Built-In Alexa Skills
Active Soundbar Speaker: The Polk Command Bar active
soundbar speaker features a performance-tuned, 4-driver array in a stereo
configuration with a 1" soft-dome tweeter and a 1.25" x 3.25" oval cone woofer
for each channel (a total of two tweeters and two woofers). The 4-driver array
is powered by a 160W Class-D amplifier for dynamic, room-filling sound. Dual
side-firing ports provide increased bass response.
Wireless Powered Sub: The included wireless powered
subwoofer reproduces deep bass impact that you can feel from your movie and
music soundtracks. It houses a down-firing 6.5" woofer, down-firing bass port,
and built-in 100W amplifier. You can independently adjust the wireless powered
sub's bass level from the rest of the system's overall volume level.
Dolby Digital & DTS Compatible: The Polk Command Bar will
decode 5.1ch Dolby Digital/DTS and 2ch PCM audio through its HDMI and Optical
Polk Voice Adjust Technology: Polk Voice Adjust technology
dramatically increases vocal clarity and volume level for crystal clear dialog
no matter what you're watching. You can customize the voice levels in the
soundbar however you prefer to reproduce clear, crisp dialog and never miss a
single word of your favorite movie, TV show, or sporting event.
Optimized EQ Presets: EQ settings for Movies, Music, Sports,
and Night optimize the soundbar and subwoofer to ensure you get the clearest
dialog, big surround sound, and deep bass for the best audio and home theater
experience regardless of what you are watching or if you are watching late at
- Movie: Acoustically optimized for both movie and TV
soundtracks. It also provides a bass boost, increased spatialization and
enhances Voice Adjust levels for improved dialog clarity. It is the default
sound mode for HDMI and Optical input sources.
- Music: Music mode gives you balanced sound and smoother
bass while minimizing spatialization effects to ensure more natural sound
- Sports: Enhances dialog-rich content, like sporting
events, news casts, and talk shows.
- Night: Reduces bass and volume dynamics while improving
voice intelligibility for low-volume listening.
HDMI 2.0b: Featuring two HDMI inputs and one HDMI ARC output, the Polk
Command Bar incorporates an advanced video section that features the latest HDMI
2.0b specification, including support for 4K Ultra HD video pass-through, High
Dynamic Range (HDR) video, and HDCP 2.2 compatibility.
- 4K Ultra HD/HDCP 2.2 Compliant: The Command Bar supports up to 4K
(3840x2160 pixels) video on all of its HDMI inputs and output. It will also pass
a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI. There is no video
resolution upscaling. All of the soundbar speaker system's HDMI jacks are HDCP
2.2 compatible which fully complies with the latest copyright protection
standard for 4K video transmission.
- HDR (High Dynamic Range): HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides
enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the
dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of
luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased
contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and
shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. The Command Bar
supports HDR 10 (not compatible with other HDR formats, like Dolby Vision or HLG).
- ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the
system's HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your ARC compatible TV to
the Command Bar through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio
and video to your television. This eliminates the need for extra cables
connected to your TV. The HDMI ARC output supports Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1ch &
Note: Because with some televisions, the ARC-enabled HDMI input
will only pass 2ch PCM from devices connected to the TV via HDMI or analog, we
recommend that you connect your Blu-ray player and satellite/cable box to the soundbar system's HDMI inputs directly; and then connect the
soundbar's ARC-enabled HDMI output to your TV's ARC-enabled HDMI input. This
setup will give you with the best overall sound performance.
Optical Digital Input: In addition to HDMI connectivity,
the Command Bar features a single optical (toslink) digital input to connect
your flat-panel TV. The optical input can decode and reproduce Dolby Digital &
DTS 5.1ch program material. The soundbar's digital input also supports 2-channel
Note: The digital optical output terminals of some newer
flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby
Digital/DTS surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection,
or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources
connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blu-ray/DVD player or
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Polk Command Bar supports
Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP which allows you to wirelessly stream and control audio from your
Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. You'll be
able to stream stored music, music apps, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio
content from your Bluetooth source device to the soundbar speaker system. Basic
playback control (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, & Volume Up/Down) can
be done from the included IR remote. You will continue to use your Bluetooth
source device for advance music navigation and to view song/artist information.
Note: The Command Bar does not support Bluetooth hands-free
communication for phone calls.
Built-In Alexa Skills
Dual-Band WiFi 802.11ac: The Polk Command Bar comes ready to
connect to your home's WiFi network. It features built-in dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz,
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than
standard WiFi. Use the Polk Connect app (for
Apple iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 4.4+) to connect the Polk Command Bar speaker system to your
wireless network router and enable Amazon Alexa voice services through your
compatible Apple iOS or Android device.
