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Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA IHT

Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA IHT
alaScore 76

16 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA IHT is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 16 reviews)

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Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA IHT

 

Just because you don't want a full surround-sound home audio system doesn't mean you have to settle for the sound coming out of your TV's speakers. That's the pitch behind TV add-on speakers, which are stripped-down versions of sound bar home theater...

TV add-on speaker with wireless subwoofer; subwoofer and sound bar are particularly well-matched; attractive, but understated design; can be used with existing TV remote

No remote; only one analog audio input; "gain control" switch on the back of the sound bar needs to be adjusted for some DVDs; no front-panel display; doesn't get as loud as some competitors

The Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA IHT sounds better than most sound bars and puts a focus on simplicity, but its feature limitations and lack of a remote make it less appealing against the competition.

Consumer review by:

For the price you can't beat it!.

 

If you need one with an optical input you can go to the Best Buy website or the Polk Website and get one that's higher priced.But for $198.00 from WalMart I think Polk has a winner.Just make sure you setup everything for PCM and Dolby Surround ......

Ability to program soundbar with your TV's remote control ; 3 gain selections on soundbar to help boost the sound ; Wireless subwoofer does not have to be line of sight like Vizios

Some think it's not having a HDMI input,or an optical input.All I know is with the RCA plugs(red and white) connected it sounds good to me when you set it all up for PCM,especially the price which WalMart rolled back to $198.00

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Wireless functionality crippled if you have Internet

 

Polk Audio's response when asked about what to do about the wireless interference was: turn off the Internet. It's not our problem. A horrible offering.

Acceptable, big sound, good all-around bass. Mids are OK

If you have wifi, like millions do, do NOT purchase this speaker system. There are only four channels, and the wireless subwoofer operates on the same frequency as wireless internet. You won't be able to use the Web if you have this switched on

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"Wireless functionality crippled if you have Internet"

 

Polk Audio's response when asked about what to do about the wireless interference was: turn off the Internet. It's not our problem. A horrible offering.

Acceptable, big sound, good all-around bass. Mids are OK

If you have wifi, like millions do, do NOT purchase this speaker system. There are only four channels, and the wireless subwoofer operates on the same frequency as wireless internet. You won't be able to use the Web if you have this switched on.

Consumer review by:

analog audio in? come on Polk Audio

 

I was excited to see a product that required no external amplifier, wireless subwoofer and the ease of use are a big sell to me. But no digital audio in is a huge turn off. Only one alalog connection to give me stereo sound

Analog connection only gives me stereo sound. Ill stick with my TV speakers if I want that. Come on Polk audio stick with Digital audio

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For the price you can't beat it!.

 

If you need one with an optical input you can go to the Best Buy website or the Polk Website and get one that's higher priced.But for $198.00 from WalMart I think Polk has a winner.Just make sure you setup everything for PCM and Dolby Surround Sound. ...

Ability to program soundbar with your TV's remote control ; 3 gain selections on soundbar to help boost the sound ; Wireless subwoofer does not have to be line of sight like Vizios

Some think it's not having a HDMI input,or an optical input.All I know is with the RCA plugs(red and white) connected it sounds good to me when you set it all up for PCM,especially the price which WalMart rolled back to $198.00

Consumer review by:

"For the price you can't beat it!."

 

If you need one with an optical input you can go to the Best Buy website or the Polk Website and get one that's higher priced.But for $198.00 from WalMart I think Polk has a winner.Just make sure you setup everything for PCM and Dolby Surround Sound.

Ability to program soundbar with your TV's remote control.

Some think it's not having a HDMI input,or an optical input.All I know is with the RCA plugs(red and white) connected it sounds good to me when you set it all up for PCM,especially the price which WalMart rolled back to $198.00.

Consumer review by:

"analog audio in? come on Polk Audio"

 

I was excited to see a product that required no external amplifier, wireless subwoofer and the ease of use are a big sell to me. But no digital audio in is a huge turn off. Only one alalog connection to give me stereo sound

Analog connection only gives me stereo sound. Ill stick with my TV speakers if I want that. Come on Polk audio stick with Digital audio!

Consumer review by:

Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA IHT

 

I was excited to see a product that required no external amplifier, wireless subwoofer and the ease of use are a big sell to me. But no digital audio in is a huge turn off. Only one alalog connection to give me stereo sound

Analog connection only gives me stereo sound. Ill stick with my TV speakers if I want that. Come on Polk audio stick with Digital audio

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Bad product if you have a wireless network

 

The sound is OK, but not great

When the power supply is connected, this device brings my home wireless network to its knees. The network operates so slowly as to be totally unusable. Turning the switch off does not restore the network - the speaker power supply must be unplugged ;...

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