When Roku announced a $200 set of wireless TV speakers designed to work exclusively with Roku TVs, a lot of people scoffed at the idea. Why would you spend so much money on an audio setup that only works with certain televisions? (The speakers don’t even support Roku’s own streaming devices.) How could this be any better than just buying an entry-level soundbar? After some time testing out the Roku TV Wireless Speakers, I can tell you that convenience and simplicity can be powerful selling points when it comes to home theater gear. And I don’t think I’ve ever used speakers that made everything feel so easy. Roku’s speakers won’t be the right choice for everyone (or anyone without a Roku TV), and some features — voice controls, especially — need to get better. But they’re a massive improvement over the awful built-in speakers on Roku TVs, which sound lifeless and frequently make dialogue hard to understand. If you’re tired of that and want to give shows and movies the audio they deserve with minimal fuss, Roku’s option starts to make a lot more sense. 7.5 Verge Score Good Stuff Incredibly simple, fast setup process Good sound quality for both TV and music Connects to Roku TV wirelessly Bundled remotes offer voice search if you didn’t have it already Bad Stuff Only compatible with Roku TVs Voice controls are still rudimentary No subwoofer or surround speakers available Each speaker requires its own power outlet It’s easy enough to answer why… [Read full story]
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