Originally Posted by PlanetAVS
I would give the edge to the TCL for the built in Roku platform and the lower input lag for your Xbox gaming. It doesn't have the local dimming of the Vizio E but at 43" it probably doesn't matter as much IMO.
This is really tough. After seeing what local dimming can do, I don't think I could go without it. Even if it just blacks out the black bars for letter-boxed movies, it is worth it for that alone. Going from a 65" Panasonic VT60 plasma to a Vizio 75" P75-C1 with local dimming, the black bars were slightly gray on the plasma, they are completely black on the FALD. In a dark room, this makes such a difference that I can't imagine going back. When Xbox borked the Blu-ray app elevating black levels, it was instantly noticeable. Once they patched it, again, noticed immediately.
I can't imagine being stuck with a 43". I haven't had a TV that small in the living room since 2003, lol. I'm insane though, and would move or rearrange the room to fit something far larger. I live in a 500 sq ft apt in Philly, with the living room/ kitchen area maybe being 18'x10'. I sit about 6.5' from the 75" (it is on a 30" articulating wall mount), and I want to go bigger. 85" are starting to come out in mid range models. Maybe larger than 85" will be feasible by then, and not $10,000. I can dream! I am about 2 years away from upgrading (Tech reasons), and if my entire wall could be a TV, I would make it happen! Again, I am a little off my rocker. People walk in and literally the first thing they comment on is the size of the TV. everyone thinks I am nuts until they watch it. Then they get it. Right now watching my Philadelphia Phillies, and it is like being there!
I am looking for a bedroom TV, and I am looking at the TCL 6 series which seems like a steal. Shame it doesn't come in this size. That would be a real easy recommend. If I were buying a TV today, I would not buy a TV that didn't have controlled back lighting (self emitting like OLED or FALD for LED), and HDR with 500 nits of brightness at a minimum (more is better if possible). Dolby Vision would be nice, but honestly it is still difficult to find and display content. I don't really know of a UHD player that even plays DV discs outside of Oppo, who is getting out of that side of their business. I think I own 2 UHDs that have DV versus the 25 or so that are HDR10 only. The few times I copmpared them, I didn't see some tremendous difference (Netflix, and who knows the quality versus a UHD disc which I have no way of testing).
43" is sadly becoming a small TV market that is left to the lower end models. Of the 2 models you have listed, I would do the Vizio just because of the FALD. Pitch black letter-box bars is really awesome for movies if that matters, and FALD usually doubles the real Contrast ratio of the LED. Vizio has been very good at adding features over the last year+ that I have owned mine. They have also pledged to continue support of my model (2016/2017 P) for the next year. I don't know of any company that has supported a TV for THREE YEARS (I am thinking 4 years as the P series is a 2 year model). My Panasonic was $3,900, and received ONE firmware update I remember, about 3 months after I got it. It didn't add any features, just bug fixes. The TCL has the better interface, but streaming to a Vizio is simple. Hit stream on your phone, select the TV, boom, TV changes instantly to whatever it is. I don't use the remote at all for it. Just the Tablet or my phone, or the Xbox One X. I'll probably own an TCL shortly, wish I could comment on that better.
Since these aren't super expensive TVs, is there any way you could just buy them both and test them at the same time? I have always wanted to do this, but couldn't afford it. We all have budgets and some people just don't care that much about this stuff. Might be a fun thing to do for a few hours, maybe not. Good luck, Either way I don't think you will go wrong. Both are good TVs, but the FALD in the Vizio, IMO is the differentiator.