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Polk Audio SurroundBar IHT 6000 Instant Home Theater (Black)

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  • 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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Product Description

Product Description

When you want to fill a larger room with convincing surround sound, and you want the incredible convenience of a single-speaker system or have a new super-slim flat-panel TV, the SurroundBar 6000 IHT delivers the clutter-free performance and style you want. No wires, no other speakers needed. The SurroundBar 6000 IHT offers simple connections, specially engineered materials, and digital technology in a beautiful loudspeaker that's less than 3" deep and mounts above or below your flat-panel TV.

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Flat panel TVs create stunning pictures. Their sound should be, stunning too. Which is why we’ve created the SurroundBar 6000 Instant Home Theater. Our latest SurroundBar is the sleekest, leanest, self-powered single-speaker surround solution yet. The SurroundBar 6000 blends almost seamlessly with the new generation of TVs, while the wireless subwoofer tucks away anywhere you want it to. But the real beauty of the SurroundBar 6000 becomes evident the moment you turn it on. That’s when your flat panel comes alive with the astonishing performance of Polk’s 3D Audio. You’ll never look at your flat panel TV the same way again.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 35 x 2 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 24.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 26.4 pounds
Manufacturer Polk audio
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number AM1600-A|4
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4.3 out of 5 stars 201 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #314 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Sound Bars
#7,111 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com September 23, 2010

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I've had the Polk IHT 6000 Soundbar for a week now and it has been an interesting experience.

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.
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First I'll start off by making a statement I'm sure has been beaten into the ground in reference to soundbars. This is not a replacement for a true surround system. That being said, the 6000 is pretty darn close. My setup is a Bluray player connected optically, and my HTPC, 360 and Wii running analog out through the TV....I'll explain why.

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.
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By MGB on October 29, 2010
After installing a 60" Samsung LED-LCD TV, I was disappointed with the TV speakers. My TV is mounted on the wall with no visible wires, so I was looking for a self-contained, amplified speaker system that would improve the audio experience. This unit is exactly what I wanted: easy installation with just power and optical audio hook-up, easy mounting under the TV to conceal the wires, and a wireless sub-woofer that you just need to plug in for power (anywhere in the room up to 75 feet away from the sound bar). The sound is fantastic and the sub-woofer produces the lows that were non-existent with the standard TV speakers. This is a 3.1 system that simulates 5.1, but it is a great compromise to the higher end units that really require a separate amplifier. Many of the less expensive units were 2.1 and did not put out the same power - this unit produces more than enough volume for a large room. My only complaint is that I wish there was a similar model 50+" wide for the larger TVs, but this unit looks just fine. Construction quality is what I would expect, and the unit is light enough that it does not require special mounting brackets - just two screws. I had the unit mounted to the wall and operating within 15 minutes.
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I love the sound from this system. I've a small living room which would not accommodate a true surround sound system well and I did not want to deal with wiring a 5.1. The size and sound from this system is perfect for my home. The bass, which may have troubles filling an extremely large area, works very well in a small to average environment. Also of note is the easy of setup. Connect the optical cable, plug in the bar and sub, and sync - then you're ready to go.

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.
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