Built-In Alexa: Once connected to your network, use the
Polk Command Bar to ask Alexa to perform many useful tasks. To get the attention
of the Polk Command Bar, simply say "Alexa". You can then ask Alexa for sports
updates, weather reports, cooking questions and more. You can also ask Alexa to
control the soundbar speaker system by switching inputs, change sound modes,
adjust the bass and more. In addition, the built-in Alexa service works with
smart home devices such as
lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and
more that are Amazon Alexa compatible.
Note: The Command Bar supports nearly all Alexa commands and
skills. Features that are not currently supported include Alexa voice or
video calling, drop-in, announcements, messaging, named timers and
reminders, some Alexa app functions, custom wake word and alarms. However,
the Command Bar is always learning new skills through OTA (over-the-air)
firmware & software updates.
Far-Field Microphones: Integrated far-field microphones in the Command
Bar capture your voice even when the volume is loud. When you say "Alexa",
the Command Bar automatically lowers its volume letting you clearly state your
command. If for some reason Alexa can't hear you, the Action Button on the
included IR remote temporarily lowers the volume even more while you speak your
command. The Command Bar's integrated far-field microphones make it easy to control
master volume, set the powered sub's bass level, select sound modes, and make source selections with
just your voice.
Alexa App: The free Alexa App for
Apple iOS 9.0+,
Android OS 5.0+,
Fire OS, and
desktop browsers is a companion app to the Command Bar with Alexa for setup,
remote control, and other enhanced features. Interactions with Alexa are
automatically mirrored visually on the Alexa App, providing more information as
you want it. The Alexa App lets you easily manage your music services, smart
home devices, and more.
- Music Apps with Multi-Room: Use the Alexa App to
connect music services you already use like Spotify, Pandora, and iHeart
Radio. The new Multi-Room Music section allows you to designate a group for
devices on the same WiFi network. Once created, group names can be used to
control music playback.
- Smart Home with Routines: Setup your smart home devices
from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, and more. You'll be able
to view the state and control your smart lights, locks, and thermostats.
When you are on-the go, you can use the app to quickly check the status of
your lock or turn off your lights. The new Routines section allows you to
automate a series of Smart Home actions with one custom command.
Skills: Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance
the functionality of Alexa. Alexa uses tens of thousands of skills and counting;
new skills are being added all the time. You can search for and enable skills in
the Alexa app or from the
Alexa Skills store on the website. You can also see ratings and reviews to
learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in
the Alexa App. To use an Alexa skill, first enable the skill, and then make your
request based on the example phrases shown in the app. If you know the exact
name of the skill you want, you can say, "Enable [skill name] skill." Some
skills may require you to link to an existing account and a separate
subscription in order to use the skill.
Soundbar Voice Controls: Functions of Polk Command Bar you can control with your voice
and Alexa include Master Volume, Subwoofer Bass Level, Sound Modes (Movie/Music/Sport/Night),
and Source Selection. We are working to enable Voice Adjust.
Note: The Command Bar operates like a normal soundbar even if Alexa is
disabled or your home network is down. All of the functions on the included IR
remote (with the exception of the Alexa Action button) will work without Alexa
Music Apps: The built-in Amazon Alexa service provides
hands-free voice control for
Amazon Music, Pandora,
(requires Premium subscription), &
can also upload your personal music collection from iTunes, Google Play Music,
and more to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music to the
soundbar speaker system. Simply ask for your favorite artist or song, or request
a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song
or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you.
Note: Some music services will require subscription and
Multi-Room Music: Multi-Room Music allows you to play and
control music from Amazon, Amazon Unlimited, Amazon Prime, and some other
3rd-pary music providers across multiple, compatible Amazon Alexa devices at the
same time. You can tell Alexa to play music across your compatible Alexa devices
on the same WiFi network. Tell Alexa to play jazz in the kitchen, top pop in the
family room, or play the same song throughout your whole home. To stream
different music on multiple devices or on more than one Multi-Room Music group
at the same time, you must have an Amazon Music Unlimited Family plan.
TV Control: Amazon Alexa can be used to control select Sony Android
TVs and LG AI ThinQ TVs. You'll be able to control key functions and features by
simply using voice commands.
Smart Home: Alexa works with devices such as lights,
switches, thermostats, and more from
Nest, ecobbe, Wink, and more. Control multiple devices at scheduled times or
with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights
when you go to bed. Some products work directly with Alexa and other smart home
ecosystems require a compatible hub.
