Omni SB1 Plus Soundbar

Omni SB1 Plus Soundbar
Premium Home Theater Sound Bar
and Wireless Music Streaming System
with Polk’s VoiceAdjust Technology
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Premium Home Theater Sound Bar and
Wireless Music Streaming System with Polk’s
VoiceAdjust Technology
What’s in the Box ................................................................. 3
Getting Started for Home Theater ........................................ 3
Sound Bar Controls ............................................................. 3
Subwoofer Controls ............................................................. 4
Remote Control ................................................................... 4
VoiceAdjust Technology Info ................................................ 4
Wireless Rear Surround Speaker Technology Info ................ 4
Bluetooth Adapter Info ......................................................... 4
IR Remote Learning ............................................................. 4
Wireless Music Listening Info ............................................ 5-7
Specifications ...................................................................... 7
Updates and Troubleshooting .............................................. 8
Technical Assistance and Contact ....................................... 8
The Omni SB1 Plus with Polk VoiceAdjust™ Technology is a home
cinema 3.1 sound bar system that creates a broad, enveloping
soundstage for movies, sports, music and games. The SB1’s
VoiceAdjust Technology utilizes the optimized 3-speaker array with
controllable voice channel level to reproduce clear, crisp dialogue.
Plus, it features wireless rear surround technology letting you
connect the sound bar to any pair of Play-Fi speakers and enjoy a
true 5.1 home theater experience. We’ve also included a separate
Bluetooth adapter so you can switch between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
in seconds—play audio from your phone, tablet or computer
without using the Polk Omni app and restream the audio to any
Play-Fi speaker on your network. What’s more, the included 8”
wireless subwoofer gives the SB1 Plus system a rich bottom-end
while eliminating the clutter of wires.
Music and Movie Immersion Modes enable you to tailor the
bar’s sound field for a more immersive listening experience.
Polk’s exclusive Full Complement Bass Technology lets the bar
reproduce its lowest range easily, creating a warm, bass-rich
timbre at lower distortion and higher volumes. With built-in
Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 decoding, you are always in the center
of the action.
Our SmartBar™ technology ensures the SB1 Plus works with
any TV or cable box, and that it learns your TV’s original IR
remote commands so you can control your sound bar with your
TV remote. (Backup remote included.) More importantly, it
ultra-low-profile design will not block your TV screen or its IR
port. Setup is a simple: Connect the supplied optical cable and
plug-in your bar and sub to a power outlet.
The Polk Omni Collection
Your Omni SB1 Plus wireless sound bar is part of the Polk Omni
Collection, the First Great-Sounding Wireless Music System™.
The Omni SB1 Plus can be used as a stand-alone wireless sound
bar system or as part of a family.
With the Omni Collection, you can effortlessly enjoy Polk’s crisp,
room-filling sound anywhere or everywhere in your home; start
with one and then add throughout your home. Stream your
favorite music services, internet radio and your personal digital
music library all from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
And because you can mix and match speakers with the open
DTS Play-Fi® technology standard, future-proofing your
technology has never been easier. Newly redesigned iOS and
Android apps simplifies wireless music setup.
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Unpacking your SB1 Plus
Please unpack the components carefully, removing the subwoofer
first as indicated on the carton and then the sound bar.
We recommend saving all cartons and packing materials in case
you move, or should you need to ship your SB1 Plus.
What’s in the Box
Connecting Your Wireless Subwoofer
While you can place your SB1 Plus wireless subwoofer anywhere
in your room, bass performance can be maximized by placing the
subwoofer in a corner. Once the subwoofer has found its final
position, simply connect the subwoofer power cable from your
power outlet to the SB1 Plus subwoofer. Then flip the power
switch on the back of the subwoofer. Your Polk SB1 Plus subwoofer
comes pre-paired out of the box to the SB1 Plus soundbar, so
it will automatically sync with your soundbar.
