We had the chance to listen to the Polk MagniFi Mini at the CEDIA show in Dallas, Texas last September and were impressed by the volume coming out of a speaker no bigger than a clock radio. But unfortunately a crowded room full of people and other equipment playing at the same time it was really hard to get a realistic appreciation of the full capability of the MagniFi Mini. So when Polk Audio asked if we would like to do a full review on the little unit, of course we jumped at the chance. The sound bar itself comes in at just over 13” wide by 3” tall and the included subwoofer is only slightly bigger at 13” tall by 5” wide. Even though it is a tiny package, the system still offers a 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound experience. For less than $300, Polk has delivered a quality sound system that can fit in just about any limited space and at a reasonable price.
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The MagniFi Mini Sound Bar System comes in a 24” x 12” x 18” box weighing in at just over 20 lbs. The box is small and light enough to be able to be transported by one person alone, so there was no trouble getting into the house or to the room I wanted to set it up in. The system arrived double boxed with the Polk MagniFi box safely nestled inside the slightly larger shipping box. All it took to remove the system was unfolding a few cardboard flaps, followed by the removal of some packing paper and plastic wrap from the components themselves. Included in the box was the mini sound bar, subwoofer, power cables, digital optical cable, HDMI cable, and an auxiliary cable.The supplied cables were a nice touch. It’s amazing how many soundbars I get in that cost three times the price of the MagniFi mini that don’t come with any cables.
The sound bar itself seems tiny at first glance, especially if you are used to the larger ones often seen displayed with the TV’s at your local electronics retailer. Speakers wrap around the entire front and top of the sound bar, and is covered with a matte black finish. The look of the bar came off as very cohesive, almost certain not to stand out when placed around your entertainment center. If you are looking for a sound bar that doesn’t detract from your furnishings, then this bar would suit you well. The subwoofer is also very modest, with a smooth matte black finish all around, and no visible working parts on the entire exterior. The diaphragm and sound cones are located on the bottom of the woofer, as are most woofers of this caliber. The overall appearance of the entire system would be best described as unobtrusive, and certainly will not be a distracting visual presence in the room.
Although the MagniFi Mini is small in stature, standing at only 13 inches long and 3 inches tall, it packs four 2.25 inch drivers and two 12mm tweeters into its compact frame.
The included 6.5” wireless subwoofer is a nice touch as well giving it the ability to advertise as a 5.1 setup. Let’s be clear, this setup is not to be compared to a separates system costing thousands of dollars, and the $299 price point is right on target with the build quality and sound of the system.
The system comes with a quick-start guide, although the setup is so simple that is was not even used. Depending on your specific TV audio ports, you can use one of the three included audio cables listed above to connect your TV to the sound bar, and the subwoofer automatically links to the sound bar via wireless connection. I used the supplied digital optical cable and once you have the TV and power cables connected, a quick press of the power button located on the bar begins the initial warm-up as indicated by a red blinking light on the bar. Once this light stops blinking, your system is ready to go! I used the supplied remote during listening tests, but the MagniFi Mini does have the ability to respond to your infrared TV/satellite/cable remote as well.
The MagniFi Mini does have built in Chromecast which allows you to stream music from any Chromecast enabled app to the speaker. After downloading the Google app I followed the onscreen instructions, turned on Bluetooth on my phone, and connected the MagniFi Mini to my wifi network. It took about two minutes to fully update and configure the MagniFi Mini to my WiFi, but at least the app tells you that it might take a few minutes. In the Google app I streamed music from Pandora, but other popular music services such as Google Play, iHeart Radio, Tunein and any other Chromecast enabled apps are also available.
As with other Bluetooth enabled devices, pairing the MagniFi Mini via Bluetooth to my phone was a breeze. I simply hit the Bluetooth button on top of the device and waited for my phone to connect in the settings menu. From there I was able to play any and all of the music on my iPhone.
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