At the end of January, Roku announced an OS software update that would enable surround sound expansion of its Roku soundbars, allowing customers to use Roku TV Wireless Speakers to create a more immersive TV and movie watching experience at home.
“We want customers to be able to expand their system over time without having to spend a lot of money or run wires throughout the home,” said Mark Ely, Vice President, Retail Product Strategy at Roku. “The Roku Smart Soundbar is an incredible two-in-one device that adds exceptional sound and powerful streaming to a TV and when Roku TV Wireless Speakers and a Roku Wireless Subwoofer are paired with the Smart Soundbar you get truly enveloping surround sound without breaking the bank.”
Now that the Roku wireless speakers can be paired with the soundbar, the system is incredibly easy to set up and use with your current TV. To set up, you’ll need the Roku Smart Soundbar and Roku Wireless Speakers. The soundbar needs to be plugged in and connected to your TV with an HDMI cable. Once connected, the soundbar and speakers will pair wirelessly, making it easy to get the exact setup that will work best for your room.
The Roku Smart Soundbar will automatically search for updated when it’s connected to your home internet. You can also manually update through the settings menu. The soundbar will also search for pair the speakers automatically. When the process is complete, you’re ready to go.
The audio settings aren’t necessarily made for someone with experience in tweaking those settings to get their ideal sound. However, there is a menu that allows for some adjustments which are just fine for the average user. One very helpful sound feature Is the night mode option. Choosing this minimizes loud parts of shows and movies so you won’t wake up the entire house when watching Avengers: Endgame at 2am.
The soundbar costs $180 and the speakers are another $200, plus, Roku offers an optional subwoofer for another $180, so the system isn’t cheap, but is significantly less than many other surround sound options. If you’re looking for a very user friendly setup, without wires getting in the way, to get more from your movie watching experience, this might be the perfect system for you.
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