Although wireless connections are increasingly widespread, TVs still cannot exist without physical cables, especially for power supply, not to mention player, set top box, game console and other antenna cables. To avoid this mass of cables spoiling the aesthetics of flat screen TVs, TCL has hidden them from view.
In an increasingly connected and wireless world, TVs still have not managed to completely break free from their cables. Although Bluetooth and Wi-Fi allow you to connect accessories like headsets or speakers, the main connections are still made using real cables. The television remains dependent on its power supply and plugs into the mains supply. Although it is difficult to imagine big screens running on batteries, there have been attempts to use electromagnetic radiation as a power supply but this is still nothing more than a concept. In addition to the power cord, TVs also have numerous digital and analogue audio and video jacks. The back panel and sides of flat screens are covered with connectors for Blu-ray players, satellite receivers, game consoles, and AV amplifiers. If we add an antenna cable and, depending on the conditions, an Ethernet cable for Smart TV, the threshold of a dozen cables plugged into the TV is blithely crossed.
This mass of cables does pose a problem for aesthetics and space. What is the point of having a minimalist flat screen if the effect is spoiled by cables all over the place? Cables should not have any kinks in them to avoid the signal from deteriorating or not passing through. Similarly, AV cables should not be twisted with the power cord to avoid electromagnetic interference. A signal should not be transmitted over long distances either. For example, it is recommended to not exceed ten metres for a HDMI cable.
However, the main problem is aesthetic. Depending on whether your TV is placed against a wall or on a shelf, there are tricks to collect and hide all of these cables. Plastic clamp rings can be used to sort cables by type and prevent them from hanging down behind the TV. If the TV is on an item of furniture, the cables can be passed behind it with just one bundle visible between the TV and the top of the item of furniture to minimise visual impact. If the TV is placed against a wall, a flexible wireway can be used to hide the cables in the same way. There is even TV furniture which include a smart cable management system, for example a hole in the top to pass the cables through just behind the TV's stand.
For the X1 , TCL tackled the problem at the source directly on the TV. TCL began by concealing jacks and connectors under removable panels at the rear. It designed an area specifically to pass the cables through by gathering them together in a wireway. This is both practical and aesthetic as the cables are neatly arranged and invisible. The tangle of cables is now nothing more than a bad memory and the design has no hidden sides!