Polk Expands Wireless-Multiroom Omni Series

$349 tabletop speaker joins five other Play-Fi-equipped Omni products
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Polk’s Omni S6 Play-Fi wireless-multiroom speaker at $349

Polk Audio is expanding its selection of wireless-multiroom audio products in its Omni series, which incorporates DTS’s Wi-Fi-based Play-Fi multiroom technology.

The latest model is the $349 Omni 6 single-chassis stereo speaker, which joins a $179 S2 speaker and a $249 S2R portable speaker. The series also includes the $699 SB1 soundbar with wireless subwoofer; $299 Omni P1 preamp, which adds wireless music streaming to an existing sound system; and the $399 A1 amplifier, which connects to a pair of passive stereo speakers to add them to a Play-Fi network.

The Omni S6 is the first speaker in the Omni series to re-stream music wirelessly to other Play-Fi devices when a music source is plugged into its 3.5mm input.

The curved-front two-way speaker, available in black or white, features a flat back so it can be placed flush against a wall. It incorporates two 4-inch drivers, two 0.75-inch tweeters, and a four-channel 100-watt digital amplifier. A stereo pairing feature enables two S6 speakers to operate as separate left and right channels.

Through the free Polk Omni app, users can stream music from nine Internet services such as Pandora, Songza, and Spotify along with thousands of Internet radio stations. The Omni devices also stream music stored on a mobile device or networked PC.

The free Polk app has been upgraded to add Spotify Connect, which enables Play-Fi devices to stream Spotify directly from the Cloud, rather than through the user’s mobile device, to extend mobile-device battery life. Other music-streaming services available in the Polk app are streamed through the mobile device, as they are with Play-Fi apps available for other-brand wireless multiroom systems.

An update to Polk’s Omni app will be available in the coming months to improve usability, add more control, add new features such as restreaming, and improve the setup process and GUI, the company said.

The black Omni S6 is available at Magnolia locations inside Best Buy, and both colors are available at Amazon, BestBuy.com, Crutchfield, PolkAudio.com, and other select retailers.

Polk speakers can be integrated with other-brand Play-Fi speakers from Wren, Definitive Technology, and DTS’s Phorus brand. Additional brands planning to offer Play-Fi-compatible products later this year are Paradigm, MartinLogan, Anthem, and two Fine Sounds brands.

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