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Polk Audio - 2.1-Channel Soundbar System with Amazon Alexa Voice Assistant built-in - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker With Awesome Features

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    AprilCE
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    The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Years ago, before we lived in our current house, we had a sound system in the living room. It was nice, having a booming speaker presenting crystal clear audio. And then we moved, and like all things when you move, parts go missing. A few months later our daughter was born, and it just didn’t seem like we had time to find all the wiring for a complicated surround sound system. We were just listening to TV audio again. Now don’t get me wrong, most TVs these days have decent speakers. But they just don’t compare to the quality of a dedicated speaker. Five years passed before we finally got another dedicated speaker system for a TV in our house. The Polk Command Bar’s quality as a speaker is worth its price alone. Yet, it does more than just act as a speaker for your television. The Command Bar has Amazon Alexa built in. We have set up our Command Bar in our bedroom, allowing us to control the volume through Alexa. It also allows us to do other things like turning off WiFi enabled lights downstairs without the need to make an extra trip at night. These cards come with the Polk out of the box, and provide a good primer on how to use the speaker. The Polk Command Bar features a 220W speaker along with a subwoofer that gives a nice bass sound. It also has Bluetooth enabled, allowing us to play our music through our phones if we want. If you happen to have a FireTV you can do even more by using voice commands to watch your favorite programs. (Like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! Just a suggestion.) It also features a far-field microphone. What is a far-field microphone? Well, to put it simply, it is a microphone that has been designed to pick-up noises from a distance greater than what a typical microphone could accomplish. Because of this, you don’t need to shout across the room! The on-board Alexa will activate just by speaking in a normal voice. The set-up was simple, using HDMI and a supplied optical cable to connect to the television. The speaker has a low-profile form factor which is perfect because it doesn’t block our screen at all. It also looks sleek, fitting in nicely in our bedroom.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple and powerful sound bar with Alexa

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    Gershwin9
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    Polk, a known maker of quality audio equipment, has created a kit for the home that is both simple and fully featured. Most of us want high-quality sound without having to also buy multiple cables and spend lots of time setting up a complex system. Amazon’s Alexa has been added to the Polk Audio Command Sound Bar. The small limitations it has now, should be fixed by Amazon in future software updates. One feature I noticed which was not ready was sound bar to Echo messaging. I enjoyed that my experience with movies, TV series and Bluetooth audio devices have all been impressively upgraded with a sound bar and subwoofer. 260W of total output power pumps out high-quality sound, which is very important to me. Placing it below the TV on a table or mounting it on a wall gives this sound bar versatility that other more complicated home audio solutions do not have. Its 2” design is enough to leave a small gap between where my TV is in my living room. A pair of HDMI ports on the back, a slot for an Amazon Fire TV unit, a USB port, and an HDMI out for the TV, all help to keep down on cable clutter. Polk placed the tweeters in the sound bar at either end with the more powerful center channel drivers in the middle, where they belong. Most audio from movies and TV shows are center channel heavy. This single sound bar produces an impressive home theater like experience. I am happy with both the audio and Alexa voice assistant experiences. Getting them to work correctly on the first try was impressive. Polk understands how we need to keep things simple.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Creating Magic in Your Home Theater

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    BbyD
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    One of the most important components to a decent home theater is sound. The Polk Command Bar with Amazon Alexa Built-in gives your home theater the top quality sound you need. The Polk Command Bar consists of two parts, the soundbar itself, and a stand-alone subwoofer. The subwoofer is designed to connect wirelessly to the soundbar, eliminating the need for a wired connection. This lets you place both components in optimum locations without worrying about the connection. I especially love that Amazon’s Alexa is already built in. This Alexa is just about as fully functional as the dedicated units from Amazon, with only room to room messaging and a couple other items not implemented. And even those are coming with future updates as Amazon continues to empower third-party solutions. The Polk Command Bar is simple to hook up, whether you are using it with a cable and TV or another source. I used it with an Apple TV, and everything worked great. There is a TV HDMI output, saving you the expense of splitting the HDMI output from a cable box. I definitely recommend the Polk Command Bar, not only for a great sound solution for your home theater, but it can serve as a home hub and information system as well.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality Surround Sound at an Affordable Price

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    ACowboysWife
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    Setup for the Polk Command Bar was simple and done in less than 15 minutes, by far, one of the easiest setups I've ever dealt with. The soundbar and subwoofer offer 260 watts of power and provide awesome clarity and bass! We felt like we were at the football game while watching our favorite team play. It even freaked my cat out as she tried to figure out where all the voices were coming from. We love the hands-free Alexa feature and refer to our Spotify playlist often. We are still learning the commands and questions we can give/ask but we're getting the hang of it! So far, we have enjoyed it for movies, music, sports, and asking about our weather. We'll be adding our Fire TV to it soon!! It also comes with a remote that offers simple functions like turning the Alexa mic off or increasing/decreasing the voice or bass sounds. So far it's a big hit and I can't wait until we have friends over to show them. Our family highly recommends it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great ! Sounds Better!