Sound Bar Controls
Source Select
Wi-Fi Setup
1. Sound bar
2. Wireless subwoofer
3. 8' analog stereo cable (3.5mm)
Voice Volume
4. 6' optical cable
5. Subwoofer power cable
Power, Source/Learn, Master Volume, Center Channel Volume,
Subwoofer Volume, Mute, Wi-Fi Pair/Connect. These settings
can also be adjusted using the included IR remote control; movie
and music listening modes are selected only from the remote control.
6. Sound Bar power cables (6' power supply; 8' power cable)
7. Remote control (battery included)
8. Bluetooth adapter (includes 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable)
Getting Started for Home Theater
1. Power—Turns on the bar or puts it in standby mode.
Hooking Up the SB1 Plus to your TV
2. S
ource/Learn—Puts the bar into “learning mode” so you
can program it to respond to commands from your TV’s IR
remote control. Source/Learn also changes which input source
you are listening to.
Source 1: digital/optical
Source 2: analog
Source 3: Wi-Fi ( ): Wi-Fi® wireless
You likely have many sources for your audio signal: your TV, your
DVD player or a cable/satellite box. The bar is able to accept
audio from up to three different sources. The simplest approach
is to connect the optical audio output from your TV to the optical
input on the back of the SB1 Plus bar. This connection will provide
the highest quality audio regardless of whether you are watching
TV or DVD. If your TV does not have an optical output, you can
use the optical output from your DVD player or your cable/satellite
box to connect directly to the optical input on the SB1 Plus bar.
Power On/Off 3. M
aster Volume Up and Down (+ /- )—Adjusts the volume
of the SB1 Plus Sound Bar Sound bar.
4. V
oice Volume Up and Down (+ /- )—Adjusts the volume
of the SB1 Plus Sound Bar Sound bar center channel.
5. B
ass Up and Down (+ /- )—Adjusts the volume of the
SB1 Plus Sound Bar Sound bar subwoofer.
6. M
ute—Mutes and unmutes the sound coming from
the sound bar.
7. W
iFi – Pairs and connects with a WiFi enabled device
(See “Wi-Fi Setup” above).
1. Power Connection—The bar power cable connects here.
2. Audio Inputs (Source 1 Optical, 2 AUX/Bluetooth, or 3
Wi-Fi)— Where you connect your TV (or other sources) to
the sound bar. Source 3 (Wi-Fi) is a wireless connection. For
“wired” connections, use the 6’ optical cable (Source 1) provided or 1/8” analog cable (also used by Bluetooth adapter)
(Source 2) provided. Use the USB charging port for any USB
powered device (ex. Bluetooth adapter,
smartphone, tablet, iPod, etc.), for manual firmware updates
via a USB flash drive, or to create a hard-wired Ethernet
connection using a USB Ethernet adapter.
3. IR Input— Use for a wired IR pass-through
(cable sold separately)
4. Sub Out— Hard wire sub connection
5. SYNC—The SYNC button ensures the subwoofer and bar
are communicating with each other.
Note: If the SB1 Plus system ever loses power, the system will
default to “Standby” when power is restored.
Subwoofer Controls
1. Power Switch—Turns the wireless subwoofer on or off,
but you can leave it on all the time if you wish.
2. Power Connection—The subwoofer power cord
connects here.
The status light on the wireless subwoofer indicates
the following:
Your SB1 Plus Sound Bar Sound bar has a dedicated center
channel, which you control from either the bar or the remote
control. By controlling the volume of the center channel, you can
make movie or television dialogue louder and more intelligible.
Wireless Rear Surround Speaker Technology
The SB1 Plus comes with built-in wireless rear surround
speaker technology. Just connect the sound bar to any pair of
Play-Fi speakers and enjoy a true 5.1 home theater experience.
(App and firmware update required).
Included Bluetooth Adapter
The SB1 Plus comes with a separate Bluetooth adapter (must
be plugged into both USB and Aux IN ports) so you can switch
between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in seconds—play audio from even
more online sources from your phone, tablet or computer without
having to use the Polk Omni app and restream it to any Play-Fi
speaker on your network.
