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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer

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You'll wonder how you got along without it

It's clear that today's movies, TV shows, and games are richly packed with exciting sound effects and dialogue. What's not so clear is the garble that comes out of a typical TV's built-in speakers. The Polk SurroundBar 6000 is an easy way to get back the audio goodness you might be missing out on. And at just under two inches thick, this stylish speaker is a perfect complement to your flat-panel TV.

In your living room

Great sound made simple

The SurroundBar 6000 reproduces everything from conversation to cannon fire with equal clarity, and the included subwoofer reinforces your movies and music with deep, solid bass. Best of all, setup is a breeze. Just hook up the sound bar to your TV with the included cable, and plug it into the wall for power. Then connect the wireless subwoofer to an AC outlet — and you're done.

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Polk technology delivers engulfing sound

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. Whether it's the squealing wheels of a car chase or the smack of two linemen crunching together, you'll experience engaging sound that pulls you into the on-screen action.

Product Highlights:

    Sound bar:
    • 40 watts x 4 RMS
    • four 2-3/4" drivers
    • connects to your TV or DVD player through:
      • included optical digital cable
      • analog stereo mini-jack (cable not included)
    • proprietary Polk SDA® processing for more realistic sound and a broader soundstage
    • keyhole slots and bump-on pads for easy wall mounting
    • 5-foot AC power cord
    • 35"W x 4"H x 2-1/2"D
    • weight: 5 lbs.
    Wireless subwoofer:
    • 120 watts RMS
    • can be placed anywhere in the room
    • 7" down-firing woofer
    • bass-reflex (ported) enclosure
    • 9-foot AC power cord
    • 10-1/4"W x 11"H x 13-1/4"D

    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
    • 8" minijack-to-RCA adapter (with a male right-angle 3.5mm connector on one end and stereo female RCA connector on other end)
    • 69" Stereo minijack cable (with a right-angle male 3.5mm connector on one end and a male straight 3.5mm connector on other end)
    • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Important Notes
    • Online Product Registration
    • Polk Audio brochure

    Excellent economic system for the price and easy to set-up. Have 2 and quite pleased.

    Flag1, Saddle River, NJ


    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (59 Reviews)

    Excelent for Economic System

    Flag1 from Saddle River, NJ on 8/26/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent economic system for the price and easy to set-up. Have 2 and quite pleased.

    Pros: ease of set-up cost control of subwoofer

    Cons: not rue "theater surround" but close for what it is

    Great Sound

    Tim from Mich on 8/7/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great without all the surround sound wiring and complications.

    Pros: Ease of use.

    Cons: Not theatre sound.

    A very worthwhile addition to my 50 inch TV

    PeterW from Hockessin, DE on 6/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My new Sony Bravia 50 inch TV has OK sound for voice but lacked any musical quality or excitement with Movies and action shows. The Polk Audio SurroundBar 6000 is handsome, worked right out of the box with the optical audio connect and adds the dimension that was lacking. It is not a surround sound system but I like to watch musical presentations and opera. I don't need the soprano to be screeching behind me. I get a broad panorama of sound I find very pleasing for most everything I watch and listen to. I do have a full surround sound system in my basement - my grandchildren love to experience 'Pirates of the Caribbean' with all the cannon fire but most things I watch are not that exciting and the Polk system is entirely adequate.The subwoofer adds a pleasing warmth and excitement when called for. The product arrived in two days, very protectively wrapped and boxed. I am very satisfied with my purchase.

    Pros: Economical and attractive addition to a large TV with a satisfying sound breadth and depth.

    Cons: Don't expect full surround sound.

    Very Good - for what it is

    HH from Washington, DC on 5/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    There are a lot of reviewers who would have this unit be something it is not. It is not the solution to the surround sound needs of a large living room. It will not equal high end multi-speaker systems. What it will do, very nicely, is to give vastly enhanced sound and aural imaging, especially in a smaller room, e.g. bedroom. Think of this as a single purchase solution to enhancing the occasional movie in bed. You dont have to find room for a lot of equipment, either. If you are really hoping for a big movie or game experience - go to the living room where you have a bigger tv and a full stereo system.

