Jan 17, 2018

Polk CES Recap: Announcing the Command Bar, Awards and More

Take a look at the highlights from the Polk booth at CES 2018, including the Command Bar reveal, press event with Amazon, awards and more.

At CES 2018, the demand for voice control technology was clear. Amazon Alexa was featured in a bevy of devices, while the growing capacity of voice continues to take shape throughout the home.

There’s also a growing shift toward bringing a true theater experience to your living room with robust component systems. Denon announced the AVR-X8500H 13.2 channel receiver, opening up the home to an unprecedented 7.1.6 or 9.1.4 configuration for Dolby Atmos, 13.2 configuration for Auro-3D and a DTS:X integration as well. In step with Denon, Marantz released a 13.2 channel pre-amplifier that similarly supports three-dimensional audio formats.

During day two of CES 2018, Polk debuted the latest home theater technology — the Command Bar, the sound bar system with Alexa built-in. It offers seamless voice control and smart home connectivity coupled with the great sound Polk offers. And because the Command Bar combines voice-automation with powerful, audioholic sound, Polk secured an HD Guru award as well as an AVS Forum Best of CES nod.

Take a look at some of our highlights from CES 2018. 

Snapshot of the Magnifi Mini and MagniFi MAX SR (on TV screen), the highly-anticipated 5.1 sound bar system with wireless surround speakers. 

SR1 wireless rear surround speakers work with the MagniFi MAX sound bar system for a truly immersive 5.1 surround experience. 

The Polk booth before the Command Bar live reveal. 

Kevin Duffy, CEO of Sound United—the audio holdings company that owns Polk, among others — reveals the Command Bar at the Polk and Amazon joint press event. See how the press reacted to the Command Bar at CNET and Digital Trends.

Integrated far-field microphones in the Command Bar let you control play, pause, master volume and source selection with your voice. Watch the video

At a slim 2” height, the Polk Command Bar seamlessly blends into your entertainment hub while generating powerful Polk sound. 

Polk took home an HD Guru award for the Command Bar, the first sound bar with Alexa built-in

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