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When it should not be Sonos: Get the most soundbar for the money

If you buy a modern flat screen, the sound quality is often one of the areas that are spared. There is, in other words doomed thin or flat sound, which leads many to invest in external speakers.

the Price of a good system is typically on par with or higher than what you have given for the screen. Therefore, one can rightly place great demands on both sound operation and functions are in the top.

A good system to take as a starting point is, therefore, Sonos', which both offer three different soundbar's, a subwoofer and three types of rear speakers.

Sonos Beam has a good size that does not dominate the living room or your tv. Pr photo

A strong mix of the options is Sonos Beam as a soundbar, two Sonos One as rear speakers and subwoofer for a total price of 12.796 crowns.

Without the subwoofer, which still gives a really good sound system, is the price 6797 crowns.

But how much the soundbar you can get, if the price must be kept under 10,000 dollars and like less - and not be Sonos? It has Extra Blade tested with the two models Polk MagniFi MAX SR and the Denon heo's Bar + Subwoofer.

the Latter is most expensive but also the most similar to Sonos. Here you get only a soundbar and subwoofer for a little over 9000 dollars, while the u.s. Polk takes almost 8000 dollars for a full 5.1 surround system.

How to see the total package from Polk. Pr photo

First impression

It is clear that the two products trying to reach their target audience.

While the Denon both in price and design goes after the solid, perhaps a bit 'boring' kvalitetsforbruger, so try Polk to deliver to an 'all-must-be-like-this' target audience. It means that, in the MagniFi MAX SR is wagered on everything from bluetooth to Chromecast and Google Home with speakers throughout the living room.

Polk MagniFi soundbar and subwoofer is nicely made, but nothing more. We are not talking about heavy equipment, but solid plastic and a ok finish.

heo's Bar is more well-built and is the best designed of the two devices, if the goal is to match a typical 50-55 inch flat-screen tv with a fairly discreet bar.

the Denon has created a solid and well-functioning soundbar with its heo's series. Pr photo

in the box

None of the two products fail when it comes to cables, battery and remote control. Which follows it in the box, you need to be able to get started quickly.

the Remote control from Denon is, however, of a so plastikagtig quality, that it draws down, that it came with in the box.

Drop it or build a better one, Denon!

How can the configuration of the wireless rear speakers from Polk. Pr photo


There are a little more work to put the Polk system up, but it gives itself, when there should also be available power and space for the wireless rear speakers.

Both models are, however, very simple to get, and particularly the Denon is distinguished by its logical and today much better app than we've seen.

It is a good detail that the Polk has a built-in function for the improvement of the voices, when there is a need for it. Pr photo


In the end it is the audio experience you pay for when investing in a soundbar. And here drawers none of the two.

Both of which provide a rich and good sound, when watching movies with a wide soundstage. Polk has built-in features, which makes it easy to switch around between sports, movies and other lydsituationer. You can also focus the voices in the currently playing, when you need it.

the Denon looks like again more Sonos in the balance sheet and the soundscape of its soundbar. Especially when it comes to playing music is heo's system is superior to and more comprehensive than the Polk.

That doesn't follow the rear speakers with the system from Denon, but they can be purchased. Pr photo


As already mentioned, Denon has done much to improve their app, which makes it simple to stream music directly from the cloud from the largest streaming services. But also to share the sound in the other room, if you later invest in more speakers.

Polk has a reverse bet on among other things the Chromecast, which is a useful way to send audio to the system. You can also through a Google Home-device stemmestyre the speakers and get them to play audio, change the volume or stop playback.

the Remote control from Polk is the most advanced and the best of the two models, we believe.

How to see the connection sockets on the Polk. Pr photo


Absolutely not skimp on cables, batteries and other, which must be used in order to get started, so have the two the soundbar's all the connectivity options, most need.

the Denon is best equipped with four HDMI inputs against Polk's three. Them can you use to connect the Apple TV, game console and other devices.

But otherwise the two the soundbar's quite equally equipped with optical audio, USB input, AUX and wireless access through wi-fi and bluetooth.

How to see the connection sockets on the Denon out. Pr photo


If you are chasing a total system, not the ruination of you, Polk MagniFi MAX SR is certainly worth to consider.

the System covers wide, but puts himself at the same time between several chairs, where it both must be good for tv and music. And it managed not to perfection.

however, if you Have ambitions, where you admittedly pay a little more, but also want to be sure that you both get a really good sound experience from your tv, and when you use the speakers as stereo, then the Denon heo's Bar + Subwoofer is hard to miss.

You have, admittedly, not the whole package with the 5.1-sound from the beginning, but our bet is that you own to price get the most for the money with the heo's.

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