Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX, Bluetooth 3.1 soundbar, Wi-Fi, Chromecast, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

The American speaker manufacturer announced two new soundbars a few weeks ago, the Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX and Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX SR. Zoom on the first named before returning later to the second.

3.1.2 soundbar 114.3 cm long, 11.8 cm high and 7.2 cm deep, the Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX has everything you need to transcribe soundtracks to advantage. TV or audio-video device connected to one of the many inputs (see below).

Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX, network soundbar

On the menu of network features, we note Wi-Fi ac, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth 5.0, Spotify Connect and Chromecast compatibility to enjoy wireless content stored on suitable equipment or shared on the local network: tablet, smartphone, console game, computer... Precision, the AirPlay 2 and Chromecast functions also allow you to integrate the Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX into a multiroom configuration. Still in the network chapter, know that there is also an Ethernet port to access the same content, without using the airwaves. We can also note the Works with Alexa certification.

Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX, acoustic package

Technically, the soundbar of the Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX integrates eleven speakers, four 2.5 x 7.6 cm oval midrange-boomers + two 1.9 cm tweeters for the left and right channels, two 2.5 x 6.4 cm oval midrange-boomers + a 1.9 cm tweeter for the center channel, and two 6.4 cm wideband loudspeakers for the Height channels.

The subwoofer has a boomer in 25.4 centimeter downfiring configuration. The set delivers 400 W, 180 W for the sound bar, 160 W for the subwoofer and 2 x 30 W for the surrounds.

Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatibility

We also note the presence of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoders and a DSP associated with four sound modes: Movies, Music, TV and Night to make the most of your content. Similarly, the Polk Voice-Adjust technology guarantees voices of absolute clarity so as not to miss a single word of the dialogues and the SDA (Stereo Dimensional Array) process offers a beautiful immersion with a stereo signal. Finally, the Polk Audio MagniFi Max AX has the good taste of being entirely "controllable" by the TV remote control, greatly simplifying the ergonomics of the audio-video system in the living room.

,Connectivity and design

The connection has three HDMI inputs/one output compatible with 2.0 and HDCP 2.3 certification. Of course, the output has ARC function. There is still an optical and an auxiliary 3.5 mm mini-Jack to connect an external sound source, in addition to the Ethernet port already mentioned. The USB port is only used for product diagnostics in the event of a fault. Of course, automatic switching between the different sources is required here.

The floor to Frank Sterns, president of Polk Audio

“The MagniFi Max AX and MagniFi Max AX SR leverage 50 years of Polk speaker design expertise to bring you Polk's best soundbar yet,” said Frank Sterns, President of Polk Audio. And thanks to Polk's patented Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) and Voice Adjust technologies, the MagniFi Max AX and MagniFi Max AX SR will fill any room with great sound without crowding the room with speakers. Add to that built-in wireless music streaming and you have the ultimate all-in-one entertainment platform.”

Immediate availability. Indicative price: 799 euros.

Reminder of the key features of the Polk MagniFi Max AX:

• Type: soundbar

• System: 3.1.2

• Total power: NC

• Speaker (s): 4 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm oval mid-boomers + 2 x 1.9 cm tweeters for left and right channels, 2 x 2.5 x 6.4 cm oval mid-boomers + 1 tweeter 1 .9 cm for the center channel, and 2 x 6.4 cm wideband loudspeakers for the Height channels

• Subwoofer: yes, external wireless (25.4 cm woofer)

• Technology: Polk Voice-Adjust

• AirPlay 2 compatibility

• Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility

• Wi-Fi ac compatibility

• Input(s): 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs, 1 optical input, 1 3.5 mm mini-jack input

• Output(s): 1 HDMI output (ARC)

• Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD decoders

• Works with Alexa certification

• HDCP 2.3 certification

• Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 1143 x 72 x 118 mm, 407 x 302 x 399 mm for the subwoofer

• Weight: 5.83 kg for the bar of sound + 11.9 kg for the subwoofer