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Electronic Express via Rakuten has 55" TCL 55S425 4K UHD HDR Roku Smart LED HDTV for $329.99 - $50 with coupon code XP50 = $279.99. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive
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  • Resolution: 3840x2160
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  • 4K UHD, HDR 10, Roku Smart TV, WiFi
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    • 1x USB 2.0
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I bought the prior sale from the same seller on Rakuten last week. Just unboxed the TV yesterday. A few things:

- There was a comment here about RGBW and crosshatching pixels. FWIW, I didn't notice anything and the rtings photo shows otherwise. They also say it can do 4:4:4 chroma: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews...-s425-2019

- I'm actually really impressed at the picture quality for the price. I've got a 65" M series Vizio from 2017 in the same room I've been using (just trialing out the TCL until I can move it to its final location). I was worried that I'd be disappointed that I didn't get a 55Rxxx over the 55Sxxx. For my use case (home gym), the S will be great. No local dimming, but has good native contrast. What it means for me is no weird backlight fluctuations like I notice on my Vizio depending on the brightness and positioning of the content (newer Vizio M series have more local dimming zones, but mine doesn't have a ton, so things like loading spinners centered in the screen can cause the different zones to pulsate brightness and it's kind of funny/distracting)

- Colors on the TCL (to me) don't seem washed out or oversaturated. I tuned it a bit to have a warmer color temp, dimmed the backlight, and used the "movie" mode and like how it looks. (Fits my use case but in general those settings may not be what everyone wants. Rtings has some suggestions from their calibration for their goals.)

- Menu brightness does not respect any picture tuning settings. it seems like this thing has three modes: "I'm on a menu" mode, "I'm watching SDR content" mode, and "I'm watching HDR content" mode. The last two seem to remember tuning options separately. The first seems to not have any tuning options. So for the the brightness jumps way up when finishing a show and returning to a "channel"/app's UI. A tad annoying.

- Roku seems pretty nice. I'm more of a Chromecast guy myself, but now have Chromecast, Smartcast (Vizio's smart functionality w/Chromecase built in), an Amazon FireTV stick, and an old Apple TV (which I've not used much at all). The Roku looks like it'll do all that I need. I may throw a Chromecast into the fix for my setup, but it really is nicer to have a menu and apps w/remote than pulling things up on your phone and casting. The Roku is way more responsive/better than Smartcast. Smartcast seems to me to be the Chromecast subsystem (Chromium-based browser displaying menus that are probably written in HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Vizio must not be putting a fast enough (or tuned?) SoC in their TVs (or the one that I bought a few years ago), so the whole UI feels a bit laggy. TCL w/Roku doesn't feel laggy at all.

- HDMI CEC: I just turned this on last night when I plugged in my Onkyo receiver to it (HDMI 3 is the one with ARC). Had no issues. Haven't played with it much, but I didn't need to force it to scan for it to sync the devices together. I'm hoping I won't see weirdness I've seen with my (quite old) Sony TV (it randomly cuts out the picture when using HDMI CEC) or my (a few years old) Samsung TV (it does something weird to send my receiver to the TV input mode when the TV is set to the receiver's output and I'm using a streaming stick w/the Onkyo. So I end up with no audio. Standards are great. But rarely used standards with poor testing/manufacturer's takes on ambiguous language (maybe?) results in problematic performance at times.) So far so good with the TCL and an Onkyo receiver.

- WiFi: seems to work well (I use a UniFi AC Pro). Plex was streaming h.264 content at 12mbps or so (direct play) w/o any noticeable buffering at the start or random glitches or pauses. I'll be going wired in the final location, but looks like WiFi worked well. I used a 5GHz SSID so that confirms the TV can use 5Ghz networks (I guess that's pretty common now that everything is dual band... even the cheapest Fire tablets just added that, right?)

- Remote: basic Roku remote. Uses infrared. No backlight. Volume buttons on the side. No complaints. Means it'll be easy to have a Harmony remote control it.

- Seller/Shipping: Shipped and arrived quickly. Delivery by FedEx in my case. FedEx's tracking seems to update slowly so it told me it'd arrive Thrusday, but I saw it hadn't been to my local FedEx routing point Thursday morning, so I was skeptical, but figured it was possibly a ground delivery/courier setup that may operate differently. Nah, the site updated late Thursday to say delivery on Friday. Came on Friday. Rakuten is a really large seller (somewhat newer to/less well-known in the US). I've never bought from this third-party seller, but it went smoothly. I haven't had to talk to them so I can't comment on what it'd be if something went wrong. Check their ratings if you're concerned.

- I just tested using the YouTube app to cast to the TV when it was off. It turned on very quickly and launched the YouTube app. That took a bit longer to come on, but did work. Receiver turned on as well. So looks like the Roku lets YouTube listen/broadcast itself when the TVs is "off" so you can cast to it easily.


Overall, for $280, I'm super pleased. It's not the most stylish bezel or a high-end TV, but if you want something that's not totally stripped down and has decent quality overall (and great for the price, IMO), this seems like a good choice.
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Cant do 4:4:4 chroma as this has the cross hatch pattern RGBW, but it's a good TV for general streaming.
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was a little hotter at $318 over a year ago. Love it for general purpose streaming. DTVNow looks incredible on it.
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Isn't this a repost of your original FP post on 7/26?
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There's also a TCL 55S425 via walmarts site for $249.99 (Refurb)

I know its a different model number, but generally speaking I think they're all the same.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Refurb...thena=true


Also the 55S401 refurb is $239.99

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Refurb...thena=true
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Is there someplace that tells me which remote each of the TCL TVs come with? I know that in some cases they come with the enhanced remote and in others they dont. Trying to avoid having to but another remote.
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Is Rakuten cool to buy from? I've never owned a TV but been getting into streaming so feel like this is a good starting TV for me.

