Polk Raises The Bar On Performance And Convenience

-- Performance, Convenience, Style And Value Join Hands For Impressive New Home Theater Audio Solution --

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 5, 2009 - Polk Audio today announced the latest addition to its family of SurroundBar® integrated home theater speakers, and a leap forward in simplified surround sound for the mass market. The new SurroundBar® SDA Instant Home Theater (IHT) brings the celebrated Polk sound to virtually any home entertainment system that hooks up in minutes, with a compact, integrated speaker array perfectly matched for flat TVs, and an innovative wireless subwoofer.


"The market has been calling for a solution as straightforward as this one," says Mark Suskind, Vice President of Polk Product Line Management . "Until now there have been too many compromises needed to get convincing home theater audio that's also convenient for the consumer. Polk's new IHT makes home theater audio easy, simple and affordable for any household."

The Polk IHT distinguishes itself from its competition by virtue of its storied Polk Audio engineering. Six drivers have been employed to provide a broad, accurate sound field that presents the listener with clarity and realism. Four 2 ½" treated composite bass -midrange drivers provide remarkable impact from the SurroundBar's compact frame (only 31.75" W x 4" H and 4.65" D), while two 13mm polymer dome tweeters provide extended high frequency response out to 22 KHz. Polk's patented SDA® Stereo Dimensional Array Technology creates a realistic surround image without the use of rear or side speakers.

The Instant Home Theater's matching wireless subwoofer is a compact 6 ½" floor -firing design that thanks to an integrated wireless transmitter. With set -up taking just a few minutes, the sub can be placed virtually anywhere in the listening room without the need for cumbersome subwoofer cabling. The sub's treated carbon fiber drivers provide tight, authoritative bass that brings a new level of impact to the soundbar category, with response down to an impressive 40 Hz. The IHT system connects to the stereo audio output jacks of any TV.

Polk's IHT will begin shipping in January 2009, for a suggested selling price of $499.
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About Polk Audio

Polk Audio is an award -winning designer and manufacturer of high performance audio products and the largest audio brand of Directed Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ, DEIX). Founded in 1972 by three Johns Hopkins University graduates, Polk Audio holds over 50 patents for advances in audio design and technology. Polk's products include loudspeakers and electronic components for home, auto and marine applications, the first satellite radio home component tuner, the world's first audiophile -grade active IP -addressable loudspeaker, the first THX Ultra2 Certified in -ceiling loudspeaker, and I -Sonic -the first entertainment system to include HD radio, XM Connect & Play capability and a DVD player. Polk products are available through authorized specialist consumer electronics retailers worldwide. For more information and the location of a Polk retailer or distributor in your area visit the www.polkaudio.com or call us at 1 -800 -377 -7655 (USA and Canada). Outside of North America call +1 (410) 358 -3600.

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