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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 547 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundbar Upgrade

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    Trobadour
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    The setup for the Polk Audio - 2.0-Channel Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier was a breeze. There are only two components to handle, the soundbar itself, and the bluetooth subwoofer. The subwoofer just requires the power cable, which is detachable. The soundbar requires the power cable plus your choice of audio source: HDMI (ARC), Optical Cable, or Auxiliary cable, all of which are included in the box. The key feature of this soundbar is it’s size and available options of entertainment. I connected the soundbar using the included HDMI cable to my 3D TV. Though my 3D TV has 4 HDMI inputs, only one of them was labeled (ARC) like the soundbar. This allowed me to use only the HDMI cable and control everything with one remote. I love this feature because now, I don’t need to be changing inputs on the TV to raise or lower the volume. I can do it all with one remote and without the optical cable, so it reduces clutter. The soundbar itself comes with pre-installed Google Chromecast software. I got it to recognize the test sounds while setting it up but it failed to update the first time. After resetting the wifi on the soundbar, I was able to finalize the update, but none of the apps I have recognized the Google Chromecast as being an option to cast to. My standalone Chromecast was recognizable, so the issue is with the Google Chromecast within the soundbar. Since I already have a Google Chromecast, it didn’t affect me as much, but it’s a feature that the soundbar touts on the box, so be wary of that. Perhaps a future update may fix that. The performance of this soundbar is great. First of all, from all the soundbars I’ve owned (4 total), this one is by far the smallest and the loudest to date. It gives a really good punch, especially when watching TV shows or movies with action. It has a volume dial for speaking characters on screen. As a hard of hearing person, I decided to raise that volume up and it works! I didn’t even put captions on the screen, as I usually do, to hear what the people on screen are saying. The night mode also does a good job of playing the audio loud enough for you to hear but not too loud so as to not wake up nearby neighbors. This soundbar meets my expectations. All the features that I’ve mentioned previously make this a worthy buy. To take full advantage, check if your TV has at least one (ARC) HDMI input. It should be clearly labeled where you connect your HDMI cables on your TV. It is disappointing that the Google Chromecast feature didn’t work right off the bat, but if that’s not something you want, then this bad boy will save you plenty of shelf space. The price for the soundbar in terms of value makes it one of the most accessible soundbars to date. The fact that you can control the TV and the soundbar with one remote (using the HDMI ARC feature) makes the price feel worth it. This is doubled up when you consider it’s actually a loud soundbar with neat options like bluetooth connectivity and the use of optical cables. I have to deduct two stars because setting up the Google Chromecast wasn’t easy, and when I finally got it to set up, it didn’t work. I’m used to setting up things with Google Chromecast, as tech is my forte. Everything else is simple to do. I highly recommend this product for people who want to have one less cable to connect, want to use one remote to control your TV and Soundbar at the same time, and want a more than decent soundbar sound system that can impress anyone who listens to it. Also, if concealing the soundbar is a concern of yours, this tiny device will be your dream come true. Since the subwoofer is wireless, you can set that and hide it anywhere in the room that you want.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, clear voice, and decent bass

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    optimummind
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    This Polk Magnifi Mini soundbar system is fantastic!! I have it paired with my 55" 4K Samsung TV (model: UN55KU6270FXZA) and it has greatly improved my TV-watching experience. As is typical with most TV's, my TV's audio was merely adequate and not really good. I especially had a hard time listening to voice dialogues. The Magnifi Mini takes care of that issue by clearly and loudly projecting people's voices right toward you in a very understandable manner. With its own remote control button setting for voice clarity & loudness adjustment, I really appreciate the flexibility that Polk provides. The TV's default volume levels were never an issue with me but the Magnifi Mini improves and extends the volume range as well. If you crank it up, the sound can get very, very loud to the point that you get uncomfortable. The bass that emits from the wireless subwoofer is a very nice addition to the media experience. Just as it is important to have a nice subwoofer in your car for maximum music enjoyment, having a subwoofer for your TV system adds further enjoyment and it immerses you into the movie's world further. In addition, I really appreciate how compact the Polk Magnifi Mini system is. My TV stand isn't very deep with a depth of about 15". Yet, I was able to securely position the Magnifi Mini speaker in front of the TV. The subwoofer is pretty slim as well, allowing me to fit it between two bookcases. All in all, this is a fantastic investment for anyone who wants higher-quality sound, fidelity, and experience from their TV media consumption. I highly recommend it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Mini Sound bar

