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Posts Tagged ‘Polk Audio’

Polk Audio Adds to Personal Audio Line

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Polk Audio plans to add to its personal audio collection with a series of devices that will include desktop audio products, including a successor to the company’s discontinued I-Sonic tabletop entertainment system.  The company’s personal audio products currently consist of its first six headphones launched in mid-year .

The I-Sonic 3 tabletop audio systemwill be available soon, according to Polk It will replace the out-of-production I-Sonic 2, which was a tabletop single-chassis HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, embedded iPod/iPhone dock, video output, and 360-degree stereo sound.

Referring to Polk’s entry into headphones, senior sales and marketing VP Ben Newhall cited the need to adapt to a changing market in which “consumers have radically changed the way they choose to listen to their music.” According to Newhall, headphones out-sell all types of traditional loudspeakers, including car and home theater.

Polk Audio Instant Home Theater

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Polk Audio Instant Home Theater Surround Bar 6000

I recently purchased a Sony 55″ LED LCD TV. Let me start by saying that this TV is AWESOME. It has a great picture, but the audio leaves much to be desired. In fact, my wife agreed much faster that I had though when I suggested we look into a soundbar that we could place on the mantel just under the TV.

Polk Audio Surround Bar 6000 tucked neatly under a wall-mounted TV

I knew I wanted a soundbar that was easy to install, offered great audio and since I didn’t want to run a sub cable, it had to have a wireless subwoofer. After looking at the soundbars in our store, I decided to go with the Polk Audio SURROUNDBAR6000.

Hook up was very easy–just connected an optical cable from my TV to the optical input on of the back of the soundbar (which by the way has 3 audio inputs). The wireless sub woofer was placed in a corner and plugged in to a Panamax 2-Outlet Grey Multi-Use Surge Protector – MD2 after setting both the subwoofer and the soundbar on the same channel. Lastly, I had to go into the TV menu settings and turn off the TVs internal speakers.

Now my family and I enjoy great room filling audio from our TV.

-Rafael P.

Polk Audio Sales Special!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

From now until February 28th, whenever you buy any select Polk Audio speakers, you can get a Polk Audio PSW Series 8″ Powered Black Subwoofer – model number PSW111 free.  Choose from a handful of Polk Audio speakers to perfect your home theater experience. Start shopping today!

CES 2011: Polk's Innovative Ingenuity

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Manufacturer Polk Audio won at CES for Most Innovative products by winning 2 out of the 5 categories.  As a retailer of Polk Audio for years, we are thrilled with their success and are proud to continue to sell their line of electronics.  Check out the forum “Polk Audio wins big in CES” on their website for images and information.

Hitmaster Will Make Anyone Sound Like They Are In A Rock Band

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

 

As the Abt team made their way through the myriad of booths at CES, they noticed a new speaker from Polk Audio. This new speaker is made particularly for gaming systems; it’s a fun way to upgrade from computer speakers. The HITMASTER is a substantial speaker with an impressive volume level for $100. The HITMASTER will make XBox, Wii, or Playstation sound unbelievable—really cool for Rock Band.

 

-Kelly B.

New Goodies From the CEDIA Expo

Monday, September 14th, 2009

September 9-12, 2009 was the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) expo in Atlanta. Mike Abt and Jim Kozicki checked out all the new electronics that we can expecting to see at the Abt store in upcoming months. They saw some really cool new technology.

Pioneer and Yamaha both brought new iPod speaker systems and sound bars. Pioneer’s a new 2.1 speaker system and a new 2.1 soundbar system with a wireless subwoofer. E-Tap is their new web-based media storage system. With E-Tap storage of photos, music, and streaming video will be available on the internet.

Yamaha’s new iPod speaker dock, the PDX60, comes with a wireless dongle which transmits music to the main station from a remote location. PDX60 is iPhone compatible and because the wireless dock overrides the main dock operation it is possible to charge two iPhones at once. Yamaha’s soundbar has a slim speaker bar with a subwoofer and controller unit that runs the whole system. There was also a cool network receiver, new from Yamaha, the RXV2065. It has an App which works on the iPhone and iTouch that controls the receiver.

Quite a few new speakers made an appearance at CEDIA this year. Definitive technology, Klipsch, Kef, and Polk Audio had a great showing. Definitive showed their new MYTHOS speaker. Meant to be wall mounted, at a svelte 1.5” deep, it’s thinner than some LED TVs on the market. This MYTHOS speaker is a multi-woofer, single-tweeter LCR speaker. In keeping with the tradition of the MYTHOS line, this speaker too, is made out of the extruded aluminum.

Klipsch’s offering at this years expo, is their new down-firing, lower-priced subwoofer. The 8” SW350 will retail at $349 and the 10” SW45 will be $449.

Kef displayed a wireless subwoofer and a new wireless soundbar product.

Polk Audio also brought an ultra-thin 50” soundbar. New additions to their IHT line were new at the expo. They showed a larger speaker for use with a 50” TV, and a shallower version for a smaller TV. There were also inwall/inceiling speakers that had a unique bezel that almost vanishes when painted.

Denon brought a Blu-ray-receiver unit that combines a high-quality Blu-ray player and amplifier in a one-piece solution for just $1799.

Panamax came up with something really unique for the show and consumers this year. They have come out with a surge protector/line conditioner, the M4315, which can be programmed with an IP address for remote monitoring of a system—from a power angle. The unit will store data about spikes, surges, and dropouts for the life of the system. An additional battery will be available for the unit too, model MB1500.

Sonos was excited to let everyone know that when using their new CR200—you can Tweet about what you are listening to—or anything else.

The XBR10 was the TV, from the Sony camp, that got a lot of notice. It’s a side-lit, ultra-thin, LED TV with a wireless media box that keeps the TV free from wires, giving it a super-clean look. Also, from Sony this year, a new network Blu-ray player that streams music and video from the web. The Blu-ray, BDPN460, will sell for $249. Finally, from Sony this year, is a receiver that can be programmed with an IP address for remote troubleshooting. This receiver is compatible with Crestron and Control4 products right out of the box, equaling no complicated programming

For more information on the products at CEDIA, contact an Abt sales specialist.

-Kelly B.