The TCL Alto 6+ is a simple, budget-friendly 2.1 setup from 2020. This soundbar is advertised to work seamlessly with TCL Roku TVs, allowing you to use this TV's remote to control the soundbar and access controls. It has a decent, although somewhat dark, sound profile, and it comes with three EQ presets so you can customize its sound. It can also get loud enough to fill a large or crowded room, and streaming your favorite audio to the bar is easy as it supports Bluetooth. While it doesn't offer many extra features, it's an alright bar for those on a budget.
The TCL Alto 6+ is okay for mixed usage. It's a decent choice for dialogue-centric content since its balanced mid-range reproduces voices clearly and accurately. That said, its sound profile can also sound a bit dark and flat due to the recessed treble and lack of low-bass. There's no Atmos support, and its surround sound performance is poor. Also, there's a lack of sound enhancement features, especially compared to other budget setups.
The TCL Alto 6+ is decent for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its balanced mid-range, voices are clear and accurately reproduced, although they may sound a bit dark. You can enhance dialogue with the 'TV' preset, too. However, this 2.1 setup doesn't have a discrete center, so voices aren't anchored to a pinpoint location in the soundstage, which isn't very immersive-sounding.
The TCL Alto 6+ is alright for music. Its balanced mid-range reproduces voices and lead instruments pretty clearly, though they can also sound a bit flat and dark. It struggles to reproduce an extended low-bass, so you don't feel the thump in bass-heavy music genres like EDM. While it can get loud, unfortunately, there aren't a lot of sound customization features available.
The TCL Alto 6+ is mediocre for movies. It lacks some low-bass, so you don't feel the low rumble in action-packed scenes. It doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, either. Due to its 2.1 setup, it has to downmix surround content into stereo to play it, which isn't very immersive-sounding.
The TCL Alto 6+ is fairly plain with rounded edges. It's mostly made of black plastic with a tight fabric to protect its speakers.
The subwoofer is made from black MDF. It sits on four plastic pegs as the driver is located on its bottom side.
The TCL Alto 6+ is a fairly small bar, and it should easily fit between the legs of a 55 inch TV. It isn't very tall and shouldn't obscure your screen unless it sits flush on the table.
The subwoofer is about the size of a medium-sized desktop PC. It's a little wide, but you should be able to place it anywhere without a problem.
The back of this bar has one opening for its inputs and power cord. It also has universal holes on its underside so that you can wall-mount it.
The subwoofer's back contains the speaker. The power cable is located below it, but it doesn't connect flush to the subwoofer's back.
The TCL Alto 6+ has a decent build quality. It's mostly made from plastic, and the front of the bar is wrapped in a tight fabric to protect the speakers. However, the fabric can rip or get dirty. The subwoofer is made from MDF, making it feel a little more robust.
The TCL Alto 6+ has a decent stereo frequency response. It struggles to reproduce the deep thump in the low-bass, so you don't feel the rumble in action-packed movies. You may also notice some port noises coming from the subwoofer. That said, it's better suited for listening to dialogue-centric content like TV shows, thanks to its balanced mid-range, which can reproduce voices clearly and accurately. Higher-pitched vocals can sound a bit flat and dark, however, due to the recessed treble range.
The TCL Alto 6+ soundbar doesn't come with any sound customization features like bass and treble adjustments or a graphic EQ. You can only use its EQ presets to customize its sound. If you prefer a more neutral sound, we recommend using its default 'Music' preset.
The TCL Alto 6+ has an okay stereo soundstage. The width of the soundstage is perceived to be about the size of the bar, and the bar doesn't do any tricks to help widen it. On the upside, the soundstage's focus is good, so objects feel like they're coming from accurate, pinpoint locations rather than a general area.
The TCL Alto 6+ has great stereo dynamics. It can get pretty loud, which is well-suited for a large or crowded room. While there are some thumping and compression artifacts present when you push the bar to max volume, it may not be noticeable to most users.
The TCL Alto 6+ has a very good THD performance. At a normal listening volume, it falls within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure. There's a slight jump in THD at max volume, but this shouldn't be too noticeable with real-life content.
This soundbar's center channel performance is disappointing. Since it's a 2.1 setup, it doesn't have a dedicated center speaker, and it relies on its left and right speakers to create a sound in the center, which results in a more diffused and less clear sound compared to a discrete center. That said, voices should still sound clear and accurate, although a little dark.
The TCL Alto 6+'s surround performance is poor. This 2.1 setup downmixes this content into stereo to play it, which results in less accurate and clear localization of surround objects in the soundstage. It doesn't sound very immersive, and objects are perceived as coming from in front of you rather than from around you.
The TCL Alto 6+ has very limited sound enhancement features. It only has three EQ presets: 'Movie', 'Music', and 'TV'. The 'TV' preset also doubles as a dialogue enhancement feature. However, you can't customize its sound. Compared to other budget models, it lacks bass and treble adjustments, and there's no auto-volume mode for listening at night.
This soundbar has a few physical inputs. You can connect it to your TV using either its Optical Audio in or HDMI ARC port. It also has an AUX port so that you can play audio from older devices, as well as a USB port if you have audio stored on a thumb or external hard drive.
