We wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t know Roku makes a soundbar. After all, the company’s known for its great streaming set-top boxes. But Roku does make a decent soundbar in its own right. While it’s not a Bose or a Sonos, you will get as good of sound as any other entry-level soundbar on the market right now. Electronics retailer Abt has the Roku Smart Soundbar on sale right now as part of its Memorial Day sales lineup. Normally $180, you can pick it up
The Smart Soundbar has all the features of the top-end Roku Ultra set-top box. You will get 4K HDR streaming capabilities, Bluetooth, and HDMI connectivity. But in addition to the Roku capabilities, four 2.5-inch full-range drivers amplify the sound, giving you a better overall streaming experience.
While we wouldn’t recommend the Smart Soundbar for your home theater setup — there are much better options out there — for a bedroom TV, this is a great way to add Roku versus just the box alone. We think the audio quality is more than good enough for something like that.
Of course, you’ll get all the great features Roku is known for, including super easy setup — just plug the HDMI cable into your TV, turn it on and go — and thousands of channels to pick from. There’s a reason why Roku has been around for so long.
Want even more sound? Roku even has
for just $150 for a pair.
We recommend picking up the speakers, for sure. Paired together with the soundbar, you’ll get much better performance, and if you can swing it, the subwoofer will drastically improve the bass. So for less than $500, you’re getting a fully wireless sound system. As an aside, the basic wireless system from Sonos is three times that. That’s pretty crazy.
Again, Abt’s prices are only good until Memorial Day and Roku’s sale on the speakers until May 31, so you’ll want to act soon to save yourself some money, and make staying at home this summer a little more bearable.
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