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55" TCL 55R617 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV EXPIRED

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Electronics Express via Rakuten has 55" TCL 55R617 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV on sale for $569.99 - $80 w/ coupon code EE80 (apply at checkout) = $489.99. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive

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  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • Clear Motion Index: 120Hz
  • Roku Smart + WiFi
  • HDR & Dolby Vision
  • Inputs:
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    • 1x Composite
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x Ethernet
    • 1x Digital Audio Optical
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    • 1x RF
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Last Edited by monkeybiz March 24, 2019 at 03:50 PM
The Banding issue on TCLs.

It's NOT a banding issue. But it does look like banding.

What's actually happening is that the Static Dithering Algorithm used by TCL sets, Does not convert Gradient patterns very well from 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 input.

That is to say, most standalone bluray players/ apps that outputs 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 will show the banding like artifact.


If you have a PC you can test this.. using 4:2:2 on 8,10, 12 bit input will give you banding on most (10bit) gradient test patterns.

Whereas using 4:4:4, there's no banding 8/10/12 bit. So it's not banding, it's the sharpening + chroma filter messing up the subpixel upscaling


So to be precise, This was more/less an intentional design choice, the static dithering pattern may enhance hdr highlights through contrast, because it dims more of the surrounding pixels. You lose some texture detail with this type of dithering, and it causes fringe artifacts along with upscaling artifacts..

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odd to find someone that hasn't read about the panel lottery, it's in nearly every TCL deal.
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Yeah cuz TCL is known for having random bad panels with "banding" issues.
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What is/was the best price on this?
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This is the best price historically that I'm aware of. I've been leary on biting due to the panel lottery risk
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Best TV I've owned I bought at $500
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panel lottery?
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I just ordered this two days ago from Amazon, hung it today and it looks amazing. I paid 549, this is a good deal!
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Yeah cuz TCL is known for having random bad panels with "banding" issues.
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odd to find someone that hasn't read about the panel lottery, it's in nearly every TCL deal.
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Bought it from ebay for 549.99 no tax last May 2018. Excellent TV, great colors and brightness. Love the Roku OS - lag free experience and simple to use. For under $500 shipped this is a great deal. My only regret is not getting the 65" because my viewing distance is about 10 feet away which makes the screen seem a bit small.
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Yeah cuz TCL is known for having random bad panels with "banding" issues.
Not random I had 3 panels with significant banding and dirty screen effect absolute crap never buying Tcl again - this is about the only product I'm passionately against on slickdeals in my years of posting - the headaches and issues I've had with this tv is unbelievable I don't recommend it, look at the many horror stories related to these panels as many exist as they do with people claiming to have gotten a pristine panel
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It's this one better than the LG that's also on sale? ($499)
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This TV is rated very well in general (ESPECIALLY for gaming) and this is a great price.

https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews...-2018-r617
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