Amazon announced its brand-new Amazon Fire TV Soundbar this week along with many other updates to its family of Fire TV products.
The Fire TV Soundbar is a 24-inch, 2.0 speaker with DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Audio. It works with all Fire TV devices and when not used for TV audio, customers can connect to it via Bluetooth to stream music from their phones or tablets.
No Fire TV video streaming
Although it’s branded as a Fire TV device, the soundbar does not actually have any streaming video capabilities and Alexa is also not built-in.
To get the “Fire TV experience” you’ll need a Fire TV streaming media player, like the all-new Fire TV Stick 4K Max (more info below), or a Fire TV-enabled smart TV.
All-new Fire TV Stick 4K Max
The Fire TV Stick 4K Max was also upgraded this week. It now has a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor, WiFi 6E and 16GB of storage. The Fire TV Stick 4K Max also now offers the Fire TV Ambient Experience.
According to Amazon, the Fire TV Ambient Experience transforms your TV into an “always-smart display”.
With a quick tap of the Alexa button—or simply by asking Alexa—customers can activate the Ambient Experience from the Shortcuts menu and replace blank TV screens with helpful information and beautiful artwork. With the Ambient Experience, customers can see glance-able information like their Calendars and Reminders; leave Sticky Notes for family members; control smart devices like a thermostat or Ring doorbell; play audio from services like Amazon Music, Spotify, and others; and much more.
Besides stunning 4K Ultra HD capabilities, the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max supports Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and immersive Dolby Atmos audio.
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