Thursday, January 18, 2018

Polk Omni SB1+ is…

The Polk Omni SB1+ is made up of two key devices, the sound-bar and the subwoofer. Both support a luxurious curves that give an elegance not always found in our modern black electronics. The sound-bar has a slim profile which allows the sleek design to blend in, rather than make a statement, exactly what you want as the biggest display in your house, the TV should be where your focus is drawn to.

If you’re after that clean wall-mounted look, the built-in keyhole slots for wall-mounting ensure you have that option, which is an important checkbox to tick given this requirement is a deal breaker for some.To call the sound bar a Surround bar as it includes 3x tweeters that are each an efficient 1.27 cm in diameter.

There’s another 3 speakers to tackle the mid range of the audio spectrum and these are a little larger at 3″ x 1″. In terms of size, it’s efficient and may allow for a more diverse range of applications than some larger bars. It measures 5.5 cm high x 109.2 cm wide and 9.2 cm deep.

The sub is 8 inches in diameter and projects the low-end audio to the floor to flood your room with the deep bass. As long as you have a powerpoint nearby, the sub can be placed anywhere in your room thanks to the wireless connection with the sound-bar. If you’d prefer, there is also a 3.5mm cabled option (cable not included), but I found the wireless works just fine.

To add the sub it couldn’t be easier, just turn on the power to the sound bar and then turn on the power to the sub. A green LED at the back of the sub will flash for a while, which indicates the magic is happening, then once connected, it’ll turn a solid green. From that point you’re just left adjusting the level of bass required using the mini remote.

Your needs here may vary based on your proximity to neighbors and the content you’re watching. For the 6pm news, its not so important, but for the latest action movie on Netflix, you’ll definitely want to turn up the bass.
It is substantial in size, but certainly not the largest we’ve seen at 36.62 cm high x 34.79 cm wide and 29.48 cm deep.

Probably the biggest selling point of this system is its ability to linearly adjust the voice levels coming from the source. While this may not sound like a big deal, but when you understand the possibilities afforded by that, it is. Increasingly we live in denser real estate and with that comes an association with your neighbors.

Too often good relationships with those next door, above or below are ruined (or at least strained) by the noise emitted while you enjoy a movie. What you can do with the Polk Omni SB1+ have the volume up but adjust the bass and voice accordingly. Its almost always the bass that travels far enough to annoy.

By being able to customize this you can find a happy medium that keeps the neighbors happy and you being able to hear the actors deliver their lines clearly. Listening Modes
The control offers two EQ modes, Movie and Music that tailors the bar’s sound to the task at hand.

While it makes a noticeable difference, I’d love to see the mobile app give access to a range of EQ settings to suit personal preference. Having these hard codes seems pretty awsom. Surround sound,
 The SB1 Sound-bar and sub deliver 3.1 audio, but its easy to expand that to a 5.1 home theater system with support for two Polk Omni S2s, S2Rs or S6s as discrete rear left and right channel wireless surround speakers. Read more at http://speakerswithoutwires.com

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