Polk Command Bar: Amazon Alexa packing soundbar

Polk Command BarPolk Audio has unveiled its innovative Command Bar, the first voice-controlled soundbar packing Amazon Alexa.

The new Command Bar definitely has something that sets it apart from the other soundbars out there. Polk’s latest offering not only offers rich audio but also the convenience of voice control.

The far-field microphones at the top of the soundbar control master volume, mute, bass, sound modes, and source selection.

Polk Audio Command Bar

Polk Command BarThe Command Bar sports a minimalist design but still manages to offer HDMI 2.0b for use with most HDTVs and 4K TVs.

We are told to expect a robust audio experience. Additionally, there is there’s Alexa baked in, enabling it to function like a giant smart speaker. Voice commands can be used to control the content, including adjusting volume.

Polk Command BarPolk says it used Voice Adjust tech with its new product to provide clear dialogue; there’s also a wireless subwoofer for bass. The company says its sound bar is completely compatible with Fire TV products, though they’re not included, of course.

Additionally, this means that you are able to control your other Alexa-compatible smart home tech from the soundbar.

The speaker weighs just under 22lbs and measures 46.5-inches long. In addition to the voice commands, users can control Command Bar using an IR remote, which itself has an Alexa Action Button built-in.

Polk Command BarThe internal amp pushes out 260 watts of power. Furthermore, there’s an acoustically-tuned vent for the front array driver. Frequency response is expansive at 40Hz to 22,000Hz.

The model has physical controls on the front and top panels. Here you get direct access to volume control, microphone mute, and Alexa Action buttons.

Polk Command BarIn addition to the HDMI ports, Command Bar supports Bluetooth and wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band connections.

Price and availability

The Polk Command Bar is introduced to the UK in July and will be available for £349.