TCL reveals 2020 sound bar lineup

Visualization of Dolby Atmos sound from a Raydanz.

TCL has announced the addition of five new models to the Alto Sound Bar line, including the Alto 9+ Sound Bar debuted at CES this year. The remaining models consist of the Alto 8i, Alto 3 6/6+ and Alto 3, all of which the company says have “stunning audio quality.”

“TCL is excited to build on the first-generation of Alto products by leveraging its strong capabilities in audio and vertical integration to deliver superior sound that exceeds standards in the market. The brand has always been dedicated to improving people’s lives with joy and simplicity and that formula has built a strong foundation for our TV business. We aim to carry that same success over to the audio side with a seamless user experience and incredible value,” said Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL. “Utilizing the best and latest technologies like RAY·DANZ, for cinematic sound, and Roku TV Ready, for smoother setup, as well as compatibility with smart home devices like Google Assistant and Airplay, the Alto 9+ will provide entertainment immersion that’s easy to use.”

With the exception of Alto 3, the sound bars will be Roku TV Ready, and all sound bars includes Movie, Music and TV listening modes, with the latter focusing on speech intelligibility. The bars can also stream from Pandora, Spotify and TuneIn from devices wirelessly.

For more information, go to the TCL website, but the following information concerning each sound bar comes direct from the company:

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.

Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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