Should I jump on the deal? I was about to buy a 43 inch one for $220
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It's 4k if anyone is wondering.
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Would be helpful to put TV size in posting
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Is Rakuten cool to buy from? I've never owned a TV but been getting into streaming so feel like this is a good starting TV for me.

Should I jump on the deal? I was about to buy a 43 inch one for $220
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Also... at Best buy... FireTV built in.... 49 inches Toshiba is same price:

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tosh...Id=6211009
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I bought the prior sale from the same seller on Rakuten last week. Just unboxed the TV yesterday. A few things:

- There was a comment here about RGBW and crosshatching pixels. FWIW, I didn't notice anything and the rtings photo shows otherwise. They also say it can do 4:4:4 chroma: https://www.rtings.com/tv/reviews...-s425-2019

- I'm actually really impressed at the picture quality for the price. I've got a 65" M series Vizio from 2017 in the same room I've been using (just trialing out the TCL until I can move it to its final location). I was worried that I'd be disappointed that I didn't get a 55Rxxx over the 55Sxxx. For my use case (home gym), the S will be great. No local dimming, but has good native contrast. What it means for me is no weird backlight fluctuations like I notice on my Vizio depending on the brightness and positioning of the content (newer Vizio M series have more local dimming zones, but mine doesn't have a ton, so things like loading spinners centered in the screen can cause the different zones to pulsate brightness and it's kind of funny/distracting)

- Colors on the TCL (to me) don't seem washed out or oversaturated. I tuned it a bit to have a warmer color temp, dimmed the backlight, and used the "movie" mode and like how it looks. (Fits my use case but in general those settings may not be what everyone wants. Rtings has some suggestions from their calibration for their goals.)

- Menu brightness does not respect any picture tuning settings. it seems like this thing has three modes: "I'm on a menu" mode, "I'm watching SDR content" mode, and "I'm watching HDR content" mode. The last two seem to remember tuning options separately. The first seems to not have any tuning options. So for the the brightness jumps way up when finishing a show and returning to a "channel"/app's UI. A tad annoying.

- Roku seems pretty nice. I'm more of a Chromecast guy myself, but now have Chromecast, Smartcast (Vizio's smart functionality w/Chromecase built in), an Amazon FireTV stick, and an old Apple TV (which I've not used much at all). The Roku looks like it'll do all that I need. I may throw a Chromecast into the fix for my setup, but it really is nicer to have a menu and apps w/remote than pulling things up on your phone and casting. The Roku is way more responsive/better than Smartcast. Smartcast seems to me to be the Chromecast subsystem (Chromium-based browser displaying menus that are probably written in HTML/CSS/JavaScript). Vizio must not be putting a fast enough (or tuned?) SoC in their TVs (or the one that I bought a few years ago), so the whole UI feels a bit laggy. TCL w/Roku doesn't feel laggy at all.

- HDMI CEC: I just turned this on last night when I plugged in my Onkyo receiver to it (HDMI 3 is the one with ARC). Had no issues. Haven't played with it much, but I didn't need to force it to scan for it to sync the devices together. I'm hoping I won't see weirdness I've seen with my (quite old) Sony TV (it randomly cuts out the picture when using HDMI CEC) or my (a few years old) Samsung TV (it does something weird to send my receiver to the TV input mode when the TV is set to the receiver's output and I'm using a streaming stick w/the Onkyo. So I end up with no audio. Standards are great. But rarely used standards with poor testing/manufacturer's takes on ambiguous language (maybe?) results in problematic performance at times.) So far so good with the TCL and an Onkyo receiver.

- WiFi: seems to work well (I use a UniFi AC Pro). Plex was streaming h.264 content at 12mbps or so (direct play) w/o any noticeable buffering at the start or random glitches or pauses. I'll be going wired in the final location, but looks like WiFi worked well. I used a 5GHz SSID so that confirms the TV can use 5Ghz networks (I guess that's pretty common now that everything is dual band... even the cheapest Fire tablets just added that, right?)

- Remote: basic Roku remote. Uses infrared. No backlight. Volume buttons on the side. No complaints. Means it'll be easy to have a Harmony remote control it.

- Seller/Shipping: Shipped and arrived quickly. Delivery by FedEx in my case. FedEx's tracking seems to update slowly so it told me it'd arrive Thrusday, but I saw it hadn't been to my local FedEx routing point Thursday morning, so I was skeptical, but figured it was possibly a ground delivery/courier setup that may operate differently. Nah, the site updated late Thursday to say delivery on Friday. Came on Friday. Rakuten is a really large seller (somewhat newer to/less well-known in the US). I've never bought from this third-party seller, but it went smoothly. I haven't had to talk to them so I can't comment on what it'd be if something went wrong. Check their ratings if you're concerned.

- I just tested using the YouTube app to cast to the TV when it was off. It turned on very quickly and launched the YouTube app. That took a bit longer to come on, but did work. Receiver turned on as well. So looks like the Roku lets YouTube listen/broadcast itself when the TVs is "off" so you can cast to it easily.


Overall, for $280, I'm super pleased. It's not the most stylish bezel or a high-end TV, but if you want something that's not totally stripped down and has decent quality overall (and great for the price, IMO), this seems like a good choice.
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Anyone have any good picture settings they would like to share for a low light room? I've had this tv for over a year and still trying to tweak settings.
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