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One of my favorite soundbars is on sale for the lowest price since Christmas

The Polk MagniFi Max AX SR is a fantastic surround-sound system and it's $200 off -- but only until Feb. 12.

Your fancy-schmancy 4K TV is lovely, no doubt about it. But the speakers in that TV? They're poo-poo. Sorry for the harsh language, but I really need to stress the importance of adding a soundbar to the mix. It'll improve every aspect of your listening experience, especially your ability to hear dialogue loud and clear. And if you're going to do this thing, do it up right: For a limited time, the Polk MagniFi Max AX SR 7.1.2-channel surround-sound system is on sale for $699. That's $200 off the regular price and the best deal since Christmas.

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Polk MagniFi Max AX SR 7.1.2-Channel Soundbar

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Polk's powerful system offers one of the best surround-sound experiences you can get for your living room (aka home theater), and this price ties the lowest on record.
$699 at Amazon

Spoiler alert: The MagniFi Max AX SR earned the title of "best surround soundbar" in my recent roundup of the best soundbars you can buy. And I'm going to borrow a bit from that roundup in explaining why.

The MagniFi is a beast of a system, with a subwoofer that will shake the floors and a soundstage powerful enough to bug the neighbors. It's also a breeze to set up, though a few of the more advanced functions might prove a little confusing.

The soundbar itself boasts an amazing 11-speaker array, so it's a big, heavy item. It's nothing, however, compared to the mammoth subwoofer. If you're hoping to shoehorn this into a corner or behind a couch, make sure you have enough space. The satellites are a fairly standard size, wider than they are tall, but provided without any kind of wall-mount hardware or floor stands.

The MagniFi Max AX SR soundbar, satellite speakers, subwoofer and remote.
Equipped with two wireless satellites, a mammoth subwoofer and Dolby Atmos, the MagniFi Max AX SR delivers a veritable tidal wave of sound.

Polk's quick-start guide is easy to follow and nicely illustrated, culminating with three options for setting up Wi-Fi: Google Home, Amazon Alexa or Apple AirPlay. This is great, not only because you get to choose the smart-home platform that suits you best, but also because there's no extra app required, no new account to register. I chose Alexa and had a very easy time completing setup.

That said, the guide is lacking in a few important areas; you'll want to venture online to find the complete instruction manual, which is much more detailed.

Any lingering irritation about that gets blown away when you watch, say, Top Gun: Maverick (which you'll want to do over and over). Polk's system is robust, delivering loud, well-balanced surround sound with serious bass and electronically boosted dialogue.

Polk's huge subwoofer shown next to a piece of furniture.
Polk's subwoofer is big... really, really big. Make sure you have a suitable spot so it doesn't swallow up your room. (Photo: Polk)

Overall, the Polk MagniFi AX SR is absolutely superb. It's versatile and easy to use, and it can blow the doors off even a large home-theater space. If big bass, satellite speakers and Dolby Atmos are on your list of must-haves, this is the system to get. Especially at this price.

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