Vizio V21-H8 vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX review

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Vizio V21-H8 vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX comparison chart

Overall
Vizio V21-H8
5.5
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX
7.6
8
9

Vizio V21-H8 vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX review

Vizio V21-H8
vs
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

l would like to share my experience after comparing and testing two soundbars – Vizio V21-H8 vs Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX. The Vizio V21-H8 was rated 5.5, while the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX has a rating 7.6. The soundbars are equipped with a different number of buttons, power, volume down, volume up, source, Bluetooth for the V21-H8 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 V21-H8 has 2.1 and MagniFi Mini AX has 3.1. The built-in subwoofer is not implemented in any of these models. An external subwoofer connects to the V21-H8 via wired and wireless, but MagniFi Mini AX has wireless connection type. Rate 6 out of 10 received the Vizio V21-H8 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 Vizio V21-H8 versus 1/0 HDMIs in the Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX. As in the V21-H8, 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 V21-H8 at 6 out of 10, while the MagniFi Mini AX was rated 5/10. Each of the soundbars can be controlled using the application. The soundbars in this review are 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 V21-H8 was rated 5/10, while the MagniFi Mini AX received a mark of 10/10 for multichannel surround.

Advantages Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX over Vizio V21-H8

  • Amazon Music compatible
  • Spotify support
  • WI-FI enabled
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos
  • Compatible with DTS:X
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Common

Product

Vizio V21-H8
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

Model

V21-H8
MagniFi Mini AX

Brand

Vizio
Polk Audio

Reviews

21
0

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
power, source, demo, mute

Audio features

Built-in channels

2.1
3.1

Amplification type

active
active

Output power, W

10 (overall)

Separate speaker (in package)

0
0

Separate speaker connections

wired, wireless
wireless

Subwoofer

Built-in subwoofer

Separate subwoofer (in package)

Separate subwoofer connections

wired, wireless
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

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)

1/0
0/0

Headphone output

0
0

Subwoofer output

0
0

Features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

App control

Microphone

Remote control

Multi-room

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital
Dolby Mono, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos True HD

DTS:X

DTS (other)

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

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size (Wx H x D), cm/in

100 x 27.4 x 37.6/39 x 11 x 15
36.6x10.4x7.9/14.4x4.1x3.1

Weight, kg/pounds

2/5
6.3/14

Other

Release year

2020
2022
Vizio V21-H8
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX
Vizio V21-H8
Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

Soundbars SoundStrokes Art comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 5.5
  • 7.6
  • 5.5Vizio V21-H8
  • 7.6Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX

Vizio V21-H8 competitors

Polk Audio MagniFi Mini AX competitors