Polk Command Alexa Soundbar Announced
This, to our knowledge, is the first announced voice-controlled sound bar with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service built in although it’s highly unlikely to be the last.
The Command Bar, says Polk, delivers the power and convenience of Amazon Alexa in a superior home cinema. It boasts integrated far-field microphones on top of the sound bar to control master volume, mute, bass, sound modes, and source selection with voice commands through the Polk Connect Skill. In addition, the Polk Command Bar includes a dedicated HDMI port designed to perfectly fit the Amazon Fire TV Stick and accommodate other HDMI streaming devices. With the Alexa Voice Service integrated into the Polk Command Bar, customers can use their voice to control Fire TV, connected smart home devices and the sound bar itself. With ease of setup in mind, a built-in USB port in the rear panel can power compatible Fire TV devices. The Polk Command Bar also supports a full set of smart home skills to control lights, locks, and other smart home devices such as thermostats. To top it off, the Command Bar will also play host to a variety of Amazon Alexa-supported music services, including Amazon Music and TuneIn, and can even read books from Audible. Support for additional music services will be announced later in 2018 – Spotify is the notable omission from the press release.
"Intelligent voice services like Amazon Alexa have fundamentally transformed how we interact with our surroundings. However, until now, the home theater was devoid of an elegant solution,” said Kevin Duffy, CEO and president, Sound United. “For the past year, we worked to develop a sound bar that profoundly changes how we interact with the home entertainment experience. The result is a product that produces Polk Audio-quality sound for movies and music, while simultaneously delivering voice control not yet found in a traditional sound bar.”
Featuring Polk Audio’s performance-tuned drivers, the Polk Command Bar has two 1.25 x 3.25-inch full-range drivers, two 1-inch tweeters and a ported, wireless 6.5-inch subwoofer. When audio is playing at the loudest levels, owners can use the Action button on the Polk Command Bar’s remote control to lower playback volume and make it easier for Alexa to hear voice commands. Additionally, the sound bar is compatible with 4K HDR TVs with dual HDMI 2.0b inputs. There’s support for Dolby and DTS surround formats, although no Atmos or DTS:X.
“Voice is an incredibly natural way to interact with your home, and we’re excited to work with Polk Audio to bring customers a new Alexa experience for the home theater,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon. “With the new Polk Command Bar, customers get great sound quality and Alexa voice control for an even better entertainment experience.”
The Command Bar will be available in the UK in July 2018 and will retail for £349.
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