Polk Audio’s First Dolby Atmos Soundbar Is Just $399

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Polk Audio has a permanent fame for producing audio system and soundbars that punch properly above their weight when you think about how inexpensive they’re. This continues with the corporate’s first Dolby Atmos-capable soundbar, the Signa S4, which comes with its personal wi-fi subwoofer for $399. It’s out there beginning at present, December 15, at PolkAudio.com or different retailers.

At that worth, the Signa S4 undercuts many different Dolby Atmos merchandise just like the $449 Sonos Beam Gen 2, the $599 LG Eclair, and the $450 Monoprice SB-600. Higher but, the S4 manages to do that whereas providing a discrete set of up-firing peak drivers within the soundbar, which ought to supply a extra real looking 3D sound area than merchandise that rely fully on virtualized Dolby Atmos, just like the Beam Gen 2.

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To get to such a aggressive worth, Polk has chosen to focus purely on sound. There’s no good speaker choice as the corporate provided on its React soundbar, and no entry to music streaming providers through Wi-Fi. If you wish to join a smartphone or pill, you’ll want to make use of the built-in Bluetooth connection.

Bodily connections are equally spartan: You get a single HDMI ARC/eARC port for wiring the bar to your TV, and each an optical port and an analog port within the occasion that your TV doesn’t assist sending audio over HDMI.

Polk says the principle soundbar packs a seven-speaker array, together with these two up-firing drivers, a discrete heart channel, and left and proper tweeters and woofers. The middle channel has been designed to make dialogue clearer — a typical drawback with TV audio — by means of the usage of Polk’s VoiceAdjust expertise, which mechanically optimizes speech even throughout loud scenes with loads of background sounds. Sadly, Polk hasn’t talked about a capability to improve the S4’s sound with optionally available wi-fi encompass audio system for a extra discrete 5.1.2 system.

The included distant management has one-button entry to EQ presets for each music and flicks, and there’s an adjustable bass increase mode for tweaking how a lot low-end will get pumped out from the subwoofer. Dolby Atmos is the star of this present, however Polk says the Signa S4 also can upscale non-Atmos content material into extremely immersive encompass sound.

You’ll be able to sit the soundbar on the identical floor as your TV, or you’ll be able to wall-mount it utilizing the included {hardware}.

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