Polk Audio Unveils Amazon Alexa-Enabled Sound Bar

LAS VEGAS — High-performance audio brand Polk Audio Jan. 9 introduced the Polk Command Bar, a voice-controlled sound bar with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service built in.

Available in spring 2018, the Command Bar will retail in the United States for $299.95.

The Polk Command Bar includes integrated far-field microphones atop the sound bar to control master volume, mute, bass, sound modes and source selection with voice commands through the Polk Connect Skill. In addition, the Command Bar includes a dedicated HDMI port designed to fit Amazon Fire TV devices and other HDMI streaming devices with wide form factors. The Command Bar compatibility with Fire TV enables customers to use their voice to control Fire TV, Amazon Alexa-enabled devices and the sound bar. A built-in USB port in the rear panel can power compatible Fire TV devices. The Command Bar also allows users to control lights, locks and HVAC in addition a variety of Amazon Alexa-supported music services, including Amazon Music. Support for additional music services will be announced later in 2018.

“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,” said Kevin Duffy, CEO and president, 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.”

“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,” said Dave Limp, senior vice president of devices and services at Amazon. “With Polk Audio’s new Command Bar, customers get great sound quality and Alexa voice control for an even better entertainment experience.”