TCL Upgrades Audio with New Headphones and Soundbar

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TCL is already known for stellar televisions. At CES 2020 the company is pushing out a lot more audio gear, including some exciting Bluetooth headphones and a premium soundbar. They sound great, use some interesting design ideas, and are going to be priced to be accessible to more people.

ACTV200BT Headphones

These things are cool. They are Bluetooth headphones designed for active use that have a built-in heart-rate monitor. ActivHearts tech, as TCL named it, uses infrared LEDs and sensors to monitor blood flow in the ear for an accurate heart rate. This should help people who want to carry or wear fewer things when they work out. Quality 8.6mm drivers and passive noise isolation complete the audio package. They are IPX4 rated for being sweat and splash proof and have an ear hook for staying securely in place. It isn’t true wireless; there is a cable that is adjustable and has in-line controls. And, they will work with many third-party apps, including HomeKit.

TCL ACTV200BT Headphones
TCL ACTV200BT Headphones

SOCL500TWS and ACTV500TWS True Wireless Earbuds

True wireless is having a huge moment at CES 2020. More and more companies are getting into the game and the best just keep getting better. TCL has two options coming, the SOCL500TWS and ACTV500TWS, or Social and Active, respectively. Targeting ergonomics and fit, these earbuds are designed to fit more securely in the ear. Also, they support Bluetooth 5.0 and sound quite good, in our limited test. Both are true wireless and function very well in this regard. The Social buds are designed for everyday carry, offering 26 hours of play time with the 5.8mm drivers and an IPX4 rating. The Active buds are a bit of an upgrade, with Comply foam tips, 6mm drivers, and an IPX7 rating for waterproofing. Also, the case supports wireless charging and they have a run time of up to 33 hours.

TCL SOCL500TWS and ACTV500TWS True Wireless Earbuds
TCL SOCL500TWS and ACTV500TWS True Wireless Earbuds

Alto 9+ Soundbar

Awesome sound at an accessible price. The Alto 9+ Soundbar is an interesting take on audio for your home entertainment setup. It has, of course, an array of speakers arranged in the bar to provide a fuller sound stage. It also has RAY-DAZ Technology that uses backward-tilted side speakers that output sound toward specially designed curved reflectors to bounce the sound around the room. Listening to this setup in a room at CES, it sounds incredible. Moving around the room, the sound stays remarkably consistent. It also does a great job of separating channels and sounds so you get a nearly 360-degree surround sound experience. Other technical things to know about are a wireless subwoofer and a center channel to help produce clear dialogue.

TCL Alto 9+ Soundbar
TCL Alto 9+ Soundbar

One other thing I want to mention is that this soundbar is Roku TV-Ready. This means that setup is easy and all controls can be accessed using your Roku TV remotes. One fewer remote in your living room is always a good thing. It is a very nice soundbar option for individuals looking to give a boost to their home viewing experiences, especially if you have a TCL TV.

TCL Alto 9+ Soundbar
TCL Alto 9+ Soundbar

TCL is making big waves in the crowded home entertainment space, and it is nice to see a company making high-quality products meant to be accessed by more people. Interested in any of these products? Let us know in the Comments section, below, and follow along at B&H Explora for more news from CES.

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