Polk Audio’s MagniFi MAX Soundbar Pairs with Wireless Speakers, Google Home
The MagniFi MAX SR soundbar system from Polk Audio includes SR1 wireless surround speakers to produce an immersive 5.1 surround sound experience.
Robert Archer · May 16, 2017
Leveraging its 40-plus years of audio engineering experience, Polk Audio has announced its MagniFi MAX SR soundbar system (see photos here). Designed to deliver a 5.1 surround sound experience to just about any home environment, the decades-old audio company says the system is supported by its Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) technology.
"As soundbars continue to flood the market, consumers with an ear toward traditional surround sound are met with a huge array of products and technologies that supposedly bring 5.1 audio to the forefront," says Michael Greco, global brand director, Polk Audio.
"While many soundbars certainly improve upon what TVs can offer, the majority lack the soundstage, imaging and discrete immersive surround sound experience of the MagniFi MAX SR," adds Greco. "We're aiming to change that by providing proven technological tools like Polk's patented SDA and Voice Adjust technology, Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, HDMI connectivity and wireless surrounds consumers have the option to create a true 5.1 system that mimics what component audio can deliver with the ease of setting up a soundbar."
The MagniFi MAX SR package is bundled with wireless surround speakers, which automatically connect with the sound bar and help deliver true 5.1 surround sound when paired. Users can also purchase the MagniFi MAX soundbar and SR1 wireless speakers independently.
Google Home Makes MagniFi MAX SR Stand Out
The MagniFi MAX's combination of SDA, Dolby Digital and DTS enable it to faithfully reproduce content from movies, TVs, sports and music, says Polk.
Furthermore, the soundbar's integration with Google Home supports the connection of the system to any Google Chromecast-enabled device. The Chromecast options allow for the building of Google-based whole house audio systems with voice control and streaming.
The company says the soundbar's use of Voice Adjust allows homeowners to customize voice levels to provide clear and intelligible voice articulation.
At the heart of the system is a multidriver array that includes four 1-inch by 3-inch "full-range drivers," two 3/4-inch tweeters, one 1-inch center-channel driver and a built-in 8-inch ported woofer.
According to Polk, the soundbar outperforms TV speakers and traditional soundbars thanks to its built-in subwoofer, which produces up to 10 times the amount of bass than typical TV sets. Polk says the system includes preset equalization (EQ) settings for movies, music and sports in order to "optimize" the soundbar and subwoofer's output.
The soundbar features Bluetooth connectivity as well as Polk's Smart Remote compatibility, making the soundbar controllable via popular IR TV remotes from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio.
- An ergonomically friendly footprint and industrial design that complements a variety of TVs
- Multiple HDMI inputs that offer Ultra HD 4K and HDCP 2.2 compatibility
- A choice of inputs such as HDMI, Aux 3.5mm, optical Google Home featuring Chromecast for audio, Bluetooth and Ethernet
- Wireless subwoofer and SR1wireless speaker setup
- MagniFi MAX SR package (includes the SR1 wireless speakers): $599
- MagniFi MAX a la carte: $499
- SR1 wireless speakers a la carte: $149 (available in August 2017)
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]
Follow Robert on social media:
SpeakersReview: ‘Jurassic Park’ 4K, DTS:X Box Set Is Ideal Demo Material
Inside Dana Innovations’ New HQ: Audio Demos, Education… and Foosball!
Yamaha Soundbar Incorporates DTS Virtual:X Object-Based Surround Sound
Product Briefs: CEDIA Design Connection Program; Social D Plays Klipsch Fest; Philips & B&W Partner
Review: James Loudspeaker 53Qw ‘Corners’ Home Theater Market
View more on Speakers
Take Our Latest QuizzesHow Efficient Is Your Service Department? Take the Quiz
5G and the Need for Cellphone Signal Boosters—Do You Know Enough?
How Well Do You Understand HDBaseT?
Do You Know the Origin of These Brand Names? Take the Quiz
So You Think You Know Smart Lights? How about a Dimesimeter?