IR Remote Learning
a. Green Steady—The bar and subwoofer are connected.
Set Up Your TV’s IR Remote Control For SmartBar™ Learning
b. Green
Slow Blinking—The subwoofer is searching
for the bar.
Note: For your sound bar to respond to your remote control, you
MUST FIRST program the bar to respond to your television’s
original IR (Infra-Red) remote. An RF (Radio Frequency) remote
will not work. Other remotes (cable, satellite) will work only after
you have programmed the bar to respond to the TV’s IR remote.
c. G
reen Fast Blinking—The subwoofer is in the process of
connecting with the bar.
a. Red Steady—The subwoofer is in standby mode.
b. Red Blinking—The subwoofer is in protection mode.
Remote Control
VoiceAdjust™ Technology
Programming Instructions:
Your sound bar is currently programmed to respond to the remote
control that is included with the product. However, we strongly
recommend programming the sound bar to also respond to your
existing remote control using the steps illustrated below. This will
enable you to operate all of your components using a single remote control. While programming the sound bar, ignore anything
that may be displayed on the TV screen.
Power— Turns on the bar or puts it in
standby mode.
Mute— Mutes and unmutes the sound
coming from the sound bar.
Source 1, 2, WiFI — Changes which
Example: To teach your bar the “Volume Up” command of your
input source you are listening to.
remote control.
Master Volume Up and Down ( + / – )
Adjusts the master volume of the system.
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he Sound Bar is turned on and the LED is dim red, and
you have sound coming from the bar.
Center Volume Up and Down ( + / – )
Adjusts the volume of the center channel.
2. Press
and hold the “SOURCE/LEARN” button (on either
SUB Volume Up and Down ( + / – )
the bar or the included remote) for 5 seconds. LEDs 3, 5,
7, 9, 11 pulse.
Adjusts the volume of the subwoofer.
Movie/Music Select—Tailors the audio 4
for either movies or music.
3. Press and release “Volume Up” button on the SB1’s
included remote.
System Requirements
It all begins by building a wireless home network, preferably one
with a high-speed Internet connection. Here’s what you’ll need to
connect your SB1 Plus to your network:
4. Hold your TV’s remote 6" - 1' from the sound bar.
5. Press the “Volume Up” button on your TV’s IR remote
control once.
• A
Wireless Network connected to the internet with an 802.11g
router or better*.
6. LEARN LEDs 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 turn solid; the command
has been learned. Two chimes confirm the command has
been learned.
• A
n Android device with version 2.2 operating system or newer
OR an iOS device with version 6.0 operating system or newer.
• The password for your wireless network (if required).
Repeat steps 1-6 to program “Volume Down”( – ), Source, Mute
and Power buttons.
*Router type is usually listed on the router, itself. Please call the Polk Preferred
Services @ 1-800-638-7276 for further questions related to router type.
Important note to save your tv’s ir remote commands:
After you’ve programmed all of the commands on your TV’s
remote control, press and hold the “Source/Learn” button for 5
seconds. This saves all of the commands.
For The Best DTS Play-Fi Experience
To ensure your system is operating under the best environment
possible, here are a few additional tips:
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or the fastest streaming performance, especially when
connecting to multiple speakers simultaneously, an 802.11ac
router or better is recommended.
Note: If your bar fails to learn certain IR remote codes, the
power LED will blink red three times. Try erasing any previously
programmed codes (see below) and carefully repeat steps
1-6 above.
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nsure the DTS Play-Fi device is within wireless reach of your
router, or that the signal is not hindered by concrete, brick, or
other dense walls. The quality of your connection can be
observed in the Polk Omni App by the Wireless Strength icon.
Code Erasing Procedure:
If you have programmed your Sound bar to respond to a remote
control and you no longer want it to do so, erase the codes by
pressing the “Source/Learn” button for 10 seconds. Previously
learned codes have been successfully erased when the POWER
LED flashes green ten times.
