Roku unleashes a new soundbar, streamer, and remote; plus, Roku OS 10

Roku has a new soundbar, a beefed-up streaming player, and a new remote to show off, along with the latest version of its OS, which expands Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility to Roku’s HD streaming devices (previously, AirPlay 2 support was available only on the company’s more-expensive 4K devices).

Slated to arrive late next month on and at major retailers in June, the Streambar Pro soundbar comes with Roku’s new Virtual Surround feature, a first for the video streaming company, while the Express 4K+ will support dual-band Wi-Fi and HDR10+.

Also coming soon is the Roku Voice Remote Pro with a rechargeable battery, hands-free voice commands, and a lost remote finder, while Roku OS 10 adds support for gaming consoles as well as the ability to ensure you’re using the best Wi-Fi band.

Roku Streambar Pro

A larger, pricier version of last year’s Streambar and the successor to the original Smart Soundbar, the $180 Streambar Pro is a 2.0-channel soundbar that you can upgrade to 5.1 channels by adding a pair of Roku Wireless Speakers and the Roku Wireless Subwoofer.

Like the Streambar, the Streambar Pro comes with a built-in Roku 4K streaming player, a voice remote, and a pair of Roku in-ear headphones that plug into the remote control.

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The Streambar Pro will be the first Roku player with a virtual surround sound mode; the older Roku Smart Soundbar will get the virtual surround mode, too.

The Streambar Pro also boasts a first for a Roku soundbar: the aptly named Virtual Surround mode, which is designed to deliver a “rich and immersive sound experience” without physical surround speakers.

Roku’s Virtual Surround mode will also come to the Smart Soundbar but not the smaller Streambar, which is equipped with angled front drivers that already offer “that immersive experience,” a Roku rep explained.

Roku Express 4K+

Meanwhile, the Roku Premiere is getting its own successor with the Express 4K+, also due to arrive in May and priced at $40.

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