Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs Polk Audio MagniFi 2

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Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs MagniFi 2 comparison chart

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
Polk Audio MagniFi 2
Multichannel surround

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs Polk Audio MagniFi 2 review

Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
Polk Audio MagniFi 2

Choosing a soundbar is not an easy task and the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC vs Polk Audio MagniFi 2 comparison is meant to help you with that. We fairly judged the compared soundbars for their performance and both received a 6.6 out of 10 points.

Advantages Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC over Polk Audio MagniFi 2

  • Comes with 4 separate speakers
  • Supports object-oriented sound with Dolby Atmos technology
  • Surround sound with DTS:X support

Advantages Polk Audio MagniFi 2 over Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC

  • Available the Apple Music service
  • Available the Amazon Music service
  • Stream music with Spotify
  • Wireless connection via Wi-Fi
  • Voice control supports
  • App for remote control
  • Built-in microphone

Audio features

The Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC is rated 10 of 10 against 4 for the MagniFi 2 according to the audio features rating.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
MagniFi 2

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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC and the MagniFi 2.

There are stereo soundbars and multichannel ones. It is with the help of multichannel devices that you can get volumetric sound. It is worth noting one of the main differences, the Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC has 9.2.4 channels, while the MagniFi 2 has 2.1 channels.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
Built-in channels9.2.42.1
Amplification typeactiveactive
Output power, W1300 (overall)N/A
Separate speaker (in package)40
Separate speaker connectionswirelesswireless


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.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
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 Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC received rating 10 out of 10 for multichannel audio processing, but the MagniFi 2, in the same category, earned 5 out of 10 points.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
MagniFi 2

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. Dolby Atmos surround sound support is implemented only in Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC.

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. The manufacturer has implemented DTS:X technology only in Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
Dolby Atmos
Dolby (other)Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital PlusDolby Digital
DTS (other)DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS Digital SurroundDTS audio

Streaming services

The possibility to listen online to millions of songs from one device has become a reality thanks to streaming services.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
MagniFi 2

The popular Spotify service is available on the MagniFi 2.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Other streaming serviceshas notPandora, SoundCloud


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: Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC was rated 9 out of 10, and Polk Audio MagniFi 2 was rated 5 out of 10.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC
MagniFi 2

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. Wireless connection via Wi-Fi is possible on the MagniFi 2.

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. The competitors in this comparison has 3/1 HDMI inputs/outputs.

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 basic for both soundbars. Connecting external devices via USB can be done on both models.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
Ethernet (RJ45)01
HDMI input/output3/13/1
Optical digital input/output1/01/0
USB1 (USB 2.0)1 (USB 2.0)
Coaxial digital input/output1/00/0
Analog audio input/output (RCA)0/00/0
Headphone output00
Subwoofer output00


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 MagniFi 2 has its own remote control application. Only Polk Audio MagniFi 2 has 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. However, it is impossible to create a multiroom system based on each of these soundbars.

Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
Voice control
App control
Remote control


Shockwafe Ultra 9.2 eARC MagniFi 2
Size (Wx H x D), cm/in114.3 x 7.6 x 7.8/45.5 x 3 x 3.6109.2x5.3x3/37.5x3x2
Weight, kg/pounds3.1/7.22.9/6
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