    Pros: small easy set up tv remote controls volume separate Sub volume multi-source input

    Cons: Wont fill a large room surround imaging much better than tv, but still limited

    Great Speakers

    JimW from Prospect, ky on 5/20/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The speakers were easy to plug in and play. They only thing I had to use the instructions for was the programming of the remotes for volume control. That easy.

    Pros: Simple to hook up. Easy to use.

    Cons: None

    Excellent upgrade

    TDuke from Cross Plains, TX on 5/13/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This system is a quick and easy way to upgrade any flat panel TV viewing experience. The wireless subwoofer works flawlessly and the sound from the bar parked in front of the set delivers a theater-like surround sound experience. I'm sure you could spend more money and if you have a really discriminating ear you might not appreciate this speaker set up but I just watched "The Avengers" and it was super.

    Pros: Value, easy set-up, enhanced listening experience.

    Cons: None

    Polk Audio Surroundbar

    KG from Farmington, Maine on 5/8/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The soundbar is a great addition to our TV room. It sits in front of the TV, so we had to build a box to raise the TV two inches in order to use the TV's remote control panel located at the bottom of the TV, as well as to provide clearance to view the TV screen. The technician at Crutchfield provided assistance to get the surroundbar to work with our universal remote control. The instructions in the booklet didn't work for our setup so we had to trouble shoot with the tech in order to get the universal remote control to work properly. Things worked out well.

    Pros: Great sound and good price. We appreciated the technical assistance provided by Crutchfield.

    Cons: None.

    Great unit, have setup on turntable

    Drew from Philadelphia, PA on 5/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got a great price so I went with this unit over one of the lower model # and i couldn't be happier, sounds great setup on my turntable, really great bass response

    Pros: Really easy setup, nice to not have the aggravation

    Cons: Finish shows finger prints, but otherwise none

    Absolutely awesome!

    jberish from Sharon, MA on 5/2/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was the absolute perfect option. I'm done with cabinets full of gear, complicated remote switching and miles of cables. This unit gives me stunning sound, simple set up and operation, and all at a reasonable price.


    Cons: None found yet

    Nice for a small room.

    Bob from Pocatello Idaho on 4/24/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like the way it mounts on the wall, I paired it with the Sanus VF2922 wall mount component stand so every thing looks like it.'s part of the wall, a real clean look.

    Pros: Great for a small room.

    Cons: None

    Polk sound system

    TommyC from Newnan, GA on 4/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield shipped the item quickly and efficiently. The sound system was very easy to install. The sound is excellent for the price that we paid.

    Pros: Easy installation. Wonderful sound. Excellent price.

    Cons: Remote is too small.

    SurroundBar 6000

    Kevin from Pittsburgh, PA on 3/28/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This soundbar is a drastic improvement in sound compared to the internal TV speakers. Mounting it on the wall under the TV was simple, but hiding the wires was a little difficult as they exit the bar from the bottom. Setting up my TV remote to control the soundbar was very simple. My previous home theatre set-up consisted of an Onkyo receiver and Polk components, and it was light years better than the soundbar. However, the speakers took up too much space and we needed the room. The soundbar is a great inexpensive way to greatly improve your sound quality.

    Pros: Great sound Easy to mount

    Cons: Difficult to hide wires because they exit from the bottom

    couldn't be happier

    brett from pgh pa on 1/21/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Amazing sound and amazing deal. Saved $ compared to another retailer.

    Pros: The infrared code learn ability took seconds to program the unit to my Comcast remote

    Cons: None yet.

    polk surroundbar 6000

    JimE from los gatos, ca on 1/19/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wonderful sound compared to TV speakers. Fairly easy to set up, However,still unable to program the bar to respond to the TV's remote control .

    Pros: excellent sound reproduction

    Cons: remote control programming will not working . .

    Terrific Deal

    fjs from New Haven, Ct on 1/4/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound; terrific at the price point; no hassle installation. A reasonable method to significantly improve TV sound.

    Pros: Quality; installation.

    Cons: None


    Anonymous from Illinois on 12/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    At first I was disappointed with the sound but when I moved the sub further away from the sound bar the sound became awesome.

    Pros: Easy to connect

    Cons: I was not able to connect my Directv remote. No big deal though.

    easy setup

    thecaptain from denver, co on 12/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great product. simple to install and setup, even the setup to use my existing TV remote worked like a charm. The unit found the sub no problem. sound is so much better than the TV on it's own. The only thing keeping it from being 5 stars is because i am assuming higher-priced systems have better sound quality.

