TCL’s Alto range of soundbars includes four models. Some of them, marked in the title with the word Plus, are complemented by wireless subwoofers. In other cases, low-frequency drivers are installed in the soundbar itself. All Alto soundbars are equipped with Bluetooth.
In addition to the younger model Alto 3, all new items support the HDMI ARC audio return channel. The junior model is also the only one in the Alto lineup that has not received Roku TV Ready compatibility for easy integration with TVs running Roku TV OS.
The flagship of the Alto lineup is the 9 Plus, announced at CES 2020. This soundbar features Dolby Atmos – and instead of top-firing speakers, TCL uses “virtual high-altitude channels” for this model. Alto 9 Plus is compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay 2.
Alto 8I took the second position in the lineup. This soundbar has a pair of its own low frequency drivers. It also supports Dolby Atmos. The 8I will fit 55-inch and larger TVs.
The next model, Alto 6, is also released in the Plus version, and is combined in length with TVs with a diagonal of 40 inches. The Alto 3 is a compact junior soundbar designed for TVs with a diagonal of 32″and above.
In terms of pricing, the Alto 9 Plus soundbar is already available in the US market for $300 – the rest of the Alto models will go on sale in October. Alto 8I will cost $180. The Alto 6 Plus will set you back $130, while the Alto 6 (without wireless subwoofer) is $80. The Alto 3 will cost $60.