August 01, 2008 by Rebecca Day
SurroundBar 360 measures 44½ (w) x 4 7/8 (d) x 4 1/8 (h) inches and packs 8 full-range drivers. The system incorporates Polk’s Power Port Bass Venting System, and is said to supply low-distortion bass without the need for add-on subwoofer. Just in case, a sub-out is included for bass hounds. The console measures 16½ (w) x 11½ (d) x 3 3/16 (h) inches.
For those surprised that Polk, long known for towering loudspeakers and then for multi-speaker subwoofer/satellite systems, has now entered the speaker bar market, Polk isn’t fazed. “I have a long history of being too early with an idea,” he said referring to a HTiB product Polk launched that was before its time. “So I’m glad a lot of other people are doing it. It’s what the consumer has wanted all along,” he said. “We just didn’t give it to them.”
In fact, Polk said, “I’m amazed it took us so long to get here. In the industry we’re talking about 7.1, 9.1-channel systems, and Tom Holman (of THX) says an 11.1-channel system is optimum for home theater sound. But did anyone speak to any customers about this? Real people are not like us.”
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