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Published on January 12th, 2016 | by Greg


Polk Audio MagniFi One: Striking Sound And A Wireless Sub

A variety of sound equipment came out of CES, but while you’re waiting for the new headphones and amplifiers to start shipping, you may have noticed that a couple of categories didn’t have as many options around and grabbing attention this year. New smartwatches were few and far between, at least among major manufacturers, though they still sprouted up alongside other sorts of fitness peripherals and wearables. And high-end audio manufacturers didn’t unveil a whole lot of soundbars, leaving room for existing models to catch eyes and ears.

The Polk Audio MagniFi One 2.1 Sound Bar System is a perfect example of a model well worth picking up- a soundbar made by a well-known company, available at a competitive price, and with some excellent features. The primary one is the included 7-inch wireless subwoofer, an extra typically included only on more expensive soundbars. This one is small enough to fit under just about any flat panel LCD TV on a stand,  so it won’t block your view, or the infrared sensors. Plus, it takes only a few minutes to setup- honestly, even if you are a home theater newbie who doesn’t know HDMI from DRM. Learning your TV’s remote control takes a bit longer, but is well worth it, since it makes life much simpler.

To be clear, this is not a replacement for a full 5.1 system, if you have space, money, time and inclination to wire one of those all up. But Polk did add Bluetooth wireless technology, so you can stream music directly from your tablet or smartphone without worrying about a cable. And there is Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 decoding, meaning your action movies will sound great, with booming explosions. There are a couple of other nifty additions too, like modes for movies, music and sports and even a Night Effect mode that “reduces low-frequency output and sonic range”- basically making everything a little less likely to wake your neighbors while still being able to hear dialogue. Speaking of which, we were a bit skeptical of the VoiceAdjust Technology but it worked well, boosting voices to help make them more audible.

The outputs are sufficient for most folks- optical, 3.5mm analog audio and RCA stereo offer plenty of connectivity options. Audiophiles might want to spring for the pricier Polk Magnifi, which boasts NFC, apt-X, some more advanced functions for audio adjustments, and 300 watts of power versus the One’s 240 watts. The Magnifi One is compact, user-friendly, and sounds impressive for a unit in this price range. We’ve seen a lot of soundbars, but this is the first with a wireless sub that offers a solid value. And it’s available now, online and in stores for around $300.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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