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My only other complaint— also common with inexpensive soundbars—was that the supplied subwoofer couldn’t always keep up with the bar. It did go low for a small, plastic sub; frequency sweep tones in my studio revealed noticeable output at 40 Hz and above, and there was no obvious sonic gap at the crossover to the bar. On the other hand, while it delivered punchy impact with action movie soundtracks, it could also sound one-notey and overwhelmed when pushed and didn’t do as well handling driving bass lines in music or orchestral scores.
Fortunately, Polk’s controls provide some ability to adjust the sound. I found it best to keep the bar in its Music mode for all content, including movies, and then use the Bass and Voice rockers on the remote to optimize the sound. I also found that propping the front of the bar on my 26-inch-high TV stand for better aim at my ears improved its projection into the room.
There are some basic controls on the soundbar itself which are located at the top and towards the centre of the main unit. These controls allow you to select input, change the volume, choose the Wi-Fi function, and turn the power on and off.
The included remote is the kind you tend to lose down the back of the sofa, but at least there are large buttons for power, volume, function (input) and mute. There are also large and easy to use buttons for play/pause and skip forwards and backwards. Beneath these controls are smaller and slightly more fiddly buttons for info, sound effects, speaker levels, AV sync, auto volume and auto power.
As well as the controls on the soundbar itself and the provided remote, if you connect via HDMI ARC, then you can use your TV remote to control the SK10Y. Finally, there’s the option of using LG’s Wi-Fi Speaker app to set up and control your soundbar. This app is excellent, with a well-designed user interface that allows you to select inputs, choose sound effects, and set up various features.”
“In terms of other features, the N850 includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which allows users to effectively access their music libraries and streaming services. There’s also support for numerous lossy and lossless audio formats including AAC, WAV, OGG, ALAC, AIFF and FLAC, with high-resolution support up to 32-bit. Samsung even includes high quality, UHQ 32-bit upscaling for supporting devices.
The one feature on the N950 that’s missing from the N850, is the inclusion of wireless rear speakers. You can buy the SWA-9000S wireless speakers separately (£170), but they only add surrounds, making a 7.1.2 system. The wireless rear speakers included with the N950 also have upward-firing drivers built into them, making that soundbar the only one from any manufacturer that can deliver a genuine 5.1.4-channel experience.”
As its name would suggest, the Signa Solo soundbar doesn’t include an external subwoofer. In fact, according to Polk the Signa doesn’t require an external sub thanks to its 4-driver array and dual bass ports. Connection choices on the bar are a little slim. The unit has 1 optical input and a single 3.5 mm AUX input.
The Signa Solo includes Polk’s VoiceAdjust tech to boost dialogue. It also supports Dolby Digital surround decoding and has built-in Bluetooth so you can send music wirelessly to it from a smartphone or tablet. Polk went the extra mile to make the Solo as easy as possible to setup. In fact, the bar includes a feature called SmartBar. With this, the Signa Solo is able to automatically work with all TV remotes. No programming necessary.”