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Polk Audio - 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Subwoofer and Digital Amplifier - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 599 reviews

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Things Do Come in Small Packages

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    HankW
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    I am impressed with the performance of the Polk Magnfi Mini given that it is a relatively small soundbar (approx. 13" in length). It definitely enhanced the audio to make watching movies more enjoyable. Setting up the Magnifi Mini was relatively easy although I could not get the soundbar working with the HDMI port and had to resort to the optical port for connecting the TV. The wireless subwoofer paired up without a hitch and added depth to the audio. After setting up the soundbar, I watched "Saving Private Benjamin". The bass from the subwoofer was very impressive however the midrange was a little lacking and the pinging of the bullets was a bit tinny to my ears and the dialogue was a bit too high pitch for more liking. But being able to feel the vibration of the explosions and the wide soundstage produced by the Magnifi Mini made watching the movie fun. I also hooked up my stereo to the soundbar via the 3.5 mm auxiliary input which allowed me to listen to the stereo with adequate sound quality. An audiophile would probably not enjoy listening to music through it but it was more than acceptable to my tone depth ears. One annoyance I had with this soundbar that others may not have issue with is that the soundbar, although relatively small, is that the soundbar's 3" height blocks my LG TV's IR sensor if I center it right in front of the TV. The soundbar doesn't have an IR pass-through so in order to use my TV remote, I would have to place the soundbar off-center so it doesn't block the IR sensor. In doing so, the audio seems to come off-center. Other than these minor annoyances, I would recommend the soundbar especially if you are limited in space.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and Compact

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    MRWilson
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    Over the years I have been hesitant to use sound bars as I have always stuck with a 5 speaker setup with a subwoofer, but this system by Polk has replaced a secondary surround sound setup I have been using and has me even reconsidering my system for my main entertainment center. The appearance of the soundbar and subwoofer is extremely sleek and very minimal for the amount of sound it puts out. This allows for a minimal shelf to hold the sound bar as opposed to having a bulky tv stand or huge shelf to fit a full-size sound bar on. The balance with this soundbar is what truly sets it apart. The Voice Adjust feature is one feature I was skeptical about as it seems numerous speakers have attempted this feature over the years but the Magnifi Mini definitely gets it right. With the buttons right on the remote to adjust both voice and bass it is extremely easy to adjust. The equalizer settings were also a nice setting that I had only really used regarding the picture but had not realized the difference it could truly make in adjusting the sound accordingly. The wireless connectivity feature is another nice touch that allows seamless integration through wifi and smart devices to allow easy streaming of music that is a nice feature. The only downside that I could come up with is that there is an optimal listening angle directly in front of the soundbar as when listening to music I would move to different sides of the speaker and realize there was some slight distortion, but this is no different than other Bluetooth speakers. Overall though for the price of this setup I would definitely recommend it, especially for dorm rooms or small apartments as the size is amazing for the quality of sound and features packed into it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising Sound!!

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    Christian
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    This “mini” Soundbar is better than I thought it was, with the right music selection the sound is like crystal clear, and very loud! Is not a true 5.1 but it has a little effect of surround sound, the wireless sub is not bulky, sounds pretty good and also looks good. To all this I can add the very convenient feature of “cast” your Spotify music with a very nice quality and of course non interruption like a Bluetooth speaker because this is WiFi based. Until now is not possible to listen YouTube over WiFi but this system also has Bluetooth so if you want to play some YouTube music from your smartphone, you just need to play the video over Bluetooth and sounds really good, not as good as WiFi but really decent sound. Or just play it on the smart tv and get the sound through the Polk audio. Another feature I like is the Bass and Voice customization, as well as the night mode that decrease the Bass, I thought this feature was not useful but I use it every night. I did a lot of research, had a Harman Kardon speaker and a Sonos One but I returned those, I know they are different but this one was the right one for me for a lot of reasons (software or compatibility issues, poor bass, not Bluetooth connectivity, not loud enough, etc). For its size is going to surprise you, thrust me!! The only negative thing I can say is that once in a while it disconnects from my Spotify but is just to turn it off and works again, I hope they fix this minor issue with the next firmware. Maybe sounds like a sponsored review but is not, I’m just telling my experience with this, definitely worth it for $199 at Black Friday, even now is at 230, I would buy it again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, not great

