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    Polk Audio’s Command Bar is Now Available for Pre-Order

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    (March 30, 2018) The ever-expanding universe of soundbar products is about to gain another option: Polk Audio’s Alexa-enabled Command Bar. Priced at a reasonable $299.95, the Command Bar is set to become eligible for pre-order beginning on April 1. And while that day is open season for pranksters from shore to shore, Polk is most serious about the convenient technologies packed into its new lifestyle audio device.

    The Command Bar’s form factor is sleek, sized to fit under modern flat screen TV designs, measuring nearly 43” long and a mere 2” tall. With a weight of 4.95 lbs., the bar is highly manageable and easy to place.

    The speaker features two 1.25” x 3.25” midrange drivers and dual 1” tweeters, with bass supplemented by a ported external wireless subwoofer unit (14.43” H x 7.4” W x 14.5” D, 8.65 lbs.) that houses a single 6.5” bass driver. Overall rated frequency response is rated to be 40 Hz to 22 kHz.

    Owners can tap dual HDMI 2.0b inputs along with a single Toslink Optical port, with physical connectivity completed by an Audio Return Channel compatible HDMI output. The Command Bar also carries both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/AC, 2.4 GHz and 5GHz) for convenient music streaming and access to Amazon Alexa functionality; Alexa’s voice services are fetched by integrated far-field microphones. The included Smart Remote carries an Alexa hot button and built-in support for popular TV remote codes for brands such as Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio.

    Onboard audio decoding includes both Dolby and DTS surround formats. Polk has also included several preset sound modes for viewing movies, music, sporting events, and listening to music.

    The Command Bar can be pre-ordered on Polk Audio’s website and Amazon in the U.S. and Canada. Availability in other regions (including U.K., Germany, and Australia) will happen later this year.
     

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