Polk Audio has launched what it dubs its “most expansive soundbar to date,” the MagniFi MAX SR. Designed to bring 5.1 surround sound to home theater environments, the MagniFi MAX SR features Polk Audio’s patented Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) digital surround technology for a wide sound stage, sonic detail, and immersive surround sound audio.
The MagniFi MAX SR is bundled with wireless surround speakers, which automatically connect with the sound bar and help deliver true 5.1 surround sound when paired. With integrated Google Home technology, the MagniFi MAX SR connects with any Chromecast audio-enabled device as part of a multiroom or whole-home audio solution, enabling users to control the soundbar with their voice and stream music from their favorite app. The soundbar is also equipped with Bluetooth for connection to almost any other mobile streaming device.
Featuring four 1-inch by 3-inch full-range drivers, two 0.75-inch tweeters, one 1-inch center channel driver, and an included 8-inch ported woofer, the MagniFi MAX SR boasts plenty of brawn to outperform TV speakers and most traditional soundbars.
The MagniFi MAX SR also features Voice Adjust Technology, which allows users to customize voice levels for clear dialogue and intelligibility, and with Polk’s Smart Remote compatibility, the MagniFi MAX SR is controllable via popular IR TV remotes from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio.
"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,” said Michael Greco, global brand director, Polk Audio. “While many soundbars certainly improve upon what TVs can offer, the majority lack the sound stage, imaging, and discrete immersive surround sound experience of the MagniFi MAX SR. With the MagniFi MAX SR, 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 so 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 included subwoofer produces upwards of 10 times the amount of bass than the average television set, delivering core-pounding deep bass impact that brings movies, TV, and music to life. The soundbar is also outfitted with several preset EQ settings for Movies, Music and Sports, which optimize the soundbar and subwoofer levels to ensure users get the clearest dialogue, big surround sound, and deep bass for the best audio and home theater sound.
The MagniFi MAX SR $599, MagniFi Max $499, and SR1 $149 wireless speakers will be available in August, 2017 at Best Buy, Amazon, and Crutchfield nationwide. Customers can also purchase the sound bar at PolkAudio.com. The MagniFi MAX will be sold with the wireless rears in the MagniFi MAX SR package.