SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // POLK - Writ­ten by ATHINA MALLIS

The Polk Com­mand Bar has landed in Aus­tralia, one of the first sound­bars to have Ama­zon Alexa In­te­gra­tion priced at $649.

The Polk Com­mand Bar was shown at this year’s CES in Jan­uary.

The Com­mand Bar sup­ports Alexa home skills in­clud­ing con­trol­ling lights and locks plus Ama­zon Mu­sic and can read books from Au­di­ble.

Ama­zon stream­ing de­vices can be plugged into the bar’s two HDMI 2.0a ports and get power from the bar’s USB port to stream video con­tent to an HDMI-con­nected TV. The HDMI ports are spaced to fit the Ama­zon Fire TV Stick and other wide HDMI-stream­ing don­gles.

The Polk Au­dio Com­mand Bar is fit­ted with two 31×83mm full-range drivers and two 25mm tweet­ers. A sep­a­rate wire­less pow­ered sub­woofer de­liv­ers low-fre­quen­cies via a 165mm bass drive.

Gopal Govin­dram from Polk Au­dio Aus­tralia says, “The Com­mand Bar is a key piece in our fu­ture strat­egy of in­te­grated voice ac­ti­vated sound de­vices. To­gether with our Google Play in­te­grated Mag­nifi range of sound bars and the Polk As­sist speaker, the cur­rent range of v oice in­te­grated prod­ucts is bet­ter than any of our com­peti­tors and a just a step­ping stone to­wards fu­ture prod­uct.”

It is avail­able from ma­jor re­tail­ers, spe­cial­ist AV re­tail­ers and on Ama­zon at $649.

Polk Au­dio prod­ucts are dis­trib­uted ex­clu­sively by Wes­tan Aus­tralia.

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