Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-M360/ZA

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Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

SIGNA S2 vs HW-M360/ZA comparison chart

Overall
Polk Audio SIGNA S2
5
Samsung HW-M360/ZA
6.6
4
6
Multichannel surround
4
4

Polk Audio SIGNA S2 vs Samsung HW-M360/ZA review

Polk Audio SIGNA S2
vs
Samsung HW-M360/ZA

Comparing Polk Audio SIGNA S2 and Samsung HW-M360/ZA makes sense because it shows what devices in their segment can offer. HW-M360/ZA offers better sound and bass than its opponent - SIGNA S2. According to the results of our comparison, SIGNA S2 received 5 points out of 10 possible, and HW-M360/ZA was rated 6.6 points.

Advantages Polk Audio SIGNA S2 over Samsung HW-M360/ZA

  • HDMI ARC supports

Advantages Samsung HW-M360/ZA over Polk Audio SIGNA S2

  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Possible to create a multi-room system
  • Supports external media connection via USB
  • App for remote control

Audio features

The SIGNA S2 is rated 6 of 10 against 7 for the HW-M360/ZA according to the audio features rating.

SIGNA S2
6
HW-M360/ZA
7

It worth understanding the difference between the two types of amplification: a passive soundbar does not have its own amplifier and receives amplification from the signal source, while an active soundbar has a built-in amplifier. The same active type of amplification is used in the SIGNA S2 and the HW-M360/ZA.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. The number of channels in the considered devices is the same - 2.1.

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
Built-in channels2.12.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, WN/A200
Separate speaker (in package)00
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless

Subwoofers

Soundbars can have a built-in or external subwoofer. The first type is inseparable from the soundbar body, but for the second, you can choose a good location for deep bass. Both reviewed devices are equipped with an external subwoofer. Competitors support wireless connection to a separate external subwoofer.

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
Built-in subwoofer
Separate subwoofer (in package)
Separate subwoofer connectionswirelesswireless

Multichannel surround

Unlike stereo, when reproducing multichannel sound, each specific direction of sound corresponds to its dedicated channel with a separate independent loudspeaker, which creates a three-dimensional sound stage. The multichannel sound reproduction capabilities of the soundbars were rated 4 out of 10.

SIGNA S2
4
HW-M360/ZA
4

The peculiarity of Dolby Atmos is that this format is object-oriented, that is, each object of the audio signal is sounded separately and linked to its spatial location. If we look at the models in terms of Dolby Atmos support, then none of these soundbars can work with this technology.

DTS:X is an algorithm for processing sound scenes by the processor, linking directly to objects, rather than channels, and calculating the optimal distribution of sound output in a room. This ability to reproduce surround sound with DTS:X technology is not implemented in any of the soundbars in this comparison.

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby DigitalDolby Digital
DTS:X
DTS (other)has nothas not

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services. For the ability to work with streaming services, the SIGNA S2 received 4 points, and the HW-M360/ZA - 10 on a 10-point scale.

SIGNA S2
4
HW-M360/ZA
10

AirPlay is available on each of the two models. The popular Spotify service is available on the HW-M360/ZA.

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
Apple Music (AirPlay)AirPlayAirPlay
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, Tuneln, Deezer, Chromecast

Connectivity

The existence of a sufficient number of current connectors significantly expands the functionality of the device. For example, only through HDMI is it possible to implement the transfer of object-oriented formats, and the presence of a Bluetooth connection will allow remote control, etc. The devices received different ratings for connectivity: Polk Audio SIGNA S2 was rated 6 out of 10, and Samsung HW-M360/ZA was rated 5 out of 10.

SIGNA S2
6
HW-M360/ZA
5

The presence of Wi-Fi in the soundbar allows you to get rid of wires when connected to a sound source and get minimal audio latency when playing content from streaming services. Such connection as via Wi-Fi is not possible on any of the devices in comparison.

Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for speaker systems, which provides excellent quality and minimal audio latency. The availability of Bluetooth protocol, we can see in both models.

HDMI ARC is a very usefull technology that creates a two-way communication channel between a TV and another device. This is convenient since there is no need to use optical and other cables in the system. HDMI ARC is a feature unique to Polk Audio SIGNA S2.

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
WI-FI
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45)00
NFC
HDMI input/output1/00/0
HDMI ARC
HDMI eARC
HDMI CEC
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output0/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)1/01/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00

Features

Voice control is designed to make operating the device more convenient. This allows you to control basic soundbar functions from anywhere in the room.

Proprietary applications allow you to control your soundbars remotely. This is possible both via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The HW-M360/ZA has its own remote control application. None of these soundbars have a built-in microphone.

Some soundbars can be part of a multi-room system and it is an affordable solution for sounding the whole house. The HW-M360/ZA has the ability to use a multiroom system.

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
Voice control
App control
Microphone
Remote control
Multi-room

Dimensions

SIGNA S2 HW-M360/ZA
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in89.9 x 5.4 x 8.1/35.4 x 2.1 x 3.288.9 x 5.1 x 5.8/35.7 x 2.1 x 2.7
Weight, kg/poundsN/A1.4/3.3
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