    Pros: easy setup nice sound


    Very good sound bar

    DW from Plainfield, IL on 11/11/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very good sound bar and I wanted to give it 5 stars, but couldn't for two reasons. First, the sound bar operates on a similar frequency as the Direct TV remote. This is a bad thing. When you tap the volume up or down button, the sound bar gets confused and changes sources. This basically mutes the sound bar, so you have to hunt for the Polk remote to change it back. (It should be mentioned that I worked on this issue with both Crutchfield tech support and Polk tech support and both were very helpful. Sadly couldn't be corrected) The second reason I couldn't give this 5 stars is that I have heard the Klipsch SB3 and I didn't think it right to give them both 5 stars as the Klipsch SB3 is definitely better. That being said, The Polk 6000 is very good. Had I not had the issue with Direct TV, I would absolutely kept the Polk. The sound is great. It has a thunderous sub-woofer. Watching movies is very enjoyable with the Polk 6000. You can definitely "feel" the sound. I would not hesitate to recommend this sound bar to anyone.

    Pros: Sound quality, Sub-woofer, easy hook-up, tech support.

    Cons: Direct TV remotes conflict with sound bar

    6000 - Instant Home SPEAKER

    Chris K. from Wheeling, WV on 10/31/2012

    Bought this based on alot of possitive reviews. Hook-up was simple. As for the surround sound, none! Much better sound than my Vizio TV speakers but not impressed for the money....

    Pros: Clear sound, Sub

    Cons: Very pricey for no surround sound.

    Polk Audio S Bar 6000

    Hawaii from Kauai Hawaii on 8/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Got a 55 LG LCD which as everyone knows the speakers on these not the greats...... This Polks sound great!!!!!!!! got the scratch and dent but seems like only the box was scratched and dented...... Speakers clean sub clean no problems here!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hook up a charm I have the original Bose 901 with the walnut cabanets and they are awsome but wanted something more 21st century......Polks rock!!!!!!!!

    Pros: easy hook up, wireless sub...... clean finish the best instructions!!!!!!!!! great remote control transfer!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons: None yet maybe later there might be but now #1 best buy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6000 GOOD,BUT

    HOPEA from LEESBURG FL on 8/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love soundbarsas they give quality when you can not do a 5.1 system. From Crutchfields , I have purchased sumsung hwe450, ,boston tv30 and the zvok zbase 555 and was prepaed to love polk quality- SURPRISE. The bar has some user issues like the optical cable being on the bottom and if the tv console gets jiggled sound stops, butall lights are on. The cable loosens and i thought the bar was bad until all rehooked. The bar needs a display for volume and subwoofer. SOUND is very good, tight lows, midrange and highs with fullness and the bar does not hide alot of the tv screen. The sub is the best of the soundbars including those listed above. Things rumble as exploded and car doors have a very hard thud and it is the most real effects. Polk produces quality sound and I will recommend this soundbar,but due to the fact of inputs and no display the price should be around $400.

    Pros: Very good lows, midrange and highs.Sub is the best at real effect. The bar has power and fits nicely in tv console.

    Cons: bottom optical cable input which can jiggle loose and there is no display for volume or sub. A bit overpriced-$400 would be a better price


    Anonymous from Kissimmee, FL on 7/10/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Packaging arrived damaged, but the content was not. Work right out of the box. This is the simplest setup I have ever done on any of my audio/video. The sound is better than expected for my family room, which has a large patio door... the bass is solid. I only use the fiber optic cable to connect to my TV.

    Pros: Compact. Sound great. Ease of installation

    Cons: None.

    Polk Adio 6000

    lynn11 from Waxahachie, Tx on 7/3/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All I can say that it sounds great!! Only thing needed is a digital sound color bar on the unit when you turn up or down on the volume. Product is good suff!!!

    Pros: +++

    Cons: n/a

    Quite Nice

    Bill from Joliet, IL on 6/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fills a large living room very well. I'll like how simple it is to adjust the sub and program other remotes.

    Pros: Compact excellent sound.

