Review: Roundup: Single-Speaker Surround Sound Systems

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Single-speaker surround sound isn’t magic; it’s just a clever dose of digital processing. Previously, you paid dearly for this sleight of hand, but these days you can get a bone-rattling system for way less than a grand.

1. Polk SurroundBar SDA

Polk’s “Instant Home Theater” handily rules the solo-surround roost—and, unsurprisingly, commands the highest price. Though a dearth of inputs prevents it from being the nexus of your home theater, the SDA masters the most important feature: all-enveloping, glass-smashing multidirectional emulation. The bar delivers a deep and complex sound field, rounded out by punchy bass from its wireless sub.

$550, Polkaudio

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