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    aarondr
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    The Polk Magnifi Mini is a tiny sound bar with a loud voice. It’s slightly larger than some stereo clock radios or mid-range portable bluetooth speakers, but packs quite a punch and features. Most notable are the plethora of inputs HDMI ARC, Chromecast built-in, bluetooth, aux in, and optical audio. One of the most necessary features for a modern soundbar is ARC in my opinion. ARC works great w/ any TV that supports ARC/CEC. You can adjust the volume of the TV using the TV remote, eliminating the need for the separate remote when watching TV. Gone are the days of needing two remotes sitting by you. If you lack an ARC TV, the mag mini can even be programmed to respond to volume buttons on your TV remote. Of course you’ll want to try to turn off the TV’s built in speakers for this, but it’s a convenient feature if you have a TV that just predates the HDMI 1.4 standards (where ARC was introduced) and need to use optical instead. It’s nice that when using it as a TV soundbar, the included remote usage can be minimized. I had no problem listening to audio from other inputs through ARC. That said, the included remote is excellent, with a rubberized texture, ergonomic shape, clear buttons and intention. It is seriously one of the best feeling and straightforward remotes I’ve had the pleasure to use. It allows easy tuning of volume, bass, voice, and equalizer. Handily it also includes a mute, late night, and play/pause previous and next buttons. Each input explicit input is selectable by a separate button on the remote. If you use your soundbar for music listening as well, this remote is a pleasure to use and carry around. You won’t lose it since it is a good size. It’s a welcome move away from the credit card remotes some soundbars come with. The soundbar itself is powered by a power brick that hides away easily enough. The subwoofer portion plugs into the wall. Interestingly, they strongly suggest putting the subwoofer on the same wall as the soundbar, probably to help balance the directional feel, as the subwoofer appears to pick up slightly more low-mid frequencies than a traditional subwoofer. I couldn’t find frequency response specifications, so this is an assumption, but it did feel somewhat disconnected when I had the subwoofer on a different wall (more so than other subwoofers). The voice adjust feature is a nice idea, but I found it would mute background noise distractingly to focus on the dialog. This was only apparent when voice was near the highest levels and dialog was in an action scene. Some movies would probably benefit from this, so it’s nice that the remove presents this feature front and center. What worked much better was the ‘Night Effect’ which did a great job of refocusing the dialogue to the front and turning bass down to avoid waking up the children after bedtime. It walks a nice balance in the movies I tried and would come in handy for families in tight quarters, or apartment dwellers that want to be good neighbors while still enjoying their movies. Sound wise, I found music to be best enjoyed with the music equalizer setting. Bass was punchy and deep. The subwoofer’s driver is a great size and can really make some noise if you ask it to. Mids seemed pretty good, but highs seemed slightly suppressed. I felt the same way in movies. Compared to a full-sized soundbar from a competitor the polk felt closed, with a narrow soundstage and muted highs. It’s not horrible, but it’s certainly where the small size seems to be felt the most. Still it’s incredible how full it does sound given the size. I wouldn’t worry about this observation unless you’re comparing much much larger equipment. I didn't use the casting feature a lot, but the bluetooth was easy enough to get going when needed. What makes the MagniFi Mini a great product is the niche it fits so well: an apartment dweller. While you don’t need to be one to appreciate the quality of the MagniFi Mini, it’s just that it seems tailored to fill an open floor plan apartment for both movies and music. Targeting the consumer that doesn’t have space to support either a home theater or dedicated stereo. If your space has a TV and your music needs in your space don’t require the portability of a portable bluetooth speaker, then this is EXACTLY the right product for you. You can get better sound out of a larger device, but the Magnifi Mini’s sound is much greater than its size.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Feature rich soundbar

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    Samrio
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    This soundbar has a lot to offer in such a small form factor. Pros: 1. If your TV has an ARC port, kiss the optical cable goodbye! Better sound quality and your TV remote will actually control the volume. Bonus: you can actually see an onscreen indicator of your volume changes. No more guessing if it's turned up all the way. 2. This comes with all the cables you could need, aside from an Ethernet cable, should you not want to use wifi for chromecast. 3. Android users can take advantage of the chromcast feature that's built in. I couldn't get iOS to cast to it, so your results may vary. 4. Ability to turn up the voice volume. I'm sure it's just an equalizer trick, but it's neat when watching louder movies that tend to drown out the dialog. Setting it to the right tone works very well. The dialog is way better. 5. Night mode that works very well. 6. Bluetooth, so you can stream audio; plus, it sounds great. 7. Wireless Subwoofer. Just plug it in, and you're all set. It just worked from the start. 8. Small size, but a lot of audio. I was surprised just how good this sounds, compared to my Bose Cinemate soundbar. Cons: 1. For those who are wanting a wall mount solution, you can't mount this. 2. Using the Google Home app to setup wifi. I had a few issues with the app giving me an error during setup on my iPhone. Ultimately, I dug out my android tablet and that seemed to work fine. Before you ask, yes I was typing the right password, even made the password viewable, just wouldn't connect. Seemed to work fine with Android. 3. On that note, even after setup, I couldn't get any Google app to see the soundbar for casting, audio or video with my iOS device. Even the test videos and audio in the app couldn't see it, just my existing chromecast device. The android tablet couldn't see it either. Overall, it's a great soundbar for the price, and offers a lot more features than a Bose Cinemate. The voice volume feature is great, and I love the wireless subwoofer. Great for a bedroom, or a small living space to complement any TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great power in a little package