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    dharr18
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    There is very little bad with the Polk system. But there is also very little that offers a great improvement over my TVs internal sound. To be fair, our TV has the best sound I have heard from a internal speaker. Added features like Google Cast, Bluetooth, etc are nice features but I have a hard time streaming music to the device attached to the TV. It is usually in use by someone. Like: - I do like the sound adjustments made for Sport mode. Watching the Stanley Cup Finals allows you to feel every check and hear the puck slamming against the boards. I swear I heard a tooth hit the ice. Meh: - My wife prefers the sound of the internal speakers, when properly adjusted, to the sound bar. - Ability to adjust the voice level is nice, but it is not consistent when streaming or over satellite. - Bass, I have not found a good place for the sub-woofer that enhances the sound. Dislike: - The sound controls are very minimal. Internal settings and then bass, volume and voice. Need more control for my liking. Issues: -I could not get the HDMI ARC To work consistently. My TV has a ARC/Optical I have to use to get consistent sound and performance. - Bass, When received, I spent a good hour trying to get it to pair as factory pairing did not work. It started working as I was picking up the phone to call support. Overall, if you have a nice picture TV with bad sound, this would be a good add. Otherwise, it is a marginal improvement on better sounding internal speakers. If planning to use as a music streaming speaker, there are other better sounding and smaller options available. I wanted to like this speaker, and I do, it just doesn't do enough to justify being added to my system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Awful Sound Delay

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    Mozely
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    There is a persistent sound delay with this soundbar, and it is terrible. Even when switching between the optical and HDMI ports, it persists. It appears to be worse with optical, but even the HDMI has a delay significant enough to be obvious... I'd say about 1/3 second delay. It is infuriating how a product like this is faulty. Now... that being said, I've only had this for a day as of writing this review. So I suppose that's on me, because *AFTER* some googling, it looks like this is not an uncommon issue. I would 100% NOT recommend this. If an obvious sound delay doesn't bother you, then sure... you do you... Also... it wasn't very intuitive to set up. Especially when trying to pair it with Google Home. I wish you could adjust the bass/voice through your phone, but that isn't an option. It would have been a better product if you had more options to control instead of just volume. If I figure out how to fix the sound delay, I *will* update this review, though it won't get more than 4 stars because of the limited Google Home use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Loud and clear

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    Hairtech420
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    I previously had a pioneer sound base by Andrew Jones. That had great sound and dialogue came in clear, unfortunately I purchased a new TCL and it wouldn’t fit on top of it. (Good excuse to make a new purchase) I liked the compact size of the sound bar and the fact it had a voice adjust function. From music to movies it out performs the previous sound base from pioneer. The separate wireless sub blends in flawlessly and it isn’t too boomy like some other sound bars I tested out. Even at the max setting it doesn’t drown out dialogue and blends flawlessly with the six drivers in the compact yet powerful sound bar, it’s perfect for my bedroom, don’t let the size fool you, it will not disappoint you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great system for the money

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    Scott
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    I used this Polk to gain better audio with my bedroom TV. When I hooked it up I was pleased to find three options for hooking the system up, AUX plug, HDMI ARC, and optical audio. I used the optical audio and set the placement of the speakers. I was a little disappointed to find that the main speaker is about 1/3 of the size of the subwoofer and yet weighs twice as much giving me little confidence in the woofer magnet. I placed the sub about 10 feet away in a corner and what I love about that is that the sub is wireless so I didn't need to run any wires which was an awesome feature. After I fired it up and programmed my TV remote to control the volume on the Polk I was surprised on the clarity of the speakers. I do find it unable to balance the way I like it because the only sound options are movie, sports and music and you can control voice and bass, no mid, high or low. After setting up the sound the best I could I was able to pair my phone up and listen to music through the bluetooth feature. That is truly a terrific feature of this. Not only a soundbar but an audio system. My two biggest complaints are the sound adjustments and that to switch it to bluetooth you have to push the bluetooth button. If you don't have the remote, the buttons on the top are hard to see. Because of those two items I give it 4 starts however, for the money I recommend this over any other brand. It's small, out of the way, wireless sub, great sound, and price are all wins.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound in a small package

