It’s never been easier — or more affordable — to ditch your crappy TV speakers for something better. Over the past several years, we’ve seen major manufacturers turn their attention (and hefty development dollars) toward soundbars, aiming to provide an elevated listening experience that’s convenient, compact, and affordable for those who don’t have a ton of money left over after their big TV purchase.
That’s exactly the niche that budget-conscious manufacturer TCL — the company behind some of our favorite affordable TVs — is looking to fill with its Alto 7+ soundbar. Though it sits at the top of TCL’s shiny new soundbar lineup, the Alto7+ is a sub-$200 model with an included wireless subwoofer that serves as an enticing starter bar for those tired of tinny TV sound.
Out of the box
There’s not much to say about the Alto 7+’s package; just the usual L-shaped box bearing the soundbar, wireless subwoofer, and remote. We will add that the 7+ comes with everything you need to get it hooked connected, including an HDMI cable, 3.5 mm audio cable, an optical cable, and even an infrared passthrough cable and wall mounting kit. We’ve seen $1,000 soundbars that…