WES­TAN TO LAUNCH NEW POLK VOICE AC­TI­VATED SOUND­BAR, IN­DUS­TRY FIRST

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Mel­bourne based dis­trib­u­tor Wes­tan is set to launch the in­dus­try’s first wire­less mul­ti­room sound­bars from Sound United’s Polk au­dio range that comes with far-field mi­cro­phones and an em­bed­ded Cloud-based dig­i­tal as­sis­tant.

Wes­tan who pre­vi­ously dis­trib­uted the Q Acous­tic range is set to ben­e­fit from a move to voice ac­ti­vated sound gear which is not avail­able in the Q Acous­tics sound­bars.

the new sound­bar which is set to ship in Aus­tralia in the sec­ond quar­ter will fea­ture built-in Ama­zon Alexa which is also set to be launched in Aus­tralia in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The in­tro­duc­tion of this tech­nol­ogy al­lows users to de­liver voice con­trol of Alexa-sup­ported Wi-Fi mu­sic-stream­ing ser­vices, net­worked smarthome de­vices, and Alexa-en­abled A/V prod­ucts.

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.

Chan­nel News un­der­stands that a Google As­sis­tant ver­sion will also be avail­able later in the year.

A so-called “Just Ask” fea­ture au­to­mat­i­cally re­duces play­back vol­ume when the wake-up word “Alexa” is ut­tered so the en­su­ing voice com­mand can be in­ter­preted cor­rectly, the com­pany said.

Key fea­tures in­clude built-in Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth, two 4K HDMI 2.0a in­puts with HDCP 2.2 copy pro­tec­tion, HDMI passthrough of HDR 10 and Dolby Vi­sion HDR, one HDMI (ARC) port, an op­ti­cal au­dio in­put, Eth­er­net RJ45 port and Dolby and DTS 5.1 sur­round.

The bar packs two 1- by 3-inch full-range driv­ers and two 1-inch tweet­ers, com­ple­mented by a ported, wire­less out­board 6.5-inch sub­woofer.

The prod­uct’s fea­ture set also in­cludes pro­pri­etary dia­log-en­hanc­ing tech­nol­ogy, called Voice Ad­just for Crys­tal Clear Di­a­logue, to iso­late and ad­just the voice chan­nel for clearer vo­cals. Pre-set EQ set­ting are op­ti­mized for play­ing back movies, mu­sic or sports and in­clude sub­woofer-level ad­just­ment.

The bar sup­ports HDMI CED, comes with IR re­mote, and fea­tures key­holes for wall mount­ing.

Alexa-sup­ported mu­sic ser­vices that can be con­trolled by voice in­clude Ama­zon Mu­sic, TuneIn, Pandora, iHeartra­dio, Sir­ius XM and Spo­tify. Other Alexa-en­abled ser­vices in­clude in­for­ma­tion, news and Au­di­ble au­dio­book play­back.

Michael Greco, Polk’s global brand di­rec­tor, con­tends the sound­bar “pro­foundly changes how we con­trol our home the­atres” and “pro­duces Polk Au­dio-qual­ity sound for movies and mu­sic, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously giv­ing own­ers the flex­i­bil­ity to use the sound­bar like they would any other Ama­zon Alexa prod­uct.”

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