    Cons: none

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    Anonymous from Las Vegas on 5/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I came UPS in a box that was hammered. But it was packed with that in mind the sound bar and woofer were just fine. My TV is setting in a cabinet so my setup was a little more difficult then most but after I figured how to train my remotes I love it. We use it for our sound for parties and it's great.

    Pros: Great sound and size. The woofer setup is great.

    Cons: The Optical Audio was missing a converter cable. Fortunately I had one.

    Exceeded my expectations!

    DennisA from Highland, MD on 3/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The speakers/"sound system" in my 37" TV were just miserable. I had to turn up the volume to max in order to hear movies from the Blu-Ray/DVD and often had to back up hear what we/I missed. I wanted to fix this without breaking the bank, routing a ton of wires around the living room, or spending hours reading setup manuals... oh, and by the way... I wanted it to sound pretty good. True surround sound wasn't the ultimate goal. This system met all those goals and then some. From opening the shipping box to it being installed and configured was about 20 minutes. You just take everything out of the box, set up the sound bar (mine went above the TV), hook up power and the optical cable, and power the subwoofer. Being wireless, the subwoofer is just a plug in, and flip the on/off switch. The sound bar is the two connections and turn it on. It synced with the subwoofer on it's own. You can use the supplied remote, but I programmed it to have the Verizon STB remote control the power, muting, and volume (which also means it works with the TV remote, or the Blu-Ray remote since they're all programmed to control the TV volume, power or muting). The supplied remote also controls the subwoofer volume which I set once and I won't mess with it again. Now there's more than enough volume for ANY of my needs. The floor was vibrating when I cranked up the volume on a DVD last night. It isn't true surround sound, but it sure did what I wanted and I highly recommend this unit!

    Pros: EASY set up. Sounds very good. Looks good. Doesn't take up a lot of room.

    Cons: Not true surround sound.

    Pretty good

    DB From NC from Cary, NC on 2/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    What I really wanted was the Boston Accoustics Tvee 30, but it never went on sale and then listened to the Polk at a local big box store. I like most things about this soundbar including the solid construction, well laid out controls, existing remote integration, and nice sound (though very limited in surround). What I am not so big on is the boominess of the sub-woofer which is not tightly integrated as a complete package. This makes it feel overwhelming at times. Fortunately, you do have the ability on the remote to adjust the strength and can typically find a nice medium. However, as you switch between sources, what was a nice sound on the TV can shift back into boominess when hooking up the iPod (as an example). My first unit failed to connect/sync between the soundbar and sub-woofer after a couple of days and Crutchfield's fantastic support team swapped it out immediately. The new one has been trouble-free (a week later).

    Pros: -Well laid out controls -Decent connection options (though no HDMI) -Nice sound -Controllable sub-woofer intensity -Existing remote integration (the wafer-type one that comes with it isn't meant for constant use).

    Cons: -Boomy Sub-Woofer (a pro, if you like that type of thing) -No HDMI connectors -First one failed to sync between sub-woofer and soundbar after first few days (at a distance of <15 ft)

    Awesome sound

    peanutz121 from denton county Texas on 2/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Polk 6000 is my first soundbar purchase and I couldn't be happier. It sounds awesome and is really impressive. Rich sound and tremendous clarity. The sub's independent volume control offers great flexibility and responsive bass and low tones. Really makes my music and movies come alive while using my Apple TV for HD movies or jamming out using the I-Cloud feature to listen to my iTunes music. Excellent purchase with great value


    Cons: The remote is kinda small and you have to be persistant using it

    Surrounbar 6000

    Denny B. from Moses Lake Wa. on 1/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it !!! Very easy 5 minute set up. Tell your friends. It's great. Not true surround sound but it's a great addition to my den for the price.

    Pros: Easy set up.

    Cons: Factory remote is a little cheesy.

    Polk Audio Surroundbar 6000

    ArthurMc from Pittsburgh, PA on 1/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very easy to instal and connect; sound difference is amazing! Not full surround sound but much more depth and clarity than TV. Subwoofer placed in corner of the room is a great plus.

    Pros: Much improved sound

    Cons: set-up of existing remote control a little tricky but that was probably me!

