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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 3000 Instant Home Theater

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer

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Simple, affordable home theater

Polk's SurroundBar 3000 is an easy, low-cost way to enjoy dynamic, three-dimensional home theater sound without the home theater clutter. This slender sound bar perfectly complements flat-panel TVs, and adds oomph to the sound of all your favorite TV shows, movies, and video games. A separate subwoofer adds punchy bass impact to the mix. Plus, the sub's wireless design means it can be placed just about anywhere in your room. Setup is incredibly quick and easy — both the sound bar and subwoofer have built-in amplifiers, so you won't need a receiver.

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Polk technology delivers more dramatic, engrossing sound

The SurroundBar 3000 features Polk Digital Logic™, for more realistic sound that goes far beyond what TV speakers alone can deliver. So, whether you're watching a high-speed car chase on DVD or scoring a touchdown in your favorite sports game, growling engines and screaming fans seem to fill the entire room and immerse you in the action.

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What's in the Box:

  • SurroundBar
  • Wireless powered subwoofer
  • AC power supply (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • Two 6' AC power cords
  • IR wireless remote control (with installed CR2025 3V lithium battery)
  • 6' Optical digital cable
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber pads
  • Contents sheet
  • Remote Instructions
  • "Frequenty Asked Question" sheet
  • Online Product Registration
  • Important Safety Instructions/Warrant sheet

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • 50 watts x 2
    • two 2" x 6" drivers
    • connects to your TV or DVD player through:
      • included optical digital cable (supports PCM only)
      • analog stereo mini-jack (cable not included)
    • Polk Digital Logic™ uses proprietary digital signal processing for more realistic sound
    • keyhole slots and bump-on pads for easy wall mounting
    • 5-foot AC power cord
    • 31"W x 3-13/16"H x 3-1/16"D
    • weight: 4 lbs.
    Wireless subwoofer:
    • 80 watts RMS
    • can be placed anywhere in the room
    • 6-1/2" down-firing woofer
    • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
    • 9-foot AC power cord
    • 10-1/4"W x 9-15/16"H x 11-1/2"D
    • frequency response 40-22,000 Hz
    • credit card-style remote included
    • warranty: 3 years for the speakers, 1 year for electronics
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This sound bar is not compatible with Dolby® Digital signals.

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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter None
    Midrange None
    Woofer Dual 2x6"
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 6.5
    Surround Sound Decoding No
    Dialogue Enhancement ---
    Auto Volume ---
    4K Video Compatible No
    HDR Video Compatible ---
    Audio Return Channel ---
    Remote IR Passthrough No
    Works with TV Remote (IR) ---
    Control by App ---
    Bluetooth Connectivity No
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Surface Mount Stand Included No
    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 50 x 2
    Subwoofer RMS Power 80
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 2
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output 0
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-13/16H x 30-15/16W x 3-1/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 3.5 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 9-15/16H x 10-1/4W x 11-1/2D
    Subwoofer Weight 7.8 lbs

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    System Features
    Mounting Options
    Power Requirements

    System Features

    Instant Home Theater (IHT): The Polk Audio SurroundBar 3000 Instant Home Theater (IHT) is a complete 2.1-channel home theater system comprised of a single self-powered speaker, a wireless powered subwoofer, and an IR remote control. The SurroundBar 3000 IHT utilizes Polk Digital Logic (Polk's Proprietary DSP Technology) to deliver richer, fuller sound (with no rear speakers) to your flat-panel TV from a compact system with no complex hook-up or set-up.

    Polk Digital Logic: The SurroundBar 3000 Instant Home Theater 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 3000 IHT'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.

    Self-Powered SurroundBar: The self-powered surroundbar features two 2" x 6" full-range drivers powered by a built-in 50 watt x 2-channel amplifier. The speaker itself is lightweight in part because of the neodymium magnet structures in the drivers. The surroundbar features a black plastic enclosure with non-removable metal grille. The surroundbar can be placed on a tabletop or wall-mounted. It provides analog and digital audio connections to your television. The surroundbar requires AC power.

    Wireless Powered Subwoofer: The wireless powered subwoofer features a down-firing 6.5" woofer and down-firing port in a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet. The 6.5" woofer is powered by a built-in 80 watt amplifier. The wireless powered subwoofer receives it audio signal wirelessly from the system's surroundbar, so there is no subwoofer cable to connect. The wireless powered subwoofer requires AC power.


    System Controls: The SurroundBar 3000 IHT offers the following system functions - Power, Surroundbar Volume, Subwoofer Volume, Source Selection, and Mute. You can control these functions from the Surroundbar's touch-sensitive controls, included remote control, or your TV's remote control.

    Touch-Sensitive Controls: The touch-sensitive buttons on the front of the surroundbar are easy to use.

    Remote Control: The included IR wireless remote provides wireless operation of the SurroundBar 3000 IHT.

    Programmable TV Remote: You can program the SurroundBar 3000 IHT to respond to your existing TV's remote.

    Channel ID: The channel ID switches on the rear-panel of the surroundbar and subwoofer need to be set to the same channel (1-4).


    Analog & Digital Connections: The surroundbar features one optical digital input and two stereo 3.5mm inputs to connect the system to your flat-panel TV.

    Analog Connections: The surroundbar is equipped with two analog 3.5mm stereo inputs to connect your television (which may lack an optical digital output). If your TV is equipped with stereo RCA outputs, you will need a mini-to-RCA adapter cable. The additional 3.5mm stereo input can be used to connect another audio device, such as your MP3 player.

    Digital Connection: The surroundbar also features an optical digital input to connect your flat-panel TV with an optical digital output (optical digital cable included). The surroundbar only supports 2-channel PCM through its optical digital input (not Dolby Digital).

    Note: If your television does not support 2-channel PCM through its optical digital output, you will need to connect the SurroundBar 3000 IHT using the analog 3.5mm stereo input.

    Mounting Options

    Placement Options: The SurroundBar 3000 Instant Home Theater offers various placement & mounting options for the surroundbar & wireless powered subwoofer.

    Surroundbar Placement: The surroundbar should be centered under or above your 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 attached rubber pads 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.

    Wireless Subwoofer Placement: 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.

    Power Requirements

    Power Supply: Both the surroundbar and wireless powered subwoofer require an AC outlet connection using the supplied AC power supply and AC power cords.

    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.

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    It sounds like an issue between the HDMI inputs and the optical output of the TV. You may want to check the menu on the TV and see if there is an adjustment for audio output. If you purchased the unit from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help walk you through the settings on this unit and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available in the My Orders section of My Account. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center: [ Jeff  Nov 29, 2013 ]  Staff