Sony HT-ST5000 vs Polk Audio MagniFi One review

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Sony HT-ST5000
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Polk Audio MagniFi One

In this article, we will talk about Sony HT-ST5000 vs Polk Audio MagniFi One comparison. The Sony HT-ST5000 was rated 7.8, while the Polk Audio MagniFi One has a rating 4.7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service for the HT-ST5000 and power, volume down, volume up, source, bass up/down, mute, Bluetooth for the MagniFi One.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that HT-ST5000 has 7.1.2 and MagniFi One has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 140 versus 240 (overall) according to devices. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer can be connected to any of the units in this comparison. Rate 9 out of 10 received the Sony HT-ST5000 for audio features and specs, but the Polk Audio MagniFi One received 6 out of 10.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HT-ST5000 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-ST5000. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-ST5000. We rated the connectivity of the HT-ST5000 at 9 out of 10, while the MagniFi One was rated 5/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the HT-ST5000 provides a device control application. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-ST5000 may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-ST5000. The HT-ST5000 can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HT-ST5000 was rated 7/10, while the MagniFi One received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-ST5000 over Polk Audio MagniFi One

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control
  • Multi-room support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-ST5000
7.8
Polk Audio MagniFi One
4.7
7
4
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Common

Product

Sony HT-ST5000
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Model

HT-ST5000
MagniFi One

Brand

Sony
Polk Audio

Reviews

139
207

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, volume down, volume up, input Bluetooth, music service
power, volume down, volume up, source, bass up/down, mute, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

7.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

140
240 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, TIDAL, Napster, SiriusXM, Qobuz, Chromecast, iHeart
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

3/1
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
1/0

Analog audio input/output (RCA)

1/0
0/0

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

117.8 x 7.8 x 14.4/46.4 x 3.1 x 5.7
88.1 x 5 x 8.3/34.7 x 2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18
Sony HT-ST5000
Polk Audio MagniFi One
Sony HT-ST5000
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.8
  • 4.7
  • 7.8Sony HT-ST5000
  • 4.7Polk Audio MagniFi One

The Sony HT-ST5000 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-ST5000 price