Roku Announces Wireless Speakers for TV

Roku wireless speakers

One cool element of the Roku Wireless Speakers is that the system comes with two voice remotes: a conventional-looking RF Roku remote, plus a puck-shaped tabletop remote (shown, above.) The company says the latter can be placed in nearby rooms when you're not sitting in front of the TV. They're black and fairly nondescript, save for a Roku logo up top.

The wireless speaker bundle includes a new Roku TV Voice Remote, which controls both the Roku TV and the speakers via Wi-Fi. It has a number of buttons on its top that can play, pause, and skip content playing from your Roku TV, and some of those buttons are customizable so you can program your favorite presets to them. As TVs get smaller it forces the sound system in TVs to get smaller sacrificing sound quality.

"With Roku TV Wireless Speakers, we're able to offer our customers a simple and affordable way to further immerse themselves into the TV, movies, and music they love, while providing them with a better whole-home entertainment experience", Roku CEO Anthony Wood notes in a prepared statement. The speaker set pairs wirelessly with Roku TVs via Roku Connect, and, thanks to built-in software that works with Roku OS, the speakers will sync up with whatever you're watching on the smart TV.

The speakers also offer Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices, automatic volume leveling to lower the volume on loud scenes and boost it on quieter segments and dialog enhancement to improve speech. From July 24 through October 15, 2018, Roku TV Wireless Speakers will be available for a special price of $179.99. What exactly is my concern? If you already own a Roku TV, and you buy these speakers, you should have a nice experience.

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Ultimately, the lock-in is a bit concerning.

Roku said the speakers can only work with Roku-powered TVs, because its Roku Connect technology cuts down on latency, meaning you won't see a difference between the action on your television and the sound you hear.

Moving forward from October 16, the wireless speaker bundle will run $199.99, so it's definitely a good idea to order now if you already know you want these speakers. Roku says it won't be available in retail stores like previous products have been in order to avoid any confusion about the products and services the speakers work with.

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