Samsung HW-K850 vs Polk Audio MagniFi One review

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Samsung HW-K850
vs
Polk Audio MagniFi One

In this article, we will talk about Samsung HW-K850 vs Polk Audio MagniFi One comparison. The Samsung HW-K850 was rated 5.6, 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, source for the HW-K850 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 HW-K850 has 3.1.2 and MagniFi One has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 350 (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. Audio features and specs of considered models we rated 6 out of 10 in our ranking.

Streaming services

Soundbars do not have AirPlay support. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The HW-K850 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-K850. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-K850. We rated the connectivity of the HW-K850 at 7 out of 10, while the MagniFi One was rated 5/10.

Features

None of these soundbars can be controlled using the app. Soundbars in this review are not equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the HW-K850. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X technology not supported by any of the soundbars in this review. The HW-K850 was rated 5/10, while the MagniFi One received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-K850 over Polk Audio MagniFi One

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-K850
5.6
Polk Audio MagniFi One
4.7
4
4
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-K850
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Model

HW-K850
MagniFi One

Brand

Samsung
Polk Audio

Reviews

81
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, source
power, volume down, volume up, source, bass up/down, mute, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

350 (overall)
240 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

0
1

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Napster, iHeart
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

2/1
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

120.9 x 8.1 x 12.9 /47.6 x 3.2 x 5.1
88.1 x 5 x 8.3/34.7 x 2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

6.6/14.7
Samsung HW-K850
Polk Audio MagniFi One
Samsung HW-K850
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.6
  • 4.7
  • 5.6Samsung HW-K850
  • 4.7Polk Audio MagniFi One

The Samsung HW-K850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-K850 price