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Polk Audio SurroundBar IHT 6000 Instant Home Theater (Black)
- Less Than 2" Deep, the SurroundBar's sleek design blends seamlessly with today's contemporary TV designs
- 3D Audio-a combination of Polk Audio proprietary SDA and Polk Digital Logic technologies-creates a rich, enveloping listening experience
- Dolby Digital Decoding for the kind of full, clear sound you want from all your digital sources
- Powerful Wireless Subwoofer creates deep bass impact and can be placed anywhere in the room within 50' of the SurroundBar 6000
- ENERGY STAR Certified
- Sleek design blends seamlessly with today's contemporary TV designs
- Polk Audio proprietary SDA and Polk Digital Logic technologies create a rich, enveloping listening experience
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I got a new 60 inch Sony LED-LCD TV and was looking to have sound to match. My old sound system was really great with a Yamaha AV Receiver, 3 Infinity speakers in front, 2 JBL surround speakers, and a 10 inch Polk Subwoofer. The sound from that system was awesome, but the wires and speakers everywhere was too much for me anymore, and with the new big TV I no longer had room for the receiver.
I went looking for a soundbar and tried several. Sony, Vizio, and Polk. I tried the Vizio since it was the only soundbar out there with separate rear channels and a wireless sub. It was great looking and great in terms of functionality, but the sound was awful. Muddy, nondistinct, just all around bad. The Sony was OK, but a little tinny and I didn't like that you had to wire everything to the sub first and then to the soundbar... I was trying to get rid of wires. Then I got the Polk.
The Polk's sound is full and rich. The setup is easy, one audio wire, one power cable. I was very happy, but not thrilled and still felt a longing for my old system which went bye by on ebay. After doing a good amount of research, I found that I may have had the soundbar placed wrong. It was above my TV angled down, kind of close to the ceiling (this is in my basement so the ceiling is low). I decided to move the soundbar to just under the TV (They are both wall mounted). It is much closer to ear level now
All I can say is WOW. The difference in sound between the locations is astounding. I am now TOTALLY happy with the Polk Soundbar. The sound is full and rich and really great. It is NOT however as good as a true 5.1 or 7.Read more ›
The one issue I have is with the optical input. The 6000 has a built in Dolby Digital decoder BUT, and this is a big but...it does not have the ability to decode Dolby True HD or any DTS soundtrack. So assuming you have your Bluray player connected to the 6000 via optical, pop in The Walking Dead or the Back To The Future trilogy. You will be greeted to...silence. To fix this you will either have to pick an appropriate sound format using he disc menu (usually a 2ch DD signal is an option), or do what I did....set up any DTS soundtrack to default to 2ch PCM using the BR players setup menu. Its an easy fix but really defeats the purpose of using the optical connection. And considering the fact that most Blurays either use DD True HD or DTS Master Audio, it makes me wonder if the Dolby Digital decoder is necessary at all. If your playing a standard DVD pretty much all of them use 5.1 Dolby Digital, at least that's something. Polk seems a year or two behind the curve when it comes to audio formats. At best it's a novelty and a bullet point to put on the box.
*Also, for all you guys running the optical out from the back of your TV to the 6000, this is a rather pointless endeavor. A vast majority of TVs WILL NOT pass through multi-channel digital audio. What the TV does is downmix the signal to a 2ch PCM signal. So while the signal is still getting pumped out as "digital", its all basically a stereo mixdown signal, no matter what the source.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the system does not work well around other wireless devices. When watching Blu-rays and listening to music, the system works fine, but when I play my Wii or Xbox 360 the subwoofer loses its connection to the bar and stops working. Sometimes I can play for up to an hour without the sub going out of sync, but it always ends up happening. Many times and several times in a row it would immediately go after sync right after I fixed the problem. Polk lists the wireless sub as a feature but it's actually the worst part of the package for anyone with other wireless devices in the same room.
All the pros listed at the start of the review (great sound, good looks, and an easy setup) are completely undone by the system not working.
A note on Polk's customer service: I've been unable to get assistance from Polk support. I've posted on their troubleshooting forums (listed as a direct line to Polk customer service) but have received no reply in 6 days. My email has also received no reply. I planned to call, but their support line is only open from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST and I do not plan to take time off work in hopes for assistance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It had a good sound at first but after about six months it started losing connection to the sub. Now the sub won't even power up and I'm positive this is the last Polk I will ever... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joshua M Shepherd
I am having a heck of a time finding a replacement power supply for this thing. Every one I find has a standard, straight input jack to plug into the Soundbar itself. Read morePublished 14 months ago by wmyers
Makes the sound from my TV sound like a theatre. Small enough to fit under your TV or on a stand.Published 17 months ago by GLENN LOWY
The addition of this soundbar provided an amazing sound experience. Obviously, the tiny speakers in our 55" TV would not exactly shake the room during a war movie, but this... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MacWiz
this baby works.....simple and easy...wireless bass that you can place anywhere in your room....but do follow the manufactures advise in placing it...Published 18 months ago by Frank William
We have had this soundbar for a couple of years now. We had a problem originally, shortly after we purchased it where it would turn on randomly all of a sudden. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer