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We've seen Android running on a lot of things lately (outside of phones and tablets, that is) – ovens, game consoles, and a lot more. With people wanting more and more out of their TV, we've also seen an influx of devices that aim to turn that boring old HDTV of yours into a "smart" TV. But Sceptre is doing something a little different – it released a soundbar that runs Android and turns your TV into something more intelligent than it currently is. It's an interesting concept, no doubt.

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Here's the basic gist for this somewhat double-duty device: it's packing dual two-inch passive 18watt speakers along with a single subwoofer and four EQ modes – music, movie, news, and games. Under the hood, it's powered by a single-core 1.0GHz processor, one geebee of RAM, and 4GB of storage space with a microSD card slot. Android 4.0.4 (with access to Google Play) is running the show here, and the unit connects to the TV via HDMI, but also features RCA and Coax connections for audio.

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If you're looking to add a little oomph to your HDTV, the Sceptre Soundbar 2.1 is definitely an intriguing way to do so, but it'll set you back a cool $300. Head below for more info.

Sceptre

City of Industry, CA – June 27, 2013 – Sceptre, superior manufacturers of world class LED and LCD HDTVs and PC displays, unveils the SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer, Android platform and Wi-Fi connection to turn your ordinary HDTV into a smart TV through plug and play technology, enabling users to access movies, music, apps and games.

Sceptre’s newest Sound Bar 2.1 includes Android’s interactive media operating system to create the perfect entertainment atmosphere with the support of Wi-Fi and Android Platform. With the Android OS, users can access the Google Play™ Store to download thousands of songs, games, movies and apps to enhance their TV experience.

The SB301524W Sound Bar 2.1 incorporates a variety of technologies and components to produce room filling surround sound, including a 35W subwoofer with passive radiator, SRS WOW HD™ audio technology and dual front facing speakers.  SRS WOW HD, developed by DTS technologies, improves the audio by widening the sound field, raising the vertical sound image and retrieving lost audio information during the mixing process to create a more natural surround sound experience.

Elegantly designed to complement HDTVs 42-inches and above, the SB301524W sound bar features a trendy touch sensor control panel to easily adjust volume, preset modes or sound sources, an auto-dimming LED screen that displays current settings and a remote control compatible with multiple Sceptre HDTVs.  It is also the ideal replacement for expensive and bulky surround sound systems, eliminating unsightly wires, expensive adaptors and the need to have a separate subwoofer.

“The Sound Bar 2.1 with built-in subwoofer and Android Platform turns your traditional HDTV into a Smart TV at a fraction of the cost,” said Cathy Chou, Sceptre’s vice president of operations.  “Our newest addition to the family of sound bars not only enhances your HDTV experience, but also brings people closer by giving you access to the same applications as a computer, including Skype, Facebook, Instant Messenger and more.”

To enhance the overall experience, Sceptre offers an optional smart remote control that replicates the functionality of a traditional mouse and keyboard.  The SB301524W sound bar can be easily wall-mounted using only two screws and is currently available for $299.99 at Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Sears, K-Mart and NewEgg.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Guest

    How this differs using a Raspberry Pi?

    • http://capecodjewel.etsy.com capecodjewel

      It comes with a measly 38 watts of passive speaker power, for more dough... a lot more dough!

  • Christopher Lee

    This sounds like a terrible idea.

    But only because the first thing I would do (if I found someone using one) would be to set up the most excellent prank involving something from the Tasker App Factory I could possibly get away with.

  • Colin Kealty

    A single 1 ghz core? :/ Doesn't sound like it would give me a nice 720p UI, even if that was an intel chip.. I mean I guess it would be good for netflix and youtube and stuff, but games are not gonna run on that thing (of course this is just an assumption, could be something i don't know about)

  • Mastermind26

    How do you navigate if there is nothing but a speaker????

    • http://cashd00d.co.cc/ WHAT?

      Can't tell if serious...

      • Mastermind26

        Sort of not serious post.

  • aaron nyquist

    Sounds like a overpriced crappy sound bar with Android running on it. I think I would rather get a google TV box, and a decent sound bar for that price.

  • David

    Fake.. Look at the ports.. you don't label a real product as "COAX" when the plug isn't coax!

    • DemoManMLS

      "COAX" in this case is actually for digital audio.

    • CrowssSong

      Uh, that would be a coaxial-digital audio port.

    • Mastermind26

      How is a poorly named port indicate a fake? It's just not very well named.

      • Asphyx

        It's not even poorly named....

        Coaxial isn't a connector type it's a Cable type!

        Coax just means single conductor with shielding and any connector that has a center pin can be used on those cables. Could have a BNC could have an RCA, or even a F-Connector where the center core sticks out. Too many people think the connector is where the name comes from but it's not.

        Coaxial is defined by the cable used not the connector.

        • Mastermind26

          Potato, coaxial.

          • Asphyx

            LOL I suppose...

            I work Moble TV production trucks as an EIC, and I deal with a lot of low paid grips who look at the connector not the bin label to take cables from to run only to find later they took and ran the wrong cable all because it had the right connector to them! LOL

            I guess it's why I'm the EIC and they are the grip! LOL

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Lol @ real product being fake.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      /facepalm

  • QwietStorm

    I'd like to actually see it in practice. If you don't connect it through hdmi, I'm assuming you don't get access to features other than sound?

  • Nikolay Chakrakchiev

    Both processing power (CPU & GPU) and controlling may turn this product down.
    A dedicated "remote" app, like https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adi.remote.phone
    would be a nice amendment.

  • Asphyx

    Any device that claims to make a smartTV but does not have an HDMI Input for a cable box is wasting their time!
    Just about everyone has some sort of set top box and they are not going to switch inputs to use the smart part unless they can do it all via one remote or overlay it onto their normal TV!

  • Emp

    Awesome!
    Will it run Netflix?

  • Ryan Stuckmaier

    Are you sure it's a microSD? Judging by the size of the port relative to the USB ports it looks like a full SD card.

    And I want something like this... just not this. A combination Google TV and Nexus Q would fit the bill mostly.

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