January 29, 2020
Roku Jan. 29 announced a software update that will enable surround sound expansion of its branded soundbars, making it easy for consumers to use Roku TV Wireless Speakers.
Walmart will also be expanding its “onn.” Roku surround system with the addition of Roku wireless surround speakers, expected on Walmart shelves and Walmart.com in February.
“We want to simplify home theater the same way we simplified streaming and we’re taking a big step towards that by expanding our Roku Smart Soundbars to support surround sound capabilities,” Mark Ely, VP of retail product strategy at Roku, said in a statement. “We want customers to be able to expand their system over time without having to spend a lot of money or run wires throughout the home.”
Roku’s soundbar is marketed as a cost-effective two-in-one device that enhances sound and streaming video to a TV.
“Customers are responding well to our onn. brand,” said Ryan Peterson, VP of consumer electronics for Walmart. “Roku is known for their quality and affordability as well, and we’re looking forward to offering our customers a premium surround sound experience.”
The Roku Smart Soundbar claims premium sound quality with crisp dialogue and dynamic bass, easy-to-use 4K and HDR Roku streaming player built in, simple set up and a remote with TV power and volume buttons.
Roku wireless surround speakers can be placed behind the sofa or in the back of a room to provide immersive multi-directional sound. In addition, stereo content will sound better when adding rear speakers.
Roku soundbars support Dolby Audio, which delivers enhanced surround sound experience when streaming content from compatible platforms such as Netflix, the Apple TV app and Disney+, among others.
Roku Surround Sound capability will be available as a Roku OS software update for all Roku Smart Soundbars and will begin rolling out to devices in February.
The onn Roku Wireless Surround Speakers will be available for $149 in Walmart stores and online at Walmart.com mid-February to pair to the onn Roku Smart Soundbar and onn Roku Wireless Subwoofer.