Did Amazon make a mistake? This top-rated soundbar is somehow on sale for only $49

Rudie Obias
·3 min read

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Listen up. This soundbar is on sale for only $49! (Photo: Amazon)
Listen up. This soundbar is on sale for only $49! (Photo: Amazon)

If you have to turn on closed captioning, find yourself constantly muttering ‘what did that guy just say?’ or tend to rewind in 10-second bursts just to catch the dialogue, you might need a soundbar in your life.

A soundbar is a simple add-on to your entertainment system, but it elevates your audio profoundly. And we just found a gem: The TCL Alto 3 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar is on sale for $49, or $11 off at Amazon. It’s an 'Amazon’s Choice' item—which means the retailer recommends this highly rated and well-priced soundbar. Sleek and understated, it blends seamlessly into your living room (or any room for that matter).

And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

Theater-quality audio at an absurd price

Miss going to the movies? We do too. This soundbar satisfies some of that longing by providing impeccable sound clarity. The TCL Alto 3 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar—which is 21.5-inches wide with 80-watt speakers—uses special Dolby Digital technology to enhance on-screen dialogue; this means you’ll get crystal clear conversation without having to crank the TV’s volume super loud. Dolby Digital can also help create room-filling virtual surround sound, so you can hear and feel all the action around you.

"Great value! Good sound quality!," raved a five-star reviewer. "Super easy to install. We aren't using it with the TV so you literally just plug it in. I didn't expect it to be this good for the price."

You'll notice that voices come through sharp and detailed, while other sounds hover at a just-right level.

TCL Alto 3 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar is on sale for $49. (Photo: Amazon)
TCL Alto 3 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar is on sale for $49. (Photo: Amazon)

Three 'Specialized Sound' modes for whatever you're watching

When you really want to crank it up, you can: Your new TCL Alto 3 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar features three Specialized Sound modes (music, movies and TV) for whatever you’re enjoying. Just press a button on its included remote to automatically adjust audio levels without tinkering with settings. These modes will boost music, bring out background effects and enhance dialogue overall. No more cranking up the volume just to hear dialogue.

Setting up your new TCL Alto 3 2.0 Channel Home Theater Sound Bar is super easy. Just plug it into your TV’s optical digital port and you’re good to go. It also has Bluetooth, so you can bring your own music to the party via smartphone and tablet. You can even connect it to your laptop.

"Great value for the price," shared a satisfied Amazon shopper. At $49? We wholeheartedly agree.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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