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TCL TS3010 review

Soundbar + sub. Priced at $199.

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We recommend soundbars with an overall score of 75% and above. 

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This overall score is made up of stereo sound quality (40%), multi-channel sound quality (30%), ease of use (20%), remote control (5%) and standby energy (5%).

Stereo listening panel score View more details.

Audio experts listen to music and a newscast in a small loungeroom environment to assess stereo audio quality.

Multi-channel listening panel score View more details.

Audio experts listen to 5.1 channel film audio with video in a small lounge room environment to assess multi-channel immersion and audio quality.

Ease of use score View more details.

We check how easy it is to use the connections, calibration options, on-screen and front panel displays, as well as the manual and any other instructions that come with the product.

Remote score View more details.

We assess the remote control to determine how easy it is to use for common functions including key size, shape, colour and grouping for ease of understanding.

Standby energy score View more details.

We measure the amount of power the soundbar uses when in standby mode and give it a percentage rating.

Availability View more details.

'Tested model' means you should find this in retailers. We check availability every time we test. Discontinued models may still be available in second-hand retailers.

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Price View more details.

Recommended retail pricing is used, where possible. Shop around to find more competitive pricing from retailers.

$199
Annual standby energy cost View more details.

Running costs per year standby. Based on 30c/kWh with the soundbar in standby mode for 19 hours per day.

HDMI inputs View more details.

Multiple HDMI inputs allows you to connect different devices into the soundbar such as a PVR, Blu-ray player or games console and switch between devices to listen to and watch on the TV.

1
Subwoofer speaker orientation View more details.

Subwoofer speaker orientation is the direction in which the subwoofer points, which may limit where you can put it in your room.

rear
Multi-channel claim View more details.

Multi-channel claim is the number of channels the soundbar can mimic according to the manufacturer.

2.1
Internal speakers
2
Soundbar dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
7 x 81 x 10
Subwoofer dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
24 x 16.5 x 30
Soundbar weight (kg) View more details.

This is the weight for the soundbar only, not the sub or rear speakers.

1.5
Subwoofer weight (kg)
2.1
Country of manufacture View more details.

Where the soundbar was made.

China
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tcl.com/au
HDMI ARC support View more details.

Audio Return Channel (ARC) reduces cable clutter by sending video and audio to and from the TV using a single input/output.

Yes
Video switching View more details.

Automatically switches the content shown on the TV based on which HDMI connection on the soundbar is receiving a signal.

No
Bluetooth View more details.

Bluetooth is handy for a direct connection with a smartphone to play music.

Yes
NFC View more details.

Near field communication (NFC) allows your smartphone to connect to the soundbar speaker by simply tapping the smartphone on the NFC area to create an instant pairing. Apple iPhones do not support NFC connectivity between devices, but most of the latest Androids do.

No
Wi-Fi View more details.

Wi-Fi connections allow your speaker to be incorporated into a wireless home network to play music stored on your local drive, in the cloud or on your smart device, as long as it's also connected to your home network.

No
Dolby Atmos View more details.

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that creates a spherical audio space to add a sense of height to the mix. It's designed to be more immersive than 5.1, 7.1 etc. Atmos enabled soundbars can process the signal and simulate the effect by bouncing audio off the walls and roof.

No
DTS: X View more details.

DTS:X is a surround sound technology that creates a spherical audio space to add a sense of height to the mix. It's designed to be more immersive than 5.1, 7.1 etc. DTS:X enabled soundbars can process the signal and simulate the effect by bouncing audio off the walls and roof.

No
Automatic Room Calibration View more details.

A microphone and clever smarts is used to identify the angling needed to recreate the surround sound experience. The soundbar companies call it automatic room calibration.

No
Wall mountable
Yes
Wireless subwoofer View more details.

A wireless sub offers more positioning choices, particularly if you can't run the speaker cable under the floor or through the ceiling. But you'll still need access to a power point.

Yes
Wireless surround speakers View more details.

A few soundbars come with independent rear speakers. Some of them communicate with the soundbar wirelessly, while others resort to a traditional wired connection.

na

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