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TCL - 55" Class - LED - 6 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV

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Treat yourself to endless entertainment with this 55-inch 4K TCL Ultra HD TV. Its Roku platform streams thousands of shows that can be accessed via its remote or your smartphone, and HDR technology provides impressive, lifelike pictures. This TCL Ultra HD TV has three HDMI inputs, dual-band Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port for plenty of connection options.

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    What's Included


    • 2x AAA batteries
    • Analog AV input adapter
    • Owner's manual
    • Remote control (RC280)
    • Stand
    • TCL 55" Class - LED - 6 Series - 2160p - Smart - 4K UHD TV with HDR Roku TV

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (492 out of 554)

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    Features


    Dolby Vision HDR

    Provides images with superior color, contrast and brightness, so all your favorite movies, shows and games come to life in stunning clarity.

    96 Zone Contrast Control

    Optimizes contrast in each zone to deliver brighter whites and deeper blacks. You'll notice striking bright and dark areas of the picture with Contrast Control Zone technology.

    Wide Color Gamut with NBP Photon technology

    Delivers a vibrant and rich color palette and produces images with superior color, contrast and brightness.

    HDR Pro Gamma

    Details remain visible in any environment - from the darkest home theater to the brightest sun-lit living rooms.

    iPQ Engine

    Precision color performance tailored to deliver accurate color reproduction and optimized DCI-P3 color space coverage.

    Roku Smart TV

    Roku TV offers access to stream 500,000+ movies and TV episodes from one simple, intuitive interface.

    54.6" screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner)

    Large enough to provide an immersive experience for everyone in the room.

    2160p resolution for breathtaking HD images

    Watch 4K movies and TV shows at 4x the resolution of Full HD, and upscale your current HD content to gorgeous, Ultra HD-level picture quality.

    Watch high dynamic range (HDR) content on your TV

    With an HDR-compatible 4K TV, you can enjoy HDR movies and TV shows, in addition to all your current content.

    Smart TV with access to streaming services for countless entertainment options

    Stream shows, movies, games and more with the TV's built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps.

    LED TVs perform well in all lighting conditions

    They also deliver plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors.

    Advanced TV sound

    Two 8W main channel speakers.

    3 HDMI inputs for the best home theater connection

    High-speed HDMI delivers up to 2160p picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable not included.

    Enjoy the picture from multiple angles

    178° horizontal and vertical viewing angles provide a clear picture for viewers seated near the side of the screen.

    Natural Motion 240

    Delivers exceptionally smooth clarity during fast action scenes.

    1 USB input

    Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or other USB device.

    Manage the viewing experience for your kids

    The built-in V-chip lets you block content based on program ratings and check ratings of unfamiliar programs.

    Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 554 reviews

    89%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a fantastic television

      Posted
      JM2017
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased this TV to upgrade from my 55" TCL 55S405 set. The 55S405 is a decent set, but overall brightness was below my expectations and I was looking to upgrade to a more premium HDR experience. I can say that this 55" 4K 6-Series television really delivers on nearly every feature. Picture Quality: The picture quality is stunning. Just absolutely amazing. 4K HDR content just pops on the screen and the TV is able to push some great brightness level in both HDR and standard content. Motion interpolation works great in most instances (though you will want to disable it in some TV shows or films depending on the camera action). Contrast is great, blacks are black and colors overall seem very accurate out of the box. Note: My unit has no issues with banding and screen uniformity is overall fantastic. I have noticed that the corners are just slightly dimmer on an overall white or gray screen, but this does not affect actual viewing in anyway. There are some limited reports of vertical banding with the launch units so far. If you purchase this TV, make sure you check for vertical banding problems and exchange the TV for a new set if you notice extreme banding. Most users do not seem to experience this problem though, but this seems to be the number one complaint at the moment. Sound: If you are buying this set, you are going to need a soundbar. End of story. The sound output may be serviceable for a short time if you have no other option, but the overall quality is poor and tinny with very little bass. This is a problem with nearly every flat screen TV on the market though, so it does not reduce my overall rating of the product. Get a decent soundbar and have an overall wicked set. Design: The design of this TV is fantastic. The set has an extremely attractive metal bezel that looks like a premium set. The set is MUCH heavier than the 55" TCL 55S405 because of this added metal. Build quality seems a little above average for TCL, but is still only decent. There is some flex to the back panels, but we aren't looking at the back of our TVs while viewing, so who cares. HDR10: HDR10 content looks stunning on this set. Brights are extremely bright. Blacks are black. Colors look amazing. There are three brightness profiles to allow for easy adjustment depending on your viewing preference and enough options to fine tune colors, brightness, and other settings from there. I will say it again, HDR10 content looks amazing on this set. Dolby Vision: This is my biggest complaint with the TV. Everything I have read about Dolby Vision states that it is supposed to blow HDR10 out of the water. That is NOT the case with this set. I have viewed three separate movies with Dolby Vision on this TV and overall brightness is just abysmal, even in a dark room and on the brightest setting. The overall picture in Dolby Vision mode has a very gray hue to it and brightness level seems to be on par or even worse than my 55S405 in this mode. This is a huge bummer, because APPs like VUDU don’t allow you to choose HDR10 versus Dolby Vision. I have yet to find a way to disable Dolby Vision on the television to avoid this issue. My work around has been to view VUDU movies through my Xbox ONE S, that supports HDR10 buy not Dolby Vision. Making this switch for the same movie and switching to HDR10 turns that dim / graying viewing into a bright, colorful experience...the way HDR content should look. Hopefully TCL can push an update to disable Dolby Vision or maybe adjust to firmware to better handle this type of content. Do note that I have adjusted every setting I can find on the TV to attempt to make Dolby Vision look better, but it just does not look good on this set :(. Interface: Standard Roku interface. My overall favorite smart tv interface and I love that TCL continues to stick with the Roku design. The remote is small, basic, and hits all of the points that I need. I only wish that I could customize the four shortcut buttons that come on the remote. Two of the buttons are wasted because I do not use the services. That is probably my biggest gripe with their remote design at this point. Viewing Angles: This is where I start scratching my head. I have read many reviews on this set and the general consensus is that viewing angles are not that great on this TV. I have no reason to believe that people are not telling the truth. This has not been my experience. I have owned a couple TVs with bad viewing angles, and this is not one of them. The picture looks great even at exaggerated angles. Even going at extreme angles of at nearly 70-80 degrees from the center of the screen, the image still looks great. It is possible that TCL is using two separate panels or I hit the panel lottery? I have no idea, but viewing angles for me are great. Just note that most other viewers seem to disagree with my experience, so your mileage may vary. Inputs: Inputs are basic, but get the job done. No need for me to list all the ports here. View the specifications on this page if you want to see what the TV offers. I will say though that I am disappointed that TCL still only offers 3 HDMI ports on their units. For this size of unit, they could easily fit another port or two that would help many users avoid having to get HDMI switches that are often hit or miss quality wise. TCL, please add more HDMI ports with your future TVs! Overall summary: Pros: Amazing picture. Great peak brightness and contrast. Great HDR10 experience. Design looks premium. Very good motion interpolation settings. Decent input selection. Very good viewing angles. Negatives: Substandard sound from speakers. Dolby Vision content is very dim and grayish. Could do with a few more HDMI ports. Leg spacing is extremely wide compared to previous TCL models (I have mine wall mounted though, so a moot point for me). Glare can be an issue in some setups with bright light sources of windows (not an issue for my setup). The positives of this set drastically outweigh the negatives in my experience. However, do take note of the negatives to make sure the set would be a good fit for your use. For the price though, you cannot beat this feature set!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best 55" value with an amazing picture.

