Mecool has released a smart Soundbar called the KS1 with Android TV built-in
It looks like a standard Soundbar but has a S905 CPU, along with 1GB of RAM, and WiFi.
It hooks to a TV with a HDMI cable and displays an Android TV interface.
This unit was sent to me to review with my honest opinion and results below.
Processor: Amlogic S905
RAM: 1GB DDR3
ROM: 8G ROM
Speaker Output 70 Watts
The package come with the Sound Bar, User Manual, 3.5mm Audio cable, WiFi antenna, power supply, mounting screws, and a remote control.
The back has ports for Ethernet, CVBS, Coax-In, HDMI, and the power plug.
The side has the controls as well as power buttons.
It has Power On / Off, Mode, Volume, Mute, Line-in, RF-In, 2 USB, SD-card slot, and antenna SMA screw on connector.
After plugin in the HDMI to a TV and powering it on, it comes up to a basic Launcher loaded with basic Apps such as YouTube and Netflix.
I tested the sound with a few YouTube music videos and the sound was very good.
There was no distortion as I turned the volume up and was unable to max it out since it became too loud.
I am not an audiophile but the sound quality is definitely good much better than the new 4K TV I recently bought.
To test the WiFi speed I Used Ookla from SpeedTest.Net and it gave a score of 46Mbps Download, and 21Mbps Upload.
This was some very good results and better than many mid range Android TV boxes I have tested.
It will have no problems streaming over the WiFi.
The next test I ran was AnTUTU Benchmark which gave it a score of 34185.
Other score results were, 3D unsupported, UX: 15099, CPU: 13941, RAM: 5145.
It will have no problems playing 720p or 1080p videos but will not play the new 3D or 4K standards.
I installed Kodi 17.6 Krypton from the Google Play Store which installed with no problems.
It can also be installed from the main Kodi Download page.
I installed some of the top Addons such as Neptune Rising, Elysium, and UK Turks.
It played them well enough but was sluggishly when clicking about.
The S905 CPU runs Kodi well but the 1GB of RAM is a bit low.
Running Kodi uses most the 1GB of RAM leaving less RAM for an Addon to use and stream videos.
It will still stream from online sources just not as responsive as a unit with more RAM.
Playing videos from a External USB Flash Drive will be fast and not have much if any issues.
Of course Mecool KS1 can always simply be used as a Soundbar without using the Android TV hardware.
There is coaxial and a 3.5mm audio Line-in Inputs from a TV or other devices.
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Mecool KS1…. GearBest
The Mecool KS1 is a great Smart Soundbar with the added bonus of having Android TV built-in.
The Android TV hardware is the same as a low-end box.
It will play music and video well from most online sources or from a USB Flash Drive / SD Card.
The real benefit is the great sound the Bar has, which is incredible sounding much better compared to a standard TV.
If you already have a nice Android TV box it can be used as only a Soundbar with the Android TV hardware being used as a backup.
I am still testing the box so far with good results and will update if anything changes.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.