Polk is expanding its selection of active soundbars to four models with the $800-everyday Sound- Bar 9000.
It will join three current models priced at $350, $380 and $500
The new model is 2.25 inches deep and 44 inches wide but packed with more DSP horsepower than the other models for equalization and processing, product line manager Al Baron said. It features five 2.5-inch drivers and three 13mm tweeters, all electronically crossed over and individually amplified. It comes with wireless subwoofer.
The soundbar uses Polk’s most sophisticated version of active SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array) technology to add height to the soundfield as well as deliver virtual surround. It features Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder. It’s designed to connect to a TV optical digital input or analog input, using the TV for source switching.
New center-channel technology delivers wide off-axis center-channel dispersion but anchors dialog at the center of the soundbar, Baron said. To achieve that, the company dedicates a 2.5-inch driver and 13mm tweeter just to center-channel information but also sends some centerchannel information to the other drivers and tweeters.
The bar itself delivers bass down to about 100Hz for better blending with the wireless sub, Baron said.