TCL wins EISA ‘Best Buy Soundbar 2021-2022’

TCL has won the EISA “Best Buy Soundbar 2021-2022” award for its TS8132 soundbar.

The 3.1.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar with wireless subwoofer delivers immersive sound from users’ favourite streaming services, TV and games. It is the latest of many TCL soundbars that offer the immersive Dolby Atmos sound in formats adapted for the needs of consumers.

Available in the UK from September, the TS8132 bar offers a sleek design and compact yet powerful subwoofer. It will also quickly become your living room audio hub, with Chromecast built in. It works with Apple AirPlay, Hey Google and Alexa, connecting to all popular audio ecosystems. It also supports HDMI with eARC to connect to your TV, supporting all audio formats, and Dolby Vision compatible 4K pass-through too.

As the EISA jury mentioned: “Via a physical driver array incorporating a dedicated centre channel and twin up firing units, plus a wireless subwoofer, TCL’s affordable soundbar system creates enveloping 3.1.2-channel sonics from a discreet design. Ideally suited to a TV-based setup, the TS8132’s dialogue handling, effects separation and detailing are strong points, as is the sense of scale brought by its deep bass response.”

The EISA judges added: “Native Dolby Atmos playback is supported, and stereo content can be up mixed through the soundbar’s surround mode. The specification is fit for a pricier model, too – dual HDMI ports, USB and optical digital audio make it easy to connect to a range of sources, while Chromecast (with Google Assistant voice control), Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth usher in plenty of wireless potential.”

Marek Maciejewski, TCL’s Product Development Director for Europe, commented: “With the TS8132 we reflect our best product creation practices. You don’t need extra speakers; you don’t need cables. There are also audio streaming services like Spotify and Tidal that you have in your mobile phone, that you can use with the TS8132 and experience them in Hi-Fi quality. Any source can be up converted to 3D immersive sound. Things have changed and the soundbar is not just about better TV sound, but also as a streaming Hi-Fi speaker.”