Last week, ahead of CES 2021, Roku announced that it had created a reference design for a wireless soundbar that could be used with the Roku TV Ready platform. The key innovation here is Roku’s elimination of the HDMI cable (or optical cable) that is normally a requirement when connecting a soundbar to a TV. Roku said that it expected TCL to be the first company to introduce one of these wireless speakers, and today, that’s what TCL has done.
The TCL Alto R1 is the first soundbar to make use of
From there, all of the Alto R1’s settings can be adjusted using the
While TCL chose to put its primary focus on the Alto R1, it has other soundbar models in store for 2021. The Alto 82i is a Dolby Atmos-capable model that doubles as a smart speaker, with your choice of Amazon Alexa or
The Alto 8e sports a Dolby Atmos-capable 3.2.1 configuration and includes a wireless subwoofer and up-firing speakers. It’s compatible with
Mysteriously, TCL says that there will be a fourth new soundbar in its 2021 lineup, but referred to it as simply “another premium soundbar with
Hopefully, it won’t be long before we get more details for these new TCL soundbars, like their internal components, prices, and release dates.
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