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Roku announces the Streambar with support for Dolby Audio and 4K streaming
by Jefferson Mangubat
Roku has introduced a new soundbar that lets you stream 4K HDR content along with other capabilities. The Streambar features a couple of control options such as through the included remote or with native voice assistant support for Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.
The soundbar combines four 1.9-inch full-range speaker drivers that produce rich Dolby Audio for compatible TV models, including those of Roku. It connects to your TV via HDMI and it also includes a Bluetooth receiver. You can also stream music directly from your smartphone, courtesy of the soundbar's Spotify Connect feature.
Streambar also ships with a voice remote for controlling your TV power, sound, and streaming. Later this year, the soundbar will roll out support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on select 4K Roku devices. AirPlay 2 will let you stream and share your favorite content from your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook to any supported Roku device. In addition, you can control your Roku device through HomeKit using the Home app and Siri on Apple's devices.
Roku will release the Streambar in the UK by the end of October for £129 via online stores and physical retail shops. It will also be available to purchase in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, but pricing for the other regions was not mentioned.
LG announces GX soundbar to pair with its GX Gallery TVs
by João Carrasqueira
Earlier this year, LG introduced a range of new high-end TVs, including the "art-inspired" GX Gallery family, a minimalist series of TVs. Today, the company has announced the GX soundbar, meant to complement the GX Gallery TVs perfectly, specifically the 65-inch model.
At 144.6cm, the soundbar is exactly as wide the the 65-inch GX Gallery TV, so you can attach it under the TV for a cleaner look. It also features a similar finish to that of the TV. The soundbar is also 15cm tall and 3.25cm deep.
In the technical department, the GX soundbar supports both DTS:X and Dolby Atmos technologies for surround sound. Additionally, support for enhanced audio return channel (eARC) enables features like Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio. The soundbar is also certified for Hi-Res Audio with 24-bit/96KHz lossless playback support.
There's Bluetooth support if you want to play music from a phone or other device to the soundbar. Plus, when using it with a TV, you can connect video devices to the soundbar instead of the TV, and it supports 4K video passthrough with Dolby Vision support.
The new GX soundbar is rolling out this month in markets around the world, including Europe, North America and Asia. Pricing details weren't revealed, however.
Samsung adds two new soundbars to its Q-series family, with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support
by João Carrasqueira
Today, Samsung announced a couple of new soundbars as part of its Q-series family, which debuted earlier this year. The new additions are the HW-Q950T and HW-Q900T models, which share a lot of the specs.
Both soundbars support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound for a more immersive experience, and they also support Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) which should further improve surround sound quality. Additionally, paired with the 2020 QLED TV models from Samsung, the soundbars can work with the built-in speakers on the TV so surround sound is coming from both.
The higher-end model, the HW-Q950T, offers 9.1.4-channel audio, which Samsung says is the maximum currently available in a single soundbar. Compared to the company's previous 7.1.4-channel systems, it adds left and right wide channel speakers.
If you want to use the soundbars for music, they're both compatible with Samsung's SmartThings App and Alexa, so you can use them to play music from services like Spotify or Amazon Music. It's also possible to send music from a smartphone to the soundbar with a feature called Tap Music.
Design-wise, the soundbars have been shrunk significantly compared to last year's models, specifically in terms of height, from 83mm to 69.5mm. They're wrapped in Kvadrat fabric, which promises elegance without interfering with the sound quality.
Samsung didn't specify when the new soundbars will be available, and they don't currently appear to be listed on its website.
Samsung announces The Terrace, an outdoor 4K QLED TV
by Paul Hill
Samsung has announced The Terrace, an outdoor 4K QLED TV, and an accompanying soundbar. The new TV is launching in the United States and Canada today and will arrive in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and other regions later in the year. A professional business model will also be launching in the summer.
The Terrace is available in 55-, 65-, and 75-inch models. According to the Korean firm, The Terrace is designed to fit perfectly in outdoor living spaces. If you’re wondering how it copes in the rain, Samsung has built it to be resistant against water and dust and it has an IP55 rating. Samsung has also designed the device to be easily installable in outdoor areas.
Commenting on the new products, Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said:
In terms of features, The Terrace comes with Samsung’s Tizen operating system which has been optimised for smart TVs. The new device includes popular features such as Samsung TV Plus and Samsung Health. Additionally, The Terrace supports mobile viewing capabilities such as Multi View and Tap View as well as voice assistants such as Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.
The Terrace can now be purchased online from Samsung if you’re in the U.S. or Canada. It retails from $4,999.99 for the 65" model and can be paid for in instalments using Samsung Financing. The soundbar retails for $1,199.99.
Samsung announces Q-series soundbars with Adaptive Sound
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung has announced a duo of new soundbars in the Q series, the HW-Q70R and the HW-Q60R. The devices are the result of a collaboration between Samsung Audio Lab and Karman Kardon, and Samsung says they're smarter than ever.
That's because of the new Adaptive Sound feature, which analyzes the content being displayed on the screen it's connected to and adjusts the sound settings automatically for the experience. Plus, to line up with the company's QLED TVs for this year, the soundbars will automatically use Adaptive Sound when connected to one of them, if you have enabled the AI mode.
Aside from that, the soundbars also feature Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology which the company claims helps fill the entire room with sound and offers a "panoramic soundscape". They also support Bluetooth, if you just want to listen to music from your phone.
The more expensive of the two models announced today has support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound, as well, which was previously exclusive to Samsung's high-end soundbars. It's also just 2.3 inches tall, so it won't have too big of a footprint under your TV.
The new soundbars will launch in April, but Samsung has only listed the HW-Q60R model on its U.S. store, marketed at $499.99. Pricing for the HW-Q70R model isn't known yet.