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Roku Streambar Pro Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Aug 11, 2022 at 11:29 am
Roku Streambar Pro Picture
6.3
Mixed Usage
7.0
Dialogue/TV Shows
6.7
Music
5.6
Movies
Channels
2.0

The Roku Streambar Pro is a budget-friendly 2.0 setup that's the next generation of the Roku Smart Soundbar. It's similar to its predecessor in design and performance but with a few extra features available over its voice remote. The included headphones are great for private listening, either through the Roku app on your mobile device or through the remote that lets you watch on your TV. The bar also gives you access to Roku media's streamer, a neat tool that organizes all your channels and streaming platforms like Netflix and Hulu into one place for easy access. The manufacturer also sells a compatible subwoofer and satellites that you can add to the bar if you want to improve its bass reproduction and surround sound, respectively.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed Usage

The Roku Streambar Pro is okay for mixed usage. This 2.0 bar has a simple design that makes it ideal for listening to stereo content, which includes most music and dialogue-centric TV shows. With its balanced mids, voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, and you even have some sound enhancement tools to customize its sound to your liking. Its surround sound performance isn't very impressive, and there's no support for more immersive formats like Dolby Atmos. You can add a sub and satellites to improve its performance, but it'll cost a little more.

Pros
  • Subwoofer add-on available.
  • Satellites available as separate add-on.
  • Roku media streamer included.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • No Dolby Atmos support.
7.0 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Roku Streambar Pro is decent for dialogue-heavy content like TV shows and podcasts. It's a 2.0 setup, so there's no discrete center channel to improve vocal reproduction. That said, you won't have trouble following the action on screen, as its balanced mids keep voices clear and detailed in the mix. The dialogue enhancement feature, called Voice Clarity, is adjustable, meaning you can choose between 'Off', 'Low', and 'High' modes. If you're watching TV at night, the Volume Mode tool is handy since it balances the volume level to keep dialogue audible without waking up those around you with louder effects in the mix.

Pros
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple AirPlay compatibility.
  • Roku media streamer included.
Cons
  • No Chromecast support.
  • Some compression at max volume.
6.7 Music

The Roku Streambar Pro is fair for music. Out-of-the-box, it offers a balanced sound, especially in the mids, where most voices and lead instruments reproduce. As a result, those instruments sound clear and detailed in the mix, making the soundbar suitable for listening to most genres. Fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop and EDM will be disappointed, though, as the bar struggles to bring the thump in the bass range on its own. You have some customization tools on hand, but if you want a rumbling low bass, you'll need to add a separate sub from the manufacturer.

Pros
  • Subwoofer add-on available.
  • Roku media streamer included.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Some compression at max volume.
5.6 Movies

The Roku Streambar Pro is middling for movies. You won't have trouble following the action in your favorite films, and the bar can playback the most commonly-used surround sound format, Dolby Digital. However, since it's a 2.0 setup, it has to downmix Dolby Digital into stereo to play it, which doesn't sound quite as clear or real. There's no support for more immersive object-based formats like Dolby Atmos, which is also common on lots of streaming platforms. The manufacturer sells separate satellites if you want to improve its surround sound, which is nice.

Pros
  • Satellites available as separate add-on.
  • Roku media streamer included.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Some compression at max volume.
  • No Dolby Atmos support.
  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 6.7 Music
  • 5.6 Movies
  1. Updated Aug 11, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 09, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Roku Streambar Pro has a very similar design to the Roku Smart Soundbar. It's mostly made of plastic, and there's a tight fabric covering the front and sides of the bar.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

There's no subwoofer included, but you can buy one from the manufacturer separately.

Design
Style - Satellites

The manufacturer sells compatible satellites separately.

Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 32.1" (81.5 cm)
Height 2.8" (7.1 cm)
Depth 3.9" (9.8 cm)

The Roku Streambar Pro has the same dimensions as the Roku Smart Soundbar. It's wider than the Roku Streambar, but it still fits between the legs of most 55" TV stands. It's not very tall, either, so it doesn't block your TV screen.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Universal (holes on back)

There's an opening on the back of the bar for the inputs and the power cable. If you want to mount it to your wall, there are holes on the back, but you have to buy a mounting kit separately.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
No Subwoofer
Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Roku Streambar Pro has a decent build quality. Its plastic build feels solid and sturdy, and the tight fabric doesn't seem like it would rip easily. That said, if you grip the bar too tight in the middle, the front cover comes off the body slightly since it's glued onto the plastic body. If you handle it carefully, you shouldn't have any issues.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.5 m (4.9 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
1.8 m (5.9 ft)

  • Manuals
  • Headphones with 3x sets of tips
  • Remote with 2x AA batteries
  • Power cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Optical cable

Sound
6.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.10
Std. Err.
2.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
75.5 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
14.7 kHz

The Roku Streambar Pro has a fair stereo frequency response. Its sound profile is quite balanced, especially in the mid-range, where most voices and lead instruments reproduce. As a result, dialogue is clear and present in your favorite TV shows, and most music genres are accurate and detailed. As with most standalone bars, though, there's a real lack of bass that's noticeable with bass-heavy genres like hip-hop and EDM. It's not an issue with content that doesn't have a lot of bass mixed in, like vocal-heavy TV shows, but fans of certain music genres may want to add on a separate sub to improve its bass reproduction.

6.5
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
0
Suggested Treble Setting
0
Slope
-0.10
Std. Err.
2.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
75.5 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
14.7 kHz

The Roku Streambar Pro comes with bass and treble adjustments, as well as EQ presets to customize its sound. We suggest using its default settings if you prefer a more balanced sound.

6.5
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.65 dB

The Roku Streambar Pro has an alright soundstage. It's perceived to be about a touch wider than the bar itself, but it doesn't have any tricks to make it seem larger. Focus is decent but not great. Sound effects seem like they come from more general areas around you, as opposed to accurate, pinpoint locations that match the action on screen.

7.0
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
89.3 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
2.28 dB

The Roku Streambar Pro has decent stereo dynamics. The bar gets loud enough to fill most rooms with sound, though it's not ideal for larger living spaces. There's some compression at max volume, too, meaning that audio reproduction isn't as pure at louder volumes.

7.8
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.30
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.77

The Roku Streambar Pro has a very good stereo THD performance. At a normal listening volume, distortion falls within good limits, so audio reproduction remains clean and accurate. There's a small jump in THD at max volume, which is typical for most soundbars. It's important to remember that distortion is hard to hear with most real-life content, so more casual listeners aren't likely to notice much difference.

6.3
Sound
Center
Localization
Phantom
Slope
-1.02
Std. Err.
3.57 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
86.6 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.75
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.37

The Roku Streambar Pro has an okay center channel performance. It's a 2.0 bar, meaning it has to use its left and right stereo channels to simulate a phantom center. Without a discrete center channel, vocal reproduction isn't quite as clear and real. That said, you don't have any issues following the action on screen, as its frequency response remains quite balanced in the mids, which is where most voices are reproduced.

3.7
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Stereo (Downmix)
Slope
-1.17
Std. Err.
3.88 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
85.9 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.81
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.32
7.1 Rears
No

The Roku Streambar Pro is a 2.0 bar, and it has to downmix 5.1 surround sound formats like Dolby Digital into stereo to play them. The resulting sound isn't very clear or real, and it seems like audio is coming from a speaker placed in front of you rather than speakers placed all around you. If you want a better surround sound, you can always add separate rears from the manufacturer.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Not Supported
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A
4.6
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
No
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
Yes
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The Roku Streambar Pro has a few sound enhancement features. You have some control over its sound thanks to its bass and treble adjustments as well as its presets: 'Standard', 'Dialogue', 'Movie', 'Music', and 'Night'. In the app, you find an adjustable Speech Clarity tool to enhance dialogue, as well as a Volume Mode to balance the volume level between programs. You can also use the bar's menu on the TV to turn on the virtual surround feature, which widens the soundstage for a more immersive sound. Of course, you don't get as many features as more premium models, but it's still a decent offering for the price.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1
HDMI Out
No
Full HDMI In
No
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
No
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

You can connect the Roku Streambar Pro to your TV over an Optical or HDMI ARC connection. Some older TVs lack HDMI ARC, and in that case, you can use an HDMI cable along with an Optical cable to get sound from the bar. Both cables are included in the box, and you can also plug in a USB drive to listen to files from the device.

6.1
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
No
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

The Roku Streambar Pro can playback Dolby Digital over an HDMI ARC connection. It's the most common surround sound format, so you find it on lots of different streaming platforms. However, there's no support for lossless or object-based formats like Dolby Atmos.

