Polk’s MagniFi 2 soundbar does its best Dolby Atmos impression

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
02 July 2020 / 9:00BST

Soundbars are devious little badgers. Trickery is their raison d’etre. When they do their job properly, not only do they make you think your TV is much louder than it really is, they make you think the sound is coming from all around you. Polk’s new MagniFi 2 (£499) could be the sneakiest of the lot. Why? Well despite not having Dolby’s sound-bouncing Atmos tech onboard, its 3D Audio Mode creates virtual height channels to trick your ears into thinking there are noises coming from above, while a wireless subwoofer takes care of the rumbles. If you’ve got a penchant for mumbly arthouse movies its Voice Adjust feature means you can bump up the dialogue, plus it also supports 4K HDR and Chromecast Audio. Sometimes being tricked ain’t so bad.