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    Evolved1
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    When I first got the box, I could feel the weight more toward one side of the box. From previous experiences, I thought the subwoofer was packing a good amount of weight. Well, imagine my shock when I realized the bulk of that weight was coming from the soundbar. It is clearly packing some quality speakers. As you can see in the picture, the weight is packed in a small package. However, that size is not an indicator of its abilities though. I have found the performance to be very good whether I was watching TV, playing games, or streaming from other devices. Since I have an older TV, I think the quality could be even better when I upgrade that. Getting back to the specifics of the Polk Magnifi Mini Sound Bar, I found the WiFi, Bluetooth, and Chromecast connections all work well and with little effort to connect them. I was able to stream via all of those methods with great quality. The only issue that I had with connections was the use of my TV remote to the sound bar. I tried to follow the directions several times, but I couldn't get it to connect. I reviewed the included guides and online materials a few times and still couldn't solve it with those. Ultimately, I love this device with it's size, performance, and price point taken into account. I also love how it blends into my setup and provides the sound I need to enjoy movies, sports, and music. With that being said, here are some pros and cons to help to the value and what can be better. Pros: 1. For most of your connecting points or options, they have provided them for you. The only one missing is the ethernet cable if you prefer that route over the WiFi. 2. The Soundbar is small. but contains enough speaker power to overcome that. 3. The subwoofer is wireless and the connection is established from the time you open the box. This thing really bumps when the right content is being played. The family loves feeling the vibration from time to time. 4. We are an Android house and the ability to use Chromecast is a huge plus. I really think this tool is a winner for Google Home. 5. The ability to elevate the voice over the ambient sounds. The Night mode and dedicated voice controls work well when you need to hear the dialogue over everything else. Cons: 1. I do like the ability to control the voice, but it would be nice to not sacrifice the bass at times. An equalizer with more detail would result in better performance of course. 2. The inability to get the remote from my TV service to control the volume for the Magnifi Mini Sound bar was a bummer. Nobody likes the multiple remote game. 3. If it wasn't for my TV stand, I would have been lost with a wall-mounted TV. I would have had to find a stand to place it on or a mounted a shelf for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound from a small package, but not great

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    daytonadan
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    Soundbars come in all shapes size and price these days but if your taste runs to small, it’s hard to get much smaller than Polk’s new Magnifi Mini. The main speaker enclosure barely qualifies as a sound bar at all since it only a smidge over a foot in length. I’ve had center speakers on surround sound systems bigger than that. But if you were hoping the old adage about good things coming in small packages applies to this package, you might be disappointed. Despite Polk’s best efforts, small speakers mean small sound. Or at least smaller than you can get with bigger speakers. You will never mistake this for a full blown home theater sound system or even a bigger high-end soundbar setup. Highs are quite good, as you might expect. Lows from the hefty 6 1/2-inch subwoofer are quite strong too. But midrange is barely there at all. There is only so much you can do with tiny speakers, no matter how many of them there are. (There are six, amazingly enough, crammed into the main speaker enclosure.) Oh sure, it sounds a LOT better than standard TV speakers. The wireless subwoofer, housed in a large oddly shaped rounded cabinet adds plenty of punch. Too much sometimes, But the tightly packed collection of small speakers in the main soundbar seem to struggle sometimes. They can shine on very high notes, as long as the volume is not too high (distortion is a problem there) but can’t manage to pump out enough midrange to produce a what I would consider a natural sound. Everything from music to movies sounded a bit flat to me. Another issue: Since the speakers are crammed into such a small short enclosure, it always sounded mono to me. Zero stereo separation, despite the 2.0 designation. And no simulated surround sound, of course. I assume the most outboard speakers on each end of the soundbar are pointed off at more than 45 degree angles to address this issue but it doesn’t seem to help much One saving grace, however, is the excellent Voice Adjust feature that allows you to pump up dialogue on movies, which seem perpetually too low in most surround sound tracks. That works well. There is a special voice volume control feature on the remote. There are also special equalization buttons for optimum sound with music, sports and movies, as well as a night mode that mutes the bass. All seem to hit the mark pretty well. I am less enthused about the remote, despite the fact that is bigger than the tiny credit card type remotes that come with a lot of soundbars. That’s good. So is the fact that it has controls for main volume, as well as individual volume controls for voice and bass. The problem (aside for the cheap no-name batteries that come with it) is the IR blaster. Very precise aiming is required for it to work. It must be slightly above the soundbar and aimed directly at it. Probably OK for living room setups, but not for bedrooms, where the aim is likely to be dead on or lower than the soundbar. That simply does not work. I had the same problem when I programmed a third party remote so the issue must be the IR receiver on the soundbar, which seems to be behind the speaker cloth. Which may explain why it barely works. Too persnickety for my taste. The speaker also seems a bit slow to respond and it’s impossible to tell where you are in the range of each control. A vertical row of tiny LEDS on the front of the speaker is supposed to tell you all sorts of things depending on what color they are, how many LEDs are lit, which ones are lit, etc. Good luck remembering the crazy secret code. A not very useful design. A text or graphics capable screen would have been more useful. The good news is the soundbar automatically comes on when you turn on the TV (with HDMI or optical connections.) With some delay. The build quality is excellent, at least on the main speaker cabinet. The rounded case is sturdy black plastic and the speakers are covered by a black speaker cloth. Quality work. Very heavy for its size. Membrane buttons for power, Bluetooth, volume and sound modes run across the top but are black on black and not backlit so are mostly invisible except in bright light. You have a choice of HDMI (ARC), optical or aux cable connections to your TV. All cables are provided, a nice plus. Chromecast is built in as is blutetooth support and wi-fi, which is necessary for Chromecast to work. Installation was easy thanks actual printed instructions, almost unheard of in this day and age. Everything worked right away, right of the box. (It defaults to HDMI so you have to change TV input to optical or aux if you go that route) Bottom line. If space is in short supply and you are not too picky about sound quality, the Magnifi Mini may be just the ticket. Given it’s small size, it produces pretty decent sound. But those with more discerning ears or who demand better stereo spatial imaging, as well as 5.1 sound, will need to keep looking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good thing in a small package

