What We Like
- A design that feels surprisingly premium and looks the part too.
- Sound quality is good, and especially beneficial for TV viewing.
- Bluetooth works well and is a nice option to have.
What We Don’t Like
- The remote control is poorly made, and the sensor is a little misplaced.
Whilst something of a new kid on the block, Richsound Research has an extremely solid pedigree. Founded in 2010, the company was started by a mixed bag of engineers, scientists, and artists united by a passion for quality audio.
As you will tend to find when looking at soundbars at around this price point, the design of the TB220L is simple, understated, and doesn’t offer a whole lot in the way of visual flair. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Given the versatility of their functional design, the fact that the TB220L sports a fairly unobtrusive aesthetic can be a real plus when it comes to deciding exactly how the soundbar is going to fit into your audio set-up.
The materials feel a lot more premium than you might expect for the cost. The front of the TB220L is comprised of a continuous metal grille which covers the full length of the device. It’s sleek, and adds a real feeling of quality to what could otherwise feel a little lacklustre were it fashioned entirely from plastic.
The buttons are well placed, concealed on the right side of the soundbar in a way that makes them easily accessible and also has minimal impact on the overall look of the device.
There isn’t a whole lot to say about the feature set of the TB220Ls, but soundbars as a whole are not usually packed with additional extras and so this is not a huge issue by any means.
What there is to offer, however, is all pretty solid across the board. Mounting the unit on the wall is an easy and simple process thanks to an included wall mounting kit and guide. The Bluetooth experience is fairly seamless, and certainly makes for a nice addition to the plethora of options when it comes to routing audio through the device.
One minor gripe is with the remote control. It is very small, and lacks the build quality of the rest of the TB220Ls. The placement of the sensor on the soundbar itself is also a little questionable. It is located very low on the device, and this means it can be difficult to actually use the remote depending on what surface the soundbar is placed on. As you would expect, this problem is mitigated entirely if the soundbar is mounted on a wall as you now have full access to the sensor.
While a soundbar alone is not going to revolutionise your listening experience and transform your living room into a fully fledged Dolby Atmos competitor, it is certainly a great start. On the whole, we were extremely satisfied by the sound quality of such a relatively inexpensive device.
The bass is solid and punchy where it matters, but Richsound Research have done a good job of ensuring that the sound never becomes muddy. Even at high volume levels, distortion is not an issue. Highs are crisp and well defined. But where the TB220Ls really shine is in the mids. This is especially great for TV watching, as a lot of dialogue resides in this section of the mix. And it really pops, adding a great deal of distinction and clarity to the overall listening experience.
Other than the previously discussed matter of the subpar remote control, technical performance was very good in all our tests. Bluetooth streaming from a host of devices worked flawlessly and we did not encounter anything in the way of lag, skipping, or other distortion.
When it comes to the entry level, Richsound Research has it all sewn up with the TB220Ls. Featuring a sleek, unobtrusive design, great sound quality, and a versatile form, there just isn’t much to find fault with here.