Samsung HW-N850 vs Polk Audio MagniFi One review

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Samsung HW-N850
vs
Polk Audio MagniFi One

In this article, we will talk about Samsung HW-N850 vs Polk Audio MagniFi One comparison. The Samsung HW-N850 was rated 7.2, while the Polk Audio MagniFi One has a rating 4.7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, input, volume down, volume up for the HW-N850 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-N850 has 5.1.2 and MagniFi One has 2.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 372 (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 Samsung HW-N850 for audio features and specs, but the Polk Audio MagniFi One received 6 out of 10. Google Play Music service is only in the HW-N850. The HW-N850 can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the HW-N850. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the HW-N850. We rated the connectivity of the HW-N850 at 7 out of 10, while the MagniFi One was rated 5/10. The manufacturer of the HW-N850 provides a device control application. 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-N850. The HW-N850 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 HW-N850 was rated 7/10, while the MagniFi One received a mark of 4/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Samsung HW-N850 over Polk Audio MagniFi One

  • Google Play Music compatible
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
  • App control
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Samsung HW-N850
7.2
Polk Audio MagniFi One
4.7
6
4
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Common

Product

Samsung HW-N850
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Model

HW-N850
MagniFi One

Brand

Samsung
Polk Audio

Reviews

33
207

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

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

Audio features

Built-in channels

5.1.2
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

372 (overall)
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)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
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)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa

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

121.9 x 7.6 x 12.7/48.2 x 3.2 x 5.4
88.1 x 5 x 8.3/34.7 x 2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

8.1/18.7
Samsung HW-N850
Polk Audio MagniFi One
Samsung HW-N850
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.2
  • 4.7
  • 7.2Samsung HW-N850
  • 4.7Polk Audio MagniFi One

The Samsung HW-N850 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Samsung HW-N850 price