As you’d count on, the soundbar will function the left, heart and proper channels in Roku’s encompass setup. Its wi-fi audio system, in the meantime, will deal with the rear audio. Whereas it is not precisely a stunning replace, at the least house owners of Roku’s audio gear can have a path in the direction of encompass sound. When you occurred to choose up its wi-fi audio system just a few years in the past, it is not too robust to maneuver them round and add the soundbar. And if you’re prepared so as to add some low-end motion, simply throw within the subwoofer. (Notably, that is additionally the primary time the wi-fi audio system will work exterior of a Roku TV.)
Roku is not aiming for shoppers who already know the ins and outs of residence theater tools. As with all of its audio gear, it is simply hoping to ship a easy answer that anybody can use. In a short demo throughout CES, Roku’s reps had been in a position to join the person audio system simply. And most significantly, the whole encompass system sounds wonderful, with wealthy element and forceful bass. It is precisely what I would need from a encompass system that prices $450 in whole (when you get the $300 soundbar and subwoofer bundle). The system helps Dolby audio, so it will probably deal with just about each 5.1 soundtrack you may discover on streaming companies as we speak.
There aren’t many settings to take care of, both. Roku provides upmixing modes for video and music — the previous spreads sound throughout each speaker, whereas the latter simply duplicates the entrance and rear channel sound. And when you’d moderately have a pure stereo expertise for music, you’ll be able to flip off the encompass sound totally.
Walmart clients who bought an “onn” Roku soundbar can spherical out their system with the brand new $149 onn encompass audio system. They will look a bit completely different than the usual Roku gear, and so they will not embody the voice distant both.
Naturally, there are downsides with Roku’s tools. Whereas the corporate is stressing ease of use, you may possible get increased high quality sound from related speaker setups from the likes of Vizio. And your selection of audio choices is fairly restricted — can solely use the soundbar because the entrance channels, you’ll be able to’t simply add extra wi-fi audio system for higher stereo separation. However I am unable to deny that a easy encompass sound system that “simply works” could be nice for a lot of shoppers. And Roku is not forgetting about extra subtle customers both: at CES, the corporate introduced that its TVs may also work collectively seamlessly with some third-party soundbars and receivers.