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Electronic Express via Rakuten has 55" TCL 55S405 4K UHD Roku Smart LED HDTV for $279.99 when you apply coupon code EE50 during checkout. Shipping is free. Thanks delz4stelz

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  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • Refresh Rate: 60Hz
  • Viewable Angle (H/V): 178 Degrees/178 Degrees
  • 4K UHD, HDR, Roku Smart TV
  • Inputs
    • 3x HDMI
    • 1x USB
    • 1x Optical Audio
    • 1x RF
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55" TCL 55S405 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart LED HDTV $279.99 w/ code EE50
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Last Edited by xtp May 10, 2019 at 02:08 PM


This set supports 4:4:4 input


PC-Users need to consider TCL dithering.

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 pixel-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 flickering moire, 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 across all series R4, 5 and 6, 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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The TCL 55S405 is still our favorite budget 55-inch TV recommendation for people who put a higher priority on streaming and convenience than they do on picture quality, and it will likely remain so through early 2019, at least.

It may surprise you to learn that, in today's lightning-fast tech world where cool new products appear every day -- especially for the busy holiday buying season -- we're still recommending a product that was introduced in 2017, when this review first published. TCL is still selling the S405 series and never released a 2018 replacement
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This is a very good TV and this price is solid. Search this TV on SD and you will see numerous deals posted over the past year or so. Without looking this is about the lowest it gets (Target sales around Christmas with extra 10% off come to mind). Those who are obsessed with the minutia of the richness of blacks and true HDR type of stuff will knock this, but for an average viewer this is a great TV
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with the trade wars going on, it's a good idea to get a good LCD panel before they go into effect
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What's the review ratings on this TV?
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Despite the quality control, is this a great price to pull the trigger for TV boobies like me? For reference, I'm using a 720p 32' tv in my room now lol
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with the trade wars going on, it's a good idea to get a good LCD panel before they go into effect
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Despite the quality control, is this a great price to pull the trigger for TV boobies like me? For reference, I'm using a 720p 32' tv in my room now lol
This is a very good TV and this price is solid. Search this TV on SD and you will see numerous deals posted over the past year or so. Without looking this is about the lowest it gets (Target sales around Christmas with extra 10% off come to mind). Those who are obsessed with the minutia of the richness of blacks and true HDR type of stuff will knock this, but for an average viewer this is a great TV
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Despite the quality control, is this a great price to pull the trigger for TV boobies like me? For reference, I'm using a 720p 32' tv in my room now lol

Check the tv rating site: https://www.rtings.com/
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from cnet Update fall/winter 2018
The TCL 55S405 is still our favorite budget 55-inch TV recommendation for people who put a higher priority on streaming and convenience than they do on picture quality, and it will likely remain so through early 2019, at least.

It may surprise you to learn that, in today's lightning-fast tech world where cool new products appear every day -- especially for the busy holiday buying season -- we're still recommending a product that was introduced in 2017, when this review first published. TCL is still selling the S405 series and never released a 2018 replacement
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Despite the quality control, is this a great price to pull the trigger for TV boobies like me? For reference, I'm using a 720p 32' tv in my room now lol
Got mine 55" for around $315 last TG. Awesome TV, no regrets. From where you are coming, this will sure impress and entertain you. Roku OS is very responsive too and has tons of streaming services.
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based on the quality history I'd only buy this tv locally...now If it was $200, that would be a different story.
this shouldn't be confused with the panel lottery on the new 6 series. These are subject to the normal DSE associated with LCDs, not that noticeable with normal viewing. I got mine over a year ago from amazon for $318 and it still amazes me what that will buy you.
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What's the review ratings on this TV?
I actually got this same deal like 2 weeks ago. Ended up returning it because the black gradient (how smoothly the color changes from pitch black to grey) is absolutely garbage. I was planning on using this TV in my bedroom to watch movies at night, but I ended up returning it a week later because dark scenes (shadows, smoke, bloom) looked like they were made of grey, blocky paper. Here is an example of what i was talking about. https://imgur.com/CUBqiWd

EDIT: Before anyone says anything about how this can be fixed with changing some settings. IT CAN'T. I messed the the brightness and contrast and all it does is shift the gradient up or down, so now this grey banding is moved to darker or lighter scenes. It just shifts the problem to a different black level, but it's still there. Also some greys look green, which just makes dark scenes look even worse.
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Is this tv a better or worse deal than the 55" LG 55UK6500AUA on sale for $350 at Costco? I assume the tv itself is worse than the LG because of the lower price, but I'm just concerned with which is the better deal.

This will be my main tv in a small, well-lit studio apartment.
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