A newly-launched product page for the OnePlus TV has indicated that OnePlus is thinking up a class-leading sound system for the television. The new TV is set to launch in India in September and next year in the United States. The TV will include 8 speakers totaling 50W of power. It will be capable of Dolby Atmos playback. Most mid-range TVs use either 2 speakers of 10W or 2 speakers of 20W to get good stereo sound or simulated surround sound through digital signal processing. OnePlus is supposed to offer a significantly much better product.
There are some presumably up-firing units among these 8 discrete speakers. OnePlus TV can produce a fascinating sound bubble for Atmos to work efficiently. It is a much better solution than the stereo surround sound of most older flatscreen TVs and a potential upgrade on the simulated surround sound on this year’s crop of LG, Samsung and Sony mid-range sets. The sound quality will rely on how well the sound is tuned and how the speakers are integrated into the chassis of the TV, in spite of being better than most other TVs in terms of sheer power output.
The TV could sound a bit worse than its rivals if either of above-mentioned solutions isn’t perfect. It’s also unconvincing that the OnePlus TV will be able to stand up to a dedicated Dolby Atmos soundbar as some of which can output up to 500W. The OnePlus TV certainly sounds like it will have a leg up on the competition when it eventually launches in India, the United States, and other TV markets in the world. But, it is expected to be available during the last quarter of 2019, or at the beginning of 2020.