Wi-Fi Setup
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o ensure the easiest setup, place your SB1 Plus near your
internet-connected wireless router. Note, when setup is
complete, you can move your device anywhere you want to.
Note: This procedure removes ALL of your bar’s remote control
programming. If you only need to change the programming for
some of the bar buttons, follow the six steps in the sequence
previously described to redo any previous programming.
The Sound bar will continue to respond to the provided credit
card remote control.
2. C
onnect the included power cable to the SB1 Plus and a
power outlet. The device will power on automatically.
3. T
he white light on the back will blink quickly for about
20 seconds, after which it will begin to pulse slowly.
Getting Started for Wireless Music
Your Home Network
In general, Wi-Fi is the wireless streaming of data over a network.
Here, Wi-Fi audio is the streaming of music throughout a home
network by connecting multiple speakers and/or devices together.
The controller for the Polk Omni Collection is the Polk Omni App,
which sends music information to each DTS Play-Fi enabled
speaker or device.
4. The
slowly pulsing light means your device is ready to
connect to your Wi-Fi network. Note: if the Wi-Fi LED is
not pulsing slowly, Press and hold the Wi-Fi setup button
(for 8 seconds), until you hear the second tone.
5. D
ownload the Polk Omni App from the Apple App Store
or Google Play Store.
6. Launch the app and follow the instructions.
Utility App
Note: to enable Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) mode with
a WPS compatible router, press and hold the Wi-Fi button
on the SB1 Plus for 4 seconds or until the first beep. Now
push the WPS button on your wireless router. The SB1 Plus
will automatically connect to your network without the need
to enter your password.
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Wired Ethernet Connection
A hard-wired Ethernet connection can provide a faster transfer rate
than a wireless connection. While Polk Omni Collection products
do not have a dedicated Ethernet port, they do have a USB Port.
Using an Ethernet adapter for a USB cable, you can connect your
products directly to your router.
Connecting the Subwoofer
The SB1 Plus Sound Bar and wireless subwoofer are preset
at the factory to work together. As such, the SB1 Plus subwoofer
automatically receives the wireless signal from the bar. All you
need to do is make sure the subwoofer is plugged in and the
main power switched to ON.
Android device instructions
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aunch the Polk Omni app.
2. T
he app will automatically find your device and prompt you
to set it up. Tap the “Set up” button.
3. If your Wi-Fi network is protected, enter the password.
The app will connect the device to the network.
4. W
hen your device is connected to the network, the Wi-Fi
light will change from blinking to a solid white.
5. Y
ou’re connected! From here, feel free to rename your device
with one of the preset names, create your own custom
name, or skip right to enjoying music.
Polk Omni Utility App
For access to extended functionality, including Product Firmware
Updates, Source Selection, and EQ Settings (Polk Omni A1 Amp
and Omni P1 adapt only when paired with Polk Audio speakers),
download the free Polk Omni App, available from the App Store or
Google Play Store.
Note: This app is not required for daily music streaming use.
Note: If the wireless subwoofer stops receiving an audio signal,
follow these instructions to re-establish the connection:
1. Turn off the subwoofer’s AC Mains switch.
2. Press and hold the SYNC button on the back of the bar
for three seconds.
3. The LED on the back of the bar will blink, indicating that the
bar and the subwoofer are ready to be connected.
4. Turn on the subwoofer’s AC Mains switch. When the
subwoofer LED turns solid green, the bar and subwoofer are
connected and ready to use.
Downloading the DTS Play-Fi PC App
• Visit
iOS device instructions
• Click on “Download Free Version”
1. Launch the Polk Omni app.
2. The app will suggest that a new device is ready to be setup.
Click on the device and hit next within the app to take you to
setup instruction screens.
3. Exit the Polk Omni app and go to your Settings on your
iOS device.
4. Select Wi-Fi. Ensure that Wi-Fi is enabled. Once enabled,
choose from the list the device listed with “DTS Play-Fi”
in the name.
