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Amazon Prime Cardholders: 55" TCL 55R617 4K Roku Smart HDTV + 15% Cash Back

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Amazon has for their Amazon Prime Cardholders: 55" TCL 55R617 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV on sale for $529.99 plus Get the Regular 5% Cash Back + an Additional 10% Cash Back on your purchase. Shipping is free. Thanks AceXVIII

Note, this offer is available for both Amazon Prime Visa and Amazon Prime Store Cardholders.

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  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz Clear Motion Index
  • HDR, Dolby Vision, Roku Smart + WiFi
  • Inputs:
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    • 1x Composite
    • 1x USB
    • 1x Ethernet
    • 1x Digital Audio Optical
    • 1x Audio Headphone
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  • If you consider the cash back savings, then our research indicates that the 55" TCL 55R617 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart HDTV is $76.85 less (~15% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $529.99 at the time of this posting.
  • See forum thread for additional discussion. Please see offer page for full terms and conditions. More info about these credit cards can be found here. This offer ends on June 30, 2019 or while supplies last. -qwikwit
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5/2/19 3:40am Updated with adjusted prices (lower!!)

Amazon has the TCL 55R617 on sale for $522, 65R617 for $794, and 75R617 for $1,565 All of these are currently eligible for 15% cash back bonus when you purchase with your Amazon Prime card. This effectively makes the price $443 for 55", $675 for 65", and $1,330 for 75" shipped, pre-tax but still look like the best price I've seen on these models to date, with the exception of the $720 65" Rakuten deal last month.

Of note, purchasing these with your Prime card extends the warranty for one year on top the manufacturer warranty, giving 2 years warranty total without additional cost. Thanks @kjwagener

Prime card bonus (doesn't mention 65" or 75" here but they're still eligible per product pages):
https://www.amazon.com/l/17985366...4ZPY8U2GRG

55R617:
https://www.amazon.com/TCL-55R617...PDKIKX0DER - Now $529.99

65R617:
https://www.amazon.com/TCL-55R617...X0DER&th=1 - price increased

75R617:
https://www.amazon.com/TCL-55R617...X0DER&th=1 - NLA
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Last Edited by xtp May 2, 2019 at 03:41 PM

TCL spatial dithering algorithm: LOOKS LIKE THIS http://i.rtings.com/images/review...-large.jpg

It is neither a Good nor Bad thing. It has both benefits and limitations.

The TCL subpixel dimming algorithm produces a Texture on gradient test patterns on any Non- 4:4:4 signal sources, (which is most bluray players, netflix).

On real images which have native noise, and NON uniform angled gradient, the texture blends correctly. ONLY 4:2:x source, 90 degrees gradient test patterns produce the effect which looks like banding.

TCL panel lottery is bad, you might go through 3-4, not unheard of.

You're looking for Dirty Screen Effect, and Backlight Uniformity/Bleed, Test by using a source with a flat black background, Turn Tv backlight setting all the way up, turn off eco mode, dimming, dynamic contrast,



TCL subpixel processing shows up on MOST models. This may not work well for PC use, because it does distort Thin line rendering, and can obscure certain high frequency Textures (Such as tweed-fabric Suits, which may cause flicking moire, or brush metal finishes which end up looking flat grey) For movies/ games, the algorithm is mainly beneficial, It increases contrast uniformity, sharpens slightly, increases viewing angles/ black stability.

Sub-pixel rendering is not unique to TCL, Samsung NU8000 has it enabled on some modes as well.

The trouble with TCL , they didn't give the option to disable.

It is known to occur on 49/50, 55 and 65 inch sets, but there have been reports of people getting one with it disabled, Again, lottery ..

The 43 inch set was thought to be immune, but some has reported seeing it on there as well, not nearly as likely though.

It is possible that in the future, when access to the Factory service menu is discovered, Users may be able to disable it. (not something you'd wait for, if you don't like it , definitely buy something else).


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Name any TV and I'll give you just as many reasons why it sucks. Every TV has trade-offs. Who in the world said this was a Premium TV?? Nobody. Duh, thats why its so cheap because its an average TV set for the masses.

And Nobody wants Samsung's dumb Tizen interface. This Roku setup is by far one of the best.
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OP, it may be worth noting that the "Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card extends the time period for the U.S. manufacturer's warranty by an additional year, on eligible warranties of three years or less."

I know this can be a concern for some folks since only select credit cards provide extended warranty coverage.
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Good deal if you have the prime card, but thats significant prerequisite that many people don't have.

Killer price if you can get it though.
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Why the downvotes? Killer deal, IMO. I picked up a 55" last night.
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Why the downvotes? Killer deal, IMO. I picked up a 55" last night.

Good deal if you have the prime card, but thats significant prerequisite that many people don't have.

Killer price if you can get it though.
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Wasn't the 75" $1300 at Best Buy just a few days ago?
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Wasn't the 75" $1300 at Best Buy just a few days ago?
75" TCL 75R615 6 Series 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart LED HDTV $1299.99 from BB 5 days ago. https://slickdeals.net/f/13042330-75-tcl-75r615-6-series-4k-uhd-hdr-roku-smart-led-hdtv-1299-99-or-43-tcl-43s515-5-series-4k-uhd-hdr-roku-smart-led-hdtv-249-99-free-shipping?v=1
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Wasn't the 75" $1300 at Best Buy just a few days ago?
Yes, it was their deal of the day. I ordered one for pickup and haven't yet since now I'm not so sure if there will be similar deals soon or not. Anyone have any advice?

I do think buying from bestbuy is a better option as its much easier to exchange.
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Yes this would be about $30 more than the Best Buy deal for the R617 instead of R615
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Does anybody know how long it takes to receive the card? I'm worried that if I sign up, I won't get the deal because I won't have the card before the deal ends
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Does anybody know how long it takes to receive the card? I'm worried that if I sign up, I won't get the deal because I won't have the card before the deal ends
why would u sign up for a credit card just to get a 15% deal.
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why would u sign up for a credit card just to get a 15% deal.
It's a good start to a solid credit card deal probably not the only reason hes getting it
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Yes, it was their deal of the day. I ordered one for pickup and haven't yet since now I'm not so sure if there will be similar deals soon or not. Anyone have any advice?

I do think buying from bestbuy is a better option as its much easier to exchange.
I would pick up the one you ordered from BB.
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Does anybody know how long it takes to receive the card? I'm worried that if I sign up, I won't get the deal because I won't have the card before the deal ends
I've signed up online for two credit cards (Goodyear and Delta SkyMiles) in the last 6 months, and they both gave me the account number, expiration date, and CVV code at the end up the signup process. So I could shop online while waiting for the physical card to arrive in the mail. Amazon may do the same for their card.

UPDATE: per the link below, "You can start using your card today at Amazon.com upon approval.*" Not sure what the asterisk means though.

https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Pri...BT00LN946S
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