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Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT

Powered home theater sound bar with wireless subwoofer and Bluetooth®

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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
    • learns your TV remote's commands for single-remote use
    • 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.
    • 8" woofer
    • connects wirelessly to sound bar for easy placement
    • 12"W x 13-1/2"H x 15-1/16"D
    • weight: 18.2 lbs.
    • total system power: 510 watts
    • system frequency response 45-22,000 Hz
    • remote control included
    • warranty: 1 year (electronics), 3 years (speakers)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    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

    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!

    Great value, Kentucky


    Polk Audio SurroundBar® 9500BT Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (7 Reviews)


    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

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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

    Anonymous from San Antonio on 12/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    Enclosure Bass Reflex
    Design ---
    Pieces in System 2
    Color Black
    Tweeter 0.5" Dome (3)
    Midrange 2.5" Convex Dome (5)
    Woofer None
    Separate Subwoofer Yes
    Subwoofer Driver 8" Cone
    Surround Sound Decoding 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 Yes
    Wi-Fi No
    Wall-mountable Yes
    Mounting Bracket Included No
    Surface Mount Stand Included Feet
    Speaker Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Speaker Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year
    System Frequency Response 45-22k Hz
    Powered System Yes
    Sound Bar RMS Power Not given
    Subwoofer RMS Power Not given
    Inputs and Outputs
    Mini Stereo Audio Inputs 2
    RCA Stereo Audio Inputs None
    Optical Digital Audio Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs None
    HDMI Inputs None
    HDMI Outputs None
    USB Port No
    Subwoofer Output Wireless
    Sound Bar (inches) 3-15/16H x 44-3/4W x 2-11/16D
    Sound Bar Weight 8 lbs
    Subwoofer (inches) 13-1/2H x 12W x 15-1/16D
    Subwoofer Weight 18.2 lbs

    Product Research


    Instant Home Theater (IHT): The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT Instant Home Theater (IHT) is a two-piece home theater system comprised of a single self-powered surroundbar speaker and a wireless powered subwoofer. The system utilizes two Polk technologies (Polk Digital Logic and SDA Surround), along with SRS TruSurround HD4 to deliver rich, full virtual surround sound to your flat-panel TV; without the need for an AV receiver or rear speakers.

    • Active Surroundbar w/ Optimized Center Array: The active surroundbar speakers features three 0.5" dynamic balance/silk dome tweeters and five 2.5" dynamic balance/convex dome midrange drivers powered by a built-in 360 watt (peak) amplifier (45W x 8ch). Discrete amplification of all eight channels with electronic crossovers means each driver is tailored for better efficiency, lower distortion and better dynamics.  "Optimized Center Array" (OCA) creates a more realistic center channel experience for greater intelligibility of vocals and mid-range clarity. The array also creates greater SPL, dynamic range and better off-axis response. The surroundbar's dual tuned-port enclosure design optimizes the realistic blending of midbass drivers with the wireless subwoofer, for more dynamic performance throughout the room.
    • Wireless Power Sub: The wireless powered subwoofer features a down-firing 8" Dynamic Balance woofer with rubber surround and down-firing flared J-port in a compact enclosure. The 8" woofer is powered by a built-in 150 watt (peak) amplifier. The powered subwoofer receives it audio signal wirelessly (up to 50') from the system's surroundbar, so there is no subwoofer cable to connect. You can adjust the volume of the sub independently from the surroundbar speaker.

    Surround Technologies: Combining Polk Audio's proprietary SDA Surround technology and Polk Digital Logic digital signal processing, plus SRS TruSurround HD4, the SurroundBar 9500BT system is able to produce a rich, enveloping listening experience.

    • Polk Digital Logic: The SurroundBar 9500BT utilizes Polk Digital Logic (Polk's proprietary DSP programming) to deliver big, crisp sonic performance with no complicated setup or calibration. Through Polk Digital Logic, the SurroundBar 9500BT's sound is created independent of any room boundaries. Polk Digital Logic helps to maintain a solid center channel for clear, intelligible dialogue and Polk's signature warm & full sound.
    • Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) Surround: Polk's patented Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) Surround technology is based on fundamental research into the way our ears process sound and perceive the direction of sounds. It uses a patented combination of signal processing and acoustical geometry that complements the spacing between your ears to produce a wide sound stage without the need for rear mounted speakers. Since the surroundbar works directly with the hearing mechanism and requires no special room characteristics, it can deliver a room-filling surround experience in nearly any location in almost any type of room.
    • SRS TruSurround HD4: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT also incorporates SRS TruSurround HD4 for a high quality, feature-rich surround sound experience from its front-facing speaker configuration. The result is rich bass, high frequency detail, and clear dialogue.

    Analog + Digital Connectivity: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT provides both analog (3.5mm) and digital (optical) connectivity for a variety of source components.

    • Digital Connection (Dolby Digital/DTS compatible): The surroundbar features two optical (toslink) digital inputs to connect your flat-panel TV, Blue-ray player, and/or Satellite/Cable box. Both of the surroundbar's optical inputs can decode and reproduce Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 program material. The surroundbar's digital inputs also support 2-channel PCM. One 6' optical cable is included.
    • Analog Connections: The surroundbar is equipped with two analog stereo minijack (3.5mm) inputs to connect your television (which may lack an optical digital output). If your TV is equipped with stereo RCA outputs, a minijack-to-RCA will be required. The additional 3.5mm stereo input can be used to connect another audio device, such as your MP3 player. One 69" stereo minijack cable and one 8" minijack-to-RCA adapter is included.
    Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

    Bluetooth Audio w/ aptX: The Polk Audio SurroundBar 9500BT features built-in Bluetooth (A2DP) with aptX audio coding in order to wirelessly deliver CD-quality sound from your Apple device (iPod/iPhone/iPad), Android smartphone/tablet, or other compatible device to the soundbar system. You'll be able to stream and listen to stored music and music apps on your mobile device through the SurroundBar 9500BT. You can pair up to 8 Bluetooth devices with the SurroundBar 9500BT (but only one can be playing at a time). You will continue to control your Bluetooth audio enabled device and view song/artist information from the device itself (no control from the surroundbar or remote).

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Polk SurroundBar 9500BT

    Remote Control: The included IR wireless remote control provides wireless operation of the system. You can also program the SurroundBar 9500BT to respond to your TV's remote. 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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    Why did you buy this?

    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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