      Posted
      factotum3
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My parents may be able to drop $3000+ on a new TV every several years, but I’m on a budget. I’m in college and my fiancé works fulltime. We’ve had our last TV (a 50” Vizio) since 2014, but it was struck by lightning in 2016. We were lucky to only lose functioning on one of the HDMI inputs. It seems that the main board gave out last week, but I’ll have to replace it to know for sure. In the meantime, we decided to replace the TV and hopefully defray the cost with the sale of the fixed old one. In any case, research was required. I spent at least 17-20 hours researching budget 55-inch 4k TVs. That includes going to Costco, Best Buy , Target , and even a friend’s house. My price range, which was the primary concern, was between $400 - $600. The easy pick was the TCL 55s405 for less than $400. Other standout considerations that are $400+ included the Samsung mu6300, mu6290 and 55” 7000 series, the LG 55uj6300, and the Vizio M55-e0 among many others. After trying to find more than one source for a TCL p607 I came across the r615/617. After studying it for a while I decided it was worth a go. I’m so glad I did as the picture is absolutely stunning. My father has a $3000+ Sony and if his picture is a 9/10 then this r615 is a solid 7.5/10. It really is that good. The HDR is as good as TVs costing twice as much or more. The one thing that I couldn’t test was the gaming aspect. When I started up Mad Max on my PS4 I was floored. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was speechless for a bit. My expectations were quite high, yet they were still exceeded, especially when streaming 4K HDR content on Netflix and YouTube. The brightness is well above average and the motion blur handling is outstanding for this price point. Those were big two concerns with a largely untested/reviewed TV. I enjoy watching sports and gaming so those are major bonuses. The contrast is great, and the blacks are inky and crisp. We do most of our viewing at night with streaming services, so it seems custom built for that purpose. When I put on some 4k HDR content my fiancé (who isn’t interested in most things tech) just started smiling. The bottom line is that this picture will thoroughly impress almost everyone who sees it. We already have 2 Rokus but the native app with this TV is just as good as our streaming stick+. The only thing negative might be the viewing angle. I genuinely see no problem with it as one must be almost 65 degrees from straight on to notice any egregious difference. However, this is pretty standard for all VA TVs in this range. So those wanting a terrific wide-angle view need to be prepared to shell out hundreds more while giving up a great deal in other areas. (See IPS vs VA) Some others have mentioned vertical banding, but my TV has no such issues. I could throw a lot of words at you such as color gamut, clouding, and black frame insertion, but does that matter? It’s the day to day picture quality that matters right? If one is looking for a near flawless TV for under $1000 it doesn’t exist. Instead, save up your money and get a top end OLED. However, you still may not be happy with every aspect of it. I say this because if minor issues or missing features bother you that much you won’t be happy with anything less than a high-end OLED. Well I’m glad I can sincerely say that this TCL 55”TV is easily the best value for under $1000, and its picture quality, HDR, and other features either matches or beats any 55”TV under $1000. So, at $600 this TV is a steal of a deal. There are only maybe one or two 55’ TVs under $1000(more than $600) with better picture quality but it’s a negligible difference to 95% of people. If you want a rich, bright, and lifelike picture with outstanding color then this is your TV. For what one gets at the $600 price this TCL 55” TV is an easy choice. Con Viewing angle for some??? Pro Superb picture Outstanding HDR output Remarkable motion handling Contrast and brightness Astonishingly true and brilliant colors Amazing value

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sony 49x900e vs TCL 55R615. TCL WON

