If I had to buy a smart television and use its internet-connected capabilities, however, I'd probably opt for a Roku TV. Why? But now, Roku's getting into the audio business with an in-house product: the company announced the Roku TV Wireless Speakers today, a set of two HomePod-esque speakers created to work exclusively with Roku TVs. Most consumers would be better served by a sound bar if they just want to enhance their TV audio. Believe it or not, I have a smart Samsung TV, but I don't connect it to the internet. Why? Some users may be more receptive to Roku's Wireless Speakers with the Touch remote, because the voice assistant that can control their entire system only responds after they press and hold a button on the remote. Now Roku is launching a set of wireless speakers created to offer high-quality sound on Roku TVs.
The speakers are wireless except for power, and they'll come in a bundle with the voice remote and the new Touch voice remote for $199. You can do so today at Roku's website.
Roku's Wireless Speakers and Touch remote will begin shipping this October, and the company is running a deal leading up to the release.
Although the speaker system will work only with Roku TVs, the roster of those models is growing.
Roku says that its speakers will also include an auto leveling feature that will ensure that the sound from things like show openings and commercials stay the same as the shows you're watching rather than sounding like the world is ending compared to the show's volume.
The speakers use technology from Dynastrom, the Danish multiroom-audio startup Roku acquired last fall for $3.5 million, as first reported by Variety.
These new speakers will not only connect wirelessly to your Roku TV, but they will also offer Bluetooth support for streaming from mobile devices, allowing you to listen to your music through your Roku speakers.
We were able to check out a preproduction set of Roku Wireless Speakers during a short demonstration last week, and they seemed capable of greatly improving the sound of a TCL TV with both music and movie soundtracks. 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. Starting Monday (July 16), the wireless speaker bundle is available for $149.99 through July 23. As of October 16, they'll cost $199.99.
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