Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Bose Soundbar 500 review

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Rating 5 5
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Bose Soundbar 500

An affordable soundbar is always a good option to consider, so Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Bose Soundbar 500 comparison definitely makes sense. Based on our rating, SIGNA S2 has a total rating of 5 out of 10 versus 7 for Soundbar 500. The competitors' control buttons are different: power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth and microphone, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has 2.1 versus 3.0 for the Bose Soundbar 500. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. Rivals have wireless connection to separate subwoofer. Both models received our 6 rating of 10 for their audio features and specs.

Streaming services

The Polk Audio SIGNA S2 has support AirPlay, and its competitor in our comparison has AirPlay 2. Both models do not support Google Play Music. Spotify support is available on the Soundbar 500.

Connectivity

Only the Bose Soundbar 500 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. Each soundbar has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the SIGNA S2 received a rating of 6/10 versus 8/10, respectively. App control is available for the Soundbar 500. A built-in microphone is present only on the Soundbar 500. Soundbars do not have Multi-room support.

Multichannel surround

Only the Soundbar 500 has a Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format support. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. Compared devices do not have DTS Virtual:X support. For multichannel surround, each of the opponents received 4 points out of 10.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos

Soundbars comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Bose Soundbar 500
7
4
8
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Common

Product

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Bose Soundbar 500

Model

SIGNA S2
Soundbar 500

Brand

Polk Audio
Bose

Reviews

3428
287

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
microphone

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.0

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

1
0

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay
AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/0

HDMI ARC

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

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

89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.2
80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Bose Soundbar 500
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
Bose Soundbar 500

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5
  • 7
  • 5Polk Audio SIGNA S2
  • 7Bose Soundbar 500

The Bose Soundbar 500 is better soundbar in this comparison. Check Bose Soundbar 500 price