Polk debuts MagniFi Max SR 5.1 home cinema Chromecast soundbar HTIB system

posted on Tuesday, 28th November 2017 by Steve May

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Polk Audio has launched a home cinema soundbar with wireless surround speakers and integrated Google Home functionality. The MagniFi Max SR is effectively an update on the once popular HTIB (Home Theatre in a Box) concept, delivering a 5.1 surround listening experience using the brand’s Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) surround technology. It also connects to any Chromecast audio-enabled device, for  multiroom whole home audio.

The bar has HDMI and optical audio connectivity plus Bluetooth, and can be driven by popular CEC-enabled TV remotes. Connectivity includes three Ultra HD 4K HDMI HDCP 2.2 enabled inputs, one HDMI ARC output, an optical digital input and 3.5mm line input.

The soundbar, which stand just 51mm tall, employs four 76mm full-range drivers, two 12.7mm tweeters and a 25mm center channel driver. The speaker is partnered by a 203mm ported subwoofer.

Voice Adjust

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The MagniFi Max includes both Dolby Digital and DTS decoders. It also features Voice Adjust, to improve dialogue intelligibility. There are EQ presets for Movies, Music and Sports, plus a Night Effect EQ mode reduces bass for late night listening. The bar and surrounds can be wall-mounted if required, as both feature keyhole slots.

The MagniFi Max SR sells for £699. It’s also available without surrounds for £599.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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