(Pocket-lint) - The Polk Audio Signa S4 adds upward firing talker outputs to this affordable soundbar-and-sub combo package, making for the company's archetypal Dolby Atmos-capable system.
When we reviewed the Signa S3 astatine the precise opening of 2021, we were impressed by its quality to upgrade TV audio - mostly acknowledgment to the bundled subwoofer - without breaking the bank.
The S4 takes that conception and enhances its capableness considerably. While the S3 is simply a 2.1 transmission system, the S4 is simply a 5.1.2 strategy - the second meaning 5 side/left/right/centre speakers total, 1 subwoofer, and 2 upward-firing integrated speakers.
That should marque for a overmuch much all-encompassing dependable profile, hence the Dolby Atmos decoding capability. The Signa S4 tin besides upmix non-Atmos contented to springiness a virtual situation audio experience.
There's besides an HDMI port, with enactment for eARC, allowing for passthrough of contented each the mode up to 8K - ensuring immoderate future-proofing excessively - portion the cosmopolitan distant power diagnostic means your TV's existing distant should beryllium capable to power the 'bar. That'll marque setup and usage bully and easy.
Core to the Signa S4's entreaty is its asking price. It's pricier than its predecessor, but not by a immense amount: it's connected merchantability now, with £329/€349/$350 asking prices reflecting cardinal markets. Sounds similar a bargain if you're looking for an affordable all-in-one Dolby Atmos solution.
Writing by Mike Lowe. Originally published connected 15 December 2021.