Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

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Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Polk Audio Command Bar comparison chart

Overall
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
7.6
Polk Audio Command Bar
6.6
10
10

Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Bose Smart Soundbar 300
vs
Polk Audio Command Bar

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Bose Smart Soundbar 300 vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Smart Soundbar 300 has a total rating of 7.6 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: microphone, action and volume down, volume up, microphone, action, respectively.

Audio features

Both soundbars have active amplification type. A significant difference between the units in the number of channels, the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. Competitors do not have a built-in subwoofer. The Smart Soundbar 300 has a wired and wireless connection to separate subwoofer, and the Command Bar - wireless. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 got our rating of 5 out of 10, and the Polk Audio Command Bar 6 for its audio features and specs. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Bose Smart Soundbar 300 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Bose Smart Soundbar 300 has 1/0 HDMI inputs/outputs versus 1/1 of the Polk Audio Command Bar. The HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) feature supports both devices. For connectivity, the Smart Soundbar 300 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Smart Soundbar 300. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is available to every soundbar.

Multichannel surround

None of soundbars equipped with Dolby Atmos multichannel audio decoder. The soundbars do not support the surround sound technology DTS:X. For multichannel surround Bose Smart Soundbar 300 got a rating of 4, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.

Advantages Bose Smart Soundbar 300 over Polk Audio Command Bar

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control

Advantages Polk Audio Command Bar over Bose Smart Soundbar 300

  • Separate subwoofer in package
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Common

Product

Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Polk Audio Command Bar

Model

Smart Soundbar 300
Command Bar

Brand

Bose
Polk Audio

Reviews

144
1506

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone, action
volume down, volume up, microphone, action

Audio features

Built-in channels

3.0
2.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

160 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wireless
has not

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay 2

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora,Tuneln, Deezer, iHeart, SiriusXM
has not

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

1/0
1/1

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)

0/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

1
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital

DTS:X

DTS (other)

has not
DTS Digital Surround

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

66 x 5 x 10.1/26.5 x 2.2 x 4
110 x 5 x 10.1/43.3 x 2.1 x 4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.6/8
1.8/4.9

Other

Release year

2020
2018
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Polk Audio Command Bar
Bose Smart Soundbar 300
Polk Audio Command Bar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.6
  • 6.6
  • 7.6Bose Smart Soundbar 300
  • 6.6Polk Audio Command Bar

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Polk Audio Command Bar competitors