      Posted
      AtechGuy

      I needed a TV for my office room, mostly watching some IP TV, and playing PS4. So I was considering between Sony 49X900E and this TCL 55R615. I also have LG OLED & Samsung 6300. and had Sony 65X930D. Sony 49X900E was pretty big disappointing. TCL R615 surpasses my expectation a lot. Along with the price difference, TCL R615 was the easiest decision that I made in this year. 1. 900E is also a full array local dimming, but it showed too much backlight leaking, made even dark scenes greyish. [VS] TCL has awesomely good FALD. it is almost Sony 930D level good, and in some video, it shows almost OLED good. Of cause my LG OLED shows just perfect black and TCL shows some blooming around edge but I didn't expect this much black from $600 TV. I even played my favorite Digital Foundry's 4K HDR Tomb Raider Youtube video side by side on both x900e & R615 and clearly TCL has much better black level, color, and motions (I think it is also related Sony’s OS) 2. Sony x900e has better peak HDR brightness. R615’s peak brightness is a bit less, but I am mostly plays some HDR game at night or dark room, TCL still has good enough HDR brightness for me. Some reviewer mentioned it is better then last year model p607 or p605. Since TCL has much better dark via FALD, the R615’s HDR looks really popping out thru the contrast. Sony x930d was very very bright. Sometimes it is too bright at night, so I had to reduced the brightness of that TV to protect my tearing eyes. If you want real HDR punch on your movies or games, you should considering buying x930e. it will open you a new HDR world. just not everyday usage for me. However, I don’t feel the same HDR on x900e. not really kicks that level. It is slightly little better then TCL, but there is disappointing backlight blooming and duller contrast with the slightly better peak brightness. I guess x930d has 1100 nits & x900e has 860 nits & TCL has 700 nits around, concluding my self real HDR kick needs over 1000 nits, good enough feel that HDR is on needs at least 600 nits. less then 600 nits HDR capability make no difference or even makes the color washed out. 3. I think colors on TCL is better. Sony also has pretty good one here too, however with that blooming and less contrast sometimes shows awful dark scene. Also Sony shows very disappointing banding and TCL show pretty looking good banding & gradients in the sky and etc. TCL supports Dolby Vision, does NOT support HDR HLG. Sony support HDR HLG but not supporting Dolby Vision. Both support HDR 10. 4. Sony shows much better PC screen from your PC or Mac. TCL R615 is ok but not as good as Sony x900e. if you have a plan to use it as your computer monitor, Sony 49x900e is way to go. 55 inch is too big anyway. 5. Sony has 32~40 ms input lag, TCL has 16~18 ms input lag. I played some PS4 game on both TVs but didn’t feel that much difference. but the smaller input lag is better. 6. I think Sony should have abandoned the Android TV OS a long time ago. Sony’s OS & apps are so sluggish. I have a exact same experience with Sony x930D. Often I cannot even finish a youtube HD video on the x900e because of a lot of buffering & occasional stops. When I seek or move the playhead of the youtube player on the Sony tv, it is painfully slow. also the video plays very choppy sometimes. I think it is coming from the slow android OS and the Sony’s lack of processing power. [VS] At the same spot, same location, TCL streams the same video really smoothly. So I know that is not my wifi issue. I think TCL has much simple and fast OS, better WIFI, and motion handling. This is the first time that I am using Roku as TV OS, I started liking it. very simple but works really well. have a lot of apps, almost all I need is there, including m3u player for IPTV. I think LG webOS 3.5 is the best. but Roku OS is also really well made, fast and looks very stable. I think Roku OS is better then Samsung TV OS as well. 7. The Sony’s remote control is very confusing, sometimes doesn’t response well, and really hard to type something. I had installed a Sony TV app on the phone to get some aid by the phone’s keyboard, but it never worked. [VS] TCL remote is very simple and easy to learn. the one thing Sony has better is it has a voice commend button and mic on the remote and TCL R615 does not. if you want to have the voice control, you need to buy R617 or install an Roku app on your phone. After you installing it, you can type your email or password or anything pretty easily on the TCL tv. well made and well connecting the app & TV. Also you can use private listening on TCL R617 remote or your phone’s Roku app. LG remote is like a heaven, TCL is good or ok, Samsung & Sony remote will get you frustrated from time to time. But I think Sony is the worst. 8. LG webSO 3.5 web browser with the air mouse in the remote is heavenly, Samsung has at lest one ok web browser that can play some video in full screen, but often stops. Sony doesn’t have official web browser on their OS, used to have Opera but not now. Since it is android OS, you can find many ways of work around it like installing unofficial apps etc. but the android TV OS is unstable, so it is almost impossible to finish a video on it, at least to me. combining it with the horrible remote, it is a nightmare. you can plugin any mouse or keyboard to the Sony TV, but just don’t go there. not worth it. TCL Roku OS doesn’t support any web browser. 9. Sony support Bluetooth, TCL doesn’t have Bluetooth. go R617 or Roku app for the private listening. but Roku app private listening needs to have good WIFI connections both on the phone & TV. otherwise it drops or chops the audio. just use 3.5mm jack if you like simple but solid solution. 10. Sony 49x900e uses less power, it has energy guid $19 sticker, [VS] TCL 55R15 has $34.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best TV I've seen under $1000

