Once you have set up a surround sound system, this is a fantastic upgrade to your home viewing experience. But the installation part is tricky and expensive. You need a stereo receiver, plenty of speakers and what feels like miles of wire. But an upcoming update of Roku's smart soundbar makes surround sound possible without the wires or the receiver.
In case you missed it, Roku is no longer just about what you watch. The company has slowly immersed itself in your audio world by releasing wireless speakers, a soundbar and a subwoofer. The subwoofer and the soundbar fit together for great sound and the wireless speakers themselves are perfect for small living rooms or if you don't like cables everywhere.
But an upcoming update makes them all work together to create a surround sound system. You can adjust the wireless speakers on your couch and hold the soundbar (for left, right and center) and subwoofer forward. Thanks to the built-in controls of the smart soundbar you can control your TV and audio system through it.
For just under $ 500, it is not a cheap venture. But you can easily spend more on a traditional surround system, especially if you want to record wireless speakers. And with Roku you can buy at a time what you need to spread the costs. The only part you need is the soundbar, because it does all the work, so you should start there.
Roku says the feature will be rolled out in February via a software update. Unfortunately you cannot include speakers from other companies in your system with this update.
Source: Ars Technica