Two Month Update
I've been using the Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1 Soundbar for about two months now, and am very satisfied with my purchase!
To start, my soundbar was purchased for living room viewing. We have a projection room, but 80% of our viewing is in the Living Room. My biggest concern with this purchase was my wife. To clarify, I needed something that could be easily integrated while at the same time not seen. The wireless connection between the soundbar and bass module was a big plus towards meeting this requirement. Overall - for size and ease of placement without living room disruption, the Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1 Soundbar completely met my requirements.
Our TV is a SONY KDL-55W900A. I utilize the built in swivel stand, and it sits on top of a IKEA wood video cabinet that holds DVD's, Playstation, CD's. The Center Horizontal Section has three horizontal shelves approx 19 inches wide. The first level (essentially ear level) now holds the Polk MagniFi Mini 2.1 Soundbar, and the 2nd Level (middle shelf) holds a Upscaling DVD Player, and the bottom level has the Playstation. Perfect integration! My wife is happy. Other bars, due to their height and thus interfering with the remote pick-up on the TV, required that I would have to mount the soundbar above the TV, and that would have defiantly "not passed inspection"
As with most other reviews, professional and consumer/end-user, I have to remark about just how loud and clear this soundbar is for it's size. It's hooked up via HDMI/ARC. The center channel voice control works like a charm, so much so that sometimes I have to turn it down a notch or two! Finally - movie dialog is crisp, clear, understandable!!!
The bass module packs a punch, and more than meets my expectations. Our viewing sofa is in the center of the room, and the bass module has been placed behind it, in a corner. Our living room is hardwood floors with area carpets. The bass module is sitting on hardwood floor, and reflects perfectly. It puts out more than enough punch to satisfy our needs while watching any action movie.
While watching streaming or dvd material, 80% of the time the system is perfectly integrated and meets all my listening expectations. The 20% that it doesn't is made acceptable by fine tuning the settings on the supplied remote. In short, some viewing material, depending on how it was recorded at the studio or being streamed, is really soft and you have to turn the volume up to an onscreen rating of "90" to hear it. Other material is recorded/streamed so loud you have to turn down the onscreen volume rating to "60".
Most of the time (the 80 percentile) I find that the onscreen rating for the volume is between "66 - 76". The bass setting is left in the middle (there are 7 settings for bass, 3 to lower it, 1 to leave it as recorded, and 3 to increase it). The vocal/center channel also has 7 settings, and most of the time it is set at 2-3 steps above the center setting. We watch everything on the "music" equalizer setting.
The only problem I've encountered in the past two months was one time the wireless handshake setting between the sound bar and bass module disconnected. The result was the bass module wasn't putting out sound. A quick review of the user manual, the sequential pressing of a few buttons, and 5 minutes later everything was a-ok.
In closing - am I happy with my purchase? Yes.
Would I buy it again for another room (if needed)? Yes.
Would I recommend it to family, friends, fellow AVS Forum Members? Yes.
What changes would I ask of POLK? Please add more "finer" steps to the volume control of the sound bar. Sometimes I find that I have to settle on "just" too soft or "just" too loud. When that situation (infrequently) arises I usually choose the latter...
Hope that helps anyone sitting on the fence!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask