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Roku Streambar builds in 4K HDR streaming, ‘wide’ sound for $130

At 14 inches large the Roku Streambar is way more compact {that a} typical soundbar. 


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Simply after we thought hybrid soundbar-streamers could not get any cheaper than the $180 Roku Smart Soundbar, the corporate says, “maintain my beer.” The brand new Roku Streambar lowers the value of entry to $130 and nonetheless manages to pack in some refined options for the cash.

As its identify suggests, the Streambar is a soundbar with a full-cream 4K HDR streamer built-in. Roku says its streaming capabilities are equal to the $50 Roku Streaming Stick Plus. It is also a 2.0-channel soundbar with side-firing “large” audio system. The system will course of 5.1 audio, which lets you add Roku’s wireless subwoofer or surround speakers (or each) for a full-fledged wi-fi encompass system (complete value: $450).

The most important distinction between the Streambar and the Good Soundbar is the bars’ dimension and form. Whereas the Good Soundbar is 36 inches large, the Streambar is way more compact at 14 inches. Each bars embrace Roku’s voice distant, which helps you to challenge instructions by talking into the clicker, management quantity and switch the TV on and off.

The Streambar presentseasy quantity modes” which “decrease loud commercials, increase the amount of voices and optimize the sound for night time listening” based on the corporate’s press supplies. Along with Apple AirPlay 2 help, which is coming quickly, the Streambar is supplied with Bluetooth and Spotify Join.

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Bodily connectivity on the Streambar is normal for cheap soundbars: an optical digital enter and HDMI with audio return channel functionality. It is designed to connect with a TV and when you have different gadgets, corresponding to a sport console, you may have to use your TV as a switcher.

The one actual competitors is “dumb” soundbars, such because the Vizio M-Series All-in-One 2.1 Soundbar or the Yamaha SR-B20A, within the Streambar’s worth vary. For that motive alone the mix of sound and streaming makes the Streambar a gorgeous proposition, and for many individuals it is a greater worth than the unique $180 Good Soundbar. The Streambar will in all probability swimsuit smaller TVs higher however I imagine that is the place hybrid programs are most at dwelling anyway: They are a solution to “undumb” older, inexpensive TVs, particularly in secondary rooms.

The Roku Streambar, and the brand new Roku Extremely, will likely be obtainable for preorder at Roku.com beginning right this moment and are anticipated to ship in October.

Roku’s 2020 audio lineup

Worth Measurement (inches WxH) 4K HDR streaming built-in Voice distant with TV management Requires one other Roku machine
Streambar (new for 2020) $120 14×2.4 Sure Sure No
Good Soundbar $180 32.2×2.2 Sure Sure No
Wi-fi audio system $150 (pair) 7.7×4.9 (every) No Sure Roku TV or soundbar
Wi-fi subwoofer $180 11.8×11.8 No No Roku TV or soundbar

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Ty Pendlebury