      Posted
      reviewboy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Brief preface: this is our first 4K TV. We've been slow adopters, holding off until we could get something decent under $400. Our last purchase, a 40" 1080p, was only a few years old but still worked pretty well. When decent sub-$400 4K sets with HDR began shipping in 2017, we started looking. There are good options in that range, but the more we looked, the more I was willing to consider TVs beyond the budget collection. The TCL P6 seemed to be the sweet spot between frugal and feature-packed. CES 2018 happened not long after we started the search, and we saw a preview of the 6 Series successor to the P6. The improvements convinced us to wait. We're glad we did. PROS: * The picture quality is stunning. My wife, a wedding photographer, is extremely picky about color, skin tone in particular. She's hated every TV we ever owned...until this one. You can fine-tune the image, but the broad presets - vivid, normal, Movie, etc - do quite well. Dolby Vision movies look spectacular. The 96 "contrast control zones" give you darker blacks and brightness that has to be seen to be appreciated. Lava, explosions, stained glass - I haven't felt this wowed by television since we moved from an old tube TV to HD. When we went to buy this we were first shown the 5 series, which was okay but not mind-blowing. When we asked, "are you sure this is the 6 series?" and found the real thing, the difference was night and day. It's that good. And it's worth the few hundred extra dollars if you can afford it. If you're upgrading from HDTV, you may find the look...odd...at first. Almost too bright, almost too "live." We went back to shows like NCIS. On older televisions, there's a "TV look" that's slightly muddy, but it's all we ever knew. with this set, you can actually tell how the film crew is lighting a scene. It looks more like you're watching them film the show, instead of the show itself. It takes some getting used to. If you prefer it, "Movie" mode seems to reproduce the effect. Otherwise, give yourself time to adjust to Soap Opera mode. * The set itself looks good. The trim has is a brushed metal look, rather than black plastic. For how big the thing is, it's easy enough for one person to move around. It's not incredibly thin, but it's the thinnest we've owned to date. * We went with the Best Buy Roku remote, which doesn't have the voice control or WiFi connectivity. We do have a Roku Ultra with that remote, and it's been a mixed bag; we almost never use the voice search, and the remote frequently froze up and had to be reset. This remote does need a clear line of sight but otherwise works very well. It's a simple, clean set of buttons; it's a nice change from the too-many-buttons remotes we're used to. Nearly every button gets used. The Roku interface has been easy to navigate. * If you want to cut the cable cord, this TV will let you cut a lot of them. If you're willing to use WiFi and forego a sound bar, you need only the TV power cable. We were able to clean up a rat's nest of coax, Ethernet, USB, HDMI and other cables from our set up. Until we have wireless power, this is as simple as you can get. But if you do need connections, the ethernet networking is blazing fast, and you have three HDMI inputs including one ARC port, one USB input, and coax for over the air antennae. The built-in Roku frees up one HDMI port, though if you prefer Fire TV or Apple TV, you can still use them easily enough. CONS * 55" is a LOT of television, and its footprint is flush with the width of the set. Unless you have a very wide table to put it on, or plan to mount on the wall, you may have to upgrade your entertainment center. We ended up buying a couple of crates and a 1" thick board 52" wide. Others have put the TV's legs on backwards, pointing inward, to fit them on their narrower furniture. For a while we left it on the floor; it's big enough to be pretty watchable even that low, but for safety you'd prefer to have it elevated foot or more off the floor. * the audio is okay, but not great. With a picture this good, you may find yourself disappointed by the sound, and start shopping for a sound bar. That's what we're doing. * The viewing radius is pretty good, but not as good as more expensive sets, particularly OLED. Bottom line: For televisions under $1000, the only set better than this one is its 65" big sister. But you'd better have a whole lot of empty space in your house to fit the darn thing. If they'd offered this in a 50" size we likely would have gone with it, but we're getting used to the 55". It's near cinematic. It was worth the wait.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Disappointing....

