Polk Audio has introduced its SorroundBar 9000. The product is billed as an instant home theater system that includes a sound bar loaded with eight drivers and a wireless subwoofer.
The American audio company dubs itself “the speaker specialists,” and it has packed plenty of power into its new product. The SorroundBar system’s sound bar is imbued with drivers, sporting eight in total, including five 2.5-inch midrange drivers and three 1/2-inch silk dome tweeters. Add that sonic energy potential to the downward-firing, long-throw wireless subwoofer, and you’ve got yourself a pretty beefy system.
On the whole, the SorroundBar 9000 is said to be capable of pumping out 510 watts of peak power. But, since we know that companies tend to inflate wattage numbers, we suggest you season what you read with some salt, and defer to your ears for final judgement. That being said, the spec sheet claims an output of 45 watts per driver and 150 watts from the sub, which sounds pretty reasonable.
Concerning convenience and aesthetics: Polk Audio says your wireless sub should work anywhere inside of 50ft away from its partnered sound bar, which is best-suited to hang beneath a 50-inch flat-panel display.
Delving into the more technical side of things, Polk Audio looks to be anticipating every audiophile gripe it can. It claims to have included its patented Stereo Dimensional Array (to eliminate crosstalk between channels), an Optimized Center Array (to spread center channel audio over a wide listening area) and Full Complement Bass (to spread resonant bass throughout the entire room).
At first blush, this system seems suitably loaded for its price point ($800). It’s available now, and if the reviews vibe with the marketing materials, you may want to pull the trigger.