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Cedar1
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2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

I am considering buying a soundbar for my Roku tv.  The Verizon remote is able to control the Roku tv.  But I am wondering if I will need to use a second remote once a soundbar is connected.

This question might be more about soundbars in general.  In other words, when a soundbar is connected to a tv, does one still control the volume by the tv? Or does one have to use the soundbar controls to control the volume?

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Tivoburkee
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

If the soundbar only has optical then you would need two remotes. If it had hdmi, and once the Roku tv recognizes it a cec device, then if the Verizon remote can control the tv volume, it will also control the soundbar volume too. Once two devices are linked via cec, their respective volumes will control each other. 

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Cedar1
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

The Roku soundbar I am looking at is wireless only (https://www.roku.com/products/audio/tcl-roku-tv-wireless-soundbar)

So does this mea

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Cedar1
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

My last post was entered prematurely. I meant to ask if I need 2 remotes where the soundbar is wireless, as is the case here?

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Tivoburkee
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

Then no, you would not need two remotes only the Roku tv remote in that case. I have the original Roku soundbar, which connects to Roku tv or any tv brand via hdmi. 

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Cedar1
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

I think I need to be clearer.

I have Verizon Fios.  I use the Fios remote to control the Roku TV. (I do not believe it is an option to have the Roku remote control the Fios set-top box).  But now I want to add the Roku wireless sound bar.   

So in this scenario, do I need two remotes (one for the Roku soundbar, and one for Fios)?

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Tivoburkee
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

Sorry but I can't say for sure. But I doubt the Verizon remote would work, because I don't think the TCL Soundbar will accept IR commands. For about the same price you can get the Roku Streambar Pro and it would accept IR commands from your Verizon remote. 

 

Roku® Streambar® Pro | All-In-One Streaming Soundbar for TV | Roku

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Tivoburkee
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Re: 2 remotes needed if soundbar is connected?

@Cedar1 

 

Someone asked on Amazon if the TCL soundbar can be controlled by Directv remote, TCL answer was if the third-party remote can control the Roku tv, it will control the TCL Soundbar volume. 

 

Amazon.com: Customer Questions & Answers

 

So, the Verizon remote controls the Roku tv, it should control the Tcl Soundbar. 

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