5. Once selected, exit the settings menu and return to the
Polk Omni App to select your wireless network.
(if password protected, enter your password)
6. When your device is connected to the network, the Wi-Fi
light will change from blinking to a solid white.
7. You’re connected! From here, feel free to rename your
device with one of the preset names, create your own
custom name, or skip right to enjoying music.
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nce downloaded to PC, DTS Play-Fi logo will show up
in your Task Manager.
• Click on DTS Play-Fi driver
• Click on any zone to begin controlling.
Call the Polk Preferred Services @ 1-800-638-7276 to find out
how to upgrade to the Premium Play-PC driver for multi-zone
control capabilities.
Working with NAS Drives, PCs, and Mac Devices
The Polk Omni App is capable of recognizing any Media Server
or NAS drive that is broadcasting over your home network and
that’s configured for open access using the DLNA protocol.
Using the DTS Play-Fi Windows app, the Polk Omni Collection
products will play any file capable of being played by the Windows
operating system, including all music services. See “Downloading
the DTS Play-Fi PC App” above to learn more.
Because OSX devices don’t support DLNA, a third party software
(ex. Twonky, Plex or Servio) must be downloaded for them to be
visible to the network. Once downloaded, all locally stored content
on OSX-based devices will show up within the Polk Omni App
under “Media Server.”
Playing Music
Now that you’re connected, open the Polk Omni app to begin
playing music. To begin playing music, start by selecting the
preferred music source. The next step is to select the device(s)
from which you want to hear the music. When done, click “Next.”
You can now select the music you want to play.
Music choices to select from include:
Your personal music library- hear all the music
stored on your phone, tablet or computer through
your Polk Omni products and all throughout your home.
Internet Radio- Enjoy radio stations from around the
world, in virtually any genre, and all of it free. Internet
Radio has 37,000 stations with popular brands like
Disney, BBC, NPR, Fox News Radio, Wall Street
Journal Radio and more.
Primary vs. Secondary Speakers
Once inside the Polk Omni app, you will notice that when
sending music to your devices, they are grouped into primary
and secondary zones. The DTS Play-Fi software requires that a
primary speaker be selected to create a new listening session or
zone. This is designed to maximize synchronization down to one
millisecond thereby eliminating any sound echo that can be found
from other ecosystems.
Our recommendation for your listening environment is to always
select as your primary device the DTS Play-Fi enabled product
with the strongest signal strength. Note, however, that secondary
speakers are connected to your primary speaker. As such,
if you disable your primary speaker, any secondary speakers
will likewise be temporarily disabled until a primary speakers is
once again selected.
SB1 Plus Specs
Online music services- Stream the most popular
online music services including Pandora and Songza.
For the most updated list of music services, visit Services like KKBox, QQMusic
and Deezer are available internationally in select
Sound Bar Dimensions
(55.1 mm x 1092.2 mm x 91.4 mm)
Subwoofer Dimensions
Three 3" x 1" full range drivers
(63.5 mm)
Adding another speaker or component
Adding to your Polk Omni Collection is easy
The Omni Collection makes creating a whole house wireless
music system as simple as pushing a button or two. Add more
S2 speakers, a sound bar, an amp or adapter to an existing
audio system.
Wireless Connectivity
2.4GHz & 5GHz
Total System Power
350 Watts
Optical, two 1/8" analog
Included in Box
6' analog cable, 6' optical cable,
remote control (battery included),
• From the Omni App home page, choose “Settings.”
power supply and cables
• From the “Settings” screen, choose “Add DTS Play-Fi
• Follow the app’s instructions to add the device to your list.
Maximum number of rooms/zone supported:
Eight separate wireless source devices (smartphones, tablets,
etc.), each with its own source, are supported simultaneously
and any wireless source device can stream to 8 playback devices.
