Bose Soundbar 500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

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Rating 5 5

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar comparison chart

Overall
Bose Soundbar 500
7.4
Polk Audio Command Bar
6.6
8
10

Bose Soundbar 500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar review

Bose Soundbar 500
vs
Polk Audio Command Bar

The present review is aimed to compare two soundbars - Bose Soundbar 500 vs Polk Audio Command Bar that are meant to satisfy the needs of cinema and music lovers. Based on our rating, Soundbar 500 has a total rating of 7.4 out of 10 versus 6.6 for Command Bar. The competitors' control buttons are different: microphone 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 Soundbar 500 has 3.0 versus 2.1 for the Polk Audio Command Bar. 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. Spotify is available on each of the soundbars.

Connectivity

Only the Bose Soundbar 500 can connect to the Internet via WI-FI. Rivals from our review have Bluetooth support. The Bose Soundbar 500 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. Both soundbars have a USB connector. For connectivity, the Soundbar 500 received a rating of 8/10 versus 7/10, respectively.

Features

App control is available for the Soundbar 500. A built-in microphone is present in each model. Multi-room is only available for the Polk Audio Command Bar.

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. For multichannel surround Bose Soundbar 500 got a rating of 4, and Polk Audio Command Bar 5 out of 10.

Advantages Bose Soundbar 500 over Polk Audio Command Bar

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

Advantages Polk Audio Command Bar over Bose Soundbar 500

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Multi-room support
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Common

Product

Bose Soundbar 500
Polk Audio Command Bar

Model

Soundbar 500
Command Bar

Brand

Bose
Polk Audio

Reviews

365
1414

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

microphone
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

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)

1
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)
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

0
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

80 x 4.3 x 10.1/31.5 x 1.7 x 4
110 x 5 x 10.1/43.3 x 2.1 x 4.1

Weight, kg/pounds

3.1/7
1.8/4.9

Other

Release year

2018
2018
Bose Soundbar 500
Polk Audio Command Bar
Bose Soundbar 500
Polk Audio Command Bar

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.4
  • 6.6
  • 7.4Bose Soundbar 500
  • 6.6Polk Audio Command Bar

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

Bose Soundbar 500 competitors

Polk Audio Command Bar competitors