Roku just entered the wireless speaker space

17 Juillet, 2018, 00:57 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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The company also has some first party plans for Roku Connect, announcing a pair of wireless speakers compatible with Roku TVs today. It also developed the new Roku Touch tabletop voice remote that some users may find more useful and less intrusive than Amazon's Alexa.

With the wireless speakers, the hassle of wires, receivers, and a million remote controls disappears. So, any TV powered by the Roku operating system will benefit from the enhanced audio provided by the bundle. Included is a simple point-anywhere remote control that works with both devices. The speakers will ship with a Roku Voice Remote, as well as a new Touch controller, which is meant to sit on your coffee table and offer quick access to common features, like volume controls, video playable and voice commands. Once the speakers have been paired to your TV, you can use them to stream audio from a multitude of source, whether that's a set-top box from your cable company or any of Roku's streaming channels. The deal should go live on Roku's site soon.

What's the point? Roku says many modern flat-panel HDTVs scrimp on their speakers, to fit them into the thin form-factor and also reduce costs. If you buy an item through our links, Vulture may earn an affiliate commission.

The speakers use technology from Dynastrom, the Danish multiroom-audio startup Roku acquired last fall for $3.5 million, as first reported by Variety. And the different layers - a helicopter's blades, the sound of metal on metal, an explosion - were distinguishable from one another, as opposed to the cocktail of sounds you usually get from the special effects of today's action scenes.

Roku just entered the wireless speaker space

I got to listen to an early version setup of the speakers, and they certainly provided an impressive boost in sound quality versus a standard Roku TV by TCL. Those who order between today and July 23 will be able to snag a bundle for $149.99, while those who order between July 24 and October 15 will pay $179.99.

The Roku TV Wireless Speakers will available later this year.

The Roku TV Wireless Speaker bundle - initially to be available to order only via roku.com - includes two speakers, a new Roku TV Voice Remote, the Roku Touch tabletop remote, two power cables, and four AAA batteries. As of October 16, they'll cost $199.99.

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