Polk Audio debuts first voice-controlled sound bar with Amazon Alexa

Polk Audio debuts first voice-controlled sound bar with Amazon Alexa

It's the latest device with Alexa integration being announced at CES this week.

Polk Audio's Command Bar has Alexa built directly into it. It's even got the four-button Alexa hardware buttons that you'd see on top of an Amazon Echo device. You'll be able to use voice commands to control audio settings such as volume and and mute, but also to make all the requests you'd usually make of an Alexa-enabled device, from streaming songs from your favorite music player to controlling smart home devices.

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.

If you're playing loud music and you want to activate Alexa, there's an Amazon Action Button (also called a duck button) on the Command Bar's remote control that can lower the volume so Alexa can hear your commands. It's the Command Bar, and it'll be available globally in March 2018, with an asking price of $299.95. A built-in USB port can also power compatible Fire TV devices. Alexa is always getting smarter and the Polk Command Bar receives automated over-the-air updates to provide customers access to new services and features.

As far as connectivity goes on the Command Bar, there is both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity for streaming.

Polk Voice Adjust for Crystal Clear DialoguePolk's proprietary dialogue-enhancing technology, VoiceAdjust, allows consumers to isolate and adjust the voice channel for clear, crisp vocals.

4K TV CompatibleWorks with 4K and HDTVsplus, built-in dual HDMI 2.0b inputs ensure 4K HDR content looks great. It is also compatible with most CEC-enabled TVs.

The Polk Audio Command Bar was announced at press conference in Las Vegas to conclude day one of CES 2018. Preorders start April 1, 2018 atwww.Amazon.com. Polk will sell it in Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other regions later this year. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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