Polk Audio Says React Is ‘Most Advanced Alexa-enabled Soundbar’

Polk Audio unveiled its latest smart soundbar, which includes several Powered by Alexa features. Polk React has four far-field microphones to help it pick up your voice commands, even when playing audio from an action movie.

The $ 249 soundbar supports multi-room Alexa, so you can link it to other Alexa-enabled speakers throughout your home and listen to the same song on each one. React includes Alexa’s voice call and intercom function, and you can use it to control other smart home devices. It also supports Bluetooth and presets for some modes like movies and music.

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On the audio front, React supports Dolby Digital and STS 5.1 virtual surround sound. You can pair it with other Polk speakers (such as the $ 199 SR2 Wireless Surround Speakers and the $ 199 React Sub Subwoofer) to create a true surround sound system. The sound bar has USB, optical TV and HDMI ARC ports.

Polk in general makes decent speakers. While React does not support Dolby Atmos unlike some other sound bars, it should sound better than standard speakers on most TVs without breaking the bank.

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