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    Hikergal
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    My household is really enjoying the Polk Magnifi Mini. Our new Sony TV does have good sound, but this soundbar system not only provides far better sound quality, but also offers lots of sound flexibility. For example, yesterday I watched an Australian crime drama, and I was able to use the Polk Voice Adjust to make it far easier to understand all of the dialogue. This past Sunday, we streamed the live feed from the Ariana Grande concert to benefit Manchester, and I switched to the “music” setting and heightened the bass. Big improvement. Whatever we are watching – and listening to – this soundbar makes it more enjoyable. The two parts of this unit are compact and unobtrusive, and the system was very easy to set up. Except for some twist ties, the packaging was recyclable, with molded cardboard inserts that did a good job of stabilizing everything in the box. The instructions were above average, with the kinds of helpful hints I am not accustomed to getting. For example, there was a tag on one of the cables that mentioned removing the plastic caps from it before inserting into the unit. That might sound unnecessary, but those little caps were transparent and so tiny that I did not see them until I read the tag – which was attached to the cable and not buried within an instruction manual. It turns out that I did not need to use that particular cable, but Polk included most every type you might need, including one for the HDMI ARC setup that I am using. This level of thoroughness is both helpful and reassuring. Syncing my regular remote was easy, and for just altering or muting the volume, I can use that remote by itself. Other reviewers have mentioned the ability to connect with Chromecast, etc., and we are enjoying all of that, as well. The Night Effect feature has even ended my spouse’s requests that I turn down the volume after he has gone to bed. So, this versatile, well-designed Polk Audio Soundbar System has been a good addition to our house.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound bar for small spaces

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    RonH
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    In the box The box is large but the units inside are much smaller and packed very well. There is a power brick and cord for the speaker and power cord for the sub. For connecting the unit, Polk has included the HDMI cable, a 3.5mm analog stereo mini-jack and the toslink optical cable. There is also the remote and batteries. Setup Connecting the Magnifi Mini is pretty straight forward. Plug in the sub-woofer, Connect the power brick to the speaker and plug it in. Connection between the speaker and sub is wireless and pre-matched so there is no fumbling to connect the two. Choose HDMI, optical or analog and plug it in. A word of caution here though, if you connect this to an HDMI or optical source that does not turn off, the unit will not turn off either. I had initially connected this to my cable box, which I do not turn off, and the unit kept turning back on. Tech support indicated this is supposed to happen. In addition to the 3 hard wire methods, the Magnifi Mini also has Bluetooth and google Chromecast which can be hard wired with an either net cable or by Wi-Fi. Looks The speaker itself is about a foot wide, 3 inches high and about 5 inches deep. I can pick it up with one hand. It’s made of plastic but has a good solid feel and has some weight to it. The sub is black plastic with a downward firing speaker. There is a vertical LED display that uses dots and color to indicate connectivity, volume and settings. The remote is well thought out and easy to handle. There is no back lighting but it's not really needed. The volume is a trough in the middle with a separator between up and down. The mode buttons are across the top, bass selection on the left side and voice level on the right. Sound & Modes There are three preset modes, movie, sports and music. The sport preset raises the voice and mid-tones. I prefer this for my listening taste over the others. The volume is perfect for my small apartment living room. Surround sound would be nice but this does the trick. Google I used my Google home app to connect to the speakers and it went smoothly. Once the Chromecast was connected to the network it updated the software. Chromecast works great, no problems to report. I cast through the google home app and no trouble to report. Bluetooth Bluetooth connections also work great. Pairing was a simple as pressing a button. I Connected this to my Amazon Echo Dot and it works flawlessly. The only faults I have with this unit are the remote control and volume control levels. The remote design is well thought out but the actions are very slow and sluggish. The volume control has 5 LEDs but seem to have mid levels. It appears levels 1-3 are very low, 4 & 5 get very loud. There is really no comfortable middle level. Pros: Looks Size Sound Cons: Remote Volume control I would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Sound - Easy Peasy to set up & use...

