Posted Tue Jan 9, 2018 at 06:00 AM PST by Steven Cohen
The first Roku smart sound bar has been announced.
TCL has revealed the first product in its new Alto line of audio devices. The upcoming Roku Smart Sound Bar is set for release later this year and will use the new Roku Connect whole home entertainment platform.
"A complete home theater experience includes high quality audio," said Aaron Dew, Director of Product Development, TCL. "TCL's vast capabilities in audio combined with our vertical integration will enable us to deliver the same premium experience in the Alto family as we have with our televisions."
Though full specs have not been announced yet, the Roku Smart Sound Bar will use Roku Connect to pair with other compatible AV products for a whole home entertainment solution. Likewise, the device will incorporate the Roku Entertainment Assistant to enable voice control support. In addition, if users pair the sound bar with a TCL Roku TV, voice control can then be extended to the display. For instance, customers will be able to turn their TVs own by simply asking the sound bar to play specific video content.
"Our TCL Roku TVs are amazingly popular among consumers, making the TCL brand the 3rd most popular smart TV in the US in 2017. We’re doubling down on our partnership with Roku to offer our customers an easy way to add premium sound and enhanced functionality to a TCL Roku TV," said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. "TCL is dedicated to integrating leading technologies into our entertainment product portfolio and by partnering with Roku we’re bringing a better home theater experience to our consumers."
Pricing and exact availability for TCL's Alto Roku Sound Bar have not been revealed at this time, but the device is set to arrive in late 2018. In addition to the new audio product, TCL also recently announced its latest lineup of Roku 4K Ultra HD TVs at CES.
Source: TCL via BusinessWire
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