0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
No
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
No
6.0
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
No

The Roku Streambar Pro supports Dolby Digital over Optical. Since it's a 2.0 bar, though, it has to downmix it into stereo to play it.

6.3
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
123 ms
Optical
92 ms
Full HDMI In
N/A

The Roku Streambar Pro has fairly low latency. The audio you hear is mostly in sync with the video you see, so you shouldn't have any lip-synching issues. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, meaning that your real-world experience can vary.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
No
Apple AirPlay
Yes

The Roku Streambar Pro lets you wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar over various platforms.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
No
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
No
HDR10 Passthrough
No

There's no HDMI In port, so the bar doesn't support high-quality passthrough.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
No
Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
No

The Roku Streambar Pro doesn't have a display, so there's no way to see the volume level or the input you're on. Instead, there's a light in the front of the bar that flashes different colors based on your settings. For example, it slowly pulses when on mute.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

There are no controls on the bar.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

Compared to the Roku Smart Soundbar, the remote looks a bit different. While it still lets you control the bar's basic features and access streaming platforms with a single click, there are some additional features included. For example, the headphone jack lets you listen privately with the included earphones. Also, there are two programmable commands, so you can save and trigger any voice command automatically.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No

The Roku Streambar Pro has its own voice assistant built into the bar. You can trigger it using the app or the remote to control the bar with your voice. You can also pair the bar with third-party devices to use popular voice assistants like Apple's Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Additional Features
App
App Name Roku - Official Remote Control
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Acts As A Remote
Yes
Controls Soundbar's Settings
All
Casts Device Files
Yes

The Roku app is a handy tool that acts as a remote, meaning you can control all of the bar's settings from your couch. For example, you can adjust the bass and treble, change the EQ presets, and use the Volume Mode and Speech Clarity features. Also, the private listening mode lets you stream audio from your favorite platforms over your mobile device. Popular channels like Netflix, Prime Video, and Sling are all accessible via the app. If you lose the remote, you always have the app to control the bar.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
No
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

The Roku Streambar Pro lacks a power-saving mode. When you power it off, it just switches the TV off. That said, since it supports HDMI CEC, you can control some of its basic features with your TV remote.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Roku Streambar Pro is available in 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Roku Streambar Pro is a 2.0 bar that's the next generation of the Roku Smart Soundbar. The bars have a similar design and a similar performance with sound. However, the Pro adds some extra features, including a private listening mode that lets you enjoy content on your TV without bothering those around you via the included headphones that connect to the remote. Compared to other budget-friendly models, there's also access to Roku's media streamer, a platform that organizes different apps and services into one place.

See also our recommendations for the best budget soundbars, the best all-in-one soundbars, and the best soundbars under $200.

Roku Streambar

The Roku Streambar is a smaller alternative to the Roku Streambar Pro. It offers a more compact design, which is great if you're low on space. However, like most small bars, it doesn't reproduce as much bass as the Pro, which is especially noticeable with bass-heavy music like EDM. The Pro's remote adds a private listening tool thanks to its headphone jack on the remote and two programmable controls so you can access common voice controls with the press of a button. Otherwise, there isn't much of a difference in their performance.

Roku Smart Soundbar

The Roku Streambar Pro is the next generation of the Roku Smart Soundbar. That said, there isn't much of a difference between these bars when it comes to design and sound quality. Instead, the Pro offers a newly-designed remote with a headphone jack so you can enjoy private listening from your TV. Also, its two programmable controls make it easy to access your favorite voice controls with a button press.

Sonos Beam

The Sonos Beam is a better standalone bar than the Roku Streambar Pro. The Sonos is a 3.0 bar with a discrete center channel to improve its vocal reproduction, unlike the Roku. It has a better soundstage, and you notice more bass in the mix right out of the box. Unlike the Roku, it supports DTS content and has a room correction feature.

Sony HT-S200F

The Sony HT-S200F and the Roku Streambar Pro are both budget-friendly standalone bars. The Roku gives you access to Roku's media streamer, a platform that organizes all your channels in one place. It has a better soundstage and more sound enhancement features to help you control its sound. It supports more wireless playback options, too. The Roku's frequency response is more balanced, though the Sony brings a little more bass to the mix.

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