Originally Posted by rmz76
Thanks! So how well does the TCL 55P607 compare to the LG OLED from last year?
EDIT: This review gave me what I was looking for, thanks for pointing me to the 2016 LG OLED as an example of competition. I see some high end features that distinguish it from the TCL but I'm not sure they will impact what I care about. The motion interpolation has me curious.
I see that you're wanting a comparison of which high end TV this TCL most resembles. That's really impossible to answer. I'll try to explain why. There are a lot of different measurements that are used to describe how well TVs perform. With so many permutations on TVs being good at some things and not as good at others, it's rare that to TVs from different manufacturers line up closely along all measurements. We also are still missing a few details on the TV such as how good the FALD implementation is, grey uniformity, and motion. Based on what we know, here's how done of the measurements stack up.
Native Contrast: this is a number many consider most important. What it measures is the ratio from the darkest black to the brightest white the display can show at the same time without local dimming. This is important because with HDR, you can have bright specular highlights next to a dark area in the same zone. Without a high native contrast, those bright highlights raise the black level too high and make the image look a little washed out. What's so amazing here is that this TV measures higher then any other LCD ever. OLED is going to be better with its infinite contrast due to the complete darkness of its blacks.
Peak brightness: this set is measuring 600-630 nits in any size window with no dimming over time. Most high end TVs dim over time because real content rarely sustains high brightness. Without dimming over time, they would overheat at the high numbers they produce. If you watch content that does sustain high brightness, you may notice it. This allows those high end TVs to reach or exceed 1,000 nits, which is what most HDR content is currently mastered to. Being below 1,000 nits, the TV has to use a transfer function to translate the 1,000 nit peak to the TCL's 630. The exception to 1,000+ nits in high end TVs is OLED. The 2016 models peak around the same level as the TCL with the 2017s peaking around 750. This is expected to increase quite a bit in 2018 with a new pixel structure that doesn't have to account for passive 3d filters. (2017s use same panel as 2016s even though they don't have 3d). Notably, the TCL does perform above the previous value leader of the Vizio P series and at a lower MSRP.
Color gamut/ volume. This TV measures fairly well. It's better than the Vizio P, but not as good as the high end TVs. If outperforms every other TV in its price range. To beat the TCL you have to spend 3-4x as much. Side color gamut is useful only in HDR content.
Input lag: this is important for gaming. Here, it's among the best measured.
Upscaling: we don't have much info here. It's probably not great and part of what makes the set cheap. However, if your AVR or player upscales really well, this is not important.
Haloing/blooming: this is only relevant to LCDs. OLED does not have this issue as emissive instead of transmissive. Even the best LCDs in this area such as the Sony Z9D which was built around having the best backlight engine possible has minor issues with this. Cheap LCDs are famous for having terrible blooming and halos. Based on Mark's initial impressions, the 72 zone FALD does a decent job where most users won't notice it on most content. A 72 zone FALD is going to be better than what most mid level TVs have. The Vizio P series has more zones, but as other users have mentioned, one of Sony's TVs has even fewer zones but a great algorithm making it a top FALD TV. More zones usually means better, but not always. We don't have great info or direct comparisons here, but initial impressions are good
Again, here it appears you will need to pay 3-4x as much for improvement in an area many will find satisfactory performance.
Motion: we don't have much info here. With a 60hz native panel, there's probably going to be some judder on 24fps content (movies). Sony has a reputation for good motion but cost more for it. There not much more to say here until we get more info.