Soundbars are more and more going past their unique remit of boosting TV sound – and one such formidable ‘bar is the brand new Polk Signa S3 (£279), which enhances customary TV connections with multi-room, community music streaming.
By supporting Google Chromecast, customers can simply play music or movies from suitable Chromecast apps, together with Google Play Music, Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz. It additionally permits the Signa S3 to pair with different Chromecast-enabled audio system to play music all through the house. The Google integration additionally expands to Google Assistant voice management by way of a separate Google House machine or the Google House app.
So far as duties to rework TV sound go, the Signa S3 has HDMI and HDMI ARC sockets for one-cable connectivity, by which it could actually decode Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks. An alternate optical enter can also be onboard.
Polk Audio’s patented Voice Alter expertise permits the proprietor to regulate voice channel ranges, whereas ‘Film’, ‘Music’ and ‘Night time Mode settings provide additional technique of flexibility and personalization.
Sitting 5cm tall and 90cm large, the soundbar will unfold throughout 40-43in TVs and sit comfortably inside the parameters of bigger units. The exterior wi-fi subwoofer, current and proper to deliver the sonic brunt, is designed to take a seat on the ground close to the TV and ‘bar.
The Signa S3 is the most recent addition to the US audio model’s Signa Sequence, which additionally contains the entry-level, non-streaming Signa Solo soundbar (£149) and Signa S2 soundbar and subwoofer system (£199). It comes with each HDMI and optical cables and goes on sale from 4th June, priced £279.