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    banjo
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    Got this to use as a sound system for the family TV. Setup was easy using the included HDMI cable, and after powering up the soundbar and sub-woofer everything was working in just a few minutes. Automatic synchronization (wireless) between the sound bar and the sub-woofer... I didn't have to do anything! Could not have been easier! Sound quality is good and the provided remote (batteries included) allows easy change to the optimized settings for music, sports, or movies. The remote is usually stashed away in a drawer, as the TV remote handles the volume. My TV switched automatically to use the Polk speakers, and the volume control on the TV remote shows on the screen. No problems with synchronization between the sound system and the TV. (Note: hooked up to the TV through the HDMI/ARC port) TV is in a medium-sized room, and the sound fills the room nicely, without too much 'thumping' from the sub-woofer. Plenty of power to the sound system, as it can be turned up 'too loud' for comfort - so there is no lack of performance and responsiveness. The speaker bar and sub-woofer are small enough to be put behind the TV, so out of sight and sound is clear. Don't use the Bluetooth music streaming on a regular basis, but tried it out to see how it went and no problems pairing and playing from a phone or tablet. Not a primary reason for getting this system, but nice to have and never know when it will come in handy in the future. Overall, a good investment to enhance TV viewing. As with all things, there are certainly better and much more expensive systems available, but short of trying to set up a concert hall system or moving to a surround-sound setup, this should meet the needs for improved sound while watching movies and sporting events. Easy to set up, and simple to use - what's not to like?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for filling an office or mid-sized room

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    I really, really like Polk audio products. They're typically amazing for the size, they blast in frequencies audiophiles feel in their bones. So how about this soundbar? I was totally blown away by the Polk Bit. I wasn't wowed as much with the Magnifi Mini, even though it's still a really good soundbar. I tested in a few rooms in my house using my iPhone's Bluetooth streaming the remastered version of Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense and an optical connection to TV. Is it a good soundbar? Heck yes. Is it going to fill a cavernous room? No - I'd say 20x20' is where you'll max this out. Does it come with every cable you will need? Yes (and good batteries for the remote to boot - Polk doesn't skimp). Does it have a good bass response? The subwoofer is OK, but I found myself wishing for even more bass than it can pump out. It's not a small device so I was a little surprised when it couldn't shake the art off the walls. However, in certain use cases (e.g. a dorm room or guest room or office or apartment with downstairs neighbors) this would be perfect. How's the range? Most everything I played sounded as I would have expected when sitting or standing within 45 degrees of center. There's a noticeable drop-off when you're over 45 degrees off center. I've played with bigger soundbars that don't drop off at all, so I'm not sure if it's just the size factor. Is it "unlistenable"? No, I'm really picky. But, this is the primary reason it's not a 5-star soundbar. The voice clarity functionality seemed to be specifically aimed at me, and while on the three shows I tested it definitely worked well to augment voices, it was at the expense of some odd artifacts (the split second before and after dialog were artifacty/tinny/hollow or something). I couldn't quite put my finger on why it sounded odd beyond a lack of smooth transition. I suspect it's one of those things that will be less obvious as it's used. Connectivity speed: blazing fast. Setup time: your coffee won't have the chance to get cold. Convenience: super portable/movable. Plug in 3 cables and you're good to go. Remote: intuitive, easy to switch settings, responsive (good stepping up and down). Form factor: the woofer is big, but the primary bar is compact enough to make up for that. Also, the buttons along the top of the bar itself are super convenient, well-placed, and intuitive. The LED indicator lighting on the device is clear and easily understood. The woofer is wireless except for the power cable, so you really just need two plugs. The cord length isn't bad, either, so your theater setup won't be impacted.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Big sound, small package