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    Dfab from Monroe, NJ on 1/20/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Received my shipment is no time in perfect condition - Thanks Crutchfield!! Out of the box in 5 minutes and hooked up in another 5 minutes. Wireless sub connected and I was done. I set this system up in my basement and for my room, the sound is really amazing. This won't give you true surround sound like some of the other bars out there. For me, my sound quality is light years better than sounds from my Samsung 50inch plazma. I would highly suggest you train your existing remote to control the sound bar versus using the supplied remote (hardly a remote - about this size of a credit card). The learn feature is very simple and quick - no issues.

    Pros: Set-up

    Cons: Remote


    Martin from Chesterfield Mo on 12/24/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield recommended this product because it was small and powerful. As it turned out the warrant was the worst item about this product. Sub lasted just past warrantey. Crutchfield said it is past warranty and they cannot help but I can talk to someone and probably purchase something else. Next time I make purchases it will be based on the warranty.

    Pros: nothing

    Cons: poor warranty for the price

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    Ron from Ft. Myers, FL on 11/17/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    better than surround sound.

    Pros: Big diference between TV audio and Polk soundbar

    Cons: Hard to program Polk remote to Direct TV one.

    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    Zach from New Jersey on 8/30/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, easy setup, great value for the money, sleek design



    Great sound!

    mac from Phila, PA on 8/24/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted better sound than what was coming out of my Samsung 52" without bringing a big HT system into play; this worked perfectly! Bass had always been missing, and this little sub definitely puts out some rumble when it needs to. The 6000 itself does a great job of projecting sound around the room to make it "feel" like surround, a huge improvement over the tv itself. Even the kids insist on having the 6000 on for their shows now. I should mention that this is not a replacement for a 5.1 or 7.1 true HT system, but it does a great job for the family room or a bedroom. Money well spent for me! Features I'd like to see: a LED display showing the actual speaker and sub levels, and maybe some balance controls to fine tune the sound to the room.




    Anonymous from GA on 7/26/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was skeptical of what a soundbar is capable of and I was impressed. While not a full surround sound system it does have a very wide sound field and performs as discribed. Sub sounded full and strong at all reasonable volumes. The Polk soundbar itself (no sub playing) had a fuller sound than the Boston TVee30 I compared it to. I was very surprised how well the highs were with just 4 full range speakers vs the mid/tweeter combo the Boston has. The Polk preformed just as well as the Boston in this area. I prefered the sub design on the Polk over the Boston. I thought the Boston played music a little better than the polk due to the music mode. The Polk system (sub and soundbar) blended better than the Boston on most everything. The Polk does the movies better than the Boston with its SDA processing. I like how these soundbars make hearing dialog without having to crank the volume like I had to on my old 5.1 system. My room that I tested the system in was 14x19 with vaulted ceilings. I was planning on having my 5.1 system installed but I think it will be too much of a hassle.



    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    Gene from Tacoma, WA on 6/23/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This product produces a fine range and clarity of sound.



    Good sound

    Justin from Austin, TX on 6/23/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Simple and quick set up. Good sound for what you are paying for, however not ideal for the larger rooms, more ideal for smaller rooms. I am using it in my bedroom and it works great.



    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    JW from Cohoes, NY on 6/15/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Soundbar arrived fast and was very easy to hook up to wall mounted, plasma TV. Sound quality is excellent for the size of the soundbar. I did not want a receiver with a bunch of wires and this system provides me that. The only problem I had was that the sub would not remain on for longer than about 15-30 minutes. It would turn off with a flashing red light indicating that the sub was in a protection mode. I called Crutchfield and they (without hesitation) sent out a new system with return postage paid label. New sub works great.




    tew4 from Colesville, MD on 6/9/2011

    Bought 1year ago and has worked just fine. Just after 1yr. warr. is up on "electronics", it does not work!! No warr. so we are out our purchase price. What a scam these new tvs are, terrible sound makes you buy a "sound system" that does not have the guts for a long life!!!! Crutchfield says call Polk! Polk says out of warr. Man this is a huge scam.............I am so sick of TV



    Less than expected

    Dissatisfied from Rome Ny. on 3/30/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    With the Plokaudio name and most reviews Ithough Iwould give these a try. They arrived quickly and set-up was a breeze. The surround sound was much less than expected. I have never owned a surround system and after this experience I will go with the seperate speaker system on my next purchase. At this price I guess I just expected a little more.



