After tagging in wireless speakers last year, Roku has announced two new audio products – a new soundbar and wireless subwoofer – coming to the US in October.
First, the Roku Smart Soundbar combines a 4K Roku player with a 32-inch 2.0 soundbar for $ 179 (around £ 149, AU $ 265). The bar contains four speakers (two for each channel) and can play content from services such as Netflix, Amazon and others in 4K HDR. The Soundbar contains Roku ' s handy Voice Remote and runs the latest version of Roku ' s operating system.
In terms of hardware, the bar has a single HDMI output that is ARC compatible, but that can also use optical audio if your TV does not have an HDMI port. In our briefing, Roku would not specify which processor the Smart Soundbar would use, but says it is a quad-core chip that is almost identical to the one in the Roku Ultra.
Given the 2.0 speaker configuration, the Roku Smart Soundbar does not Dolby Atmos, but Roku says it offers Dolby Sound with automatic volume control, night mode and speech enhancing functions.
Drop the bass with the wireless subwoofer
If you want to add a deeper sound to your Roku installation, Roku has also announced a new wireless subwoofer that is compatible with both the Smart Soundbar and the Roku TV wireless speakers and costs $ 179 (around £ 149, AU $ 265).
In terms of specifications, it is a 250W sub with a 10-inch woofer and can reach frequencies of around 40Hz. Once paired with Roku ' s wireless speakers or Smart Soundbar, the system will automatically assign low frequencies to the Sub to unlock a more cinematic experience.
Just like last year's wireless speakers, the most important asset of the wireless subwoofer is that it is connected to other Roku products through its software, such as the wireless speakers or Smart Soundbar, and can be set up in seconds. The disadvantage here is that it is not an isolated sub and that one of those two audio products must work.
Both the Smart Soundbar and the Roku Wireless Subwoofer can be reserved from today on the Roku website and are expected to land in US stores in October. Global availability will be announced at a later date.
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