The TCL Alto 6+ is a simple 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 that 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 a lot of extra features, it's an alright bar for those on a budget.
The TCL Alto 6+ is alright for mixed use. It struggles to reproduce a satisfying low bass for movies and music, and it doesn't support Atmos either. While it has extremely limited sound enhancement features, it has three EQ presets to help you adjust its sound a bit to your liking. That said, it can get pretty loud without too many compression artifacts. It can also reproduce voices clearly, which is great for podcasts or TV shows.
The TCL Alto 6+ is great for dialogue and TV shows. Although it has a phantom center channel, it can reproduce voices clearly and accurately. Its 'TV' EQ preset also acts as a dialogue enhancement feature so that you can further improve vocal clarity. You can also stream your favorite audiobooks or podcasts to the bar via Bluetooth.
The TCL Alto 6+ is okay for music. It struggles to produce a thumpy low bass, which is a little disappointing for fans of EDM and hip-hop. Although this bar doesn't have a lot of sound enhancement features, luckily, there's three EQ presets available to help you customize the sound a bit. The bar can also get loud enough to fill a large or crowded room. You can stream your favorite tunes to the bar using Bluetooth, too.
The TCL Alto 6+ is disappointing for movies. Although it has a dark sound profile, it struggles to reproduce satisfying thump and rumble. It doesn't support Atmos either, its soundstage isn't very wide, and it has a bad surround performance, so it doesn't sound very immersive. That said, it can get loud enough for a large and crowded room.
The TCL Alto 6+ is a 2.1 setup from this manufacturer's 2020 lineup. It's advertised to work seamlessly with compatible TCL Roku TVs so that you can use your TV's remote to control the soundbar. Unlike some of this manufacturer's other soundbars like the TCL Alto 6, it's much smaller and has a more rounded design. It competes with the TCL Alto 8+, the Sony HT-S200F, and the Samsung HW-T450.
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" 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 made from mostly 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, which makes it feel a little more robust.
The TCL Alto 6+ has a decent stereo frequency response. It struggles to produce a thumpy and rumbly low-bass and some songs sound a little flat. That said, it has a balanced mid-range, which helps the detail and presence of vocals and lead instruments. However, its treble is a bit recessed, making your mixes sound dark and dull.
The TCL Alto 6+ has an okay stereo soundstage. The width of the soundstage is 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 THD performance of the TCL Alto 6+ is good. At a normal listening volume, it has clean and pure audio reproduction. When you push the bar to its max volume, the THD jumps a bit across the range. However, it's hard to hear this with real-life content, and it may not be noticeable.
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.
This soundbar doesn't have height channels and doesn't support Atmos.
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.
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.
Update 01/11/2021: Some of our readers reported that their TVs didn't support DTS or Dolby Digital+ content with this soundbar. We re-evaluated our methodology for ARC support and concluded that DTS and Dolby Digital+ support should be reported the same over an ARC connection as over an HDMI IN and Optical connection. Some TVs, like the Sony A9G, may be converting this content, but other TV brands may not. Ultimately, your experience may vary depending on your TV.
The TCL Alto 6+ has good audio format support via its HDMI ARC port. While it doesn't support Dolby Atmos, it supports Dolby Digital, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.
This soundbar doesn't have a Full HDMI In port.
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.
This soundbar has mediocre wireless playback options. It supports Bluetooth so that 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 can't be used as a hub between your devices and your TV.
This subwoofer connects wirelessly to the bar and has a power cable.
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 you're 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 plan but it looks almost exactly like that of the TCL Alto 7+. From here, you can control all of the soundbar's functions. However, it can't be used as a universal remote to control other devices.
This soundbar doesn't have a companion app.
The TCL Alto 6+ goes into standby mode after a certain amount of time. When you're connected via HDMI ARC, your TV remote can turn off the bar. However, this bar is compatible with the Roku TV remote.
The TCL Alto 6+ 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 2.1 setup from 2020. Like many 2.1 soundbars, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy bass and it doesn't support Atmos. It also has very limited sound enhancement features, which some users may find disappointing. That said, it can deliver a great performance for vocal-centric content like podcasts and TV shows. It's also designed to be compatible with TCL Roku TVs so that you can use that TV remote to control the soundbar. Check out our recommendations for the best budget soundbars, the best soundbars under $200, and the best small soundbars.
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 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 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 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 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.