, most of them costing much more. I needed to downsize my av system, had $9500 in a 5.1 system my wife hated. At normal volume this Polk bar is a nice replacement. You gotta remember what it is and my other system will stomp it when cranked. Overall I'm very happy with it. If your looking for a bar this one may be what your looking for.

    Pros: Easy to set up, sounds great.

    Cons: Would like numeric display for volume, and a crossover adjustment. Couldn't get it to pair up with my Samsung 4k remote.

    Great value!

    Great value from Kentucky on 11/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had three other sound bars - two cost almost twice the price of the Polk 9500. The Polk bested them all in terms of ease of set-up and sound quality. The surround effects are amazing!

    Pros: Cost Sound quality Ease of set-up

    Cons: None

    Legendary Polk Sound

    BIGT from Louisville, Ohio on 3/11/2014

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    This is my first soundbar! I have been listening to my TV's thru my surround system but now living in a duplex and my living room is not layed out right to have speakers all over the place! I looked at quite a few soundbars and decided on the polk 9500BT! Hooking up the soundbar was simple and fast (it took longer to unpack it from the box than it did to hook up)! If you are looking for a true surround sound then don't buy a soundbar! But if you just want better sound than your tv speakers can give then you can't go wrong here! I am pleased with the sound, the bass is as good as my powered subwoofer, and it can really make your neighbors mad! I would have given it a 5 star rating but the one thing lacking is you can't control the level of each driver! Which is helpful at nighttime! You can control the level of the subwoofer though! I can turn the volume down and still hear the dialogue! This sounbar is built good and should last many years!

    Pros: Bluetooth technology, Plenty of punch from the subwoofer, great sound!

    Cons: Can't adjust the level of the drivers, Also the soundbar blocks the signal from my tv remote so I have to stand up to turn my tv on and off now (which is no real big deal!

    Polk Audio 9500BT

    Jeff J. from Yadkinville, NC on 3/5/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well it sounds great, I placed it in my 20' x20' living room and it fills this room with quality sound. I have experienced some skipping playing music through the Bluetooth absolutely can't leave the room with mobile device, just won't pick up. If I could ask for an upgrade to this unit it would be a meter so you know where you are on the decibel level.

    Pros: Quality sound, lots of power, place the woofer in a corner.

    Cons: No sound level meter, Bluetooth is fine as long as your within 20 feet.

    Polk Nailed it

    Duane from Ellijay ga on 2/26/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fixed an ongoing second rate sound from an expensive TV.

    Pros: sound is very close to a five speaker system costing twice as much. replaced a Samsung sound bar which was almost a waste of time and money.

    Cons: cost is a bit over the top. Had to get it through my head the issue was not to compare it to other sound bars and their cost but to a full audio system. then I felt a little better

    Polk 9500 soundbar

    Crutchfield customer from San Antonio on 12/30/2013

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    This is a great soundbar. You can't beat it fort the price. I have $3000 invested in my system in my great room. This soundbar in the bedroom sounds so good it is difficult to justify spending so much on my main system. For less rhan $1000 you get a 10 inch down firing sub and a great 5.1 system. And my wife loves it because tidies to take up a lot of space.

    Pros: Great sound and great sub. Powerful sound for a small room like a bedroom.

    Cons: Not enough connections and no hdmi.

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    Features and Specs

    General
    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
    Features
    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
    Specifications
    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
    Dimensions
    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

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    Features

    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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    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 ]
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    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 ]
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    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 ]

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    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 ]
    Yes [ Mickel  Oct 26, 2018 ]
    Yes [ 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 ]
    @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: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ 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 ]
    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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