Praised for its clever innovations and ability to compete in the set-top market, Roku is launching the otherwise appropriately named Roku TV Wireless Speakers. Announced at CES earlier this year, the Roku TV Wireless Speakers are the first to use the Roku Connect Platform, a new voice assistant to compete with Amazon and Google.
Roku has always operated off mainstream appeal, launching a series of streaming devices that range in price and capabilities. So it should come as no surprise that their speakers are more of the same. It appears that the $200 speakers - currently on sale at $149 - are more for a plug and play experience and not for seasoned audiophiles looking to make major upgrades.
There is a harsh reality that affordable TV's are meant to be a visual medium as it's typically the speakers that suffer. That's why companies like Polk and Sonos have been stepping up their soundbar game as an elegant solution both aesthetically and sonically. And while Roku has a great idea, it probably doesn't sound as good as speakers directly in competition to the $200 living room speaker market.