Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Dayton Audio BS36 review

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Rating 5 5
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Dayton Audio BS36

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Dayton Audio BS36 that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, SIGNA S2 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 4.5 for BS36.

Audio features

The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has the active amplification type, the Dayton Audio BS36 - passive. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 2.1 versus 3.0 for the Dayton Audio BS36. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 got our rating of 6 out of 10, and the Dayton Audio BS36 5 for its audio features and specs. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support not implemented in both soundbars.

Connectivity

Both models do not have WI-FI support. Only the SIGNA S2 has Bluetooth support. Only the SIGNA S2 supports HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). The compared models do not have a USB connector. For connectivity, the SIGNA S2 received a rating of 6/10 versus 4/10, respectively.

Features

Compared soundbars have no app control. None of the models under consideration have a built-in microphone. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support.

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Dayton Audio BS36
4.5
4
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4
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4
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Common

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Dayton Audio BS36

Model

SIGNA S2
BS36

Brand

Polk Audio
Dayton Audio

Reviews

2054
49

General

Placement type

table-top, wall-mountable
table-top, wall-mountable

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth
has not

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
passive

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
has not

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
0/0

USB

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
3/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Digital

Dolby Pro Logic II

DTS:X

DTS Virtual:X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
93.1 x 10.1 x 10.1/37 x 4.2 x 4.8

Weight, kg/pounds

5.9/13.4
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Dayton Audio BS36
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Dayton Audio BS36

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

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  • 5
  • 4.5
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2
  • 4.5Dayton Audio BS36

The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Polk Audio SIGNA S2 price