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    Tommy

    Right out of the gate I was very impressed with the Polk Command Bar. My order shipped quickly, arriving a day early. Pretty cool packaging and was extremely easy to set up taking me about 10 min. My Fire stick and PS4 worked immediately without any trouble. I used to have a echo in my family room and an echo dot in the kitchen. The Command Bar is more than enough to replace both on my main floor. The sound is really clean. My favorite thing about it is when watching a movie I can here what people are saying instead of the background noise filtering it out. Controlling the volume of a movie with your voice comes in handy when your to comfortable and can’t find the remote. Way better than previous sound bars I've owned. Alexa can easily understand my commands even when Im far away. At this price point it does exactly what it needs to do. I would highly recommend this Polk CommandBar to everyone.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rich sound and seamless controls

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    NEmomof6
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    If you have everything ready to go, this takes no longer than 20 minutes to set up. We connected it to our LED TV and was up and running in time to watch football. Super rich sound and the Alexa controls were very responsive. You can use your own TV remote, the included Polk remote, voice command, or buttons on the bar to change volume, and with various settings for voice clarity, music mode, movie mode, and sports, it's easy to change between media types. We really like how good this system sounds, and that you can turn it to "night" mode to play at lower volumes -- such as when the kids are in bed -- and not lose clarity. Be sure you have a second power outlet for the subwoofer! Would recommend this to anyone looking for high-quality sound and integrated Alexa controls.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality + sleek design

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    angelacruz
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    This is one high-quality product with a sleek, stylish design that looks great next to our main television in the living room. My favorite thing about the Polk Command Sound Bar is how Alexa is integrated into it. The audio quality is top-notch - I truly felt like I was surrounded by the sound! I have a newborn baby, and he's been enjoying listening to Mozart baby classical songs. It was too inconvenient to try to play audio through my television while I was juggling baby care, but now that I have this sound bar set up, it's amazingly easy to just tell Alexa to turn on the classical music.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life just got a lot sweeter with Polk Command!

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    AprilS
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    Life just got a lot sweeter with the Polk Command Sound Bar featuring Amazon Alexa built-in. Yes, built-in! No more searching for that lost remote. (which was the story of my life) The modern convenience of Amazon Alexa allows your voice commands to run the show. Polk Command Sound Bar has given our family a new outlook on technology. It has changed the way we interact with our TV, listen to music, and search for information. For example, it makes tasks like switching from HDMI 1 to HDMI 2 so easy with a simple voice command. Before the Polk Command Sound Bar, we had to switch one cable between 2 HDMI inputs to use our Roku or digital converter. The Polk Command Sound Bar is easy to set up and use. We are thrilled with ours.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Upgrading My Home Theater Sound!

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    2014andbeyond
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    We wanted to upgrade our home theater sound so we began to shop it out and checked the reviews and ratings. Ultimately, we went with the Polk Command Bar. There are two HDMI ports that allow us to connect our Blu-Ray player and our gaming system, and it was super easy. The built-in Alexa on the Polk Command Bar is very versatile and allows me to voice over commands and instruct the soundbar to turn up the volume, or switch HDMI ports, turn on Netflix, and the like.  If you like the level the volume is set at, but you want more bass, no problem. If you have other smart devices - for us its our Nest theremostat - we can use the on-board Alexa to control it. 

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I had been afraid of soundbars before

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    Zippy
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    The Polk Command bar arrived in a HUGE box and I immediately worried that it wouldn't fit on our television stand. Fortunately, that was just GOOD packing and the bar fit easily below my 65" TV with the subwoofer right beside it. Set up was almost plug and play with an HDMI cord and the 2 items plugged into the wall. I don't notice a HUGE difference in sound with regular TV shows, but with sports, movies and music it is AWESOME as it has those 3 modes to choose from. Also if you do an HDMI setup you can control the volume from your regular TV or cable remote. It looks sharp and functions very well. I also LOVE the integrated Amazon Alexa as I can give it instructions or play music, etc. right fromt the bar.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big sound for a small price!

