If you’re an audiophile, or you just want better sound than what’s offered through your TV set, the best option is to tack on a home audio or entertainment system. Soundbars are all the rage these days, but good ol’ speaker-based surround systems are still available — you just have to look harder.
Point is, TV audio isn’t the greatest if you desire something… well, more. Roku knows this and that’s exactly why they’re launching a new set of TV surround speakers. The catch is that compatibility will be exclusive to Roku TVs. Yes, TVs specifically.
Sadly, that means if you have a Roku box attached to a non-Roku ready TV the speakers won’t work, at least not without some tinkering — most likely voiding your warranty.
Roku TV Speakers Are Super Exclusive
Roku TV Speakers come with two speakers, and two remotes — one of which is a “tabletop” remote.
They’re not smart speakers. The Roku TV Wireless Speakers, as they’re called, include two speakers, a standard Roku remote and a “tabletop remote” that is meant to be placed elsewhere. The idea for the second remote is that you will put it in another room , such as a nearby bedroom, so you can control the speakers while away.
The speakers don’t look particularly flashy. They’re basically tall boxes with a seamless exterior. Inside each unit is one .75-inch tweeter and one 3.5-inch woofer for bass. Enhanced features include dialogue improvements, automatic volume leveling and stereo sound.
Would you get a load of these twins?
Aside from a power cord, they’re wireless and sync via Bluetooth with compatible Roku devices. That also means you’ll be able to play media from a phone or mobile device.
Of course, Roku says don’t even try pairing these things with a non-Roku set, it just “won’t work” purportedly. It’s weird that they’d restrict pairing in this way, but still allow you to play media from a mobile device. Whatever, it’s their prerogative I suppose.
At launch, the bundle will be discounted but the regular price is $199, and they’ll start shipping in October.
If you want better sound for your non-Roku set, you’ll just have to look elsewhere rebel.