Sonos challenged by new Dolby Atmos soundbar that promises BIG sound from a small speaker

There’s also a 3.5mm port in the back of the MagniFi Mini AX if you want to connect another audio source. Not that you’ll need it, out of the box, this speaker supports both Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast and Spotify Connect. The latter allows users with the Spotify app to wireless beam playlists, albums and podcasts to the speaker with a tap. AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast both offer lossless, wireless ways to send audio from smartphones, tablets and computers (AirPlay 2 only works with Mac) to the speaker without the hassle of pairing over Bluetooth, the inferior audio quality, and the ping of your notifications interrupting your favourite track.

Polk Audio’s MagniFi Mini AX launches later this month in the UK with a price tag of £429. The company also offers optional Polk SR2 wireless speakers, available for £159 each, to add designated rear channels to boost audio from DTS:X to DTS:X 5.1 playback.

“With MagniFi Mini AX we set out to create the world’s best sounding, ultra-compact Dolby Atmos soundbar,” said Frank Sterns, President of Polk Audio. “By integrating the immersive surround capabilities of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and then optimising it with Polk’s patented SDA technology, we’ve created a product that’s not only as enveloping as a soundbar three times its size, but with a level of soundstage accuracy that’s unmatched in its class.”

William Murphy

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