      Posted
      OssPR

      I was waiting for this TV for a long time. I have the S405 49"on my room and has work wonders for a almost a year now. I was going to buy the Sony x900e for my new living room but decided to wait for this TCL since the S series has been good to me. Now let me start by just saying I'm really disappointed. Waited so long for this TV and I seem to have same issue as everyone. Don't get me wrong, the colors in this TV are just perfect(for the price). The HDR is gorgeous and the peak brightness for me is more than OK. Dolby and 4k videos just look stunning. This would be the perfect TV , that is , if you don't mind the vertical banding that has plagued this line up and is destroying what could've been the best budget TV in 2018. I tried a second unit and now this one has Vertical Banding plus dark shades on the 4 corners of the TV which others have also stated. This TV should not have passed QC. Is too many to not consider a recall. It's not even a hit or miss. You have 99.9% chance of a miss. Now I got 11 days left but I'm not sure what to do. I want to like the TV cause colors are great. I won't even mind the dark corners , it's just that vertical banding that really is an issue. The worst part is customer service. I called them, open a case. sent photos, and they basically told me, "this is normal in led TV's. WTF. I'm like no way!! The representative told me , that if I went ahead and exchange for a third one, I might still have the same issue. They basically told me. "Yes, all our TV's are plagued with VB". I mean wow, worst support ever, they don't even offer partial refunds or replacements maybe because they don't have actually non vertical banding units to replace with? Anyways 2 stars. Like I said, great TV , great colors, great contrast, low input lag, many many options , love Roku but doomed with Vertical Banding. If they don't offer me a replacement or a partial refund or some solution in the nex 2 days I might just go for the Sony x900e 55".

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        TCLExpert

        We are truly sorry that you are not satisfied with your TV. We would like to look into it for you and make sure you are a satisfied customer at the end of the day. Our Customer Advocacy Team in Corona California is here to help. Please reach out to us at tclusasupoort@tcl.com with your contact information and reference this review, and someone will get back to you right away.

        Thanks,

        TCL Support

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great, except vertical banding

      Posted
      JacobS
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was holding out since the January '18 CES to upgrade to 4K with the 6-Series TCL TV based on the success of 2017's P series. I was first blown away by the affordability and picture quality of the P series in store model comparisons to high end sets. I was originally going to jump on the P-series, but felt confident that the 6-series should be better quality and more future-proof with newer HDMI 2.2 ports. At first, I was blown away with the quality of the 6-series for what you get for the price, but after a few days, the presence of vertical bands became harder and harder to ignore. They are only noticeable when you have a solid background, but think of situations such as a clear sky in a picture, or a web page if you use this on a PC. Once your eye catches the bands, they are hard to unsee. This complaint does not seem universal in following up on reviews so far, a week after release, but a noticeable percentage has persisted on store reviews and on Reddit comment threads. I have a Geek Squad plan with this TV, so I will sit on it a while to see how long it bugs me to replace the TV, and if this is a persistent issue that goes past the initial production generation. I'm not sure if I can recommend this TV at this time if you have the cash for a household-name brand, but darn is the price a spoonful of sugar. It's said you get what you pay for, but this TV was expected to rise above that. Now if that banding is not an issue, as people may not be as sensitive to it, or it may be a temporary production issue, then this is a no-brainer for an on-a-budget purchase to have a high-quality, user-friendly 4K TV. Roku is a great platform over any brand's native smart-TV software. I wish input switching had a dedicated button on the remote like most TVs, but really that's the only complaint I have. All the other configurability you'd expect for picture customization is present. This TV with Roku handles my Netflix and Hulu content beautifully, both in 4k picture and surround output to my sound system. I'm able to run my PC and GTX 970 in UHD. The local dimming works magic in stretching the technical relevance of backlit LCD panels. Blacks are essentially true blacks. In watching sci-fi shows such as Star Trek TNG, backgrounds such as star fields still show slight background grey in the black of space, but in turning off local dimming entirely, I was instantly reminded of the black level of my previous 4-year old LCD tv without local dimming. Larger areas with dark details show no background grey that I can tell, and pure black areas such as credits or letterboxes are completely black. The local dimming produces no effect of varying brightness over the screen, and any blooming has been really hard for me to discern over the glare my own eyes produce in high-contrast zones. I would like to hear more over the next few weeks if others have not experienced this vertical banding to see if it is just my TV. Until I know how wide-spread the banding issue is, I'm begrudgingly clicking the 'not recommend' button at this time.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        TCLExpert