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    PeboQuattro
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    The Polk Magnifi mini soundbar provides the audio experience of a larger system in a small, discrete package. This system is perfect for someone who doesn’t have the room or doesn’t want a full home theater setup. Speaking of setup, I had the Polk soundbar unboxed and working in 15 minutes thanks to the simple setup and clear instructions provided (granted it is just a soundbar). When I initially started using the mini I felt it was lacking depth. I turned the bass up to compensate, but I still feel the speaker is missing a little mid-range. The wireless sub is a nice feature, but is also found on other soundbars. I can live with the mids of this device since it excels in being less obtrusive compared to my previous system. The speaker can be interfaced via HDMI, aux, optical, bluetooth, and wireless via Google cast. The included remote offers quick access between 3 audio profiles and the various inputs. I found myself sticking with the movie profile and adjusted the bass and voice levels (lacks frequency control) to meet my preference. One complaint is the volume light indicators only display 4 levels, making it difficult to tell what volume the speaker is at visually. Of course, if you have the speaker connected via HDMI ARC this isn’t an issue, but I am using an optical audio cable with my current setup. Also, I don’t think this speaker would be good for a large room or to replace a more traditional home theater setup. If you are looking to improve the built-in audio of your TV or if interested in a discrete minimalist setup, Polk Audio Magnifi mini is a great buy.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    MagniFi Mini needs some work

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    I really wanted to like the Polk MagniFi Mini. It is Polk and I've always heard great things about Polk. The positives: this "sound bar" is small; the sub-woofer is smaller than most boxy ones and is lightwight. The not totally positives: there are minimal inputs - HDMI arc (and you can use HDMI ONLY with an arc capable TV - which I don't have), Optical and AUX. It would be a waste to use aux IMO, I'm using optical. The sound isn't bad, but it's not great either. You can adjust the bass level and the voice level. The problems I have are: the sound bar is always on. I don't always want bass or a sound bar, but even when I turn it off, it comes back on. I had to turn off the TV speakers because it doesn't know to turn them off when it's on. I had sound from both the TV and sound bar at the same time. Not good. When I pause my DVR and it sits paused a bit, the sound doesn't come back on for about 20 seconds, so I have to back it up and wait for the sound to come on. Sometimes it doesn't come back on at all, so I have to press the optical button. When I turn on the TV, the sound bar comes on, and it goes to the HDMI setting automatically, so everytime I have to get the sound bar remote and turn it to optical. It doesn't remember the settings. It is out sync. I watch lips move and I shouldn't be noticing that. It is very distracting. There are dots on front of the bar to show certain things. They show up then go away so I don't know what the settings are unless I see it when it flashes. For example - 1 dot for HDMI, 2 for optical and 3 for aux. Volume - I have no clue what the dots represent. Same for bass and voice control. Sometimes 4 lights flash. Very confusing. I had another sound bar - it had more inputs (I was able to hook the blu-ray directly to the bar via a 2nd HDMI, now it has to go through the TV). The sound was clear & crisp. There was a LED with descriptions on the bar so I could see what the settings were. Easy. And it didn't need arc to use the HDMI. For Polk Audio, I am disappointed. This could be so good... But it's just not.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Decent sound system ruined by poor remote

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    Steve62305
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    I received this soundbar system through Best Buy’s Tech Insider Network in exchange for an honest review. I labored over this review and unfortunately, in its current state, I cannot fully recommend this sound system. Here’s what I’ve found after using the system for a couple weeks. Pros: - Setup was very simple with no complications. I setup this soundbar system in our downstairs bedroom. It’s good-sized for a bedroom, but it’s not a large room like a living room or family room. The TV in that room does not have HDMI with ARC, so I had to connect via optical audio. - Bluetooth connection was effortless and works well. - For the value and size, this system has a decent sound. - The subwoofer has amazing bass drive and is fully adjustable. - I was most impressed with the Voice Assist feature which works very well in isolating vocal tracks of movies to help better understand dialogue. That’s a huge plus for me. - The Night Effect feature also works well to reduce background noise and isolate vocal tracks for low volume listening. - The Movie, Sports, and Music modes work well for boosting appropriate volume levels for each preset scenario. Cons: - Speaker frequency ranges are not the best. Highs seem to dominate over mids in the sound bar. Also, sound is very centralized at the sound bar itself and is not well amplified throughout the rest of the room. - The indicator LEDs on the front of the bar are somewhat deceiving. There are five lights to indicate volume, yet these lights are also used when switching sound modes or when switching input. Also, you can also increase the volume well beyond the five lights. So, essentially, there is no accurate indicator of volume level. - The poor remote is a huge con. Quite possibly the most frustrating remote I’ve ever used! It has a very poor response time causing the user to continue to push buttons multiple times before it responds. If you were increasing volume, when the sound system volume finally catches up to all the button presses, you get blown out of the room and wake up everyone in the house. Also, the remote must to be used dead on straight to the receiver. It simply won’t work at an angle. Overall, I’d say this otherwise decent sounding small room soundbar system is ruined by its poor remote. I’m very sorry to say I can’t recommend this audio system with its current remote control. The Polk Audio engineers need to fix the remote and/or receiver before the system is released for the public to purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a lot of sound in this little package

