Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-R450 review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-R450 comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Samsung HW-R450
4
4
4

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-R450 review

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Samsung HW-R450

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-R450. The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 was rated 5, while the Samsung HW-R450 has a rating 4. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the SIGNA S2 and volume down, volume up, power, source for the HW-R450.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. By the number of channels, the devices do not differ. 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. The units in this comparison do not support Spotify.

Connectivity

Both models do not have a wireless Wi-Fi interface. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) is implemented only in the SIGNA S2. We rated the connectivity of the SIGNA S2 at 6 out of 10, while the HW-R450 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 support is not implemented in either the SIGNA S2 or HW-R450. Devices from this comparison cannot process surround sound due to lack of DTS:X. The same score of 4/10 was put to the soundbars for multichannel surround support.

Advantages Polk Audio SIGNA S2 over Samsung HW-R450

  • Audio return channel (HDMI ARC) support
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Common

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Samsung HW-R450

Model

SIGNA S2
HW-R450

Brand

Polk Audio
Samsung

Reviews

5209
1577

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, Bluetooth
volume down, volume up, power, source

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

200 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
0/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

1/0
1/0

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Coaxial digital input/output

0/0
0/0

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 (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
has not

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
89 x 5 x 5/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7

Weight, kg/pounds

1.3/3.3

Other

Release year

2018
2019
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Samsung HW-R450
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Samsung HW-R450

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2
  • 4Samsung HW-R450

The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Polk Audio SIGNA S2 price

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