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TCL Releases Five New Budget Sound Bars (2020)

Improve TV sound for movies, shows and music with affordably priced Roku TV Ready TCL Alto sound bars.

$59 to $299

TCL just announced five new second-generation Alto sound bars priced from $59 to $299. The new models from lowest to highest quality/price are the Alto 3, 6 , 6+, 8i and 9+. All are Roku TV Ready, except for the lowest priced Alto 3. That means they have been verified to work seamlessly with TCL Roku TVs and provide smoother setup, easy access to sound settings, and compatibility with their Roku TV remote

Sound Modes

All TCL Alto sound bars include sound modes for Movie, Music, and TV. The Movie mode allows viewers to hear the dialogue with precise clarity and feel the impact of punches or explosions in intense action scenes. Music mode enables the sound of instruments, vocals, and bass to come through with pristine accuracy. And TV mode isolates ambient sound from speech, so focus remains on the content without distractions from background noise. When not watching television, Alto sound bar owners can stream all their favorite music and podcasts from apps like Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and more, wirelessly from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop with Bluetooth® wireless technology

TCL Alto 9+ ($299)

The Alto 9+ is TCL’s top-of-the-line model. It’s the first sound bar with TCL’s innovative RAY·DANZ® technology, which features uniquely angled speakers that beam sound waves towards reflector units to create an incredibly immersive, ultra-wide soundstage. The premium Alto 9+ sets itself apart from the competition with sleek design and a larger optimal listening area compared to mainstream sound bars, without compromising clarity or acoustic accuracy. The unique RAY·DANZ acoustic engineering offers arrangements that are typically reserved for high-end home theater systems and provides a dedicated center channel that’s been tuned for optimal clarity. The Alto 9+ also delivers clear dialogue and powerful bass thanks to the built-in center channel and wireless subwoofer.

TCL Alto 9+ 3.1 channel sound bar can be extended with Dolby Atmos virtual height channels to simulate overhead sounds. Ultimately, this creates a 360-degree surround sound experience without requiring extra upward-firing drivers, bringing multi-dimensional sound that delivers depth and excitement for a more cinematic experience. The sound bar is also compatible with Google Assistant and AirPlay 2, allowing for both iOS and Android device users to easily stream content from their devices to the TCL Alto 9+ Sound Bar in just a few steps. 

Alto 9+ Features

  • Dolby Atmos® surround sound technology
  • RAY·DANZ® technology for an ultra-wide soundstage.
  • Roku TV Ready™ for quick, hassle-free setup and use
  • Center channel for clear dialogue 
  • Wireless subwoofer for bass
  • Control with your TCL Roku TV Remote
  • Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi
  • Inputs: HDMI ARC, Aux/Audio (3.5mm), Optical, USB
  • All cables included (Optical, HDMI, and Power cables)
  • Wall mounting kit included
  • Ideal for 55″ TVs and above

TCL Alto 8i ($179)

The Alto 8i adds theater-quality audio with a single, slim sound bar while Dolby Atmos adds to the immersive playback with surround sound. Designed for entertainment enthusiasts who want to improve their home theater without cumbersome or expensive audio solutions, the Alto 8i provides TV owners amazingly deep, rich bass through its dual internal subwoofers.

Alto 8i Features

  • Dolby Atmos® surround sound technology
  • Roku TV Ready™ for quick, hassle-free setup and use
  • Dual internal subwoofers for bass
  • Specially tuned to deliver distortion-free sound at any volume
  • Specialized Sound Modes bring movies, music, and TV to life. 
  • Inputs: HDMI ARC, Aux/Audio (3.5mm), Optical, USB
  • Wall mounting kit included

TCL Alto 6 ($79) and 6+ ($129)

The Alto 6 and 6+ are perfect for enjoying entertainment with bigger, clearer sound. An easy, affordable way to bring bolder sound to any room of the house, TCL’s Alto 6+ adds pounding bass from the powerful downward-firing wireless subwoofer and maximum clarity with Dolby Digital decoding.

Alto 6 & 6+ Features

  • Dolby Digital Audio
  • Roku TV Ready™ for quick, hassle-free setup and use
  • Wireless subwoofer for bass (6+ only)
  • Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth
  • Specially tuned to deliver distortion-free sound at any volume
  • Specialized Sound Modes bring movies, music, and TV to life. 
  • Quick, hassle-free setup
  • Inputs: HDMI ARC, Aux/Audio (3.5mm), Optical, USB
  • Wall mounting kit included

TCL Alto 3 ($59)

TCL’s Alto 3 is designed for consumers looking to add louder sound to smaller spaces. Its compact size and low-profile design provide the perfect pairing with TVs in bedrooms, dorms, or apartments. 

Alto 3 Features

  • Dolby Digital Audio
  • Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth
  • Quick, hassle-free setup
  • Specially tuned to deliver distortion-free sound at any volume
  • Specialized Sound Modes bring movies, music, and TV to life. 
  • Inputs: Aux/Audio (3.5mm), Optical, USB
  • Wireless music streaming via Bluetooth
  • Ideal for TVs 32″ and above

Price & Availability

  • TCL Alto 3$59
    • model TS3100
    • for 32″ TVs and larger
  • TCL Alto 6$79
    • 2.0-channel
    • model TS6100
    • for 40″ TVs and larger
  • TCL Alto 6+$129
    • 2.1-channel with wireless subwoofer
    • model TS6110
    • for 40″ TVs and larger
  • TCL Alto 8i$179
    • 2.1-channel
    • model TS8111
    • for 55″ TVs and larger
  • TCL Alto 9+ $299
    • 3.1-channel with wireless subwoofer
    • model TS9030
    • for 55″ TVs and larger

TCL’s first-generation Alto sound bars are currently on sale at Amazon whiles supplies last — Alto 5, 5+, 7, and 7+.

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