Polk React Soundbar: Wireless, Expandable, With Alexa Smarts
Polk Audio has one with the newly announced Polk React, a $ 249 sound bar that can be expanded with an optional React wireless subwoofer for $ 199, and a set of SR2 wireless surround speakers for $ 199 new perspective on the experience of the connected soundbar. All three components are available starting today on the Polk Audio website, Amazon, and other authorized resellers.
The React soundbar alone can offer a virtualized Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1 surround sound experience via HDMI ARC or an optical connection to your television. The soundbar has two mid-range speakers, two tweeters and two passive radiators for bass. By adding the optional components, it becomes a true, discrete 5.1 home theater system that does not require any wiring.
As an Alexa-enabled smart speaker, it has a few other tricks in the fabric-wrapped cover.
With four far-field microphones, Polk can easily recognize your preferred Alexa wake-up word even in noisy environments. It’s compatible with the Alexa multiroom music platform, so you can add it to a number of other wireless speakers in your house, each controlled by the Alexa app.
Of course, all the usual Alexa-based voice tasks like getting weather forecasts or managing shopping lists will work, but there are also some soundbar-specific capabilities, e.g. B. the request to Alexa to adjust the volume and bass level and to select the listening modes.
The React also works with other Alexa home theater devices such as a Fire TV Stick or. When connected to a Fire TV Stick, React lets you queue and play movies or TV shows without touching a remote. If you have a Fire TV Blaster, this control extends to televisions, cable boxes, and other devices.
Because the React is compatible with Alexa communications, you can use it to make hands-free calls to friends and family in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, provided they also have a compatible Alexa device.
Voice control is the easiest way to work with the React, but it also comes with its own remote control. This can be used to access the preset one button sound modes: movie mode, music mode, and night mode. But you can also use it with Polk Audio’s Voice Adjust technology, which allows you to adjust speech and dialogue levels without affecting the volume of background noise.
This model doesn’t support AirPlay or Chromecast, but there is Bluetooth for streaming audio from your smartphone or tablet.
Polk Audio has a solid reputation for quality sound systems, so we expect the React to do very well for its price. However, as soon as we have the opportunity to test it in person, we will inform you of the final verdict.