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Polk to Feature New Reference Sound Bar at CEDIA Expo 2012

New SurroundBar? 9000 Bring Increased Performance, New Features To Polk?s Esteemed SurroundBar Lineup

Polk®, the Speaker Specialists®, will feature a live demonstration of its new top-of-the-line reference SurroundBar 9000 Instant Home Theater (IHT)
at the CEDIA Expo 2012, illustrating how the sleek new model delivers a home theater experience
that belies its price point and sets a new standard for performance in sound bars.

The demonstrations will take place in the Marriott Hotel’s Indiana Ballroom, Rooms A and B. The Marriott is located at 350 West Maryland Street near the Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

“The SurroundBar 9000 takes the bar form factor to an entirely new and advanced level, which is why we’re making it the showpiece of our CEDIA exhibit,” says Polk Product Line Manager Al Baron.  “If I say so myself, Polk has really elevated driver design to new heights with this model, and it includes all of the technologies that have made our Instant Home Theater line such a success, including SmartBar™ programming, which enables the SurroundBar to easily learn power on/off, volume up/down and mute from your existing TV remote control. It makes operation as simple as can be.”

The new SurroundBar 9000 Instant Home Theater (IHT) joins the line at the top of the list, delivering exceptional, component-caliber 3D audio surround audio while maintaining the sleek, low-profile design and easy setup that have made Polk’s IHT line a favorite among home theater lovers and gamers in search of an enveloping surround sound experience without the cutter and complexity of a traditional home theater array.
The SurroundBar 9000 IHT is self-powered, delivering 45 Watts of discrete peak power to each of its eight drivers (five 2½-inch midrange drivers and three ½-inch silk dome tweeters). Add to that the system’s 150 Watt, 8-inch wireless subwoofer—which can be located as far as 50 feet away and connects to the system automatically upon powering on—and the SurroundBar 9000 IHT as a whole is capable of delivering 510 Watts of total peak power: 25 times as much as the typical TV speakers it is designed to replace.

The SurroundBar 9000 IHT isn’t merely about brute force power, though; it employs a number of key technologies engineered to deliver a highly refined audio experience. The 9000’s Optimized Center Array (OCA) design results in unprecedented clarity and intelligibility of center channel information over a very wide listening area.

With the OCA design, outer and inner driver pairs reproduce center channel information from 80 to 400Hz, and 80 to 650Hz respectively. Only the center driver plays center program material all the way up to its crossover point with the center tweeter (80Hz-3kHz). The outer tweeters are also employed as “super tweeters” (6kHz – 20kHz) for center channel material in addition to their primary duty as L&R, SL & SR.  As a result, listeners far to the side hear dialogue and other center information with similar tonal balance to on-axis listeners.

Unique to the SurroundBar 9000 is Polk’s new Full Complement Bass design. All five 2 1/2" drive units reproduce the summed L/C/R/SL/SR channels over the 80Hz to 200Hz passband, in addition to serving their normal duties as centers, surrounds (main/SDA), lefts (main/SDA) or rights (main/SDA). This FCB approach provides the equivalent surface area of a 5 1/4" mid-bass driver to give the lower midrange
and upper bass tonal richness and speedy transient response, ensuring that no single driver is overtaxed since all share the demanding 80-200 Hz band equally. The low 80 Hz crossover point, achievable by employment of FCB, effectively eliminates localization of the subwoofer, providing deep resonant bass to every listening area in the room.

Polk’s patented SDA® Surround technology also works to eliminate crosstalk between channels, ensuring that left and right ears independently hear the sound intended for them, creating a lifelike
three-dimensional sound experience that closely replicates the way the listener experiences sound
in the real world. 

Polk Audio’s SurroundBar 9000 IHT features dual tuned ports designed to provide optimal blending between the midrange drivers and the subwoofer, no matter where the sub is located in the room,
and no matter if the bar itself is shelf- or wall-mounted.

The SurroundBar 9000’s cabinet measures just 3¾ by 44⅝ by 2¼ inches—the perfect visual complement to a 50-inch flat panel display, although the SurroundBar 9000 IHT will sound just as
great with any size screen. And with two digital optical inputs (in addition to two analog audio inputs), combined with internal Dolby Digital and DTS processing, the 9000 IHT is designed to deliver more dynamic, high-impact sound from digital audio sources, straight out of the box.

It’s What’s Inside That Counts
One key to the stunning performance of the SurroundBar 9000 is Polk Digital Logic® technology, which relies on proprietary digital signal processing to optimize the system’s acoustical performance
in the typical room, without the need for complicated setup menus and baffling instruction manuals.

The SurroundBar 9000 IHT is Energy Star® certified, and come with backup remote controls, although each can easily be programmed to understand the customer’s own TV remote control. Each system
also features built-in keyhole slots for mounting, which ensure a wide range of placement options.

The Polk SurroundBar 9000 Instant Home Theater will ship in January 2013 at a suggested retail
price of $849.

About Polk Audio
Polk Audio ( is an award-winning designer and manufacturer of high performance audio products and the largest audio brand of DEI Holdings, Inc. Founded in 1972, Polk is the market share leader in premium Home Theater speakers and sound bars in North America, and is a leading manufacturer of headphones, mobile and marine speakers and amplifiers, and other high performance audio products.

For more information, high-resolution images, executive interviews, and the location of a Polk distributor in your area, contact Adam Sohmer; Sohmer Associates, LLC (PR representative for Polk Audio); 347-497-4965; For more information on DEI Holdings, visit

This article was last modified September 05, 2012

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