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  • Re: Polk introduces the MagniFi MAX SR

    Somehow the length post I placed here didn't stick. Anyway, as I posted on AVS forum:

    "John Wick 2 on Cinemax sounded very good. Great screeching and punches, lots of crash'em up. Dialogue (for what that's worth in this movie) was clear, cut through the effects well. The surrounds were crisp with quick response. (Some bars I know have significant lag getting the signal to the wireless rears.)

    Tuned over to War Dogs on HBO and the sound was just fine. There's more music track on this movie and the Polk handled it admirably."

    To address your question(s), today I watched the NHL Winter Classic, live, outdoors from Citifield NYC. The announce was distinctly separate from the effects and crowd. Football announcers on Sunday was also well defined. Keep in mind almost all sports are mixed in surround, and often the rear channels can be heavy-handed. Lowering the rear channels, or turning them off completely, is always an option. In my opinion, the front soundbar and sub handle sports events well, and the surrounds are a season to taste addition.

    Two-channel programs (news etc) sounded odd to my ear originally. I think it a matter of getting used to the way it was, and now sounds different with a new speaker in place. In the ten days, I am appreciating the soundbars characteristics on this type of program.
  • Re: Polk introduces the MagniFi MAX SR

    John Wick 2 on Cinemax sounded very good. Great screeching and punches, lots of crash'em up. Dialogue (for what that's worth in this movie) was clear, cut through the effects well. The surrounds were crisp with quick response. (Some bars I know have significant lag getting the signal to the wireless rears.)

    Tuned over to War Dogs on HBO and the sound was just fine. There's more music track on this movie and the Polk handled it admirably.

    Today, the NHL Winter Classic was live, outdoors from Citifield on NBC. The announcers were clear and the effects were strong. Keep in mind most sports events are mixed with full-bodied surround, so the rear channels have a hefty share of crowd. Lowering the volume on the rear channels or shutting them off completely is always an option.

    I did watch Live from Lincoln Center from last night and it sounded really fine. Our PBS station does not broadcast in DD, so the soundbar switched to DTS.

    I am getting used to the audio in news programs etc. I wasn't happy originally, with two channel stereo, but your ear get familiar with one type of sound response, and a change from that, always makes it different for that initial break-in period.

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