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    jago
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    I couldn't wait to try out this sound bar in my master bedroom. I have it paired up with a 40" TV and my room is 20' x 18'. You get everything you need to get started, but the included cables are not of the highest quality, but it really is a very nice addition. You get a HDMI, digital optical audio cable, and a regular audio cable in case you need them. The remote also comes with batteries so you are good to go right from the start. The build quality seems very good on these units. The main unit is small, but has some weight to it and it puts out very good sound for its size. Highs sound great and the lows sound great as well with the wireless sub woofer. I didn't really notice mids that much, but I didn't miss it either. I am not an audiophile, so someone who is might have more to say about the specifics of the sound quality. I do enjoy the sound it puts out and it fills my master bedroom just fine. The remote is a little funky to use at first, but you can control the lows, highs and total volume with three different rows of buttons on it. Night mode works very well and it really comes in handy when I want to watch a movie after I put the little ones to bed, it will quickly turn down the bass for me. It has google cast built it and that is a very nice feature that works very well. I have also connected the speaker up to my Amazon dot for streaming music. The price and size are just right for someone looking for a speaker solution with a small footprint and big sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small Space, Amazing Sound!

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    IronHorseGPS
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    The Polk Audio 2.0-Channel Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier was exactly what I was looking for to replace my traditional long soundbar set up since I had recently change my entertainment center. This comparatively tiny replace fit perfectly under the bezel of my screen and wasn't a distraction with lights or shape while watching the movie. The subwoofer was about the same size as the one I was replacing, but has a slimmer, sleeker look about it. This sound bar packs a sound punch for both the highs and lows. It was great for voice heavy shows like Big Bang Theory where the comedy lines come quickly and clarity is important. It was awesome for the movies where the dramatic and thematic was perfectly assisted by the subwoofer via bluetooth connectivity but with zero delays! I was impressed with the Chromecast feature as well since this was an unexpected feature. PROS - Small footprint - Lots of sound (highs and lows) - Clarity - Connectivity (Optical, HDMI, Ethernet, Audio Cable) - Chromecast - Sleek, Design - Remote is well designed and easy to use CONS - Subwoofer does not have a flat top like other brands - cannot place other objects on it such as Xbox One Controller Charger, etc. I haven't really found anything negative about this product other than the personal preference about the Subwoofer. I would highly recommend this product at this time!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound system in a small package

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    Meta
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    This system is a great little soundbar and subwoofer combo. The soundbar itself is very small and can easily be tucked into your existing entertainment center, being only ~4in tall and just over 12in wide. Its sound quality packs quite the punch too with great volume and definition. I did notice some minor distortions with certain frequencies at louder volumes while listening to music. I also enjoy the vocal boosting options. If you have had problems with the background of movies or TV clouding your ability to hear the dialogue, this feature is for you. Nighttime mode is also helpful to trim the low end frequencies and rumble so you can still enjoy at later hours without disturbing others. The subwoofer was INCREDIBLY easy to set up. You just plug it in. The soundbar and woofer connect to each other and transmit wirelessly. The only set back to this that I have noticed a very slight delay between the units. The delay is not noticeable to the casual listener, but if you are using it for dedicated listening (especially music you are very familiar with) you might notice bass hits being off just ever so slightly. With video this delay is not noticeable at all since bass hits aren't set to a rhythm. Overall I feel this is a great 2.1 system for a major upgrade to your standard built-in speakers or as a solution for a basic sound setup.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Feature rich soundbar

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    Muta
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    his soundbar has a lot to offer in such a small form factor. Pros: 1. If your TV has an ARC port, kiss the optical cable goodbye! Better sound quality and your TV remote will actually control the volume. Bonus: you can actually see an onscreen indicator of your volume changes. No more guessing if it's turned up all the way. 2. This comes with all the cables you could need, aside from an Ethernet cable, should you not want to use wifi for chromecast. 3. Android users can take advantage of the chromcast feature that's built in. I couldn't get iOS to cast to it, so your results may vary. 4. Ability to turn up the voice volume. I'm sure it's just an equalizer trick, but it's neat when watching louder movies that tend to drown out the dialog. Setting it to the right tone works very well. The dialog is way better. 5. Night mode that works very well. 6. Bluetooth, so you can stream audio; plus, it sounds great. 7. Wireless Subwoofer. Just plug it in, and you're all set. It just worked from the start. 8. Small size, but a lot of audio. I was surprised just how good this sounds, compared to my Bose Cinemate soundbar. Cons: 1. For those who are wanting a wall mount solution, you can't mount this. 2. Using the Google Home app to setup wifi. I had a few issues with the app giving me an error during setup on my iPhone. Ultimately, I dug out my android tablet and that seemed to work fine. Before you ask, yes I was typing the right password, even made the password viewable, just wouldn't connect. Seemed to work fine with Android. 3. On that note, even after setup, I couldn't get any Google app to see the soundbar for casting, audio or video with my iOS device. Even the test videos and audio in the app couldn't see it, just my existing chromecast device. The android tablet couldn't see it either.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beats television speakers

