Polk Audio used CES 2018 to introduce its ‘Command Bar’, (pictured above) which it claims is the first voice-controlled sound bar with Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ Voice Service built in.
‘The Polk Command Bar delivers the power and convenience of Amazon Alexa in a superior home theatre solution that produces loud, rich audio ideal for movies, music and wireless music streaming,’ said Kevin Duffy, CEO and president of Sound United, which owns Polk. ‘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 traditional sound bars.’
In addition to being able to be controlled via Alexa, the Polk Command Bar can also be voice-controlled via Polk Connect Skill. The Command Bar includes a dedicated HDMI port designed to fit Amazon Fire TV devices and other HDMI streaming devices and built-in USB port in the rear panel can power compatible Fire TV devices. The Polk Command Bar supports a full set of smart home skills to control lights, locks, and HVAC in addition to a variety of Amazon Alexa-supported music services, including Amazon Music, and can read books from Audible.
The Polk Audio Command Bar is fitted with two 31×83mm full-range drivers and two 25mm tweeters. A separate wireless powered subwoofer delivers low-frequencies via a 165mm bass driver. ‘When you’re playing loud music you can use the ‘duck’ button on the remote control to reduce playback volume and make it easier for Alexa to hear voice commands,’ said Duffy. ‘Additionally, the sound bar is compatible with 4K HDTVs and ensures HDR content looks beautiful with dual HDMI 2.0b inputs. Support for Dolby and DTS surround formats provides customers with an immersive room-filling home theatre experience.’
Duffy said the Polk Audio Command Bar will be available in the USA in April (with a recommended retail price of $299) and in Australia in May. He advised Australian consumers to contact Polk’s new Australian distributor, Westan Australia, to confirm availability and pricing.
For more information, contact Westan Australia