TCL launches audio range in UK, co-founds 8K Association

After entering the UK TV market only last year, the ‘fastest-growing TV brand in North America’ is looking to expand its product lineup in the UK. And not with more TVs (although that too), but with headphones and soundbars.

TCL has announced it is bringing four headphone ranges and a soundbar duo to the UK in the first half of 2019.

It’s got its work cut out to compete with the many established brands in both saturated markets, although if TCL’s TVs are anything to go by, it’ll no doubt be looking to catch some attention with competitive pricing (which is TBC, by the way).


Featuring both in-ears to over-ears, the headphone range comprises the SOCL (earbuds with an in-line remote and colourful housings), MTRO (in-ear and over-ear styles in wired and wireless options), ACTV (sweatproof hook in-ears in wired and wireless options) and ELIT (wireless, noise-cancelling over-ears with fast charging).

Meanwhile, the TS5010 and TS7010 soundbars have been allegedly designed for 43in+ TVs and 55in+ TVs respectively, and come with a wireless subwoofer.

Without prices and of course a good ol’ listen, the verdict is out on whether they deserve a spot on your shopping list. Naturally we hope to be able to make one this year.

Having unveiled an 8K Quantum Dot TV at CES earlier in the week, TV titan TCL has also just announced plans to team up with other display companies to create the ‘8K Association’. 

The body’s goal: to set standards and raise awareness of the superior resolution to both consumers and industry players such as video streaming services. With 8K undoubtedly set to gain momentum this year – at least from a hardware point of view – this movement’s certainly one to keep an eye on.

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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.