    Polk rocks

    Rok from Del Rio Tx. on 3/8/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    awesome product. Easy to install great sound. Slim sound bar can fit anywhere. Wireless subwoofer. Great kick makes a good boom. Bass can be adjusted to ur taste in sound. Me n a girlfriend watched Paranormal Activty as soon as my system was setup. All those surprises frm this movie scared us. With the kick of the sub.... Highly recommend sound bar. Polk audio rocks:) !



    Great product

    Ross from Sioux Center, IA on 3/8/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the money, as well as the simplicity of installation, this product cannot be beat. Plug in the sound bar and the sub, connect the sound bar to your TV and you are done. Undoubtly there are multi - speakers system that would out perform, but not with the same ease of installation. Pair that with Crutchfield's outstanding service...well worth the money.



    polk 6000

    ladybug from York PA on 2/13/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My husband loves the sound coming from the polk 6000 sound bar. He can actually hear the words clealry now. I love the sub-woofer all the sounds. eg thunder car chases, horses running, music. I would recommend this for anyone who wants to improve the sound over their lcd tv speakers . It was very easy to install and sync the remotes. please don't put the sub- woofer in a cabinet. It needs to sit in a corner and breath and bounce sound around the room. We are very pleased with this unit.



    Makes my LG 55" come alive

    DaveB from St. Paul MN on 2/7/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Have had the sound bar now for 3 weeks. It works great with my new LG tv. Spent the weekend with a marathon session of the last season of 24 on Blu-ray.The woofer really adds to the action scenes.Would highly recommend to a friend.



    Outstanding HD Sound!!!

    Brent from Houston, TX on 1/31/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This sound bar is absolutely the best!! Very, very easy to install and so worth the sound. I never knew what I was missing, but now I do, and I'm not missing it!! Crutchfield is very good on pricing and shipping was cheap and fast!!



    Polk audio 6000

    Harri from Ontario on 1/30/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound, great surround, easy hook up, meets all expectatiion. Worth every penny for this quality, 5 star



    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    BillB from Two Harbors, MN on 1/26/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Polk Audio SoundBar 6000 has been a solid performer since starting it up about 6 weeks ago. The shipping container arrived in excellent condition and the unit is very adequately packaged to prevent shipping damage. I used the optical cable for connections and have enjoyed the Dolby Digital sound from the unit. The surround sound from the bar is quite good and the sub woofer provides solid base without dominating the sound field. Audio is crystal clear. The sound bar was easily "trained" to accept my existing remote's codes for On-Off, Mute, Volume Up, and Volume Down. This allows me to use a single remote for everything except setting the sub woofer level which i have not had to change since initial setup. Polk Audio makes solid equipment and i would recommend this unit to others.




    MARCOS from FORT KNOX, KY on 1/26/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent quality sound for music and movies, no wires running all over the place. my living room measures 27'X17'x9' and it fills the whole room with sound. Excellent sorround sound effects. Only down side is that you have to adjust your soundbar sound vs. bass module a lot, depending on programming you are veiwing like, sports, music and movies. Other than that, excellent buy.



    Delivers what it promisses

    Jerry from Guilford, CT on 1/17/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    We have a 46 inch Sony Bravia and the difference between the Sony's speakers and the Polk 6000 Soundbar is amazing. The wireless subwoofer made the installation very simple. Highly recommend!!



    No crossover

    cogburn from louisiana on 1/10/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No crossover which means one can hear talking/voices in the subwoofer. This makes the subwoofer just a regular expensive speaker. Could not buy the 6000 sound bar with another better quality subwoofer. Returned the Polk 6000 Sound Bar.



    No Surround and Sub overheats

    CD from Denver,CO on 12/25/2010

    Hooked it up sub-woofer quit shortly after unplugged checked all connections plugged in worked for awhile then quit checked here found this problem common. No surround what so ever either, sub is good when works.



    Good when it worked

    KenL from GreenBay, Wi on 11/26/2010

    This unit worked great for about an hour, then when the subwoofer got warm it quit working. So shut it off for a few minutes, turned it back on and again would work for about 15 minutes and turn off again. This happened frequently until I had enough and boxed it up for return. I was very disappointed, because when it worked it sounded great and was just what I was looking for because extensive wiring for my situation is a real project.



    Didn't last long.

