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I'm not sure why there is so much criticism of this sound bar, it's great
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 15, 2020
I got rid of cable almost ten years ago and have been a strictly stream kind of guy. I purchased a 60' TCL Roku Television, I wasn't impressed with the audio, it was OK but a little flat EQ wise and the built in enhancements didn't help much. I purchased this sound bar, after reading some reviews, watching some Youtube unboxings, which were mixed but I decided to go with it. I'm not sure who these people are who review products but for me this thing is very nice for the price. Here's what I can say, I won't go through all the specs because even though I could, none of that really matters in my opinion, it's the sound quality.
1.For me, I have a relatively small one bedroom apartment, decent size. I have a 4K Firestick, PS4 that's basically it. After installation, it took a little adjusting but once I did that, I immediately could hear the difference. An important thing to note. These days, audio and video is coming from so many different sources, Youtube, Netflix, if you're still doing the cable thing... the important thing to know is this is only going to sound as good as your source output. That means if you're watching some video on Youtube or an old DVD movie, don't expect this to blow you away with sound because it all depends on how the audio source was encoded, bottom line some things will sound better than others, it's not the speakers fault necessarily. When I plugged in the PS4 and tested it out with a few games, it was immediately clear how much better the audio was. Explosions, SFX and BGM were resounding and filled with rumbling low tones and bright high to midrange panning from left to right. The EQ only has three presets MOVIE, NEWS and MUSIC, I set it to MOVIE which sounds the best to me, the subwoofer really thumps on this setting.
The speaker was easy to connect, it offers three different options, an audio cable, optical and HDMI. If you're curious which one is the best, HDMI is what you want hands down, the others are just there just in case you don't have HDMI, if you have the HDMI/ARC port on your tv, you'll get the most benefit. HDMI/ARC allows your sound bar to sync with your television and it basically becomes tv's speaker. When you turn the tv on the speaker will power on, when you turn the tv off... When you operate the tv's volume control with the remove, the sound bar will respond. The subwoofer connects to the soundbar by bluetooth, took a couple of tries of getting it positioned just right and it paired with no problem. There is nothing to do afterwards, it just works.
The soundbar has a few inputs that can be switch between just in case you have other inputs including connecting say your phone to play music from Spotify or something, worked well. The soundbar will go to sleep ever so often, while playing music from Bluetooth, when the soundbar is connected to your TV via HDMI/ARC which is annoying the workaround is to turn the tv on while playing via Bluetooth, my tv will go to a low power mode which seems to trick the sound bar into believing the tv is on so it doesn't go into sleep mode...
Comes with a tiny remote that is almost identical to a Firestick remote, not much use for this if you're using ARC but it's ok, feels a little plasticky but I'm certain I will almost never use this
Overall, I'm very happy with this sound bar, I love the size, it doesn't take up a lot of space and there are times when this bad boy really let's you know that it's there. For an apartment, it's ideal, I can't say if this would do as well in a larger more open space, I think it would, for now it performs nicely and is a great addition to my 60' TV from TCL. I'm impressed with this brand so far.