By Mark Fleischmann • January, 2009
At A Glance: DVD-processor console contains all amplification • Single cable connection • Doesn’t accept HD video or lossless audio from Blu-ray
Do You Believe in Magic?
Bar-type speaker systems like the Polk SurroundBar 360˚ are a logical response to the flat-paneling of modern homes. The form factor of a single horizontal speaker makes sense to use below the bottom edge of a flat screen (or perched atop a rear projector). But surround, by its nature, likes to spread itself around the room. And it does so for the same reason that pictures like to be big—to engulf the senses and take the viewer/listener to another place. But how can a single bar speaker spread itself around when it’s confined to a single enclosure? That’s the question Matthew Polk set out to answer with this product.
The SurroundBar 360˚—let’s make it easy on ourselves and call it the 360—answers that question in a fascinating way. Offering even the most basic details about it challenges my powers of description. For example, how do you describe a system that takes a 5.1-channel input, processes it, outputs it through four amplifier channels and eight drivers, and produces something that resembles 5.1-channel surround?
Part of the answer is that the question is incomplete. It omits the final stage of the process—the psychoacoustic reaction that occurs when the system’s output strikes the ears, infiltrates the brain, and stirs our primordial perceptions and emotions.
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