Polk Audio's latest soundbar is on the way and is full of fascinating technology.
The audio company has announced the MagniFi 2 soundbar for $ 499, which is expected to launch in August. The soundbar has an array with six drivers, a wireless 8-inch subwoofer and is equipped with the patented Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) technology from Polk Audio. According to Polk, this technology should deliver a larger sound stage for the soundbar. It is combined with several other technical features, including a 3D audio mode and a DSP setting to improve the front, surround and low frequencies in 5.1 audio tracks. According to Polk, these technologies will give the MagniFi 2 a wider soundstage and a more effective low-end than listeners would expect.
"Polk Audio returned to the drawing board with the MagniFi 2 and examined again how convincingly surround sound can be achieved with a soundbar format," said Michael McCole, senior product marketing manager for soundbars at Polk Audio. "This resulted in a completely new 3D DSP mode that was developed to improve Polk Audio's existing SDA technology, which is already dramatically improving the sound stage."
Polk claims that the MagniFi 2 is easy to set up and, thanks to three HDMI 2.0 inputs to support 4K HDR content and an additional HDMI ARC connector, can also serve as a hub for your entertainment. Polk also includes HDMI and optical cables with the bar to further optimize setup. The soundbar should also work automatically with Samsung, LG, Vizio, TCL and Sony TV remote controls.
Google Assistant fans will be delighted that MagniFi 2 is Chromecast audio enabled. This means listeners can stream content from multiple streaming services simply by asking a Google Assistant-enabled device. The soundbar also supports Bluetooth pairing as another connectivity option.
The MagniFi 2 will enter a competitive field of sound bars in this price range. Its possibly most comparable competitor is the Sony HT-G700. Sony's new bar also implements various technologies to improve the home theater experience and costs almost the same $ 500.
It's too early to say which soundbar could be the better buy since we only have specifications on paper to make assumptions about the MagniFi 2. Since both brands have a solid reputation in the audio world, we can't wait to see how Polk does it. The latest offering hits Sony's high-tech bar.