The TCL Alto 6+ supports Dolby Digital content via ARC. This is the most common surround sound format, so it's often found on streaming platforms and Blu-ray discs. Unfortunately, there's no support for lossless or object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos.
This soundbar only supports Dolby Digital over its Optical In port. This format is found on Blu-ray discs as well as on streaming platforms. Unfortunately, DTS, which is the fallback for the higher quality DTS-HD MA format, isn't supported.
The TCL Alto 6+ soundbar has a great latency performance. It has fairly low latency, so the audio you hear is in sync with the video you see on the screen. As a result, it's suitable for watching videos and movies. Some apps and TVs compensate for latency differently, though, so your real-world experience can vary.
This soundbar has mediocre wireless playback options. It supports Bluetooth, meaning you can stream audio from your smartphone or other wireless devices, but it doesn't support anything else.
This soundbar doesn't have an HDMI port, and you can't use it as a hub between your devices and your TV.
This subwoofer connects wirelessly to the bar. You just need to plug it into a power outlet to get it to work.
The interface is very basic and only uses one light to tell you which input you're on. If you forget what each color means, there's a label on the top side of the bar. The light also turns white when adjusting the volume and pulses when muted.
This bar has five touch-sensitive buttons located on its top side. You can turn the bar on/off, change inputs, pair with a Bluetooth device, and lower and raise the volume.
The remote for this bar is rather plain, but it looks almost exactly like that of the TCL Alto 7+. From here, you can control all of the soundbar's functions. However, you can't use it as a universal remote to control other devices.
The TCL Alto 6+ is also known as the TCL TS6110. It comes in one variant: 'Black'. You can see its label here.
If you come across a TCL Alto 6+ that's differently equipped than our test unit, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.
The TCL Alto 6+ is a budget-friendly 2.1 setup from 2020. It's a decent choice for listening to dialogue-centric content like TV shows and podcasts. It's designed to be compatible with TCL Roku TVs so that you can use that TV remote to control the soundbar. However, compared to other bars in its price range, it lacks sound enhancement features. Also, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, which is disappointing.
The TCL Alto 8i is better than the TCL Alto 6+. The 8i has a better soundstage performance, and it comes with more sound enhancement features like bass and treble adjustments. Unlike the 6+, it supports Dolby Atmos content and has a Full HDMI In port for high-quality passthrough.
The Hisense HS218 is better than the TCL Alto 6+. The Hisense is a better built 2.1 setup with a more extended low-bass to help you feel more rumble in your audio. It has a better surrounds performance, too. There are also more sound enhancement features available, like bass and treble adjustments.
The Sonos Arc is a much better soundbar than the TCL Alto 6+. The Sonos is a better-built 5.0.2 soundbar that supports Dolby Atmos content. It has better soundstage, center, and surround performances. There are also more sound enhancement features available, including room correction. Even though it doesn't come with a dedicated sub like the TCL, it can still reproduce a similar amount of low-bass.
The Samsung HW-A450 is better than the TCL Alto 6+. The Samsung has a better soundstage and it can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It also has more sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ. Some listeners may also prefer its more balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. That said, the better-built TCL has a better center channel performance, and it has an HDMI ARC port.
The Samsung HW-A650 is better than the TCL Alto 6+. The Samsung is a better-built 3.1 setup with better soundstage and center channel performances. It offers more sound enhancement features, like a graphic EQ, and it has a Full HDMI In port. That said, the 2.1 TCL gets louder with slightly less compression at max volume.
The TCL Alto 6+ is a better overall performing soundbar than the TCL Alto 9+. The Alto 6+ is a smaller 2.1 setup, has a better-balanced sound profile, and can get significantly louder with fewer compression artifacts. However, the Alto 9+ has a better performing center, surround, and height channels. It also has a Full HDMI In port, supports Dolby Atmos, and has outstanding wireless connectivity options.
The TCL Alto 6+ is a better 2.1 setup for most uses than the Samsung HW-T450. The TCL is smaller, better-built, and its center and surround performances are better. It also has an HDMI ARC port. However, the Samsung has a slightly more balanced sound profile and it offers more sound enhancement features.
The TCL Alto 6+ is a better 2.1 setup than the TCL Alto 7+. The 6+ has a better stereo frequency response, and while it can't get as loud as the 7+, it can reach its max volume with fewer compression artifacts. However, the Alto 7+ is better built and its center and surround channels also perform better.
The Sony HT-S200F and the TCL Alto 6+ are both 2.1 setups with different strengths and you may prefer one over the other. The TCL is better-balanced and can get louder, although with a bit more compression artifacts. Its surround performance is better too. However, the Sony has a better center performance, and it offers more sound enhancement features. It also has a shared HDMI ARC and Out port.
The TCL Alto 6+ is better than the Vizio SB2020n-J6. They're both budget-friendly bars, but the TCL has a dedicated sub that can reproduce a more extended low-bass. It gets louder than the Vizio, with less compression at max volume, too. It also comes with HDMI inputs, and it can support multichannel audio formats like Dolby Digital, though it has to downmix it to stereo to play it. That said, the Vizio is still a solid choice for PCM content. It even has more sound enhancement features, like bass and treble adjustments.