Polk Audio SurroundBar3000 IHT comparison

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Pioneer SP-SB23W

Pioneer SP-SB23W
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Sony HT-CT260

Sony HT-CT260
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Vizio S4251w-B4

Vizio S4251w-B4
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Price $249 at 1 store $246 to $399 at 3 stores $214 to $329 at 9 stores
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Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 8 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.5 stars out of 6 reviews
Release date June 07, 2010 June 25, 2013 October 14, 2012 January 03, 2013
The Bottom Line The Pioneer SP-SB23W is the best affordable sound bar if you care about sound quality, with its outstanding sonics making up for some of its design limitations. The Sony HT-CT260 is our go-to budget sound bar pick, with excellent sound quality, built-in Bluetooth, an adaptable design, and no major missteps. Vizio's S4251w-B4 sports rear speakers for unparalleled home theater sonics from a sound bar, although it has some quirks.

Basic specs

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System Components 1 x Sound bar
1 x Sound bar
1 x Wireless subwoofer
1 x Sound bar
1 x Wireless subwoofer
1 x Sound bar
1 x Wireless subwoofer
2 x Wireless speakers
Color Info unavailable Info unavailable Black
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Product Type Speaker system
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2.1-channel
5.1-channel
Remote Control Remote control
Info unavailable Remote control - Infrared
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Speaker System Details Sound bar
Info unavailable Subwoofer
- 170 Watt
- 130 Watt
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Connectivity Technology Wired
Wired - Bluetooth
Wireless
Wireless - Bluetooth
Wired
Wireless
Speaker Type Active
Info unavailable Active
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Built-in Decoders Info unavailable Dolby Digital
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Product Description Polk Audio SurroundBar 3000 Instant Home Theater - Speaker system
Info unavailable Sound Bar
Sony HT-CT260
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Nominal Output Power (Total) 180 Watt
Info unavailable 300 Watt
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Audio Amplifier Integrated
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