Due to bandwidth limitations of most wireless networks, we do
not recommend more than 16 wireless DTS Play-Fi products
on the Wi-Fi network at a given time. With hard-wired Ethernet
connections (customary for audio/video racks or in custom
installation configurations), up to 256 devices can be theoretically
supported. Call the Polk Preferred Services @ 1-800-638-7276
for more information. 4.3" H (w feet) x 13.7" W x 11.61" D
(362.2 mm x 347.9 mm x 294.8 mm)
Sound Bar
2.17" H x 43" W x 3.6" D
3 years speaker, 1 year electronics
Dual-Band Capabilities
The Polk Omni Collection products all have “dual-band” capabilities.
The most standard wireless band – 2.4 GHz – can often times be
congested and slow, especially in environments where you have
many routers sending wireless signals (ex. mixed-use developments
like apartment buildings). In these instances, the Omni Collection
can also jump onto the 5 GHz band.
DTS Play-Fi Accepted File Formats:
• mp3 (MPEG Layer III)
• m4a and aac (Advanced Audio Coding)
• flac (Free Lossless Audio Codec)
• wav (Waveform Audio File)
File Quality:
The sound coming from the bar is distorted.
• Try turning down the volume of your audio source, if possible.
• L
ossless file reproduction up to 16-bit/48kHz
(CD Quality) and proper file handling for full compatibility
with all high-resolution music up to 24bit/192k.
• A
udio processing—there may be audio processing occurring
prior to reaching the bar. Disable this processing.
• P
lays all format bitrates [kbps]. DTS Play-Fi transmits
high-resolution files, but it does down-sample them so
that they can be distributed throughout a home.
The included remote control won’t work.
• Ensure the battery’s protective plastic tab has been removed.
• Replace
the battery (CR2025). The bar won’t learn my remote
control commands.
Software Updates
• C
arefully follow the programming instructions on the previous
page of this manual.
In the spirit of improving the performance and functionality of
your system, software updates will be required from time to time.
To download those updates, we highly encourage you to register
your Polk product during the setup process. On the home page
of the app, scroll down to “Preferred Services” and follow the
listed instructions.
• Hold the remote steady and 1-2 feet from the front of the bar.
• Q
uickly “tap” the button on your existing remote until the status
LED blinks green. Note: The bar learns almost all IR commands,
but some IR protocols cannot be programmed.
Basic Troubleshooting
Under “Settings” on the Omni App home page, you will find a
category called Troubleshooting. This link will take you to the DTS
Play-Fi Knowledge Base Note
that quite often an issue can be traced back to router or network
performance. As always, for help answering any of your questions,
please call the Polk Preferred Services @ 1-800-638-7276.
Important Note: Router speeds and ranges that a manufacturer
lists are determined under ideal operating conditions. A router’s
signal can be affected by walls and their construction materials.
The volume of my television speakers gets louder than my
Sound bar system over time.
• Turn off your TV speakers per the instructions on page 4 of
this manual.
• When the remote control volume button is held down, your
television may change volume levels faster than the bar.
Use the buttons on the bar to adjust the volume of the bar to
the correct balance with the TV speakers.
Technical Assistance
Thank you for your Polk purchase. If you have a question or
comment, please feel free to call us or email us. In North
America, call Polk Customer Service 800-377-POLK(7655)
(M-F, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM EST) or via email [email protected]
Outside the US, call +1-410-358-3600.
Troubleshooting FAQs
The bar does not power on.
• E
nsure you have plugged the power supply into a live
wall outlet.
Contact Us Directly
• E
nsure that all components of the power supply are
connected properly.
1 Viper Way, Vista, CA 92081
• E
nsure the power supply is properly connected to the
bar power input.
800-638-7276 |
No sound from the bar.
• Check that the TV or cable box is providing a signal.
• If necessary, check using an alternate source.
• Check that the bar is receiving power and is turned on.
• Turn up the volume of the bar.
• C
heck the input cables to make sure they are connected
• Turn up the volume of your television or cable box.
• C
heck mute status: Is the bar status light slowly blinking green?
If so, press the Mute button on the bar.
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1 Viper Way
Vista, CA 92081
email: [email protected]
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