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Polk Debuts First Alexa-Powered Soundbar

Polk Debuts First Alexa-Powered Soundbar

Polk Connect Skill grants users control of the bass, sound modes, source selection, and mute toggling via voice commands.

The Command Bar will be available for $299.95 (approximately Rs 19,000) in Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia later this year. With the Alexa Voice Service integrated into the Polk Command Bar, customers can use their voice to control Fire TV, connected smart home devices and the sound bar.

To further integrate itself into the Amazon ecosystem the Command Bar incorporates a dedicated HDMI port created to fit the Amazon Fire TV Stick as well as similar devices such as the Roku Express.The sound bar includes a USB port on the rear to power these streaming dongles. The Polk Command Bar also 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 even read books from Audible. The sound bar includes a USB port on the rear to power these streaming dongles.

Polk Debuts First Alexa-Powered Soundbar
Polk Debuts First Alexa-Powered Soundbar

Over the past few years, we've seen Amazon's Alexa voice assistant expand to a wide array of electronics.

Amazon's mission to get its Alexa voice-activated assistant in any gadget with a speaker continues apace, with CES seeing the AI helper pop up in a relatively unexpected place - within a soundbar.

The company has thought this through pretty well and the soundbar's remote control even features an Alexa action button that'll briefly lower the volume so you don't have to yell to make your command heard. The bar is compatible with 4K HDTVs and has dual HDMI 2.0b inputs and support for Dolby and DTS surround formats. Given our experience with Alexa's difficulty hearing at high levels we're dubious of this claim.

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