- Lighting: With the Amazon Alexa, you can control
lighting products using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
- Outlets: With the Alexa and smart outlets, you can
control electronics and appliances using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
- Thermostats: With Alexa, and compatible thermostats,
you can control the temperature of your home using your voice, smartphone,
- Door Locks: With Alexa you can control compatible door
locks using your voice, smartphone, or tablet.
IFTTT: Alexa supports IFTTT, or "IF This, Then That," a
third-party service that automates how your devices, apps, and websites work
with each other through rules (or "Applets"). After you activate an Applet
through the IFTTT website, Alexa can then trigger that IFTTT Applet when you
interact with the Command Bar.
Note: Currently, Alexa can't be the action in an Applet.
For example, you can't allow Alexa to notify you of new tweets on your
Amazon Prime Shopping: If you're a Prime member, Alexa has
exclusive deals for you every day on everything from home goods to electronics.
Amazon Prime members can ask Alexa to order eligible products ordered before,
many Prime products, and digital music tracks and albums. Your default payment
and shipping settings will be used to place your order. You can require a
speakable confirmation code, turn purchasing off, and see product and order
details in your Alexa App. Just like orders placed through Amazon.com, orders
placed through Alexa are subject to Amazon's Conditions of Use & Privacy Notice.
News & Information: Alexa can help you stay connected to the
news that matters most to you - like world & local news, traffic, weather,
sports, and movie times.
- Flash Briefing: Flash Briefing lets you put together a
personalized lineup of updates from news sources like NPR, CNN, Fox News,
and CNET. If you've set up a voice profile, Alexa recognizes your voice and
can catch you up on the latest without repeating old news.
- Traffic & Weather: Alexa can help you get ready for
your day. Set your commute start and stop point, and Alexa can tell you how
long your commute will take. Or ask Alexa how the weather's looking.
- Sports & Movies: Get scores and schedules for the major
football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer leagues or set up a
personalized Sports Update to keep tabs on your favorite teams. Alexa can
even tell you movie show-times at theaters near you.
Questions & Answers + Fun & Games: Alexa taps into Yelp to
provide you with info on local restaurants, shops, and other businesses. It also
makes a great calculator and dictionary. You can even get fast facts on all type
of topics from Wikipedia. Alexa also offers funny jokes and fun games for the
IR Remote: The included IR remote control provides wireless
operation of the Polk Command Bar. There are also
several ways to use your TV, cable, or satellite remote to control the soundbar
- HDMI CEC: If your TV is connected to the Command Bar via
HDMI and your TV supports HDMI CEC, you can control the volume and mute
functions of the soundbar speaker system from your TV's remote control.
- Polk Smart Remote Technology: Polk Smart Remote
technology allows for most Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Sony TV remotes to
control the Command Bar's volume and mute functions right out of the box (no
programming required). TV must be manufactured within the last 5 years.
- IR Learning Function: If you have another brand of
television that is not listed above and does support HDMI CEC, or you have a cable or satellite
receiver, you can also program the Command Bar to
respond to one of these remotes (remote functions include - Power, Volume,
Top-Panel Controls: The following controls are found on top
of the soundbar speaker - Action Button, Volume Up/Down, and Microphone Mute.
Status Light Indicator: The Command Bar is not equipped with a
front-panel display, nor does it offer an on-screen menu. Instead, the soundbar
simply contains a single light that changes color and flashes to provide status
information about the speaker system, like Sound Modes, Source Selection, and
Mounting Options: The Polk Command Bar offers flexible
mounting options for the active soundbar speaker and wireless powered subwoofer.
- The soundbar speaker should be centered under or above your flat-panel
TV screen. The soundbar can simply be placed on a tabletop, stand, or shelf
(integrated rubber feet provide secure placement). The soundbar can also be
mounted to the wall using the included keyhole brackets (mounting screws not
- The powered subwoofer receives its signal from the soundbar wirelessly,
so it can be placed virtually anywhere in the room (up to 30' from
soundbar). Ideally, the powered sub should be placed along the same wall as
the soundbar speaker. Placing the powered subwoofer in a corner will
increase its bass response even more.
Power Requirements: Both, the soundbar speaker and wireless
powered sub, will require an AC power outlet. The soundbar speaker includes an
AC power adapter with attached 58" DC cord and a detachable 58" AC power cord.
The powered sub comes with a detachable 69" AC power cord.
Auto Firmware & Software Updates: Automated over-the-air support
updates ensure the Command Bar is always
learning new Alexa voice services and other soundbar features.