Polk's smart sound bar is an Echo Dot space shipThe Polk Command Bar is the first sound bar with what is essentially an integrated Echo Dot.
Smart speakers are everywhere here at CES 2018 but smart sound bars is a sum total of two. And this one's got an Alexa Dot that's been plunged right in the middle. The $300 Polk Command Bar was designed in collaboration with Amazon over a period of two years, but this is more than just a sound bar with a heavily modified Dot in it. It actually adds a lot of other features. To enable Alexa to work, the sound bar had to be carefull designed to limit interference between the speakers and the microphones. And these mics were slightly raised above the surface to improve performance. The speaker's buffers themselves are placed at the extreme ends of the sound bar which also helps to improve stereo imaging pulses. As an Alexa buy does all the things an Echo can do including tell jokes and control you lights. It also lets you control the EQ settings and the volume of the bar itself. If you have other Echos around the house, the Polk will also work as part of a Lexus forthcoming multi room system. If you're tired of yelling at Alexa because she can't hear you The Polk might come with an Alexa button which automatically lowers the volume and wakes the assistant. Other features include HDMI inputs and bluetooth and the samba has a dedicated space for an Amazon Fire Stick at the back as well. So you can control your TV content with Alexa. The Polk Mamba will be available for pre-order in April and go on sale in mid 2018.