Roku stream bar, Roku new compact 2-in-1 soundbar

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This is one of those times of the year when the different manufacturers of electronics products present their news for the new season, and today it has been the turn of Roku, a well-known manufacturer of transmission devices.
Among its novelties is the presentation of the Roku Streambar, a 2-in-1 device, which integrates smart soundbar and streaming device, and that unlike last year's Smart Soundbar, this device becomes basically 14" compared to 32", ideal for those who want to bring cinematic experiences to rooms or small living rooms.
This smaller soundbar offers four powerful full-range speakers to bring Dolby Audio audio quality to the entire room. Also, it is capable of delivering 4K and HDR images and has support for Dolby Vision imaging technology.credit: third party image reference
It will come with remote control with support for voice controls, from where you can also configure the simple volume modes that allow you to download "automatically noisy commercials, increase the volume of voices and optimize the sound to listen at night".
It also integrates Spotify Connect, allows wireless connections with other devices via Bluetooth, and even allows you to connect a USB stick or other local storage device to your USB port for listening to the audio tracks you host.
At the end of the year, as with other selected devices, the Streambar will be compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit technologies, allowing management from iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, or HomePod, either from the Home app or from the Siri assistant, and can even be integrated into apple's own smart ecosystem routines.
The company expects to take it to the US, Canada, Mexico, and the UK in mid-October at the price of $129.99.credit: third party image reference
In another order of things, Roku has also introduced the new version of its Roku Ultra 2020transmission box, which since this version will support Dolby Vision HDR, has support for the AV1 codec, increasingly used by many platforms, and improves its wireless performance by up to 50% compared to the previous version, while also maintaining its Ethernet port for those who prefer to connect it by network cable.
Its price remains at the usual $99.99.credit: third party image reference
It's funny that this presentation is in the middle of the presentation of Amazon's new Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite and Google's new Chromecast, which will be presented this coming Wednesday, even though some have already bought it and enjoyed it in their homes, revealing interesting things like Android TV going to be called Google TV with interface improvements.
And finally, in addition to the Streambar, the company will also bring support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to other of the company's streaming devices and TVs later this year.

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