Roku is going beyond TVs with its new wireless speakers

Angelo Anderson
July 17, 2018

The brand new Roku TV Wireless Speakers sync with the brand's smart TVs over the air.

Accompanying the Wireless Speakers is the Roku Touch remote, a unique addition to Roku's remote family.

If I had to buy a smart television and use its internet-connected capabilities, however, I'd probably opt for a Roku TV. Why? Additionally, Roku is introducing the new Roku Touch, which sits tabletop and can command the speakers separately from your television. Pairing the devices to your Roku TV is also expected to be easy thanks to the inclusion of the company's Roku Connect technology.

"With Roku TV Wireless Speakers, we're able to offer our customers a simple and affordable way to further immerse themselves into the TV, movies, and music they love, while providing them with a better whole-home entertainment experience", Roku CEO Anthony Wood notes in a prepared statement. The deal should go live on Roku's site soon.

While the Roku TV Wireless Speakers seem like a fine enough product, I do have an issue with them.

Like its competitors, Roku's Smart TVs, which are owned by one in four smart TV owners in the U.S., according to the company, will sound better if you hook up dedicated speakers instead of just going with the built-in speakers.

The Roku TV Wireless Speakers will available later this year. Those who order between today and July 23 will be able to snag a bundle for $149.99, while those who order between July 24 and October 15 will pay $179.99. And the different layers - a helicopter's blades, the sound of metal on metal, an explosion - were distinguishable from one another, as opposed to the cocktail of sounds you usually get from the special effects of today's action scenes. They ship with a Roku TV Voice Remote, which controls both the Roku TV and the speakers, as well as the all-new Roku Touch. That's to be expected, though, since TV speakers aren't exactly known for offering the greatest audio quality.

The Roku TV Wireless Stereo Speakers are stereo satellites that wirelessly pair with TVs that use the Roku TV interface, like the TCL 6-series and Element Roku TV.

The speakers will then pair with any Roku TV via an on-screen setup process but, in case you want to stream music directly from your phone, don't worry: Roku says the speakers will support Bluetooth as well.

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