Polk will have the first sound bar to support Alexa multiroom

first_img News • Google Chromecast vs Apple AirPlay: Which is better for streaming from your phone? Mentioned Above Google Chromecast Sarah Tew/CNET Watch out Sonos: Polk said Tuesday that its Command Bar will be the first third-party sound bar to support Amazon’s multiroom music (MRM) ecosystem. Amazon announced at a press event back in September that third-party speakers, such as Polk, would soon get MRM capability. As far as we can tell, the Command Bar is the first such non-Amazon speaker, period — sound bar or otherwise. We’ve asked Amazon for confirmation of this and will update this article if we receive a reply.A software update for the Command Bar, rolling out Tuesday, will let you group the sound bar with Amazon’s Echo speakers for music throughout the house.MRM lets you listen to music on one or more compatible speakers in a home at once — aka “Party Mode.” You can say something like “Alexa, play System of a Down everywhere” and every compatible speaker on the system would play Bounce, simultaneously. MRM been available since August 2017 on Amazon’s own speakers like the Echo and Echo Dot. Share your voice reading • Polk will have the first sound bar to support Alexa multiroom Polk Command Bar Tags Review • Chromecast review (updated): Google’s $35 streamer inches forward, but not past Roku See it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 1:49 Google Chromecast MRM competes with Google’s Chromecast built-in, Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and manufacturer-specific platforms such as Sonos, Denon HEOS and Yamaha MusicCast. Sonos itself is also rumored to receive MRM capability, but Sonos representatives did not respond immediately to CNET’s request for comment. The Polk Command Bar is a sound bar with built-in Alexa that competes directly against the Sonos Beam. Its included wireless subwoofer gives it better sound quality than the Beam for a lower price, and in my review I called it “the best Alexa-compatible sound bar yet.”Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.See it at Amazon $40 See All Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Preview • Google’s $35 Chromecast stick pushes Netflix, YouTube to your TV Polk’s Command Bar is the sound bar for Alexa fans Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment 0 27 Photos Apple Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Applelast_img

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