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.
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.
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.
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.