F/X Wireless Surround
Self-contained, full-range amplified wireless surround speaker.
19 1/2" W x 8 1/8" H x 7 3/4" D
49.53cm W x 20.64cm H x 19.68cm D
New and Improved Series II Wireless Surround Loudspeaker
So, we were sitting around the demo room one day engrossed in some action movie, with digital surround-sound effects flying all around the room thanks to a single SurroundBar®. Someone said: “Why not take the same technology that allows us to produce multiple front channels in a single speaker… and do it with the rear surround channels?” A challenge! Resourceful Polk engineers set about combining the benefits of two of our patented, state-of-the-art audio technologies, Controlled Dispersion Array (CDA) and Polk Digital Logic® (PDL). They also developed a unique cabinet design that works to enhance the effects of these technologies. Before you knew it, Polk had solved the age-old problem of surround-speaker wires cluttering up the sides of your room: A single, powerful, self-contained surround-sound loudspeaker system creates a completely enveloping, realistic surround-sound performance.
The F/X Wireless Surround Speaker Features:
A completely self-contained full range amplified surround-channel wireless sound system.
Plug-and-Play: Simply connect the compact transmitter to the rear-channel outputs of your processor. (High performance RCA connectors and speaker wire sets are included for your choice of easy transmitter-to-receiver connections.) The state-of-the-art 2.4GHz transmitter talks to the speaker’s onboard receiver, for instant, lossless signal response. No room-spanning wires!
Convincingly discrete rear-channel response thanks to Polk’s patented Controlled Dispersion Array (CDA) technology. CDA technology delivers realistic left, right, rear and surround staging for 5.1 (and beyond) systems, in any room environment and with virtually any placement.
Unique compact enclosure design and directed speaker array enhances the surround-sound effect. Plus, complex audio algorithms direct the drivers to work “out of phase,” creating a more spacious, enveloping surround effects experience.
Ported, for unexpectedly big couch-rocking bass response.
On-board 120 Watt multichannel amplifier.
Customizable settings for easy optimization with Polk Digital Logic, a 3-position DSP controller. Set it for your placement needs (floor, sofaback table or shelf mounts) and it automatically delivers perfect imaging and sound.
All Polk products are made using the best materials and the most advanced manufacturing techniques. They pass the industry’s most exhaustive quality tests, including drop testing, extreme signal response and UV & salt exposure testing. Polk loudspeakers are built to perform for a lifetime.
|Diameter||2 1/2" (6.35cm)|
|Type||Full range Dynamic Balance Controlled Dispersion Array drivers|
|Mid / Woofer|
|Diameter||5 1/4" (13.34cm)|
|Type||Dynamic Balance woofer|
|Maximum SPL||0 dB|
|Total Frequency Response||48Hz-20kHz|
|Radiation Pattern||Controlled Dispersion Array|
|Inputs||Transmitter: Line Level and Speaker Level L/R Surround and L/R Surround Back|
|Continuous Average Output|
|Amplifier Type||Built-in Power|
|Height||8 1/8" (20.64cm)|
|Width||19 1/2" (49.53cm)|
|Depth||7 3/4" (19.68cm)|
|Mounting Options||Floor, table, shelf|
|Product Weight (each)||18.00 pounds|
|Unit of Measure||system|
|Included Accessories||Two pair 5-foot male to male RCA cables; 2.4 GHz wireless transmitter (1-1/2"H x 7.0"W x 3-13/32"D)|
|Speaker Warranty||5 years parts and labor (original purchaser)|
|Subwoofer Amplifier Warranty||3 years electronics (original purchaser)|
Specifications, dimensions and features subject to change without notice. For more information call us at 1-800-377-7655 (USA and Canada). Outside of North America call +1 (410) 358-3600.
2 reviews with an average of 4.5Write your own review
by Mike, January 7, 20129 out of 9 people found this review helpful.
excellent sound, easy install, quality design and look, great alternative to wired surround, works great with Polk SurroundBar 50 and Sub. Provides a surround sound that is almost like having a true 5.1 or 7.1 wired system.
you must have receiver with RCA outputs for surround speakers or may experience poor performance.
I received my F/X Wireless Surround unit today and hooked it up via speaker wires outputs to the transmitter. My system setup includes the following: Onkyo TS-DS676 receiver, Polk SurroundBar 50 and an Infinity BU-1 sub-woofer. After the very simple install, I was immediately impressed with the sound it provided as I tested it using an action type movie. My previous home had a square closed in living area and the SurroundBar worked well and provided for a surround sound experience, but I now have a modern open and vaulted room and the SurroundBar can't provide the quality sound that the technology is designed for because of the all the open space. So when I discovered this unit, I was excited to upgrade the system. Once installed, I tweaked the channel levels on my receiver and it worked great for movies, but like many online reviews, when I watched tv programming where the surround broadcast was absent or low, I experienced some unacceptable popping when the F/X powered back on from "sleep" mode or picked up the feed. I was very disappointed to say the least, because of the quality and potential I had experienced at first. After reading some posts on this site's forums, I decided to follow some advice of a few of the posters and rewire the transmitter using the RCA connections. I have the Surround Bar hooked up to the speaker wire outputs (including the surround outputs) and the sub and F/X hooked up using the the pre-out RCA connections. I then tweaked the channel level settings in which I had to raise the surround levels and lower the front 3 channel levels until it was to my liking. Since then, this unit has exceeded my expectations. No more popping and the sound is exponentially better than the initial install tests. If I couldn't have fixed the problem with the RCA outputs, I would have most likely returned the unit and gone with a wired alternative. Hope this helps anyone with similar issues or concerns. Only reason I gave 4 stars instead of five is the hook-up problem. Otherwise this would have been a 5 star review.
by P. Clarke, March 25, 20128 out of 8 people found this review helpful.
Build Quality, Sound Quality, Reliability of signal
Perhaps bottom firing Mid/Bass driver could be better protected but that's being really picky.
My previous Polk history: a CS2 bought in '08 and a set of RT1A1s bought Christmas '11 for a small 2 channel system. No issues at all and great sound from both. I gave this product a 5 star rating because it is very well made, looks great and works exactly as advertised for me. For 20 some years in a 2 story house with a concrete slab 1st floor and thus no basement access, there has never been a truly clean way for me to have rear surround. So I have lived without it as my system long ago maxed out at 3.1. Having waited for many years for a product like this to come along, I am over the moon that the reliability of signal actually works very well in my situation and the quality of sound is excellent. I can report that even with no open space at all behind the sofa it still works as designed. My FX unit sits on the floor against the rear wall behind the middle section of my leather recliner sofa and works like a charm. I have a 2.4GHz phone on one end table and keep a netbook on a wireless network based upstairs on the opposite table. Whether listening to Multi-channel Music or BluRay/DVD, the only interruptions or slight hiccups I experience are extremely brief and apparently caused by my movements/actions. No biggee. I experimented awhile with distance settings for the surrounds and surround backs, as well as channel levels, and am satisfied that it is all dialed in properly. Even though the Bass is supplied through only one 5 1/4" inch driver, its very close proximity to the sofa provides a small 'buttkicker' type vibration as a bonus. Altogether a great product.
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