Sony HT-Z9F vs Polk Audio MagniFi One review

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Sony HT-Z9F
vs
Polk Audio MagniFi One

In this article, we will talk about Sony HT-Z9F vs Polk Audio MagniFi One comparison. The Sony HT-Z9F was rated 6.8, while the Polk Audio MagniFi One has a rating 4.7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, Bluetooth, music service, volume down, volume up for the HT-Z9F 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-Z9F has 3.1 and MagniFi One has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 400 (overall) 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 7 out of 10 received the Sony HT-Z9F 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-Z9F can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HT-Z9F. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HT-Z9F. We rated the connectivity of the HT-Z9F at 8 out of 10, while the MagniFi One was rated 5/10. None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The Sony HT-Z9F may become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HT-Z9F. The HT-Z9F 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-Z9F was rated 7/10, while the MagniFi One received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Sony HT-Z9F over Polk Audio MagniFi One

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

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sony HT-Z9F
6.8
Polk Audio MagniFi One
4.7
7
4
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Common

Product

Sony HT-Z9F
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Model

HT-Z9F
MagniFi One

Brand

Sony
Polk Audio

Reviews

237
207

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

400 (overall)
240 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

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

Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/0
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

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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

100 x 6.4 x 10/39.4 x 2.5 x 3.4
88.1 x 5 x 8.3/34.7 x 2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/6.6
Sony HT-Z9F
Polk Audio MagniFi One
Sony HT-Z9F
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.8
  • 4.7
  • 6.8Sony HT-Z9F
  • 4.7Polk Audio MagniFi One

The Sony HT-Z9F is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Sony HT-Z9F price