Polk Audio React Soundbar Review: Smart And Expandable

The annoying downside to soundbars is that very few entry-level options give you an easy way to upgrade to a larger speaker system. Spend a couple hundred dollars for a basic bar now, and you’ll be stuck buying a brand new center speaker if you want to upgrade to a full surround sound system—with dedicated surround speakers and a subwoofer—down the line.

That’s why I’ve become a fan of the new Polk Audio React line of home theater speakers. The main Alexa-enabled bar, subwoofer, and surround speakers are each sold separately, so you can start with the bar, then purchase the other pieces to fill out your full 5.1 system at your leisure.

You could buy an entire 5.1 soundbar system as a package for less money overall than what you’d spend assembling a Polk React system piece by piece, but you’d have to drop all the cash at once. With each component of the Polk React costing just a couple hundred bucks, and purchasable separately, it’s an affordable path to great surround sound for those with lighter wallets.

Alexa Inside

When you unbox the main React bar you’ll quickly notice the round Alexa unit built into the center of the top of the bar. It looks as though it was melted into the main speaker housing. The small plastic circle offers the same controls you’ll recognize from other Alexa devices, including the ability to mute the microphone if you don’t want to use Amazon’s smart assistant for anything.

I spent the vast majority of my time interacting with this cloth-covered rectangle via my TV’s own remote, thanks to Polk’s smart inclusion of an HDMI ARC port that lets me use my TV’s remote to adjust the soundbar’s volume.

you could look here
you could try here
you could try these out
you could try this out
your domain name
your input here
have a peek at this web-site
Source
have a peek here
Check This Out
this contact form
navigate here
his comment is here
weblink
check over here
this content
have a peek at these guys
check my blog
news
More about the author
click site
navigate to this website
my review here
get redirected here
useful reference
this page
Get More Info
see here
this website
great post to read
my company
imp source
click to read more
find more info
see it here
Homepage
a fantastic read
find this
Bonuses
read this article
click here now
browse this site
check here
original site
my response
pop over to these guys
my site
dig this
i thought about this
check this link right here now
his explanation
why not try these out
more info here
official site
look at this site
check it out
visit
click for more info
check these guys out
view publisher site
Get More Information
you can try this out
see this
learn this here now
directory
why not find out more
navigate to these guys
see this here
check my site
anchor
other
additional hints
look at this web-site
their explanation
internet
find more
Read More Here
here
Visit Website
hop over to this website

Photograph: Polk

That said, it was useful to use Alexa to set quick kitchen timers and other things I typically do with a smart speaker or my phone, right on the soundbar. You never miss a cookie-baking timer if your TV show is literally interrupted by your soundbar’s chime.

In addition to the soundbar, Polk Audio sent me the rest of the React surround-sound system to test. Setup of the powered surround speakers and wireless subwoofer was a breeze, thanks to easy instructions from Polk for pairing procedure, though you’ll want to make sure you have outlets (or extension cords, in my case) that reach within about six feet of each speaker. The included power cables are longer than most but a bit short for larger rooms.

 

The entire black system is classy and nondescript enough that it easily gets lost in most spaces, which is either a benefit or a drawback, depending on your aesthetic sense. Personally, I like devices like this to blend into the background.

Growing Together

I tested the soundbar first on its own and later added the subwoofer and surrounds, to simulate how I feel most people should buy this system. Even on its own, I was impressed with the 34-inch bar’s ability to project warm, bassy sound throughout my listening space. The audio was fuller and richer than I’d expect from a bar this size, and that made it well suited to stand-alone listening.

Once I added the subwoofer and surrounds, things got significantly more immersive, edging near what I’d call a truly cinematic home listening experience. One thing I had to do as I added components was use the included remote to balance the sound to my space. The built-in calibration changes the audio settings as you add speakers, helping to keep everything sounding as good as possible. While the recalibration didn’t give me results that were as dramatic as I wanted, it was in no way terrible.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Previous post When You Jump to Hyperspace, Make Sure You Wear a Seatbelt
Next post Palestinian Hackers Tricked Victims Into Installing iOS Spyware