Amazon offers the Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR Home Theater Sound Bar for $413.22 shipped. That’s good for a 32% discount from the going rate at Crutchfield, is $87 less than the sale price at Best Buy and comes within $13 of the Amazon all-time low. Polk Audio’s MagniFi Max SR features 5.1-channel wireless Dolby Digital surround sound and more. The star of the show here though is built-in Chromecast capabilities, which allow you to to control the soundbar with Assistant, as well as easily play audio from your smartphone. Rated 4.4/5 stars from over 300 customers, and we found it to be a compelling option in our hands-on review.

Update 3/11

@ 4:00 PM: Amazon offers a pair of KEF T101 Satellite Speakers in black for $369 shipped. Also available at KEF direct for $1 more or at Crutchfield for an extra $10. That’s good for a  33% discount from the going rate, with today’s price drop hitting a new Amazon all-time low. Rated 4.8/5 stars.

@ 1:40 PM: NeweggFlash offers the Yamaha RXA2080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Channel 4K HDR AirPlay-enabled A/V Receiver for $1,099 shipped. Regularly $1,500 at retailers like Amazon, Crutchfield, or Adorama, this is one of the best prices we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. With Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, AirPlay, Alexa, and more, this ultra-high-end receiver features 9.2-channels of audio for an immersive experience. Early reviews are positive and Yamaha is well-rated overall.

Elsewhere in the world of high-end home theater audio systems, we spotted VIZIO’s high-end Dolby Atmos Soundbar w/ Chromecast for $679 (Reg. $800).

Another great way to upgrade your home theater is with the Fire TV Recast. Available in two different configurations from $190, you’ll be able to record up to 150 hours of content and more.

Polk Audio MagniFi Max SR features:

  • Packed inside this slim and sleek sound bar 7 powerful drivers and tweeters produce exceptionally clear sound, more superior than any traditional sound bar
  • Includes Plug-and-Play wireless subwoofer and two speakers which are instantly recognized by the sound bar the moment you power them on – a solid green light on the back indicates that they are connected. The subwoofer supports an 8″ downward-firing driver and both wall-mountable speakers have a 3″ full-range driver – together filling your room with high-impact multi-dimensional surround sound for an ultimate home theater experience


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