Details of the Polk MagniFi Mini AX
- sound bar and dimensions – 366 x 104 x 79mm,
- subwoofer dimensions – 182 x 396 x 371mm,
- soundbar drivers – 2x 19mm tweeter, 3x 51mm midrange speaker,
- 1x small wool 127 x 178mm,
- input: 1x HDMI eARC, 1x optical, 1x analog 3.5mm, 1x USB-A (for software update),
- Wi-Fi ac connection, Google Chromecast audio, Apple AirPla2, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth 5.0,
- Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support,
- price: 2 199 PLN.
The set includes a remote control and batteries and power supplies.
Polk MagniFi Mini AX is a small sound bar with a really big subwoofer
The set has two components that connect wirelessly. The sound bar is very small, but when it comes to its width. After all, it is less than 37 cm. But the height of 10.4 cm means that, in the case of some TV models, part of the screen can be hidden. We should consider this when buying. Despite its small size, the soundbar has two tweeters with a diameter of 19mm and three mid-range speakers with a diameter of 51mm.
On top of the house we find control buttons. They are clearly marked and comfortable to feel. In addition, they respond quickly to suggestions. On the front and sides there is a grille which, in the front part, there is an LED screen that shows the operating status. It is readable even in very bright environments.
Back, classically, important connections are placed. You can complain about the lack of additional HDMI ports, we only have one socket and a small operation of the USB port. We will only use it to update the software if the soundbar does not have access to Wi-Fi. But no one should have a problem with that.
The subwoofer is less compact. It is very large, but it has an unusual shape.
The set is solidly made, has a simple design and should fit well into any interior.
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I connected the soundbar and … it works?! Let’s talk about service
I have connected a sound bar to my TV many times over the past three years. And this is mine for different TV sets, and this is for my TV sets… Every time, it ended the same way. Everything is connected, LEDs are on, no sound. At least after the first run.
You had to find the right option, configure something in addition, and sometimes it was enough to remove and reconnect the cable. In the case of the Polk MagniFi Mini AX, I connected both components to the power supply, and the HDMI cable to the TV, turned everything on and … it started playing. The case? Magic? I don’t know, but I like it!
The sound bar is operated from the remote control included in the set, although basic sound control can also be done with the TV remote control. The remote is well made and easy to use, but the rotating volume buttons are a bit confusing. They only work after buying additional satellite speakers. At first I thought so until I looked it up in the manual (who normally reads the manual?).
We also have free wireless connectivity. When it comes to connecting speakers to a phone or computer, for example, there are no problems. The sound is uninterrupted and the connection is stable, even after a little longer playing time.
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We are here for the sound. So how does the Polk MagniFi Mini AX perform?
The surprise of the operation once connected is one thing. My jaw dropped when the Polk MagniFi Mini AX started playing.
I wanted to start with something good, so I searched for Dolby Atmos movies on Netflix and the fourth episode of Transformers appeared at the top of the list. There is a battle scene at the very beginning. You might be surprised how much sound such a small sound can produce. The look is truly cinematic. Rumbling bass, very spacious sound, despite the fact that we have a 3.1 set here, horses run around somewhere. This is the effect of directional sound generation and placing the speakers at the right angle. Of course, these effects are not comparable to a set with additional speakers that would stand behind us, but they are still impressive.
Low tones are of the kind that are not only heard but also felt. If we are comparing the dimensions of a subwoofer and a sound bar for this, one would expect the highs to disappear somewhere below the lows. None of these things. Polk MagniFi Mini AX offers a very good balance, thanks to which the low and high tones are clearly separated from each other and complement each other, instead of drowning. The scales are lovely. The middle of the scale is worse. In terms of cinema, this is not a problem, the dialogue can be heard very well. Even in a Polish production that sounded bad. But in the case of music, a trained ear will see that it can be better in this regard.
The set is not equipped, for example, the type of music, but with a scale from -4 to 4 we can adjust the intensity of low and high tones. For this we have sound types to choose from: Music, Movie, 3D and Night, and contrary to appearance, they are quite sufficient. In Music mode, the volume becomes stronger, the midrange sounds more pronounced, and the overall sound seems sharper. Movies are warmer sounds and deeper bass, but for watching movies, the 3D mode is definitely better. Where you can clearly hear the biggest space. The night mode is more suitable for nighttime journalism than cinema. The sound is very hidden in it. So that you do not disturb the sleeping environment and do not cause unwanted vibrations of the subwoofer.
In fact, it is not clear what the power of the Polk MagniFi Mini AX set is. The manufacturer does not list it in the specifications, nor do I see it in audio stores. But we should not complain about the lack of power. The soundbar is very loud and maintains good sound quality even at high volumes.
Is it worth reaching for the Polk MagniFi Mini AX?
Yes. Indeed. A lot!
But maybe let’s clarify on this topic a little. The Polk MagniFi Mini AX is a sound bar for anyone who is looking for great, deep sound, and at the same time wants a compact device that doesn’t take up much space. Of course, the set also includes a large subwoofer, but this can basically be placed anywhere, it does not have to be perfectly under the TV set. Especially since it connects wirelessly to the soundbar.
Polk MagniFi Mini AX does not offer many functions. We have what you need in your daily routine. A basic set of ports, functions or connection types. The more demanding may complain, but they should also be interested in a different, more complex device.
A soundbar needs to sound and look good at the same time. In the case of the Polk MagniFi Mini AX, we get both, so if you’re looking for such devices, you’ve come to the right address.