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    Like most, I bought this to replace the inadequate speakers on my television. Initially I was attracted by the size and the Polk name. I was impressed that there were extremely few negative reviews from purchasers and reviewers alike, so I thought I'd give it a try. Setup was the easiest thing I've ever done next to my Roku setup. Was very impressed that all three cables, one for each connection scenerio, were included. No running out or ordering extra items in order to make this work. Even though my Samsung television is only 2 years old, I had to opt for the optical connection as there was no HDMI ARC on my tv. Since this was a setup for the bedroom used primarily for streaming via Roku, I did not connect the subwoofer as I'm not a fan of a lot of bass anyway. Love the smaller size. Looks so much nicer than a standard sound bar that runs the entire width of the tv. The sound from broadcast television is amazing! The sports setting is really great for, well, sports! I still have a little trouble with voices while streaming and using the movie setting even though I have the voice setting up to the max. I have to compensate by turning the volume up another notch which makes the rest of the sounds a little louder than necessary, but it works. Not sure if this might have been better if I was able to use an HDMI ARC setup or not. Maybe I'll try the sports or music setting and see if that helps. Other than that, the only downside I have found is commercials. Regardless of whether I'm watching broadcast or streaming, the volume is extremely erractic. As expected, some come on blaring so loudly I scramble for the remote to mute them, while others are so soft you can't even hear their voices (no complaints about that.) All in all, I'm pleased with the results and would definitely recommend giving this one a try.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Sound, perfect for the minimalist

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    giper54
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    The Magnifi Mini is perfect for a discreet, easy to set up and great sounding speaker. Other sound bars do not come smaller or better sounding for the money than the Polk MagniFi Mini. The sound bar sounds great with both movies and music. It really made voices quite clear and easy to hear especially with movies like Harry Potter with the tricky accents and sound action sounds. Music sounded great when I played iTunes though my apple tv on my LG OLED 2016 TV. One of the great features is Google Cast, which lets you easily stream from your phone, other music apps and even make the Magnificent a whole house music set up. The MagniFi Mini is tiny, just 13 inches wide and three inches high. A set of lights on the front let you know the volume and input selection and switching inputs is easy. Unfortunately you can not wall mount the unit, but it could be placed on a small self. The subwoofer that comes with the unit is also small and is wireless so you can place it out of sight. The remote is excellent. It is a great size, very ergonomic and clearly marked buttons. The unit can connect to various devices either via bluetooth, Wi-Fi, optical, 3.5 mm input and HDMI. You have lots of choices here. Google East is great, and can potentially connect with Google Home and Chromecast Audio. Sound is great, it compares well with a pair of dedicated speakers, the side firing speakers really help. Sound is full and open sounding. The MagniFi Mini is one of the best sound bars at this price. You won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Polk Loves Small Places

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    TheHipsterTechie
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    So I found myself in an audio musical dilemma. I outgrew my current tv aux speaker system, because of my love for karaoke. I had an older table system that boasted of a top of the line EQ, very freaky if you know what I mean. Anyways, it had done the trick for years as my place in the city is small and compact. But I needed more BASS. Enter the MagniFi Mini. Little in the middle but it got much back. When I first opened the box, I thought this is small. Then when I assembled the wiring in 2 minutes, I thought to myself, what just happened? Am I going to regret my new find and are my new friends in the city going to think that my sound is weak? But the opposite happened, it can punch on the bass when it's needed but keeping high pitch sounds at a consistent pitch an acceptable level without bugging. The remote is easy to program, and the Zzz feature allows for my HBO watching at night, when the kids are sleeping and I want to tame the dialogue down a bit. It's great in small areas, specially if you have an already packed entertainment table. The sound delivers quality deep lows and crisp highs. I'm surprised my neighbors haven't called the landlord to complain by our new deeper bass sounding economical entry level sound bar system with subwoofer during our last two parties. Simple and user friendly. It's like Karaoke paradise. If I had a bigger area, I would consider a 5.0 channel. This is very good in a small intimate living room type setting. I am happy with my first Polk experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend