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Well I just recently got the Polk Surroundbar SDA and love it. The sound is fantastic, nice volume-very clear. I have it hooked up to my cable box, and would like to be able to hear my DVD player through it as well and thought of buying an A/V switcher. Any suggestions? Nothing fancy, just something easy to use.

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What model do you have?
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cropduster330,

I'm in the same position as you.

Did you buy an AV switcher? Which brand/model and from where?

Thanks in advance.

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You guys don't need to do that. Plug all your gear into your TV and use the audio outs from your TV to the Polk IHT. The TV is supposed to be used as the switcher with this system.
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this system has NO amp? how loud can it get? what is the RMS?
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this system has NO amp? how loud can it get? what is the RMS?

Of course it has an amp. It is taking a straight audio signal via RCA and has built-in amplification for the soundbar and a separate powered, wireless sub. Specs are available here:

http://www.polkaudio.com/homeaudio/s...dbar/specs.php
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sorry just found infor on crutchfield, my mistake, thanks

look like a GREAT system!
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Could you or anyone give a review on this polk sound bar. I've been reading all the great things about the ZVOX 325 but am VERY interested in this setup cause it has the sub too.

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Could you or anyone give a review on this polk sound bar. I've been reading all the great things about the ZVOX 325 but am VERY interested in this setup cause it has the sub too.

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I don't think that is a fair comparison...the Polk should waste the 325 based on driver and total power spec alone. However, I would think you'd consider a used or refurb ZVOX 425 off Ebay if you are willing to pay the Polk's $500 price tag. Now THAT would be an interesting battle!

ZVOX 425:
Total Power: 133 watts
Drivers: Five full-range 3.25" main drivers
Tweeters: No separate tweeters
Sub: Dual internal 4" ported subs

Polk SDA Instant Home Theater:
Total Power: 260 watts (140 for the mains, 120 for the sub)
Drivers: Four 2.5" drivers
Tweeters: Two 0.5" tweeters
Sub: 6.5" external powered sub

What do you guys think? The ZVOX 425 has more air being moved across those larger main drivers than the SDA...I think that gives it the edge here, though the Polk would still have an edge on bass. I would have killed to see Polk use their standard Surroundbar for this setup with its SEVEN 3.5" drivers instead of this paired-down bar.
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What if you added a powered sub to the ZVOX 325?
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You guys don't need to do that. Plug all your gear into your TV and use the audio outs from your TV to the Polk IHT. The TV is supposed to be used as the switcher with this system.

Pete,
I'm considering a monitor, not a TV. And the monitor has NO audio outs because it does not take audio in to begin with. In this situation, an external switch would be the only solution to handle multiple sources.

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Pete,
I'm considering a monitor, not a TV. And the monitor has NO audio outs because it does not take audio in to begin with. In this situation, an external switch would be the only solution to handle multiple sources.

Correct?

For this Polk or a ZVOX in that situation...yes, you would need a switch.
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What if you added a powered sub to the ZVOX 325?

That would be a nice setup...you could probably get a better sub than the Polk one includes and still get out of there for the same price and potentially have something better overall. Sub would not be wireless, but to me 1 wired thing is not a big deal.
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That would be a nice setup...you could probably get a better sub than the Polk one includes and still get out of there for the same price and potentially have something better overall. Sub would not be wireless, but to me 1 wired thing is not a big deal.


Yes I think this is the best setup for my needs. now to find a good but kind of cheap sub..... Any ideas or help?

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Yes I think this is the best setup for my needs. now to find a good but kind of cheap sub..... Any ideas or help?

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Go to Amazon and search on subwoofer. There is a Polk 10" with tons of positive reviews for around $120.
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Go to Amazon and search on subwoofer. There is a Polk 10" with tons of positive reviews for around $120.

Yes sir! that would be what I am looking for.

Thank you!!
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Yes sir! that would be what I am looking for.

Thank you!!

No problem! Another tip...check Ebay for one of those 325s. ZVOX themselves often have returns that they re-sell for much less and are practically brand new. Are you getting this setup soon? I would love to hear a review when you are done!
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