Roku Streambar Is a Pint-Sized Sound and Streaming Powerhouse

Hands on with Roku’s most affordable sound bar

Lance Ulanoff
Oct 15, 2020 · 5 min read
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Yes, that tiny thing in front of my TV is a sound bar (more like a sound box).

Setup

The Roku Streambar ships with everything you need to connect to your TV and start streaming. There’s the four-speaker Streambar itself, an optical cable, an HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) cable — most modern 4K TVs now have dedicated HDMI ARC ports — a power cable, and the instantly recognizable Roku remote (batteries included).

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The back of the Roku Streambar has all the expected ports.
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My TCL Roku TV made it easy to connect the sound bar to the system.

Spread it around

The Roku Streambar’s slightly unusual, rounded-corner, quadrilateral shape points two speakers toward the front, presumably where you’re sitting in front of the TV,and one on either side toward the left and right walls and spaces. The hope is to create room-filling sound. The result is somewhat less so.

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The Roku Streambar has two speakers facing forward and two facing out toward the sides of the room.

Get more

If you want more audio, Roku Streambar does work with Roku’s wireless satellite speakers and huge subwoofer for a true surround sound experience.

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There are no speakers or touch controls on the Roku Streambar’s flat top.

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