Prepare for extra soundbars designed to seamlessly combine with Roku TVs, with Roku saying two new producers becoming a member of its Roku TV Prepared program.
Polk Audio and Westinghouse are the newest to leap onto the Roku TV Prepared bandwagon, whereas producers together with Factor, JVC, Pheanoo, and Philips are amongst those that signed on in 2021.
First announced at CES back in 2020 alongside TCL’s Alto 9+ soundbar, Roku TV Prepared is a certification program for soundbar makers that permits their merchandise to work seamlessly with Roku TVs, full with an on-screen setup wizard and the power to entry the soundbar’s settings (together with sound modes and treble/bass ranges) and controls from a Roku TV’s interface. Roku TV Prepared soundbars are additionally designed to work with the Roku TV distant.
TCL and Denon had been among the many first soundbar producers to hitch the Roku TV Prepared program, and a gentle stream of extra speaker corporations have signed on over the previous two years, together with Bose and Hisense.
Polk Audio has a sturdy lineup of soundbars, together with the budget-priced Polk React (which just lately gained our Editors’ Alternative award) in addition to the Polk Audio Signa S4, the producer’s first Dolby Atmos-enabled mannequin.
Westinghouse doesn’t presently have any soundbars in its U.S. portfolio of house A/V merchandise, however it does have a big selection of 4K and full-HD Roku TVs.
Individually, Roku introduced that its working system was the best-selling TV OS within the U.S. in 2021, in line with market analysis agency NPD, marking the second 12 months in a row that Roku’s TV OS was the stateside chart-topper.