Polks 'Command Bar' er første soundbar med Amazon Alexa

18 Jan 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

Selskabet siger, at soundbaren leverer kraftfuld lyd til film og musik, og at Alexa kan styre Fire TV, musiktjenester og forbunde enheder i hjemmet.

Hey Alexa, play a movie

Polks soundbar har to 1.25 x 3.25” mellemtoner, to 1” diskanter og en trådløs 6.5” subwoofer. Den er skabt med det udgangspunkt, at den skal levere både filmlyd og musik. Herudover sidder der et net af langtrækkende mikrofoner indeni, som skal kunne opfange stemmekommandoer til Alexa.

- “Intelligent voice services like Amazon Alexa have fundamentally transformed how we interact with our surroundings. However until now, the home theater was devoid of an elegant solution," sagde Kevin Duffy, CEO, Sound United. "For the past year, we worked to develop a sound bar that profoundly changes how we interact with the home entertainment experience. The result is a product that produces Polk Audio-quality sound for movies and music, while simultaneously delivering voice control not yet found in a traditional sound bar."

Amazons Alexa var et af de store temaer på dette års CES-messe. Amazon var ikke selv til stede, men partnere udstillede forskellige typer produkter med Alexa indbygget. Polks soundbar er den ”første stemmestyrede soundbar med Amazon Alexa indbygget”, lyder det fra selskabet.

Google forsøgte på CES ligeledes at sætte spot på Google Assistant, der skal indbygges i bl.a. tv-skærme fra LG og Hisense. Visse produkter tilbyder sågar begge stemmeassistenter.

- "Voice is an incredibly natural way to interact with your home, and we're excited to work with Polk Audio to bring customers a new Alexa experience for the home theater," sagde Dave Limp, SVP for devices and services hos Amazon. "With the new Polk Command Bar, customers get great sound quality and Alexa voice control for an even better entertainment experience."

Polk Command Bar


At have Alexa i en soundbar vil gøre brugeren i stand til – via stemmekommandoer – at ”kontrollere Fire TV, forbundne smart home-enheder og selve soundbaren”, herunder tjenester såsom Amazon Music og Audible (lydbøger).

Vil folk bruge en stemmeassistent i en soundbar? Det må tiden vise, men Polk er ikke alene om at forestille sig en fremtid, hvori folk taler til en soundbar. På CES 2018 annoncerede Roku en stemmeassitent til hjemmeundholdning, som skal implementeres i soundbarer og tv-skærme.

Selskabet tilføjer, at soundbaren har 4K HDR passthrough via to HDMI 2.0b porte samt understøttelse af lydformater fra både Dolby og DTS. Modsat flere konkurrenter har Sound United dog valgt ikke at implementere objekt-baserede lydformater såsom Dolby Atmos og DTS:X.

Polks Command Bar lanceres i USA i foråret til 300 dollars. Den kommer til Europa senere i 2018. Prisen kendes endnu ikke.

Polk Command Bar - specifikationer

Amazon Fire TV Compatible: The Polk Command Bar boasts HDMI ports custom designed to fit Fire TV devices and other wide HDMI streaming devices. A built-in USB port can also power compatible Fire TV devices.
Amazon Alexa Voice Control: At launch, customers will be able to simply ask Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, control Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more. The Polk Command Bar also features Universal control via HDMI CEC, IR Remote and Alexa voice commands. 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.
Connectivity: Polk Audio's Command Bar is Wi-Fi-and Bluetooth®-enabled and has a full suite of wired inputs, two built-in 4K HDMI 2.0b inputs (Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDCP 2.2 compliant), one HDMI (ARC) output and optical input for TV audio. It also ships with both HDMI and optical cables.
Polk Voice Adjust™ for Crystal Clear Dialogue: Polk's proprietary dialogue-enhancing technology, VoiceAdjust, allows consumers to isolate and adjust the voice channel for clear, crisp vocals.
4K TV Compatible: Works with 4K and HDTVs—plus, built-in dual HDMI 2.0b inputs ensure 4K HDR content looks great.
Polk Smart Remote Compatibility: Whether connecting via Optical or HDMI cable, Polk Command Bar features built-in support for popular IR TV remotes from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. It is also compatible with most CEC-enabled TVs.
Optimized Sound Modes: The Polk Command Bar is outfitted with several preset sound modes for Night, Movies, Music, and Sports, which optimize the sound bar and subwoofer levels to ensure owners get the clearest dialogue, big room-filling sound and deep bass.
Simple Mounting: Designed for both tabletop and wall-mounting with built-in keyholes slots, the Polk Command Bar is easily mountable anywhere in the living room.



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