Polk Audio introduced Tuesday its MagniFi MAX SR 5.1-channel sound bar, one of the company’s most advanced to date.

The MagniFi MAX SR incorporates Polk Audio’s Stereo Dimensional Array (SDA) digital surround technology that is said to expand the sound stage, while adding detail and immersive surround sound.

The MagniFi MAX SR package includes a pair of SR1 wireless surround speakers that automatically connect and pair with the sound bar to provide rear channels. The sound then can be easily fine tuned via volume and left/right balance controls through the MagniFi MAX bar.

The MagniFi MAX SR system will be available through authorized Polk retailers at a $599 suggested retail, starting in August. Polk will also make the sound bar ($499 suggested retail price) and Polk SR1 ($149) wireless surrounds available separately.

Read more about the Polk MagniFi MAX SR sound bar after the jump:

The MagniFi MAX SR also includes DTS and Dolby Digital decoding, for more dynamic sound from the latest streaming movies and Blu-ray Discs.

New Voice Adjust Technology allows users to customize voice levels for clear, understandable dialog, while integrated Google Home technology allows the the MagniFi MAX SR to easily connect with Chromecast audio-enabled devices as part of a multi-room or whole home audio solution.

Whole-home setups can be controlled using voice commands over Google Home to stream music from favorite apps.

The sound bar is also equipped with Bluetooth for connection to other mobile streaming devices.  The MagniFi MAX SR can  be controlled via popular IR TV remotes from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio for greater convenience.

The sound bar is comprised of four 1-inch by 3-inch full-range drivers, two 0.75-inch tweeters, one 1-inch center channel driver and an included 8-inch ported woofer. The included subwoofer is said to produce more than 10 times the amount of bass available through average internal television speakers.

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The sound bar includes several preset EQ settings for Movies, Music and Sports, which optimize the sound bar and subwoofer levels to match the content while keeping dialog clear. A Night Effect EQ mode offers one-button control to lower the bass while  increasing dialog without touching the master volume. Voice control and bass settings can also be manually adjusted to create the right mix for the listening environment.

Other features in the Polk MagniFi MAX SR include: smart remote compatibility with support for popular IR TV remotes, including most HDMI-CEC-enabled versions; universal compatibility with both HDMI and optical cable connections; 2-inch low-profile design that won’t block any portion of the picture; easy wireless set up of the SR1 surround speakers; simple to install wall mount with rear keyhole slots and threaded inserts; and an all-stereo mode.

By Greg Tarr


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