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TCL's new soundbars are 'Roku TV Ready'

30 Sep 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

TCL USA is launching a line-up of 'Roku TV Ready' soundbars. The top-of-the-line Alto 9+ also features AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant.

TCL Alto soundbars

Spearheaded by the $300 TCL Alto 9+ soundbar, the new line-up has been designed for Roku TVs, which involves that you can control them with a Roku TV remote. - "With the exception of Alto 3, the new TCL sound bars will be Roku TV Ready certified to give users added confidence when seeking an audio upgrade experience. Audio products featuring the Roku TV Ready badge have been verified to work seamlessly with Roku TV. Users will enjoy a smoother setup, easy access to sound settings, and compatibility with their Roku TV remote," the company explained. The RokuOS is not included in the TCL soundbars, unlike the Roku Streambar that Roku launched earlier this week. The idea is that you pair TCL's soundbars with an existing Roku TV that already provides access to streaming services like Amazon, Apple TV+, Netflix, and Disney+.

TCL Alto 9+ soundbar

TCL Alto 9+ soundbar

TCL's Alto 9+ is a 3.1-channel soundbar with left/right/center channels plus a wireless subwoofer. It also features Apple AirPlay 2 for wireless music and wireless integration with Apple TV as well as Google Assistant voice control. In addition, TCL says that it supports Dolby Atmos virtual height channels. The other soundbars in the line-up of described in the table below. TCL's new soundbars will be widely available in the US in October. Pricing details are included below.

TCL 'Roku TV Ready' soundbars

In TCL's own words: TCL ALTO 9+ Sound Bar: Cinematic Sound. Endless Entertainment The Alto 9+ is 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. The outstanding performance of the TCL Alto 9+ 3.1 channel sound bar can even 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. Ideal for 55” TVs and larger, the Alto 9+ is available now for $299 at your favorite retailer. TCL ALTO 8i Sound Bar: Immersive Sound. Made Simple 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. Ideal for 55” TVs and larger, the TCL Alto 8i will be available next month for $179 from your favorite retailer. TCL ALTO 6 and 6+ Sound Bar: Stunning Sound. Made Simple 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. Ideal for 40” TVs and larger, the TCL Alto 6 will be available for $79 while the TCL Alto 6+ with subwoofer will be available for $129, both at the end of the month. TCL ALTO 3 Sound Bar: Compact Design. Endless Entertainment 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. Ideal for 32” TVs and larger, the TCL Alto 3 will be available in October for $59.
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