You know how they say big things come in small packages? Never has that saying been as true as it is with the Polk MagniFi Mini. From the moment I opened the box to this very second, this soundbar keeps on blowing my mind with how good it is. Impressive sound? Check. Plethora of options? Check. Chromecast built-in and Google Home compatibility? Check. Small form factor that could fit in front of many/any TV? You betcha. I could easily end this review here, but I’ll do my job and write a few thousand words below… while listening to some music. It’ll make the task more enjoyable.
So let’s rewind and start the story at the beginning. The moment my husband and I unwrapped our brand new 55″ Samsung TV and installed it in our living room, we realized one thing: we had made sure the TV fit on the big living room table, but we did not account for an additional soundbar. The TV model we got has a large and deep (45cm) stand with a design that makes it impossible to fit any soundbar in front of it or any soundbase below it. And we didn’t want to hang a curved TV on the wall to make room for something below it, so we started searching for solutions. We also wanted something with plenty of input options and, ideally, Chromecast built-in, which narrowed our search considerably.
Traditional sound systems with a Chromecast Audio seemed like our only option until I stumbled on the Polk MagniFi Mini. On paper, it promised to provide everything we wanted and then some. I had vaguely heard of Polk Audio before, so I wasn’t ready to claim victory yet and I had to test it out for myself. The result, as you read at the beginning,