US-based manufacturer of audio products Polk Audio unveiled an Amazon Alexa-enabled soundbar at CES 2018, which seems to be a perfect audio accessory for a modern smart home. Dubbed as Command Bar, it comes integrated with far-field microphones, allowing users to control the soundbar, smart home devices and stream music with voice commands. There’s also a wireless subwoofer for deep bass output, and 4K compliant HDMI ports for quick setup. Plus, the soundbar supports Dolby and DTS surround formats.
Featuring Polk Audio’s exclusive drivers, the soundbar is loaded with two 1.25 x 3.25-inch full-range drivers, two 1-inch tweeters and a ported, wireless 6.5-inch subwoofer for ultimate output. Every user also gets an infrared remote control with a dedicated button to initiate Alexa Voice Services. While listening to loud music, users can use this button to lower the playback volume, and make it easier for Alexa to hear the voice commands.
This smart soundbar has both Bluetooth and wireless connectivity to meet all your needs. You can easily play/pause songs, control master volume and source selection through voice commands. Using the onboard Alexa Voice Services, it can also be used to control lights, locks and other smart home devices as well as compatible connected devices from Amazon, WeMo, Ecobee, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, etc. It is designed for both tabletop and wall-mounting via built-in keyhole slots.
There are a variety of soundbars in the market but Polk Audio’s Command Bar with built-in Amazon Alexa is really a revolutionary smart audio product. It will retail in the US for about US$299.95 with expected delivery in spring 2018.
Source: Press Release