Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater
Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater

Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater

Polk Audio


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  • Complete home theater experience from a single speaker and an unobtrusive wireless subwoofer--no rear speakers, no extra wires
  • Stereo Dimensional Array (a patented Polk Audio exclusive) gives you digital surround sound with no clutter
  • Dynamic Balance drivers produce flat frequency response and sharp detail
  • Requires only a RCA stereo output from a TV, DVD play, or any source
  • Easy to install on a wall, thanks to built-in key hole slots
Product Description
Legendary Polk Audio sound combines with Polk Digital Logic to make watching TV and movies not only more exiting, but increadibly easy. Using a single SurroundBar loudspeaker and a wireless subwoofer, the SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater produces a generous soundstage and rich, full sound. To get started, connect the Surroundbar SDA to your TV and plug in its power cord. Then plug in the wireless subwoofer. Polk Audios patented SDA tehnology and Polk Digital Logic does the rest, bringing spectacular performance and convenience to all of us whose budget is limited but whose desire for great sound is not.

Editorial Review

There's an easy way to get great, immersive surround sound pumping from your new flat panel, widescreen HDTV--Polk Audio's SurroundBar Series speakers, which provide single-speaker surround sound from one slim speaker bar. The Polk Audio AM1805 SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater requires only a RCA stereo output from a TV, DVD play, or any source--no additional electronics or wires are needed. It even comes with a wireless subwoofer and can "self learn" to work with your existing TV remote control. The Polk Audio AM1805 SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater. It doesn't take big bucks to enjoy big sound.

The Polk SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater is a self-contained powered SurroundBar SDA loudspeaker and companion wireless powered subwoofer. We designed it for anyone who's technologically insecure. And we priced it so it won't add to the national debt. It's the most economical (dare we say smart) way to upgrade your flat panel's built-in speakers to a much, much higher level of performance and enjoy all the benefits of a three-dimensional sound stage. Polk Audio AM1805No complicated audio connections on the rear of the SurroundBar (see larger image). It connects to your TV in under 5 minutes.

The SurroundBar SDA IHT works with your remote, the one you're already intimately familiar with. It also comes with all the wires you need for hook up--one. There is no complicated setup or anything else to buy. And you don't have to camouflage multiple speakers, because there are no rear speakers or rear speaker wires. Setup is just this easy:
  1. Un-box the speaker bar and wireless subwoofer.
  2. Connect the audio cable (which comes in the box) from your TV to the SurroundBar.
  3. Plug the bar and wireless subwoofer to electrical power.
  4. Set the bar in front of your TV (or mount it to the wall).
  5. Turn it on. You're done!
Polk Audio AM1805Rear of the subwoofer. Polk Digital Logic delivers the drama and the simplicity.

Polk Digital Logic (a combination of Polk's patented SDA technology and proprietary DSP programming) is how our engineers created the IHT's big sonic performance with no complicated setup or calibration. Like all Polk Audio SurroundBars, the Instant Home Theater's stunning surround sound effects are created independent of any room boundaries so it will work as well in your room as it does in our labs. And as with our other surround bars, Polk SDA technology helps maintain a solid center channel for clear, intelligible dialogue. Combined with Polk Digital Logic you can enjoy dramatic imaging, a three-dimensional sound envelope and, of course, Polk's signature sound--warm, with exceptional immediacy, fullness and clarity. This wireless subwoofer has a kick no matter where you place it.

The SurroundBar SDA Instant Home wireless woofer gives you the flexibility to place the woofer anywhere in your room. Plus you'll never have to run expensive and unsightly line level audio cables all around the room. The subwoofer's small size means you can hide it away behind or under furniture. Your room is refreshingly free of clutter. The subwoofer employs a powerful DSP digital amplifier and Polk's Dynamic Balance Driver Technology for the deep, punchy bass that turns movies, games and TV programs into real gut-pounding thrills. SDA Surround Sound What is SDA Surround Sound Technology

SDA stands for Stereo Dimensional Array, a patented Polk Audio exclusive. When a multi-channel recording is made, sound supposed to be heard at your left ear comes only out of the left speaker. However over a sound system, you hear sound from the left speaker not only in your left ear but also your right ear as well. The dedicated SDA driver produces a SDA signal to control the amount and type of sound the further ear hears. By carefully controlling the SDA signal, SDA Surround Technology allows the sound image to be precisely steered and projected into the room. You'll experience sound effects and instruments coming from all around you, with no physical speakers beside or behind. Specifications Subwoofer
  • Woofer: 6-1/2-inch wireless long-throw Dynamic Balance polymer composite driver
  • Dimensions: 10-1/4 x 10 x 10-1/4 inches (WxHxD)
  • Warranty: 1 year (electronics)
  • Midrange: 4-1/2-inch Dynamic Balance composite cone drivers
  • Tweeter: 2-1/2-inch polycarbonate dome tweeters
  • Dimensions: 31-3/4 x 4 x 4-5/8 inches (WxHxD)
  • Mounting options: keyhole slots for wall mounting or cradles for surface mounting
  • Warranty: 5 years parts and labor (original purchaser)