    Matt from Springfield, MO on 11/21/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I received this product and got it hooked up relatively quickly. I was happy with the sound as it was a vast improvement over the factory speakers in my TV. The product worked fine for about 2 days but then simply quit working. The blue power light was on but no sound was coming out. I switched the optical cable from the output on the TV to the output on the satellite receiver box to make sure it wasn't the output port. I switched out the optical cable altogether and again tried both outputs-to no avail. I don't mind paying a bit of a premium for better products but do have more expectations when I do that. Now I can't get a replacement because they are backordered and the re-packing process is cumbersome at best due to the amount of packaging. I will re-review once I get a replacement unit.



    Sound great - no surround sound at all

    Sean from Massapequa, NY on 11/5/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok let me start by saying the sound itself is loud and clear. It will destroy the sound of any tv speakers you have. The bass tube sounds awesome and really adds a nice effect. BUT the only problem is there is 100% NO surround sound what so ever. In fact my room I have this in is PERFECT to create surround sound as all 4 walls are close where sound can beam off the wall and NOTHING at all. Is that not what this supposed to do? Well if you want true surround sound then look for rear speakers. I was hoping for a little to the sides but not even that. If it did just a little I would 5 star this because the sound is really awesome and clear. So I will keep this sound bar but I am not 100% happy about certain things.



    jack of all trades

    billb from lexington park, md on 10/25/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great all-in-one solution, just don't expect what you could hear from a true 5.1, etc, system. I was originally shopping for a system centered around a Definitive Mythos SSA- 42, but upon realization this new model was out, I took a chance and am happy with the value and performance for about 1/3 of what I would have spent. First off, the setup and functionality is top notch. I had no problems there, but I wish there was a way to quantitatively know what the "bass level" is since that is the only adjustable setting. Also, the speaker/sub modules are well-built and classy looking. The benefit of a "clean" and simple install is a bonus to my application. Most of my use for this is with a Panny 42" plasma watching live sports and some PS3, hooked up with the digital optical cable from the hdtv. For this application, I have found it to be right in its sweet spot. It's only been a couple of weeks, but I swear I even notice some surround effects, although I am not sure of the true system capability there. Voice and action is accurate, and the bass module, located in my den's corner, does a more than adequate job. Honestly, I haven't tried playing true system "testing" DVDs and CDs like Heat or U2's Achtung Baby, and I know they might push the limits, but I am extremely happy with this 90% solution so far. For under $500 it's highly recommended in this class.



    Nice soundbar - Just what I was looking for

    JTS from Kansas City on 10/25/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very nice soundbar/sub. Wanted a soundbar that didn't "stick out" too far from the wall as it is mounted under a Samsung tv that has their flat wall mounting device. Reviewed everything (ZVOX, Boston Acoustics, Yamaha, BOSE etc.). The BA was nice, but the mids seemed a bit muddled; Yamaha didn't have a rich/full sound. We have a ZVOX with another tv, and it has a very nice sound, but their units are big. Almost got the BOSE, but the speakers were larger, and the wiring rather limiting. Decided on the Polk unit and am very happy with it. Nice, clean, clear sound with the sub rounding things out nicely. Plus, it has a very slim look. Nice unit. By the way, Crutchfield was very easy to work with. Clear website. Ample emails telling you where things stand. Decent prices. Seems like a very professional outfit.



    subpar piece of equipment

    tech guru from Florida on 10/10/2010

    Overall, the product is OK. It was packaged nicely and setup was farily straight forward and quick. Lots of shipping protection on each piece and the box was huge compared to the items enclosed. The item did come with a fiber optic cable but, at this price point for a speaker system I I did expect it to be of higher quality. I also expected to have some user adjustments on the entire system. There is no adjustments for either base or treble and no volume control on the sub. This sub might be ok for use in a small office or bedroom. But appears very inadequate for a larger family or great room setup. Overall sound did improve by about 10% over the factory speakers in my flat panel TV but I was left wanting more out of the system both in user options and volume control on the sub.



