Sonos Playbar vs Polk Audio MagniFi One review

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Sonos Playbar
vs
Polk Audio MagniFi One

In this article, we will talk about Sonos Playbar vs Polk Audio MagniFi One comparison. The Sonos Playbar was rated 4.5, while the Polk Audio MagniFi One has a rating 4.7. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, play/pause, volume up, volume down for the Playbar 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 Playbar has 3.0 and MagniFi One has 2.1. 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 Sonos Playbar for audio features and specs, but the Polk Audio MagniFi One received 6 out of 10. Both devices do not have Google Play Music on board. The Playbar can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the Playbar. Bluetooth support integrated in the MagniFi One. Neither the Playbar nor MagniFi One has the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is not possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the Playbar at 3 out of 10, while the MagniFi One was rated 5/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the Playbar 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 support is not implemented in either the Playbar or MagniFi One. 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.

Advantages Sonos Playbar over Polk Audio MagniFi One

  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control

Advantages Polk Audio MagniFi One over Sonos Playbar

  • Bluetooth enabled

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Sonos Playbar
4.5
Polk Audio MagniFi One
4.7
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Common

Product

Sonos Playbar
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Model

Playbar
MagniFi One

Brand

Sonos
Polk Audio

Reviews

1691
207

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

play/pause, volume up, volume down
power, volume down, volume up, source, bass up/down, mute, Bluetooth

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

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)

AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, Tuneln, SoundCloud
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

2
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

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

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

90 x 14 x 8.5/35.4 x 5.5 x 3.3
88.1 x 5 x 8.3/34.7 x 2 x 3.3

Weight, kg/pounds

5.4/11.9
Sonos Playbar
Polk Audio MagniFi One
Sonos Playbar
Polk Audio MagniFi One

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 4.5
  • 4.7
  • 4.5Sonos Playbar
  • 4.7Polk Audio MagniFi One

The Polk Audio MagniFi One is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Polk Audio MagniFi One price