Jul 01 AT 10:19 AM Dima Aryeh 6 Comments

Sceptre’s newest 2.1 sound bar runs Android, turns your TV into a smart TV


Smart TVs are incredibly useful, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube straight to your television without extra hardware. But if you don’t have a smart TV, you have a few options available to you, like a Roku, a Google TV box or even some Android powered boxes.

Google is rumored to be developing a successor to the Nexus Q, a media device that will stream content from the Play Store to your TV. Unlike the Nexus Q, this new device should be cheaper and more accessible. But has Sceptre beaten them to it?


The Sceptre SB301524W Speaker Sound Bar 2.1 is a simple sound bar with a twist: it comes with built-in WiFi and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. An HDMI cable will allow you run apps like Netflix, YouTube and certain games, if they’re playable with the optional remote control that emulates a keyboard and mouse.

The device thankfully comes pre-loaded with the Play Store, so you’ll have access to all of your favorite apps instead of the limitations of a proprietary smart TV setup. And with both SD and USB input, you’ll be able to access a lot of media. Maybe the USB ports even support USB controllers? We can hope.

But we can’t forget that this is first and foremost a sound bar. It comes with a built-in 35W subwoofer with a passive radiator and SRS WOW HD audio technology at a $299.99 price point. The device can be purchased now at retailers like Newegg, Walmart, Amazon and more.

Is this the type of device Google is striving to make (hopefully with something newer than ICS)? The Sceptre sound bar can be used as a full multimedia device, streaming movies, music and other content from a variety of sources. Google’s Nexus Q successor will have to either include some amazing features or be priced very competiviely to succeed. Do you like the idea of this device? What do you want to see from Google’s Nexus Q successor?

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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 Playâ„¢ 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 HDâ„¢ 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.”

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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.

For more information please visit www.sceptre.com

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Sir Alex

    How is this different from Google TV?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Android is a lot less limited than Google TV simply because of support.

    • Paul

      Google TV has a soundbar? I’ve been meaning to buy a soundbar for my T.V in my bedroom, I’m not about to hookup 5.1 sound in my bedroom and some soundbar’s make it sound almost like you have 5.1; I’ve seen some really impressive soundbar’s and I was wanting to get one. Adding built in Android support is just an awesome bonus. I have an older laptop hooked up to my T.V in my bedroom running XBMC, I hoped my Ouya would replace that but XBMC on the Ouya sucks at the moment, so maybe it works better on this Soundbar, and I can actually move my Ouya to the living room.

    • shadhussain

      To elaborate on the previous two comments, Google TV runs a fairly tweaked/tv-optimized version of Android that still restricts the installation and use of various regular apps that you would normally use on a phone/tablet. Even though it allows you to run the full chrome browser, various networks block the use of it on their websites. Even the UI is different.

      The advantage of having an Android TV speaker/setbox combo, besides the obvious inclusion of the speakers (!), is that you’d get to run Android as you would on any other mobile device and skin it the way you want with no limitations. Allowing the full XBMC experience itself is a major deal … you’ll pretty much need nothing else on your TV table.

  • BlkSquad

    I’m very interested in this but I’m going to have to see the UI first. Of course if it’s stock Android UI then it’d be a plus. Will wait for any Nexus announcements from Google first though.

  • donger

    Need to get a soundbar.