Meet TCL's First-Ever Soundbars

The Perfect Cheap Soundbar for Your Growing Home Theater

January 7, 2019 Tech By

You’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard of TCL. It’s one of the fastest growing — and now biggest — TV manufacturers on the planet, and in the past few years has released some of the best and definitely the most affordable 4K HDR TVs. At CES 2019, TCL has a lot going on. It’s talking about new technologies, like first-ever 8K TCL Roku TVs and TV models with built-in microphones, neither of which is available yet. TCL’s big news this year, however, has to do with audio. The company is releasing two series of soundbars, the Alto 5 and the Alto 7, which are actually the company’s first-ever audio products.

Both of TCL’s new soundbars are designed to work really easily with any existing TCL Roku TV. And beyond ease of installation, TCL’s new soundbars are designed to deliver a “premium home theater experience.”

The two different soundbars are actually very similar; their main difference is size. The Alto 5 soundbar is designed to fit 43-inch TVs and larger, while the Alto 7 soundbar is really optimized for 55-inch-and-up TVs. It’s worth noting that both soundbars come in plus-sized models – the Alto 5+ and the Alto 7+ – that come equipped with a wireless subwoofer to deliver the extra bass you want while watching action movies or playing FPS video games. Additionally, since both soundbars have built-in Bluetooth, you can use them as wireless speakers and stream music directly from your smartphone or tablet.

The TCL Alto 5 and 7 Soundbars will be available this Spring. There’s been no word on pricing, but since TCL is a brand built on affordability, we expect these soundbars to be super competitively priced.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol's editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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