Yamaha SR-C20A vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Yamaha SR-C20A vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX comparison chart

Overall
Yamaha SR-C20A
3.8
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX
7.6
4
9

Yamaha SR-C20A vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX review

Yamaha SR-C20A
vs
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Yamaha SR-C20A vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX. The Yamaha SR-C20A was rated 3.8, while the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, source, demo, volume down, volume up for the SR-C20A and power, source, demo, mute for the MagniFi Mini AX.

Audio features

Each of the models under consideration has active amplification type. A noticeable difference is the number of channels that SR-C20A has 2.1 and MagniFi Mini AX has 3.1. These rivals can be compared in terms of power, 100 (overall) versus 10 (overall) according to devices. A built-in subwoofer is available only in the Yamaha SR-C20A. Rate 5 out of 10 received the Yamaha SR-C20A for audio features and specs, but the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX received 4 out of 10.

Streaming services

The MagniFi Mini AX can play audio from Spotify.

Connectivity

Wireless Internet connection is realized only in the MagniFi Mini AX. Soundbars from this comparison have Bluetooth support. There are 0/1 HDMI inputs/outputs in the Yamaha SR-C20A versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX. As in the SR-C20A, so in the MagniFi Mini AX there is the HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC). Connecting devices via USB is possible in both models. We rated the connectivity of the SR-C20A at 4 out of 10, while the MagniFi Mini AX was rated 5/10.

Features

The manufacturer of the MagniFi Mini AX provides a device control application. The Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX equipped with a microphone. The models under consideration cannot become part of a multiroom system.

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos audio decoder is onboard the MagniFi Mini AX. The MagniFi Mini AX can work with surround sound due to DTS:X support. The SR-C20A was rated 6/10, while the MagniFi Mini AX received a mark of 10/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Yamaha SR-C20A over Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

  • Built-in subwoofer

Advantages Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX over Yamaha SR-C20A

  • Separate subwoofer in package
  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • App control
  • Microphone
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Yamaha SR-C20A
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

Model

SR-C20A
MagniFi Mini AX

Brand

Yamaha
Polk Audio

Reviews

28
0

General

Placement type

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

Connection to source

wired, wireless
wired, wireless

Soundbar buttons

power, source, demo, volume down, volume up
power, source, demo, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

100 (overall)
10 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

has not
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wireless

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

has not
Pandora, SoundCloud

Connectivity

WI-FI

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
0

NFC

HDMI input/output

0/1
1/0

HDMI ARC

HDMI eARC

HDMI CEC

Optical digital input/output

2/0
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

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Mono, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

DTS Digital Surround,DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS Virtual X

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

60x6.4x9.4/23.5x2.5x3.7
36.6x10.4x7.9/14.4x4.1x3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

1.7/3.9
6.3/14

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Yamaha SR-C20A
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX
Yamaha SR-C20A
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 3.8
  • 7.6
  • 3.8Yamaha SR-C20A
  • 7.6Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

Yamaha SR-C20A competitors

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX competitors