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Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater Specs:
Product NamePolk Audio SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater
ManufacturerPolk Audio
Product Number MPNAM1805-A
Retail Price $599.95
Last Updated:28-August-2015
Deal first added on:5-December-2009


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Latest 6 Reviews
Here is what people are saying about the Polk Audio SurroundBar SDA Instant Home Theater
2 Star Rating  "Disappointed" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
I am disappointed with this Polk system. Polk make some good speakers but this does not measure up, in spite of the price. They claim easy set up and it is except for programming the remote. It's tricky. You have to press the button on your remote that you are programming rapidly several times or it doesn't register. The surround effect is minimal and the biggest disapointment is the subwoofer which is boomy and muddy. I also own the Sony soundbar with subwoofer that cost $100 less. It's way better.
2 Star Rating  "Not up to the Polk I know" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
The sound quality is not very good. When the speakers on the TV are turned up at the same time, it creates an echo effect. The remote would not program. The tech support solution did not work either. If you want good sound, you have to pay for it.
5 Star Rating  "Terrific soundbar!" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
I recently upgraded my main home theater screen which let me move an older 50" Panasonic plasma to my home office which is 12' x 15'. Since the TV does not have speakers, I looked into soundbars and chose the Polk SDA based on other reviews and positive prior experience with Polk products. In about 45 minutes, I wall-mounted the soundbar below the flat screen, hooked up the cables and placed the wireless subwoofer below my desk. The soundbar requires power which is supplied via a transformer. If you have a low profile fixed mount like mine, the transformer has a power cord rather than a direct plug-in that allows the transformer to be hidden behind the screen and not interfere with the tight clearance at the wall outlet. Setting the volume control through the DirectTV remote was no problem and adjusting the sound performance for the room is a piece of cake. My office fills with voluminous sound and I now listen to a lot of satellite radio through the Polk SDA while I'm "working."

My only nit-pick would be that you cannot wall-mount the soundbar tight to the flat screen due to the mounting system and the speaker's controls being on the top side. This allows the 2 small cables - low voltage power and audio cable - to be seen in the gap between the speaker and the flat screen. This is really minor though and hardly noticeable.

The Polk SurroundBar SDA is easy to install, simple to set-up and operate, and the sound is darn close to my 5.1 home theater speaker system. My expectations were definitely exceeded.
4 Star Rating  "Awesome deal; great sound; ease of use" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User from Belmont Shore, Ca, US
Easy to install and use; tasteful unobtrusive design. Spectacular sound for a two piece soundbar. Programmable for other remotes but does not work with TIVO brand remote so it lost one star.
4 Star Rating  "Premium Sound Quality - Surround" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
I looked at and listened to several sound bars and chose this one for the smooth sound. I have a 50" Panasonic Plasma that needed a sound upgrade, but I didn't want my 2 toddlers all up in the wires and speakers. Polk has a long reputation for building good speakers and I was not disappointed in that regard. Even in my large 350 sq ft room, there is plenty of clean volume. Music sounds great and dialogue is much easier to understand. Setup was incredibly easy as others have said and I love that it turns itself on and off and responds to my other remotes. So I never have to touch it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the surround effect is minimal in my room. If I sit right in front of it with my ears at the same level as the sound bar, you can actually hear stuff coming from the sides, but in normal use I don't hear much. I'm sure this has much to do with the large room with the walls too far away to bounce the sound off. My primary goal was to get great sound and bass from the front, and I am totally satisfied with that. You could probably get a 5.1 system with a bluray for not much more than this thing sells for and it will sound louder and you'll hear more surround effect, but it won't be as smooth and easy!
4 Star Rating  "Good starter" 
- Reviewed By An Amazon User
Overall quality is very good and sound, even though not surround sound is very good. Wireless subwoofer produces good bass and I like being able to move it closer when needed. TV remote setup required a trip to the internet to get better instructions but was rather simple once I understood how to program the sound bar.

Only issue I have is sound bar has a self-protection feature that turns off the sound if it gets too loud. This is a nice feature however it seems to be set a little too low as I have experienced this several times. No big deal just requires turning sound bar off and back on which can be done via the TV remote.

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