The $249 Command Bar does a fantastic job integrating Amazon’s virtual assistant.

Amazon and Google offer a range of smart speakers tailored for different use cases, but the main issue with these devices has always been sound quality. The Echo Plus (2nd gen) delivers much better sound over its predecessor, but it still isn’t anywhere close to a budget 2.1 setup.

That’s where products like Polk’s Command Bar come in. The soundbar features Alexa integration — allowing you to control your lights, get updates on your daily commute, and much more — and it also manages to deliver excellent sound that’s perfect for watching TV shows and movies. The Command Bar debuted last year, and Polk recently rolled out multi-room audio, which lets you group the soundbar with other Alexa devices in your home.

Polk isn’t the only manufacturer with an Alexa-enabled soundbar, as everyone from Bose, Sony, Yamaha, and Sonos offer a product in this space. The $399 Sonos Beam in particular delivers exquisite sound, and the Command Bar manages to do the same at a lower price point.

Synergy Polk Command Bar

$249 at Amazon

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