Originally Posted by namaharg
Thanks! That looks perfect. What is the difference between the 2018 and 2019 6 series?
I think the 2019 is the 8-series, it should have more backlight zones (better local dimming) but other than that we don't know. But it also won't likely launch at under $600 for the 55".... probably best to go for the 6-series now. Just make sure to evaluate it for panel inconsistency to see if you need to return it.
Originally Posted by toby5
"is that hard to find a really good 43" tv?"
Originally Posted by VA_DaveB
Yes, because there aren't any really good 43" TVs. They are all 60 Hz panels, none have local dimming. Some have VA panels, some are IPS, there are no OLEDs in that size. Reviews for larger versions of models with 43" will not be applicable as the panel type may change as well as the native refresh rate and some features may be eliminated. Samsung has a few of the better VA panel 43" TVs including the Q60R, NU7100, RU7100 and NU6900. The 43" TCLs and Vizios are iffy IMO. The 43" Sony 800F/G have IPS panels so grayish blacks and better viewing angles.
the 43" Vizio E-series does have local dimming... though only 6 zones barely counts, I suppose
. It's currently RTings' top 43" TV. I bought a 43" recently, also due to size limitations, and would have gone with the Vizio E except for a few factors that made me choose the TCL 5-series: it's a bit cheaper, we love the Roku software, it looks nicer when it's off, and the Vizio has a crazy-wide stand that wouldn't work well where we wanted it.
Originally Posted by Limeybastard
Been out of the fold for while..looked at Rtings and Google. What recommendations for a sub $500 TV 50 or 55" ? I'm a Roku user, but if Roku is not inbuilt it doesn't matter . Cheers.
As mentioned above, the TCL 6-series can't be beat in that price range
. Just have to check the panel uniformity (either through full-color screens or through "normal" tough scenarios you might encounter like football/hockey games). Google "dirty screen effect" for more on that. But if you get a good panel like I did for my 75" you will be very happy and save a lot of money. Oh and the non-Best-Buy one (55R617) has a better remote for $30 more on Amazon, if you care about voice search and a couple other functions.