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    Chadwick
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    The Polk MagniFi system has actually exceeded my expectations, especially considering its diminutive size. When I first saw it, I figured the sound would be weak and tinny but that couldn't be further from the truth. Now, will this system rattle the pictures off the walls? No. But that's not why I have it. (If that's what you're looking for, don't bother reading the rest of this review and shop on for something more fitting.) The sound from the 42" Vizio in my bedroom is severely lacking and space was a concern, so the size made the Polk a perfect fit. The remote requires direct--and I mean direct--line of sight to the soundbar or it simply won't work. The multi-color LED's on the face are supposed to inform you of all sorts of status things, but they are basically useless. Beyond these two things though, I really like this little system. The highs are crisp and the lows are warm. It is not bass heavy, but the wireless subwoofer is only 6.5" so I didn't expect too much. The mids can get a little lost, but overall the sound quality is very good. Setup is extremely simple and is helped greatly by the fact that Polk includes all the cables you could need right in the box, so no running back to the store to pick up something. That's a big plus that is no longer present in a lot of products. If the remote sensor was a bit less finicky and there was some sort of information screen in place of the LED's, I could not fault this system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound, little package

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    buckeyestargazer
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    I am quite impressed with this little soundbar and subwoofer. We have a rather small cabinet for our 42" TV so the form factor of the Polk Magnifi soundbar appealed to us. I wondered what the sound quality would be like, but after using it for several days I can say that I am amazed at the quality of the sound from this little soundbar. I like a lot of bass and I only have to tune up the bass to 3 out of 5. The highs are perhaps a little over-bearing, so I turned the "voice channel" (as Polk cals it) down to 1 out of 5 levels. Two very minor issues that annoyed me but don't affect the quality of the product: The instructions give zero direction about network setup and using Google home. Once I figured out that I needed to use Google home, when the soundbar connected to my network it immediately downloaded a firmware update. I would have been oblivious to this had I not done some research online. Also, it would be much more helpful if there was some sort of read out screen on the soundbar somewhere. Instead, the soundbar uses a series of different colored lights to indicate what input the soundbar is set on. This is a little confusing, but again it's not a big deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice little unit

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    NotBobMontgomery
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    Using the same approach as other speaker makers, Polk has separated the high and low frequencies into two separate units. This allows for a smaller visible footprint while isolating competing frequencies. The result is a clean,crisp sound from a small package in front of your TV. About the footprint; the unit that sits in front of your TV is very compact. This means it will fit into nearly any space. It also means that if you're looking for a unit that matches the width of your TV, then this isn't it. The bass unit is designed to be vertical, so the required floor space is small, but the clearance above is moderately significant. Still, it is compact enough to fit into most spaces. Polk has a reputation for delivering solid sound clarity, and this speaker is no different. The sound field is distinct, and the sound is clear for most applications. The ability to connect to other devices via Bluetooth is a handy addition, allowing you to quickly connect and play music from your phone or other device. Build quality seems high, with all connectors and enclosures very solid. What this is not is a replacement for a full audio system, but you wouldn't expect that at this price point or in this compact a system. If what you're looking for is a small, easy to install, flexible soundbar for everyday use, then this is a solid choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!!! HUGE bang for the buck!!

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    CleodMaster
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    OK, I am not a fan in general regarding these speaker systems because I've always felt they are a poor substitute for "the real thing", meaning, a full blown speaker system. With that being said, I have had this system for over a month now having bought it to compliment the Samsung 82 inch 4K TV we just upgraded to. Regardless of the TV's you purchase today, the speakers are sub par at best. This Polk audio system is UNBELIEVABLE!! The technology that makes the voice easier to hear is AMAZING and the size of the unit, the wireless sub-woofer and the easy to use remote all add up to make this a great system at an outstanding value!! The price makes it only that much better. The sound is incredible and the fact that the unit is so small and does not become the focal point of your setup does not indicate how BIG and clear the sound is. I highly recommend this Polk sound system. Thanks Best Buy for having this as an alternative to the "typical" sound bar/speaker setup!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    little sound bar with a big sound

