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Polk Audio - Omni 3.1-Channel Wireless Multi Room Soundbar and Subwoofer - Black

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Enjoy robust sound with the Polk SB1 Plus sound bar. This 350W bar features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and VoiceAdjust Technology that lets users customize individual settings. An included Bluetooth adapter simplifies music streaming. The SB1 Plus sound bar comes with an 8-inch subwoofer and features two ports compatible with Polk's Omni S2 and S2R speakers.
$699.98
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Overview

What's Included


  • Analog stereo cable
  • Optical cable
  • Owner's manual
  • Power supply and cables
  • Remote control with battery
  • Sound bar
  • Wireless subwoofer

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
81% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (223 out of 276)

Energy Ratings


Features


350W maximum power

Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music

Dolby Digital decoder 5.1 and 2.0

Reproduces multichannel audio to deliver a cinematic audio experience

One-touch volume controls

Include mute and un-mute functions and remember your last volume setting even after the system is shut down

Inputs

Include 1 optical digital and 1 mini jack

Polk Omni Apps

Stream the same music to every room or stream different songs to different rooms

The Polk Omni Collection

Can be used as a stand-alone wireless soundbar system or as part of a family

SmartBar

You can control your soundbar with your TV remote

Remote control

Enables simple operation from a distance

Full Complement Bass Technology

Lets the bar reproduce its lowest range easily, creating a warm, bass-rich timbre at lower distortion and higher volumes


Overall customer rating

4.2
81%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, but...

    Posted
    EMoney

    This was a tough review. On one hand, the sound is good/great. On the other, the features and styling are less than to be desired. First, the sound. In terms of power, 350 watts is more than I need (I live in an apartment with poor soundproofing). I suspect that it would be plenty for most smaller homes as well. The bar is fantastic with movies. Well balanced treble, mid-range and bass, with plenty of room to play with the dynamics. I love the Voice Adjust feature. Music does not fare as well, but isn't terrible either (I'd expect a little degradation using wireless). The mid-range can get muddled in "music" mode and there isn't as much power. I tend to keep the bar in "movie" mode when playing music, as it ups the treble, making the presentation brighter while not muddling the mid-range (particularly useful if you listen to jazz or classical). That being said, unless you are an audiophile, you probably won't have an issue here. Once we leave the realm of sound, things fall apart quickly. The app is lousy, and it can be difficult to set up (it took me a bit). I initially had connectivity issues with the subwoofer, but I think I've been able to resolve them. The included bluetooth adapter is horrendous. I get more snaps, crackles, and pops than a bowl of Rice Krispies (if I get any sound at all). I was, however, able to solve this issue by using a HomeSpot NFC-enabled bluetooth reciever that I happened to have lying around. Works like a charm. If you do go this route, the power supply for the bluetooth receiver must be plugged into an outlet. I tried plugging it directly into the sound bar via USB, and I got a constant high-pitched noise in the background. I should also caution that the optical cable is junk too. Thankfully I had a spare hanging around. I suspect the remote will fail in short order, so hopefully my LG remote can be programmed to handle things. Like sound, looks are a subjective thing. I'm not a huge fan of the design, nor the charcoal color (I'd prefer black). It's just not that refined (but tolerable). I do, however, appreciate the low profile, which does not block the remote sensor for the TV (LG OLED B7A) and fits on my console with the TV nicely. It's clear that Polk went for sound quality at the expense of other elements. It definitely shows. I'm not sure if it should be priced at $699, but if you can get this on sale, or perhaps open box (like me), go for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good sound bar

    Posted
    George2319
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    First, I originally purchased the Samsung j7500/za and posted a good review. Unfortunatly after two weeks, the sub went out, too bad. My B.B. did not have another one, so the rep. showed me this Polk. It was on sale for $550. This was a jump in price, but he told me they added Bluetooth and you could add speakers later. I was skeptical about the bluetooth "adaptor", but have had the unit4 days now and everything works great. I do agree that music sounds better through playfi, but I also like not depending solely on my wifi network, and I enjoy free Spotify and the Bluetooth allows me to do that. Polk did themselves a favor and threw this adaptor in and repackaged it as "sb1 Plus" I am very skeptical of syncing other speakers to create the 5.1 like the other reviewer has pointed out issues, but for now this will work and hopefully they will upgrade software to catch up to Sonos. For the life of me I cannot figure out why only one company in the world can figure out how to do networking correctly, but then again that's why they can charge over twice as much for lesser speakers. Overall, very satisfied with the sound and extra capability of this Polk and I really like the voice control, it works really well. I would really give this 4 and a half stars right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy once I figured it all out

