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.
Thanks for the feedback from all...
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.
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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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!
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...
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
Not likely, that port is used for streaming media, so I can't imagine it would work for network as well.
Roku seems to be phasing out Ethernet or just forcing customers to pay a premium for units with an Ethernet port either way fans of hardwire lose. Great features on the ultra. If they were available on the sound bar I’d buy it in a heartbeat, but no Ethernet no sale.