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    beefrob
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    I received the Polk magnifi mini sound bar as part of the Best Buy tech insider program. This sound bar replaced a Polk SB5500 sounbar which I really like. The mini does offer a few more features that made it a potential replacement for my old sound bar. The mini, like the sb5500 has bluetooth connectivity to play music from a smart phone or a tablet. The Polk mini also offers google cast capability. The sound bar is compatible with my google home as well. I was a little concerned about the small size of the sound bar. The room that the sound bar is being used in is 22 by 34 with 13 foot ceilings. I have to say, however, that the little sound bar is fully capable of filling this room with sound from the main speaker array and the subwoofer. The Polk magnifi mini allows you to adjust the volume for bass and for voice seperately from the main volume. A nice feature to help fine tune the sound coming from the unit. The unit can also be programmed to work with your tv or cable remote so you only have to use one remote. sound quality is good. volume is more than loud enough and the feature set is very good. HDMI ARC, digital and bluetooth allows lots of ways to use the soundbar. I am pleased with this device.and would recommend it for anyone looking for a very solid, lower mid priced soundbar. It is well worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple design, complex sound

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    vrpNYC
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    Right out of the box, the Polk Magnifi mini looks very basic. Dont let that fool you. The set up is straight forward. The vocals are crisp and clear when watching movies. The deep bass doesnt over power dialog and is well balanced. During music playback, the treble can be harsh. But again, the vocals are clear. Three present "sounds"include movie, sports, music; which, to me, sound like changes to mid range. There is a bass and voice control along with over all volume. I have to admit, I have my speakers set pretty loud. When playing 5.1 surround sound movies,I didnt really notice any difference. Like many other reviews, setting up Google cast can be a little difficult. I just gave up. Ok, I made the mistake of setting the wireless bass speaker near my wifi router, that was a mistake. There was constant popping and cracking. But after some help from internet, the fix was easy. Just move it further away.... problem solved. Whats up with the dots??? The unit doest use LCD or have a display. This can be very annoying, as you have to decipher what dots represent what. Polk could have placed a little more effort on this one as soundbars that cost less that a display. But this isnt a deal breaker. Over all, the price justifies this product. Set up, ease of use, and excellent sound all come together nicely.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup and a Bang (well, Boom) for the Buck

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    CoolBoomer
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    I have set up and tested a similar model of another brand sold at this price and aimed at this market (small room, no tech headaches) and this was a better sounding result. It comes with all the various input style cables (including an optical cable) and has available ports for USB media and LAN. It supposedly works with the Chromecast devices on your home network. It has available Bluetooth so you can rock out your phone or tablet. Comes with a simple little remote which lets you tweak voice volume as well as overall volume and bass. Speaking of bass....the wireless remote downfiring woofer (still needs AC power) sounded awesome when placed on a hard surface floor to the rear of where you are sitting. The center speaker module is where all the brains for the set are, as well as many small but heavy powerful speakers. I get better bass and midrange out of this little thing than an old-school 5.1 system I have connected to the same TV with a woofer double the size. There are buttons on the remote to get preset sound schemes for sports etc. and the sound is very lifelike when watching sports and movies. I am giving it 5 stars because the sound is great for something in this price range (there are VERY small bluetooth systems meant for cell phones at this price) and it was that easy to set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small but powerful

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    Maclemoor
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    upon unboxing I was impressed at the simplicity of this set up. I didn't read any of the instructions. literally just plugged it up and started playing with it. i'll start with the subwoofer. this little guy isn't so little but not huge. however, I have tucked under a small shelf and forgot it was there until im in the next room and I can hear the deep sounds it puts off. so in all, the subwoofer does exactly what I need it to do. give me a little base or a lot depending on how I feel. next the treble soundbar. I love love love the size. you can put this little guy anywhere. under over besides, doesn't matter. mine is 8' high, so I never touch it. I don't need to power it on or anything. once the tv goes off, the power is removed from the soundbar. the sub stays on but not active. again the sound bar is super small but give me full 180 sound for my 45" tv. the remote is also small and simple. love the pictures (movie, sports, etc) one thing I would like to see next is fully lit remotes, on all remotes, everything, no more cant see in the dark remotes. one good thing though is this remote is texture or has different feels for different buttons. so ive memorized the volume level area and the mute area. all in all, I really like this system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great budget sound bar!

