Video: Polk Audio SurroundBar®
Julie Govan is the Brand Manager at Crutchfield, and has been writing about consumer electronics since 1999. Her areas of expertise include home theater, surround sound, digital cameras, and HDTV. In her spare time, she also writes book reviews and fiction. She earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College, and went on to receive a master's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia.
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Ralph Graves is one of Crutchfield's blog editors, and part of the company's social media team. He writes about home audio/video gear, specializing in Apple-related and wireless technologies. Ralph holds a master's degree in music composition, and his works have been released on various labels. He's served as product manager for an independent classical and world music label, produced several recordings, and worked extensively in public broadcasting. Since 1984 he's hosted a weekly classical music program on WTJU, and is also active as a blogger and podcaster.
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In this short video, Crutchfield home theater experts highlight the coolest features of the Polk Audio SurroundBar®.
Julie: Hi, I'm Julie, this is JR, and this is Ralph, and we're here to tell you about the Polk Audio Surround Bar and three things that we like best about it. Now... I like the Polk Audio Surround Bar because it does not have an amplifier built-in, just speakers. And I think that's useful because if you have just upgraded to a new flat-panel TV, but you already have a home theater receiver, you don't need your sound bar to have an amp built in, you just need speakers. And that's actually why I suggested my mom buy one.
JR: Right on. This is basically five separate home theater speakers in one chassis, and, so it's very easy to hook up to a receiver. There's color-coded connections on the back. Polk provides this nice, very long cable with color-coded wires on the inside that connect to the color-coded connectors on the back of most receivers. I mean, it's pretty simple.
Ralph: Yeah. And what I like best about is that, it's a, well, it's Polk Audio. They do a great job of building speakers that can get outstanding audio sound into spaces that are less than ideal. So, if you don't have room for five individual speakers...
Ralph: ...this is an excellent option.
JR: Right on.
Ralph: And that is three things that we like about the Polk Audio Surround Bar.