Polk Audio’s new MagniFi Max SR soundbar system can create 5.1 surround sound at home and is compatible with Google Home, thereby allowing it to work with any Chromecast audio-enabled device. That means users can control their sound system with voice commands. The soundbar comes bundled with two wireless speakers that connect over Wi-Fi. The system features four full-range drivers, two tweeters, a center channel driver, and a ported woofer.
The MagniFi Max SR has an optical HDMI cable that supports IR TV remotes from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. This isn’t the company’s first soundbar, or even its first piece of hardware to support Chromecast, but Polk sees it as one of its most user-friendly because of its Google Home and smart remote compatibility. It also includes three 4K HDMI (HDCP 2.2) inputs, one HDMI (ARC) output, and an aux port. The company is marketing its 5.1 surround sound more than anything else, which can be used to stream over Bluetooth, too.
What’s really intriguing about the new system is that it’ll only cost $599 when it’s released in August this year. Although cheaper systems exist, with Polk’s reputation for quality audio, the MagniFi Max might end up being one of the best-sounding and decently affordable surround sound setups.