Sonos has been the most effective wi-fi multiroom audio system for thus lengthy, it is arduous to recollect a time that it wasn’t round.  And for the final 10 years no less than, pretenders have tried to nab the crown for themselves. Some of the critical of those is DTS, the identical firm behind the theater and residential surround-sound format. Its Play-Fi system has been with us since 2013 and is now supported by over 20 manufacturers.

I’ve reviewed a number of sound bars that includes Play-Fi over time, however I have not checked out a suitable funds speaker because the deplorable Phorus PS1. In contrast to that wobbly first step into Wi-Fi audio system, the Polk Omni S2 is a elegant product which affords fantastic sound high quality for the cash, and prices lower than Sonos’ excellent entry-level One speaker. However until you are already invested in Play-Fi, Sonos is price the additional cash.

With drivers this ugly, you will wish to use the included cowl.

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The Polk is a flexible little speaker. It may be positioned horizontally or upright and affords a selection of both a black or a white cowl within the field. And you will wish to use that cowl as a result of the naked drivers are fairly ugly, even by ugly speaker requirements. No less than you get 4 of them: twin 2-inch full-range drivers and twin passive bass radiators.

The S2 measures four inches tall (or extensive in the event you place it on its finish), 9 inches lengthy and four inches deep, and weighs 1.2 kilos (zero.54 kg) . The model I reviewed would not include a battery, however Polk does promote the $249 Polk Audio Omni S2 Rechargeable in case you wish to hit the street.

The Polk is designed across the Play-Fi multiroom system and helps a lot of streaming providers together with Spotify Join, DLNA, Pandora and Amazon Music. It isn’t the simplest app to make use of, however when you get the cling of it, it is fairly highly effective. For instance with a pair of S2s you may simply add them to an current Play-Fi sound bar just like the Polk SB1 Plus   as surrounds and even pair them in stereo mode. The Sonos additionally has a three.5mm enter however sadly would not supply Bluetooth. Play-Fi can be accessible as a desktop app enabling you to “forged” your PC’s sound to the speaker, which will get round any streaming apps that are not supported, however remember that it will not sync with video sources similar to YouTube.

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