Polk Command Bar evaluation: Alexa-powered sound bar provides command efficiency

Polk Command Bar evaluation: Alexa-powered sound bar provides command efficiency
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< div id =" editorReview" data-use-autolinker =" real" data-autolinker-pub ="2018-07-2012:(************************************************************** ):16" data-lazyload-images-options =" {"limit":500} "data-component ="["lazyloadImages","scrollTracking"]" > (****** )As any Alexa owner will inform you, having a voice-activated speaker in your home is quite excellent. You can request the weather forecast, turn your lights off or request your preferred tune. It has downsides too, consisting of the speaker not” listening” too you ‘d like, and when it comes to Amazon’s Echo line, providing noise that’s barely deserving of your preferred tunes or motion pictures.

Go into “clever noise bars.” Not just are they created to crank the volume approximately movie theater levels, however they can still hear you state “Alexa” without your needing to scream. The Polk Command Bar is among the very first examples, although its release was eclipsed by the $399/ ₤399/ AU$599 Sonos Beam Both sound bars have actually Alexa integrated in and enhance your TELEVISION’s noise considerably, and each has unique benefits.

The Polk has the functions to do practically whatever you require a wise ‘bar to do, consisting of 2 HDMI inputs and the capability to change in between them with a voice command. The Command Bar is not as compact or quite as the Sonos however looks aren’t whatever. It sounds much better, which’s eventually more vital.

The Polk disappoints the Beam for multiroom music (a Sonos speciality) and versatility– Sonos currently supports AirPlay 2 and will include Google Assistant later on this year. Those abilities might be worth the additional $100 for the ideal individual, like somebody who currently owns a great deal of Sonos or Apple equipment. For everybody else, at this early phase in the clever noise bar race the Polk Command bar is my choice over the Beam for both sound quality and worth.

The Polk Command Bar is offered for $299 and features a totally free Amazon Fire Stick($40). The sound bar will be concerning the UK later on in the year for ₤349 and to Australia for an unannounced rate– I ‘d anticipate around AU$600


The Polk Command Bar is an Alexa-compatible noise bar with a cordless subwoofer.

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It’s tough to speak about the style of the speaker without very first attending to the elephant in the space: yes, that thing that appears like an Amazon Echo Dot($50 at Crutchfield) in the middle. It’s not in fact a Dot– putting among those inside a loud noise bar would not work that well– however the Polk’s focal point is created to look and imitate Amazon’s ring-topped gadget. The microphone variety that lives within is Polk’s own style.


” Alexa, exactly what’s the time?”

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The Command Bar was produced by the exact same group behind the outstanding MagniFi Mini, but the only commonness is that the 2 sound bars share the exact same cordless subwoofer. The Bar’s primary speaker is quite huge at 43 inches large and 4 inches deep. It houses a set of 3-inch full-range motorists, flanked by 2 1-inch tweeters positioned at the severe ends of the bar for much better seclusion from the microphones. The Bar’s cordless 6.5-inch subwoofer is big and plastic however not unsightly.


The motorists (and bass ports) are positioned at the severe ends of the bar.

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The push-button control is an action up from basic Polk fare and we liked its rounded feel. In addition to updated construct quality, the remote control has a devoted Alexa button. Unlike the Fire TELEVISION remote it does not have a microphone in it, however triggers Alexa’s listening mode on the sound bar. It’s best for the times Sting is playing a little too loudly for Amazon’s assistant to hear you state the “wake word”.


The remote consists of a devoted Alexa button at the top.

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While the shape of the sound bar is a little uncomfortable for wall-mounting– it has to lie flat horizontally– it is possible due to the consisted of keyhole ports at the back of the system.



The Polk is created to sit flat on an AV system.

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Polk wished to call its very first noise bar the Echo Bar, however inning accordance with the Polk agents I spoke with, the name was eventually shot down by CEO Jeff Bezos himself.

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