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TCL Alto 6+ Review

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The TCL Alto 6+ offers clear dialog and booming bass at an affordable price. Its limitations, such as weak bass for certain content and occasional volume control issues, may not satisfy audiophiles but work for those seeking better TV sound quality at an affordable price.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Announced in early 2021, the TCL Alto 6+ is an entry-level surround sound system that is made up of one soundbar and a subwoofer. Like most top tier speakers, the Alto 6+ is a wireless setup, so putting it together is pretty easy.

Its subwoofer delivers a satisfactory bass output but doesn’t match the rumble that more popular soundbars are capable of. In terms of wireless connectivity, the 6+ keeps things basic, only allowing for Bluetooth connectivity.

Buyers who would appreciate streaming options that include WiFi connectivity and the ability to stream audio content from services such as Apple AirPlay, Spotify, or Chromecast might want to consider other options from our list of the best soundbars.

Lastly, even though the Alto 6+ doesn’t support Dolby Atmos content, its soundstage is good enough for users to perceive object sounds as coming from specific locations.

Consensus

our Verdict

The TCL Alto 6+ offers seamless connectivity, especially with TCL Roku TVs, and boasts low latency so that audio remains synchronized with the video, which is excellent for movies and shows. However, the soundbar offers only three EQ presets, limiting the ability to fine-tune audio to personal preferences. It also doesn’t support Dolby Atmos.

In terms of sound, it delivers balanced mids for clear dialogue and produces impressive low bass. However, its treble range may sound flat and dark, and the subwoofer’s performance is inconsistent. The soundstage is also narrow, making it mediocre at best. The remote and controls are simple but lack dedicated input buttons, and the TCL Alto 6+ lacks a dedicated smartphone app. Build-wise, the soundbar is durable, but the fabric is prone to damage and dirt.

Reason to Buy

  • Clear dialog and impressive bass
  • Can get loud without distortion
  • Seamless setup with TCL Roku TVs
  • Three EQ presets for customization
  • Bluetooth support for wireless audio streaming
  • Good stereo dynamics for larger rooms
  • Low latency for synchronized audio and video

Reason to Avoid

  • Limited sound adjustment options
  • No dedicated app for additional control
  • Weak bass performance for some content
  • Limited input options and no RCA input
  • Lack of dedicated input buttons on the remote
  • Treble range can sound flat and dark
  • Lack of support for advanced audio formats like Dolby Atmos

TCL Alto 6+ Review Specs

Bluetooth EnabledBluetooth EnabledYes
DepthDepth4.2"
Dialogue Enhancement FeatureDialogue Enhancement Feature
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certified
HDMI ARCHDMI ARC
HeightHeight
Number of Audio ChannelsNumber of Audio Channels
SubwooferSubwoofer
Surround Sound SupportedSurround Sound Supported
Voice AssistantVoice Assistant
Wall MountableWall MountableYes
WeightWeight4 lbs
WidthWidth31.5"
Wireless ConnectivityWireless Connectivityn/a
Wireless Subwoofer ConnectivityWireless Subwoofer Connectivityna
Works WithWorks With

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Test Results

Low End Roll Off (Hz)62.586
High End Roll Off (Hz)4,627.749
Max Volume Test (db)95.05
Latency (ms)37
THD @ 80dB0.39

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Market Context

Announced in early 2021, the TCL Alto 6+ is an entry-level surround sound system that is made up of one soundbar and a subwoofer. Like…

Announced in early 2021, the TCL Alto 6+ is an entry-level surround sound system that is made up of one soundbar and a subwoofer. Like most top tier speakers, the Alto 6+ is a wireless setup, so putting it together is pretty easy.

Its subwoofer delivers a satisfactory bass output but doesn’t match the rumble that more popular soundbars are capable of. In terms of wireless connectivity, the 6+ keeps things basic, only allowing for Bluetooth connectivity.

Buyers who would appreciate streaming options that include WiFi connectivity and the ability to stream audio content from services such as Apple AirPlay, Spotify, or Chromecast might want to consider other options from our list of the best soundbars.

Lastly, even though the Alto 6+ doesn’t support Dolby Atmos content, its soundstage is good enough for users to perceive object sounds as coming from specific locations.

The TCL Alto 6+ is outmatched by the TCL Alto 8i in terms of surround sound performance since the 8i can render Dolby Atmos content,…

The TCL Alto 6+ is outmatched by the TCL Alto 8i in terms of surround sound performance since the 8i can render Dolby Atmos content, which the 6+ cannot. However, the 6+ ships with a subwoofer, so it is more capable of a lower bass output compared to the 8i.

The TCL Alto 6+ looks very similar to the TCL Alto 7+, with their only difference being that the Alto 7+ gets slightly louder than…

The TCL Alto 6+ looks very similar to the TCL Alto 7+, with their only difference being that the Alto 7+ gets slightly louder than the Alto 6+. Also, with the Alto 7+ being a later model, it has better build quality. You can check out our TCL Alto 7+ review to find out what else it has to offer.

The TCL Alto 6+ ships with a subwoofer that allows it to deliver a more profound bass output than the Sonos Arc, which does not…

The TCL Alto 6+ ships with a subwoofer that allows it to deliver a more profound bass output than the Sonos Arc, which does not have one included. In contrast, the Sonos Arc boasts support for Dolby Atmos content (which is missing with the Alto 6+), and since it is a 5.0.2 channel setup, it delivers a more immersive surround sound experience.

Bluetooth Enabled

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Depth

4.2"

5"

3.9"

4.56"

Dialogue Enhancement Feature

No

Yes

Yes

Energy Star Certified

No

No

No

HDMI ARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Height

2.6"

2.5"

3.43"

Number of Audio Channels

2.1

2.1

Subwoofer

Build-in

Included

Optional (sold separately)

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Expert Score

72

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Customer Score

83

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True Score

74

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103

    Category Trust Score

    70
    The TCL Alto 6+ is okay for mixed usage. It’s a decent choice for dialogue-centric… read more

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  • Tom’s Guide
    66.71

    Category Trust Score

    80
    For about $100, it’s hard to beat the Alto 6 Plus. It has a big… read more

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