    Posted
    Twistedwrister
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    If you are looking for simply a loud system, this is not the right one for you--don't expect to crank it and get good performance. That said, this is a great system for watching movies and listening to music (at a reasonable level) if you also buy the rear speakers. On a side note, I almost returned the SB1+ soundbar when I first heard it before the rear speakers arrived and got to play with everything together. This system will easily fill a large room with classic, warm Polk Audio goodness. I did have to call Polk customer support to the understand how the rear speakers work with the soundbar, and the short of it is once you pair them to the soundbar you can't control them with the app any longer without going through the arduous setup process as they drop from your Wi-Fi network and connect directly to the soundbar. Personally, I think this is okay because I push all my music through Apple TV or a streaming service through TV anyway. I would buy this again for sure. I was attracted by the VoiceAdjust feature, which actually does what is claims to do, and then the system just grew on me. Last tip: turn the VoiceAdjust down when you don't need it because it does mess with the overall mix. Good features. Good sound. Good price (when on sale). There's just a bit of a learning curve.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound bar

    Posted
    2Bill
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    First, I originally purchased the Polk MAGNIFI MINI SOUND BAR and posted a good review. Unfortunatly after two weeks, the sub went out, too bad. My B.B. did not have another one, so the rep. showed me this Polk. It was on sale for $350. This was a jump in price, but he told me they added Bluetooth and you could add speakers later. I was skeptical about the bluetooth "adaptor", but have had the unit4 days now and everything works great. I do agree that music sounds better through playfi, but I also like not depending solely on my wifi network, and I enjoy free Spotify and the Bluetooth allows me to do that. Polk did themselves a favor and threw this adaptor in and repackaged it as "sb1 Plus" I am very skeptical of syncing other speakers to create the 5.1 like the other reviewer has pointed out issues, but for now this will work and hopefully they will upgrade software to catch up to Sonos. For the life of me I cannot figure out why only one company in the world can figure out how to do networking correctly, but then again that's why they can charge over twice as much for lesser speakers. Overall, very satisfied with the sound and extra capability of this Polk and I really like the voice control, it works really well. I would really give this 4 and a half stars right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Full of defects!

    Posted
    glox
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Speaker is constantly making popping noises. This shows the low quality of the components inside this speaker. A lot of us are reporting this problem and Polk isn't responding to our emails. Unreliable wireless surround. This product is being advertised as wireless surround with the addition of 2 S2 speakers. This never works, software is almost always unable to find the rear speakers and if they ever connect to the bar (rarely), there is a significant delay between the front and rear speakers. The Omni idea sounded great, being able to connect all your speakers in the house as one system, but this was poorly executed and software is full of bugs, not entirely their fault since they are using DTS's software, but at the high price these speakers are being offered, they should stand behind their products a little better. This was my first time trying out Polk products and most likely will be the last one, very disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Loved It - Now Not So Much

    Posted
    danajajo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Purchased this in late January to replace an older Samsung Soundbar and at first loved it. We use it primarily for tv and movies and like the dedicated center channel control for voice clarity. The speaker was fine for a little more than a month, but has begun to make cracking and popping noises. I had read many, many reviews both here and on other sites before purchasing this unit, and had seen a few reviews noting the same issue, but purchased this unit because of the overall high rating and positive reviews. At this point, we have disconnected it because the popping and cracking noises are so annoying that we'd rather watch a movie or tv show with just the tv speaker sound. Unfortunately, the problem began after the return period had lapsed or I would have brought it back. I have not yet spoken to Polk to see if the problem can be fixed. If the issue can be solved, I'd rate this product 4 stars, but right now it's only 1 star.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Happy Camper

    Posted
    DocRon
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I researched several Samsung bars, LG bars and others before buying this one. As a matter of fact I was about to purchase a Samsung bar that was a little cheaper when the sales rep demo-ed this one and immediately I was sold. At first the voice channel was too loud when I set it up and I had to go back to the store for advice. Now all is well. A few things I don't like are (1) A download had to happen right out the box to update firmware. (2) It's a little complicated programming the sound bar to work with your TV remote, Streaming devices via bluetooth and internet. (3) I can't seem to get the sound bar to change the volume if I am watching something on Netflix or Roku. It works fine if I am watching TV - volume, mute, and power respond. The quality of the sound from this bar and the woofer are better than anything I heard before. The fact that the sub and voices have their own volume is a definite plus. The sub also has a volume knob on it to get even louder. My neighbors are going to hate my movie nights now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Audio for Dialogue

    Posted
    ICKC
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought this simply from the reviews about having the ability to independently turn up the center speaker devoted for dialogue sound since I generally have trouble hearing that during loud scenarios. I must say, it works awesome and don't miss a word. The wireless sub has worked just fine is not overwhelming or annoyingly loud with no obnoxious rattling. The remote is a standard remote with nothing fancy. I do have two issues though one of which I will be making a call to Polk to see if there is a solution. First Issue: I wish the increments in volume were a little better, I feel at times it is either too loud or too low. Second Issue: The soundbar has a cracking/popping sound that appears sporadically. Not sure what triggers it, but it is annoying and I hope it is a defect in the speaker that can be fixed/replaced. Overall, other than the second issue I am satisfied with the sound quality and clarity.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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