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    Linksys
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    For not that much money you get an excellent solution for surround sound movies and music. If you don't have the room for large speakers and a receiver or even the room for a large sound bar, I think this system is an excellent choice. Don't expect room shaking bass, because the sub is only a 6 inch woofer, but it doesn't disappoint especially with action movies. The voice adjust feature is very nice as it makes it easier to hear the actors voice, this has been a big gripe at times for me with surround sound systems. It's nice that they include everything you need to set this up no matter which way you decide to hook it up, wether it's hdmi or digital optical. This is an excellent system for someone on a budget, a dorm room, an apartment, or someone with space constraints. With Bluetooth streaming and Chromcast audio built in this can be your whole entertainment system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Functionality

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    uicc676
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    Polk Audio has hit a home run with this soundbar - great sound, easy to setup and use and wonderful versatility. Just plug it in right out the the box and you're ready to go. Definitely use your HDMI ARC port on your TV if you have one and turn on your CEC function on your TV (or whatever your TV mfr calls it to recognize & control HDMI devices). This allows you to control your soundbar volume with your TV remote or your DVD remote. The woofer auto connects by bluetooth with no problem. The soundbar also has bluetooth connectivity and Chromecast wifi connectivity. I was able to setup & use both on first try without any problem on my android phone and tablet. So you can use this soundbar as a bluetooth speaker or Chromecast speaker. (Download the Google Home app to use Chromecast.) The soundbar has settings to adjust the sound to Movie, Sport, and Music modes, plus individual bass & voice controls. The Sport mode works great for dialogue enhancement/clarity. Lastly it has 150 watts of power so you can really crank it up without any distortion.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice, compact, huge upgrade from built in speakers

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    Caniac
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    For what this is, it works fantastically. This is a small main unit (roughly the size of a set top box for cable/satellite, etc, along with a wireless (BT) subwoofer. Setting up is quite easy, and can receive audio via HDMI or optic cable (which was my choice). This doesn't provide pseudo-surround or stereo separation in the same way a larger sound bar can, which may or may not be important to you. But if a compact sized, GREAT sounding system is what fits your space/needs, this is a great choice. The system does have a full featured remote, though I quickly mapped the power/volume to my DirecTV remote and only need to pull out the small dedicated remote should I choose to use other features (e.g. night mode, or the dedicated bass/voice volume settings). It has the ability to connect to chromecast for music streaming, but I don't have the need to have yet another streaming device, and wish there was the ability to turn the wifi off, to avoid interference with my current system and devices. Other than that minor quibble, and the lack of stereo separation (which is understandable in such a small package), this is a great choice for upgrading sound for those still stuck using their TV's built in speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice soundbar with sub

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    tyeske
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    I had a different brand soundbar that worked ok, but wanted something better. This soundbar was a bit complicated to set up. It has a system of LED lights that determine what mode you are in during set up. I found the manual a bit confusing so I went online and found a video on YouTube. That was much more helpful. Once set up, I found that the sub was making crackling noise. This seems to be an issue with this system as it uses the same frequency as many wifi routers. I had a router within a couple of feet of my sub. I called tech support and they suggested moving the sub a bit further from the router. That took care of the problem. I am not a fan of the buttons on top of the unit as there isn't much space above it, so I can't see the buttons on the unit. It was also a bit complicated to program my Dish Network remote to control the soundbar. Again went to YouTube and watched a video. This made it much easier to understand. All in all, I like the way it sounds. Sometimes it even lowers the volume on commercials instead of them getting louder. I like this feature. Other than the slight set up challenges, I would have given it a 4, but I'm only giving it a 3 due to the set up challenges.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for small sound bar

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    STexasChino
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    First off, I love Polk Audio soundbars. They are reasonably priced and sound great. I have two before I purchased this one and they both have been more than great. My experience with previous hardware led to me believe the smaller unit, which I've been looking for a replacement for the first one, would be just as good. When I turned on the demo unit in the store, I was excited. At the high volume it was not distorted and bass was not overpowering. At the low volume it was still clear and the sub did just enough to sound good. When I brought mine home and started to use it, I appreciated the fact that the remote was bigger than previous ones. It is now easier to find and click the buttons to adjust volumes. I wish it was backlid since it can be tough to figure out the buttons in the dark. Bluetooth capabilities have been improved and easier to connect. Omni app is no longer necessary, which is great because I neither got the point of using it nor was able to get it to work with my second soundbar. Overall I love it and if you use a TV stand in a smaller living room, it is a necessity for any audiophile whom doesn't find a need to spend too much.

    I would recommend this to a friend