The Roku TV Wireless Speakers can connect to “any Roku TV”, the company said. They are designed for TV audio and music playback in the living room.
Will only work with Roku TV
The new wireless speakers are designed to provide better sound than the speakers built into your TV. They are sold in pairs and double as bluetooth music speakers for the living room.
- “Picture quality, a tremendous selection of content, value, and ease of use make Roku TVs some of the most popular smart TVs on the market today,” said Roku CEO Anthony Wood. “Adding great audio dramatically enhances the way people experience their favorite entertainment. 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.”
The speakers are based on a wireless audio platform that the company has dubbed Roku Connect. The platform will, over time, be licensed to other manufacturers, the company said at CES earlier this year, so it is easy to imagine soundbars and other types of speakers based on Roku Connect in the near future. It is built on technology developed by Danish company Dynastrom that Roku acquired last year for $3.5 million dollars.
If you are all-in on Roku’s TV ecosystem, this may be for you. If not, you may want to consider the fact that these speakers are made exclusively for Roku TV – they will not work with other TVs as there are no audio input ports. The company argues that Roku TVs account for one out of every four Smart TVs sold in the US (in Q1 2018).
Roku’s wireless audio platform is an alternative to Sonos and Apple’s Airplay 2. Sonos offers a range of speakers that can enter into a multiroom setup and connect to any TV’s audio output. Airplay 2 is Apple’s multiroom audio platform that furthermore allows Apple TV owners to connect multiple speakers wirelessly.
The company said that the speakers come bundled with two remotes that both support simple voice commands. Roku is currently developing an entertainment-centric voice assistant.
The Roku TV Wireless Speakers will launch in October for $200 but with a special $150 pre-order price through July 23, 2018. They are available exclusively on roku.com.
Roku TV Wireless Speakers - specifications
What's included Two Roku TV Wireless Speakers Roku TV Voice Remote Roku Touch tabletop remote Two power cables Four AAA batteries
Audio (for each Roku TV Wireless Speaker) One 0.75” high-frequency driver (tweeter) One 3.5” low-frequency driver (woofer)
Dimensions and Weight Roku TV Wireless Speakers 7.7" H x 4.9" W x 4.9" D 4 lbs each
Roku TV Voice Remote with batteries 5.6" L x 1.7" W x 0.8" D 2.8 oz