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    Fozzie84

    I was looking to add Alexa to my living room and replace my Boston Acoustics xs 2.1 Digital Cinema, and I already had the Polk MagnaFi soundbar in my basement, so Polk was an easy choice. Setup was super easy, download the Polk app and it pretty much walks you through it. I was worried the sound would not be up to par with the Boston system since it had a smaller sub, but I was happy to find out that was not the case. If you can setup an Echo, you can setup this soundbar. I like the different sound modes (music/sports/movie) and the bluetooth sub connection makes placement easy. This has a wider sound and deeper center stage than the MagnaFi so it will work better for larger rooms.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound, Quality & Design

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    giveawaybandit
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    The Polk Command Bar took us only about ten minutes to set up. It comes in a pretty neat box too! You'll love the sleek, stylish design of the product too! It fits perfectly below our 65" television. I love that it has Amazon Alexa already built-in but it's also compatible with our Fire Stick and PS4 which is perfect. With the command bar there's no need to have an Amazon Echo or Dot in every room because the sound of the command bar is so clear. You can easily control the volume with your voice which is perfect if there's a lot of background noise which tends to happen a lot at my house. Alexa will be able to hear you easily!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Big Theater Sound + on a Budget

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    Momfluential
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    The Polk Command Bar with Alexa was the answer to our family command/entertainment center prayers. We were able to accomplish so many things with this simple, easy system. 1. Great sound! 2. Integrates Alexa so we don't need a separate Alexa/speaker for ordering coffee and asking Google how many cups are in a liter. Not to mention music streaming. 4. Control the TV by voice w/Alexa way better that trying to find the right remote that is usually under someone's butt! 5. This did not require a professional to install. Up and running in minutes. 6. Great bang for the buck!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent sound experience & Alexa all in one!

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    WinObs
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    I am no huge audiophile and only began using a sound bar a couple of years ago however, the Polk Command Bar delivers great sound and access to Alexa thanks to the embedded Amazon Echo Dot. Even my wife, who admittedly does not notice the difference between HD and 4K has noticed the improved sound. This is a great addition to a simple home theater setup and I use this with both our Samsung 4K UHD TV and our Xbox One S console.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Soundbar!

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    Ryan

    I absolutely love this Soundbar. Not only does it sound amazing but it was so easy to set up, right out of the box. I connected the HDMI cord to my TV and it was done. Takes games and movies to a whole new level at my place. I've been without a soundbar for a while and I am very glad that I purchased this system . I'm also new to Alexa and that feature is pretty sweet as well. It works seamlessly with Spotify too which was a huge plus for me . I would highly recommend this system to anyone that's in the Soundbar market. Well worth the price !

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Soundbar for Theater Quality Sound

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    EverydayShortcuts
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    I'm loving the Polk Command Bar. It' makes watching movies so much better with the theater-quality sound it brings to your living room from the soundbar and subwoofer together. The design is sleek which makes it easy to fit anywhere. And with Amazon Alexa built in I can control my electronics from adjusting the volume, listening to my music and more. Definitely the best product out there.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Entertaining with Polk Command Sound Bar

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    RachelF
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    The Polk Command Sound Bar has many great features and we love it. We were able to hang our TV on the wall with NO wires and the theater quality sound fills up the room. I'm able to use voice commands with the built-in Alexa making it easy to switch channels, listen to music or simply turn up the volume. We were also able to connect our other bluetooth devices. This is a must-have!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comes with a wireless subwoofer & Amazon Alexa

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    Jenn
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    I think the biggest thing that separates this sound bar from the others is that it comes with a free wireless subwoofer! You can't really beat that. I love it's sleek design, was super easy to set up and the ports on the back make hook up super simple. I love that it comes with Amazon Alexa built-in so I can control play, pause, and volume with my voice. Not to mention you can control, monitor and schedule additional home electronics using your voice. Can't beat the price either!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superior Alexa Enabled Sound Bar with a Comfy Pric

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    AmyB
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    Adding the Polk Command Bar to our entertainment setup in our loft has been perfect! With the open style of a loft, the bad thing is the sound can kind of fade out into the distance. But, with the Polk Command Bar, the good thing is we can now enjoy music throughout the upstairs when we want to. We have a 65-inch television so the Polk soundbar can do what it is designed to do really well. Watching movies, listening to music, telling Alexa what to do – it’s easy as ever.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic surround sound!

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    Commodoreinca

    Just recently got this soundbar to replace my old one and I am absolutely psyched about it. The surround sound is fantastic and intimate without being overpowering. The fact that it has an Echo built in is icing on the cake—I already had an Echo Dot and this synced up admirably once I set it up. This is an excellent device for anyone looking to minimize a bit by combining their home assistant with a soundbar.

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