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Polk Audio SurroundBar® SDA® Instant Home Theater
Powered sound bar with wireless subwoofer
Item # 107SDAIHT | MFR # AM1805-B
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Our take on the Polk Audio SurroundBar® SDA® Instant Home Theater by Crutchfield's Chris Egner
The Polk SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater gives you a simple, clutter-free way to enjoy dynamic, three-dimensional sound with all your favorite TV shows, movies, and video games. The system includes a slender sound bar that connects to your television with just one cable, plus a separate subwoofer for punchy bass impact. The powered sub can be placed anywhere in your room, and it makes a convenient wireless connection to the sound bar — no cables to run across your floor. The SurroundBar SDA has built-in amplification, so you won't need a receiver. It also learns the volume and mute commands of your existing remote control.
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. Its SDA drivers steer audio signals with precision, successfully locking in detailed dialogue at the front of the room while producing convincing ambient effects that expand to both sides of the room. So, whether you're watching a thrilling car chase on DVD or carving through the curves on your favorite driving game, growling engines and screeching tires seem to fill the entire room and immerse you in the action.
Truly an enhancing audio experience. Had no problem programming my remote to adjust the volume. Easy setup. Only drawback is there is no Optical/Digital Audio input.
Al R., Pittsboro, NC
What's in the Box:
- 2-Channel SurroundBar speaker
- Wireless subwoofer
- 9' AC power cord (for sub)
- 5' AC power cord (for SurroundBar power supply)
- SurroundBar power supply with 9' DC output cord attached (24 volt/2.7 amp)
- Remote control
- CR2025 Lithium battery (installed)
- 5' RCA patch cord (stereo)
- 6" RCA/mini adapter cable (female Stereo RCA on one end and 3.5mm male stereo mini on the other)
- 2 Mounting cradles
- Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ German/ Italian/ Portuguese)
- Quick start remote programming guide
- Note about included remote control
- Online product registration information
- Wall mount template
- Polk Audio brochure
- 35 watts x 2
- two 1/2" dome tweeters
- two 2-1/2" midrange drivers
- two 2-1/2" SDA woofers
- one cable connects the sound bar to your TV, DVD player, or any source with a line-level stereo output
- SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array) technology delivers expansive sound from just one speaker
- video-shielded (prevents interference with tube TVs and computer monitors)
- two included cradles tilt the sound bar for aiming it toward your listening space
- keyhole slots for wall-mounting
- 5-foot AC power cord
- 31-3/4"W x 4"H x 4-9/16"D
- weight: 8.7 lbs.
- 60 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"W x 10"H x 11-15/16"D
- frequency response 40-22,000 Hz (-3dB)
- credit card-style learning remote included
- warranty: 3 years for the speakers, 1 year for electronics
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Pieces in System||2|
|Tweeter||0.5" Dome (x2)|
|Woofer||2.5" Cone (x4)|
|Subwoofer Driver||6.5" Cone|
|Surround Sound Decoding||No|
|4K Video Compatible||No|
|HDR Video Compatible||---|
|Audio Return Channel||---|
|Remote IR Passthrough||No|
|Works with TV Remote (IR)||---|
|Control by App||---|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Surface Mount Stand Included||Yes|
|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|
|Sound Bar RMS Power||35 x 2|
|Subwoofer RMS Power||60|
|Inputs and Outputs|
|Mini Stereo Audio Inputs||None|
|RCA Stereo Audio Inputs||1|
|Optical Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs||None|
|Sound Bar (inches)||4H x 31-3/4W x 4-9/16D|
|Sound Bar Weight||8.7 lbs|
|Subwoofer (inches)||10-1/16H x 9-15/16W x 12D|
|Subwoofer Weight||9.1 lbs|
Overview: The Polk SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater is a great solution for improving your TV's sound quality in situations where you can't, or choose not to, run speaker wires for a multi speaker system. It's a two piece, 2.1-channel system; including the powered SurroundBar with left and right channels built in, and a wireless powered subwoofer.
Note: While the subwoofer receives its audio signal wirelessly from the SurroundBar, it does have an AC power cord that plugs into the wall.
SDA Surround technology: 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.
Enclosure: The SurroundBar features a stylishly curved composite enclosure. The shape of the enclosure breaks up internal standing wave resonance to give you pure, lifelike sound. The down firing subwoofer is in a ported enclosure; the port is also down firing.
- Tweeters: two 1/2" Silk dome tweeters deliver clear highs and lifelike imaging
- Midrange: two 2-1/2" composite midrange drivers provide clear, distortion-free midrange, even at high volume levels
- SDA Drivers: two 2-1/2" composite Dimensional drivers create the wide and deep soundfield
- Subwoofer: the 6-1/2" Dynamic Balance woofer has a long throw poly composite cone
Controls: The SurroundBar has top-mounted controls for power, mute, volume up, volume down, and remote. On the back of the SurroundBar there are switches for master power, gain level, and channel ID (for wireless transmission). There are three controls on the back of the subwoofer; power, volume, and channel ID. The channel ID switches on the SurroundBar and subwoofer need to be set to the same channel (1-4).
Connections: The audio signal is routed to the SurroundBar via the RCA stereo input. You can get this signal from your TV's audio output, or from your satellite or cable box. The subwoofer receives its signal wirelessly from the SurroundBar.
Remote Programming: The SurroundBar can be programmed so that codes from an existing remote (TV, cable box, etc) will control the system volume, including the mute command. In the unlikely event that your existing remote isn't recognized, a credit card style remote is included that controls power, volume (+/-), and mute.
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.
Video Shielded: The SurroundBar is magnetically (video) shielded for safe placement near your TV or computer monitor without causing picture interference. The subwoofer is not magnetically shielded.
SurroundBar Placement: The SurroundBar has its own feet, so it can sit directly on a shelf. Two cradles are also included, allowing you to tilt the speaker up or down slightly. The cradles add approximately 1-1/2" to the SurroundBar's height. Two keyhole slots allow wall mounting the SurroundBar above or below your TV. A wall mount template is included for proper hole placement.
Bass Unit Placement Options: The subwoofer receives its signal from the SurroundBar wirelessly, so it can be placed virtually anywhere in the room. It only requires plugging into an AC outlet.
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