    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 6000 Instant Home Theater

    NJW from Bradford, PA on 10/7/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was looking for a sound solution for a bedroom/computer room Sony 37" flat panel LCD HDTV and this works very well. Big improvement over TV speakers. While it doesn't put out quite the punch that 5.1/7.1 systems are capable of it sounds great for such a compact system. I use it for listening to music from satellite radio/watching TV shows while working on the computer. Was glad to see the optical digital input provided with the sound bar as some don't include this option. Great for connecting to the satellite box. System was very simple to set up and looks great wall mounted with the TV.




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    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter None
    Midrange None
    Woofer 2.75" (4)
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 7"
    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 40-20k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power 160
    Subwoofer RMS Power 120
    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) 4H x 35W x 2-1/2D
    Sound Bar Weight 4.75 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 11H x 10-1/4W x 13-1/4D
    Subwoofer Weight 10 lbs

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    System Features
    Mounting Options
    Power Requirements

    System Features

    Instant Home Theater (IHT): The Polk Audio SurroundBar 6000 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 6000 IHT utilizes two Polk 3D Audio technologies (Polk Digital Logic and SDA Surround) 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.

    3D Audio: Polk Audio's 3D Audio combines two groundbreaking, patented technologies to produce an audio environment that can only be described as 3-dimensional. Combining Polk Audio's proprietary SDA Surround technology and Polk Digital Logic processing technology produces a rich, enveloping listening experience. It reaches out beyond your TV screen to put you in the center of the action.

    • Polk Digital Logic: The SurroundBar 6000 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 6000 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.
    • SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array) Surround: 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

    Dynamic Balance Driver Technology: Polk Audio's patented Dynamic Balance process allows Polk to design their drivers specifically for flatter frequency response, revealing the sharpest details and a more lifelike transparency, with absolutely no strain even at high volume. It's a bold, rich, warm, and lifelike sound.

    Self-Powered SurroundBar: The self-powered surroundbar features four 2-3/4"" full-range dynamic balance polypropylene composite cone drivers powered by a built-in 160 watt amplifier. The speaker itself is lightweight in part because of the neodymium magnet structures in the drivers. The surroundbar features a black plastic bass-reflex enclosure with two rear-firing ports and a 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 7" woofer and down-firing port in a bass-reflex (ported) cabinet. The 7" woofer is powered by a built-in 120 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 Frequency Response: The overall system frequency response is 40Hz-20kHz. The -3dB system frequency response is 50-16kHz.


    System Controls: The SurroundBar 6000 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 offers easy operation of the system.

    Remote Control: The included IR wireless remote control provides wireless operation of the system.

    Program Remote: You can program the SurroundBar 6000 IHT to respond to your TV's remote.

    Sync: The Sync button is located on the back-panel of the SurroundBar. If the wireless subwoofer stops receiving an audio signal from the SurroundBar, press the Sync button to regain system connection.


    Wireless Connection: The SurroundBar and powered subwoofer communicate with one another wirelessly. The SurroundBar sends the low-pass audio signal from your TV or connected source to the powered subwoofer wirelessly over an RF frequency.

    Note: The SurroundBar and powered subwoofer come from the factory preset to work together. If the wireless subwoofer stops receiving an audio signal from the SurroundBar, there is a sync button on back of the SurroundBar to press to regain system connection.

    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, a minijack-to-RCA adapter is provided. 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 supports 2-channel PCM & Dolby Digital through its optical digital input.

    Mounting Options

    Placement: The SurroundBar 6000 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 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.

    Note: The keyhole slots are spaced 25" apart.

    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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    Staff Reviews

    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    Much-improved sound, great value

    Written by Lynn, Copywriter, Car, on 1/10/2013 10:36:00 AM

    We decided to upgrade our sound system for our TV and, in a rental house, a sound bar seemed like a good solution. The Polk Audio SurroundBar 6000 Instant Home Theater appealed to me primarily because it came with a wireless subwoofer. I knew the sub would make a huge difference in the sound. I also liked that it was wireless, because I wanted the sub across the room from the TV, but didn't want wires stretched across the floor.

    I couldn't be happier with this gear! The sound was exactly what I'd expected from a Polk product — rich, warm, full, and detailed. Whether we're watching DVDs or network TV, the soundtrack really comes alive. Even commercials sound better!

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    This will depend on how you plan to use the system. The major upgrades that the 5000 has is Bluetooth connectivity and a bit more power for the subwoofer. [ Jeff  Nov 29, 2013 ]  Staff