TCL 65R615 vs. Sony 930E: 65"
I thought I'd share the benefit of my recent research/testing. Two weeks ago I got a Sony 65XBR930E from Best Buy. The TV was very well made and extremely heavy - 85 pounds and not easy to get on the wall mount! The picture was as good as promised.
Anyway, after about 10 days, I started reading reviews of the TCL 6-series. My first reaction was that it could not compare to the Sony since it was roughly 1/2 the price. However, being curious, I went back to BB and ordered the TCL65R615 which was delivered Saturday. I hooked them both up side-by-side and started my "TV beauty contest".
The best test was running both of them on the identical 4K content from YouTube. After some picture adjustments, I could not tell the difference. I'm not saying the Sony is not a better TV, but from a picture quality standpoint, they were indistinguishable (to me). They are on an enclosed porch with a lot of windows, and both TVs were plenty bright.
My final test was watching hockey, since that seems to be a good test of the motion handling capabilities. Again, the TCL seemed comparable to the Sony.
1. The Roku interface seems more straightforward and the remote is far simpler than the Sony remote (but the BB version lacks voice search)
2. Sound is not relevant since I'm using a sound bar
3. Back of the Sony and it's cable management system is far more comprehensive than the TCL
4. I'm not a gamer, so cannot compare on that basis.
I took the Sony back yesterday for a full refund. The Magnolia guy seemed a bit surprised, but when I told him about the TCL, his response was "Yes, I'd heard it had very good reviews.
I'm not telling anyone what to do and I know there have been issues with banding, DSE, etc. on some TCLs. Maybe I got lucky with the unit I got, but as much as I wanted to love the Sony, any differences (I could see) were marginal and certainly not worth double the money (at least my money!).
I've benefited a LOT from these forums and just wanted to give a little back. Good luck! Richard