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cory_booth
Level 7

Missing Features - Why I canceled my Soundbar Order

This post is more of a "request for future improvements" than a complaint.

I hastily pre-ordered a new Soundbar and Wireless subwoofer.  Its the perfect combination for my living room - except....

1. There is no additional HDMI port.  The first order of business for a soundbar is to turn off your TV speakers.  If that is done, how does an old school DVR pass audio to the soundbar?  What about a Nintendo Switch?  I realize "some" TVs have the ability to pass audio to an external device, but not all do this, and some don't do it very well.  This was disappointing.

2. No Ethernet port.  All my Roku's (six) are hardwired at the TV.  

 

Both these two glaring issues caused me to rethink this pre-order and maybe wait for future enhancements.

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Why I canceled my Soundbar Order

Thanks for sharing your feedback here. We always appreciate hearing these insights from our customers.

To address a bit about the first point you raised, HDMI input devices connected to your TV would be able to pass audio to the soundbar using HDMI ARC. The soundbar also supports audio input using an optical audio connection. Thanks for the interest in adding another direct HDMI input port though.

I'll be sure to pass this along to our team to review. Thanks again for reaching out!

Cheers,
Tanner
Tanner D.
Roku Community Manager
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junkboxx
Level 9

Re: Why I canceled my Soundbar Order

FYI, there are multi HDMI switchers out there. WalMart has one for $30. This adds at least 1 or more HDMI devices to be attached.
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cory_booth
Level 7

Re: Why I canceled my Soundbar Order

Thanks for the feedback from all...

 

Couple points:

I am aware of the ARC HDMI (or whatever each brand wants to call it)...

HOWEVER - I am married.

The wife (and I) despise multiple remotes.  I went all in and bought all new Rokus when they came out with the TV power/volume buttons and ditched my "SideClicks".  Without a "Source" button on the Roku remote, I'd be faced with having two (or more) remotes - that's a deal breaker with the SAT (Spouse Acceptance Test).

That, coupled with no Ethernet - well, that was the ultimate deal breaker.

 

I'll be watching this closely because Roku - you are on to something here!
It's a fantastic idea.

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Pgc1946
Level 7

Smart Sound Bar

Are there any future plans to add an Ethernet connection to the Roku sound bar?

i don’t use wireless and would like to have the sound bar. 

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Smart Sound Bar

Thanks for reaching out! We appreciate hearing the feedback. We'll be sure to pass this along to the team. 

We don't have any news to share, but keep an eye on blog.roku.com for the latest news and updates! 

 

Thanks,

Tanner

Tanner D.
Roku Community Manager
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StreamingJim
Level 7

Re: Smart Sound Bar

the missing ethernet port is a serious omission.  I'll be returning the smart soundbar I just purchased.  The next version needs the ethernet port as well as a wider body - say 36" to 38" and maybe another hdmi port or two.  I'm waiting...

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Dlstoutamire
Level 7

Wired Ethernet Connection to Smart Soundbar

How do I get hardwired ethernet connection to Smart Soundbar.  Will a wired ethernet rj45 to USB adapter transmit signal through smart soundbar usb port

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dgrace
Level 11

Re: Wired Ethernet Connection to Smart Soundbar

Not likely, that port is used for streaming media, so I can't imagine it would work for network as well. 

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