        Thank you for the great insights to our new 6 Series. We are VERYexcited about the response and awards it has already gotten! We are truly sorry about the picture performance not being satisfactory to you. It is definitely unusual. We would like to look into this more and ensure that you are a HAPPY customer at the end of the day. If you reach out to my Customer Advocacy Team in Corona California at tclusasupport@tcl.com with your contact information, reference this review, someone will get back to you RIGHT AWAY to try to help.

        Thanks for your patience and understanding,

        TCL Support

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pleasant "Pause" Surprise

      Posted
      Susanita

      Thank you to those of you that posted very detailed reviews! Please read those great reviews! My picture is clear and the remote is easy to use. I "connected" a couple of accounts such as Amazon Prime which takes a couple of steps but it was no bid deal. The picture is beautiful. I am upgrading from a 32 inch Visio from around 2005 so that's my comparison. PRO Antenna TV - I connected my antenna TV and was SHOCKED to see how much better my reception is. It was ok before, so I am not saying it was very terrible but somehow this TV has given those antenna channels a boost! Also, i am not having to get up to move my antenna anymore when reception goes in and out. I am not sure *how* the TV accomplishes this but maybe another reviewer can shed light on this. THE BEST PART - THE PAUSE EEK!! Finally after years of not being able to hit pause (been without SAT TV since 2005) I learn that if you put a flash drive into the USB port, you can pause a live tv show for up to 90 minutes!!!! WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN. I am SO happy to be able to pause a show now for an interruption!! This might be common on TVs now, I have no idea, but I am so happy. Everyone has a different focus and a different priority and that's what they use to evaluate the TV so I am happy as it looks great and meets my needs. Sound I already had an optical cable coming out a receiver, (I have celling speakers) so I had to disable TV speakers in the audio setup but that's typical. Composite Connections-Remember.. I had a Wii connected to the old TV but composite connections are not on this modern TV so you need to plan on using adapters. I am looking at Composite to HDMI and assume that will work. All of the connections are on the right side of this TV in case that makes a difference to you. I have only had this TV for a few days but I don't see the banding problems or any problems for that matter. I purchased the GEEK SQUAD plan because they will come to your house if there are any problems. I have been happy with the Geek Squad and they have actually helped me out with small issues on appliances. In this case, I don't think the warranty is a waste of money. It just makes life easy if something goes wrong. The Geek Squad people have been really pleasant to deal with over the years, even though at first it seemed like a rip off gimmick. I did not need to pay for setup as I was just going to plug in an optical cable, an ethernet cable, and my antenna TV cable but the guys were nice enough to take it out of the box for me so that I could inspect it, and showed me the best way to attach the legs. The delivery guys ran late but they kept in touch with me. Finally, I want to mention that in the store, Best Buy seems to *hide* the less expensive TVs. They do this by not displaying all models, or displaying the cheaper models in the back with no prices. They only show the prices of the soundbars on those models so you need to do your homework online and if you are going to the store, ask to see a specific model (If it's on display at that particular store). This goes for computers as well!! If you are upgrading your TV, I highly recommend this one!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      A Little Leary

