TCL Roku TV Alto R1 Wireless Soundbar review: It; s so easy
TCL Roku TV Alto R1 Wireless Soundbar review: It’s so easy
When building out a home theater, one of the first things you might do after picking out a television is add a sound system. One of the easiest ways to do this is by picking up one of the best soundbars. Because let’s face it, the built-in speakers found in TVs aren’t going to fill the room and help you feel immersed in your favorite movies. Roku knows this, and it’s been on a mission to make your audio experience better while also keeping things easy to set up. At CES 2021 in January, Roku announced a partnership with TCL to bring a wireless soundbar for Roku-ready TVs.
The new Alto R1 is the result.
This new soundbar is designed to work seamlessly with Roku TVs and be virtually effortless to set up. Where more home theater sound systems will require, at the bare minimum, plugging a cable into your television — the only cable involved in setting up the Alto R1 is the one providing power. Part of the special sauce that makes this minimalist approach work is Roku’s proprietary Wi-Fi Audio streaming technology. While that sounds great in theory, how does it pan out in reality? Follow along, and I’ll answer that very question.
Access your device over Wi-Fi
To access your device when your computer and the iPhone are on the same Wi-Fi network, from Finder click the desired Device pane then click the Show this iPhone when on Wi-Fi checkbox, then click Apply to confirm.
Note: Your device must be connected to you computer using the included Lightning-to-USB cable to appear in Finder. Whenever the computer and the iPhone are on the same network, the iPhone will appear in Finder and you can sync it.