TCL rolls out X10 series QLED TVs and 360-audio Dolby Atmos soundbar

TCL rolls out X10 series QLED TVs and 360-audio Dolby Atmos soundbar
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TCL has confirmed the roll out of its X-Series TVs in Europe, which will arrive at the beginning of 2020, during IFA 2019.

The range was originally launched with the 8K X10 at CES (for selected markets in Q2 2020) but has now arrived with 4K X10 models in 65in, 75in and 85in sizes. These QLED panels are capable of 1500nit peak brightness with 15,360 LEDs grouped into 768 local dimming zones.

TCL was second in the world for TV shipments in 2018 and has put its faith in this Mini LED/QLED combo to produce in the X10 the world’s thinnest direct-lit TV. It believes they deliver more life-like images than any other.

The TCL X10 comes with an integrated 2.2 Onkyo soundbar and a built-in 4K, wide-angle video camera which rises and retracts back into the chassis as required by video applications such as Skype. The TVs are also both Dolby Vision and HDR10-compatible. Like all of the 2019 line-up, they are Android TV-based with TCL’s AI-IN UI skin on top.

Slightly below the X10s are the TCL X81 QLED TVs. Razor-thin and virtually bezel-less, these sets come fitted with 2.1 channel Onkyo soundbars and will be available in 55in and 65in models - the TCL 55X815 and 65X815.

Sadly, it's only the lower C-range that we'll see in the UK with the TCL EC78. It's still frameless and ultra-slim and comes with all the 4K, Dolby Atmos, HDR fun as the X-series models but it's not a QLED and not a Mini LED system either. Pity. There's no built-in soundbar either. The TCL EC78 will be available from September 2019 in 55-inch and 65-inch models: the TCL 55EC780 and 65EC780.

TCL rolls out X10 series QLED TVs and 360-audio Dolby Atmos soundbar

(Image credit: TCL)

TCL’s big IFA reveal on home cinema sound is its Ray-Danz soundbar with Dolby Atmos audio. It’s a 3.1.2 set-up with front and side-firing drivers as well as ones on the top for the Atmos effect.

Instead of shooting the audio straight out to the sofa, however, TCL’s design intention was to reflect audio off living room walls and ceilings with everything arriving at the listener at precisely the right time. It uses what TCL says is a unique acoustic reflector under the hood to create an "extraordinarily wide soundstage".

The company is also bringing its TS5 and TS7 soundbars to the UK and European shores after a successful launch and warm reception over in the US.

TCL has also unveiled two sets of true wireless headphones at IFA 2019. At their core are 5.8mm drivers housed in sweat and splash-proof materials.

The TCL ACTV500TWS are more hotrod in design, available in either black or white with an orange accent. The battery and charge case make for 33 hours of listening time. Designed for more casual use are the TCL SOCL500TWS, available in red, black, pink and blue, with a slightly lower 26 hours battery life.


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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.