Today is a good day to start building connected home theaters. Amazon has Roku Streambar sell to only $99, much lower than its usual $130 price. If you want improved sound, the more powerful Streambar Pro is back up to $150 ($30 off). And don’t worry if you already have good speakers and just want an advanced multimedia center – current generation Apple TV 4K with 32GB of storage still on sale for $150 (normally $179).
The Roku Streambar represents one of the easier ways to pull an older TV into the modern era. You’re getting both a 4K HDR-capable streaming device and a solid speaker upgrade in one compact package. Roku’s platform provides access to a wide range of services (including support for AirPlay, HomeKit, Alexa, and the Google Assistant), and you can even use the Streambar as a Bluetooth speaker if you just want to stream stages. tunes from your phone. This could be an ideal fit for a small apartment, a dorm or a TV in the bedroom.
The base streambar has only modest bass, and none of the Roku soundbars have Dolby Vision HDR support or Ethernet jacks for wired networking. However, you can improve the sound quality with the Streambar Pro, and there are kits for adding surround sound or a subwoofer (all for $30 off) if you have the money to spend. It’s safe to say that even the entry-level model is a significant upgrade over conventional built-in speakers and can deliver applications beyond what your TV allows.
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