TCL Q Series Soundbars: Premium Dolby Atmos at Affordable Prices

TCL Q Series Soundbars: Premium Dolby Atmos at Affordable Prices

By: CE Critic

TCL, known for its value-driven TVs, is venturing into the premium audio market with the Q series soundbars, the Q75H and Q85H. These Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars promise immersive audio experiences while remaining budget-friendly compared to competitors.

Q85H: 7.1.4 Channel Immersive Audio

The Q85H is the flagship of the series, boasting a 7.1.4 channel configuration with dedicated up-firing, side-firing, and rear-firing drivers for a truly immersive soundscape. It also includes a wireless subwoofer for powerful bass response. The Q85H leverages Ray-Danz tweeter technology for wider sound dispersion and supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for object-based surround sound.

Q75H: 5.1.2 Channel Alternative

The Q75H offers a more compact 5.1.2 channel setup, ideal for smaller spaces or those who don't prioritize rear speakers. It retains the wireless subwoofer and Dolby Atmos support but features integrated side-firing drivers instead of dedicated rear speakers.

Shared Features and Technologies

Both Q series soundbars share several features, including:

  • Auto Room Calibration: Automatically adjusts the audio output to your room's acoustics for optimal sound quality.
  • TV as Center Channel Mode: Utilizes your TV's speakers as the center channel for a more seamless audio experience.
  • DTS Virtual:X: Creates a virtualized surround sound experience from stereo or 5.1 content.
  • Wireless Subwoofer: Delivers powerful bass without the clutter of cables.
  • HDMI eARC: Simplifies connectivity and ensures high-quality audio transmission.

Price and Availability

The Q85H is priced at $1,000, while the Q75H is available for $900. Both models are expected to launch in Summer 2024.

Comparison with Competitors

While TCL is a newcomer in the premium soundbar market, the Q series offers compelling features and performance at a lower price point than comparable options from Samsung and Vizio. The Q85H's 7.1.4 channel configuration and dedicated rear speakers are particularly impressive for the price. However, TCL's brand recognition in the audio space may be a challenge compared to more established competitors.


The TCL Q series soundbars offer an enticing combination of features, performance, and affordability. The Q85H, with its 7.1.4 channel configuration and dedicated rear speakers, is a standout option for those seeking immersive Dolby Atmos audio on a budget. Whether TCL can successfully compete with established audio brands remains to be seen, but the Q series soundbars are a promising start.


Feature  Q85H  Q75H
Channels  7.1.4  5.1.2
Wireless Subwoofer  Yes  Yes
Dolby Atmos  Yes  Yes
DTS:X  Yes  Yes
Auto Room Calibration  Yes  Yes
TV as Center Channel Mode  Yes  Yes
DTS Virtual:X  Yes  Yes
HDMI eARC  Yes  Yes
Ray-Danz Tweeters  Yes  Yes
Dedicated Rear Speakers  Yes  No
Price  $1,000   $900