      Posted
      MnstrMike

      2 Stars mostly so you read this. Do I recommend this TV? YES, but read on. Picture: Fantastic out of the box. Even better when calibrating. Cannot beat the feature set for the price. Read any review from CNET, Rtings, etc. Looking at the high end models of LG, Samsung, Sony to get the same specs at two to three times the price. Vizio 2018 P series is closest competitor at about $200 more. Roku: I always recommend this platform, been using it for years, keeps getting better, Have/had both the Roku Player and Roku TV's from TCL and Insignia. The User Interface gets a bad rap for lack of visual appeal, which is true, but it is simple and it works. Samsung and an LG could learn something, their UI's are pretty ridiculous. Sound: About as good as it gets with flat screen tv's without having dedicated soundbars built in. Definitely have heard worse, if using Normal setting and bass was just a tad deeper, it would be fine. Using Big Bass or Theater setting for most listening works best. However, I do use a Samsung Soundbar via Optical cable. Something I did learn though is that this set does not have DTS pass through, so if wanting true surround sound from input sources like a blu-ray player or cable/sat box, then it has to be ran through a receiver or soundbar. Why only 2 stars? This is my 2nd Roku TV by TCL, the other is a 32" from a few years ago. Like any device that has an OS it can have issues and if great enough it will render the TV useless. No Smart TV is immune from this, however, Roku is its own brand and partners with manufactures to load its Smart OS on its TV's. It is like Android, its owned by Google and works with many manufacturers Samsung, LG, Sony, etc to build smartphones. The hardware is controlled by the manufacturer the software by Google, in this case we are talking about TCL is hardware and Roku is the software. I will admit I do not know how closely Roku works with manufactures on the hardware in their tv and have not been able to find that information. And again there is no guarantee that going with a Samsung that uses its own Tizen OS and LG that uses its own WebOS that issues won't abound and render a tv useless, but given the fact those manufacturers have control over hardware and software (like Apple) a fix can be handled quicker (and in theory, should be). The first few days I was also having issues with buffering with streaming, especially with Amazon Video. But I switched out my wifi router and so far I have not seemed to have any buffering issues. It was only a 4 year old router, but I think I just had too many devices connected, I'm not sure there exists a TV Set that is high end with 4K HDR both HDR10 and Dolby Vision that does not have a Smart functionality. Vizio seems to be one that has a minimal Smart Feature setup, but reports says it is a bit slow in response. Gets great reviews for picture quality though. All of my Roku devices I currently have, all have crashed at least once. I can typically make it crash by trying to use the Screen Mirror function, just doesn't seem to work. I think the hardware is just a little too weak for it. But typically it just restarts itself and away I go. With the 55R615 for this review I have experienced one major issue: watching a movie in Vudu it will shut itself off around 30ish minutes in. I have paid enough attention yet, but it seems to be when watching 4K content that has HDR in Dolby Vision. I have reached out to TCL (you cannot get much help from Roku has its not there hardware) and am awaiting a response. This is a pretty big bummer as Vudu offers the best video options for 4K HDR content. Disney's Movies Anywhere does not show the content in the highest setting available, even though that is what was purchased (Last Jedi as an example). So I am not convinced 100% yet that buying into Roku TV, standalone Roky Player, YES. My only reason for not going with the Vizio was reports of bad reliability across production (not that this TCL series didn't have reports as well, but it seems the Vizio is worse in that department) But no matter what tv you go with I still recommend the Roku platform for the shear amount of content available and ease of use. And depending on the version purchased the remote can also control the TV, giving it a near Roku TV experience without the concern of giant paperweight if the OS should fail. I will update my review with continued use. I have 45 day return window so have some time to see what happens and what TCL's response is. You don't have to agree, these are my opinions and experiences.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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