Onn Roku Smart Soundbar Review with Dolby Atoms

The $179.99 Onn Roku Smart Soundbar is a very capable all-in-one sound system that incorporates a 4K media streamer in a stereo soundbar. The Onn Roku Smart Soundbar, appears to be the same exact device, but for a more affordable $129.

As you can see, although the two soundbars look similar, they differ greatly in performance and remote functionality. After testing them both, we think the standard model is worth the extra $50. If you want, by looking at the information below, you can be sure to take it.

Onn Roku Smart Soundbar with Dolby Atoms Reviews

Body and Design

The Onn Roku Smart Soundbar is physically similar to the standard model, only black instead of dark gray. It measures 2.8 by 32.2 by 3.9 inches (HWD), weighs the same 5.5 pounds, and has the same trapezoidal profile with a cloth grille that bundles all the front and sides. And a matte black plastic case that runs up and back. A multicolored LED indicator behind the front grill lights up when the soundbar is receiving remote commands or in setup mode.

The included remote is the first hint that this is a cheaper version of the Onn Roku Smart Soundbar. The version looks almost indistinguishable from the standard Roku soundbar remote, except for the lack of a pinhole near the top between the power and menu/back buttons.

This is a normal Roku remote, not a Roku voice remote, so it doesn’t have a pinhole microphone to use Roku’s voice search features. More importantly, it doesn’t connect wirelessly to the soundbar like the Roku Voice Remote.

It only uses infrared transmission, so you have to point the remote directly at the soundbar for it to work. The Roku Smart Soundbar, and most Roku TVs and high-end media streamers, don’t require line-of-sight to work with their remotes, which is significantly more convenient.

 It features a prominent purple side pad; playback control; and dedicated service buttons for Hulu, Netflix, Roku Channel (Roku’s own free content channel), and Vudu. Now a volume rocker and mute button sit on the right.

From a distance, on. The Smart Soundbar version cuts corners to get its lower price by trimming power output. These soundbars have the same stereo drivers as the Roku Smart Soundbar, but they’re powered by a maximum of 40 watts, compared to the standard model’s 60 watts.

Audio and Performance

Do not  expect a big deal of bass at this price. The bass drum hit on our test track, The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” starts to distort at just half the volume and sounds like harsher pops. Of course, the Roku Smart Soundbar starts to distort at just a third of its volume range, which tracks with the maximum power difference between the two models.

However, this distortion is most noticeable on tracks with very heavy sub-bass, and most other music is not affected nearly as much. As with quality Roku smart soundbars, you can boost the On. Model with a wireless subwoofer for the same price as the speaker.

The Roku Wireless Subwoofer costs $129 and has the same 10-inch drivers as the $179.99 Roku Wireless Subwoofer, but with the ON. Soundbar, its peak power has been scaled from 250 watts to 150 watts.

Oner low power output. Compared to the standard model the soundbar doesn’t seem to affect the bass response at all. Instead, it comes with a loss of some crispness in the high mids and highs. This is unfortunate, as it gives the soundbar a slightly more crushed, blunt sound than its more expensive sibling.

Yes’ “Roundabout” on the sounds balanced The soundbar, though, isn’t as clear as the more powerful standard model. Early acoustic guitar plucks get a bit of string texture, but they sound a bit flat at higher frequencies like hi-hats and guitar strums.

The bass and drums sit a bit in front of other elements in the mix, but the vocals are still clearly identifiable. It’s not a bad sound, but it’s a little more low-mid-focused than the regular Onn Roku Smart Soundbar.

Powerful sound in video games and music shows on. soundbar, thanks to its low-mids balance. Gunfights in The Outer Worlds are punchy and forceful, and characters’ dialogue comes through clearly in conversation, but can be slurred in the middle of fights. The game’s often ethereal orchestral soundtrack swells and is full sound here, offering a real improvement over TV speakers.

Watching flash with on. The soundbar brings out the bottom of the soundtrack and various sci-fi sound effects. It’s a room-filling sound, but doesn’t have the edge that the hiss should when firing the flash. Dialogue is clearly understood, but high voices come across a bit flat.

Streaming of Onn Roku Smart Soundbar

For media streaming, onn. The Roku Smart Soundbar offers the same features as the regular Roku model. It’s a 4K media streamer that can access most major services and tons of different apps through the Roku Channel Store.

The large video and music names are here, including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Netflix, Pandora, SiriusXM, Sling TV, Spotify, Tidal, and YouTube.

Google Play Music and Twitch are missing from Roku’s library, but otherwise it’s a very good selection, with hundreds more channels (Roku’s word for app) with more specific focus based on interests, networks, regions, and topics. It’s compatible with HDR10, but it’s not Dolby Vision.

Advantage

PROSCONS
Inexpensive: YesMediocre response in higher audio frequencies: No
Built-in 4K Roku media streamer: YesInfrared remote: No
Powerful bass for its size: Yes

Conclusion

We hope that if you read the above Onn Roku Smart Soundbars reviews carefully, you will definitely be able to buy it considering all aspects. Because its Streaming of Roku, Audio and Performance, Body and Design aspects will impress you.

FAQ

What does the Onn Roku Smart Soundbar look like?

The Onn Roku Smart Soundbar looks physically similar to the standard model, only black instead of dark gray.

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