I finally got mine mounted on the wall. Coming from a 43" plasma I was expecting the 55 to be way too big, and honestly its just right. When I first opened the tv and ran my little light bleed clouding, pond ripple test, everything looked good with just a bit of clouding in the upper right corner. Once I got it mounted I looked again and sure enough there was some decent clouding in the upper right and lower left. But like many others have stated thats only when FALD is turned off. This is a bedroom tv so all my quick tests were in complete darkness so my experience with how it looks to me may be a bit different than those that need to crank everything up.
I used settings in movie mode, darker, backlight around 15-20, brightness lowered to 48, contrast played with 75-100 and decided on 100. I tested a few youtube 4k hdr videos and it really does look spectacular. I did notice some heavy flickering on a Hawaii video that showed lots of ariel movement which was quite distracting, but didn't see it on another video, so I'll have to test more with that. I then tested it out on my directv. I was worried about this as most of it is 720p and 1080i and figured it would be softer or blurrier but I am happy to report I think it really looked great. I think i bumped the sharpness to 25 but I was very very impressed, everything looked pretty crisp. I tested a few dvr movies such as Gravity, Oblivion, Force Awakens, The Martian, The Peanuts Movie, Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy. FALD held up really well on Gravity. Tested the FALD at low, medium and high and didn't notice a huge difference so I kept it on high. I did notice it "working" on a few scenes and adjusting the brightness to 48 made a nice difference and you couldn't see the zones being activated but still keeping it lit correctly, in at least a few of the scenes that I noticed. All the other movies looked great, colors were vibrant, motion was decent as well.
I did notice that on the Winter Soldier when Cap goes onto the base below and you see all the ships the background looked very CG which I hadn't noticed before but thats not a detriment to the tv at all, picture just looks so good it brings out the flaws in movies lol. And like I said, this is upscaling 720p and 1080i content so take it for what its worth. More than happy though.
Back to motion I have to say that I'm very disappointed there are zero controls for any motion adjustment in the menu nor the apps "expert picture settings". Luckily it handles motion well enough but I think with a few settings if available could fine tune it better to each persons liking. I didn't get a chance to play any PS4 games or bluray, and also don't have an Xbox One S so no true 4k bluray test.
Overall, I am very pleased all things considered, even more so with the price spent. As for the clouding/light bleed, it is unfortunate but I've seen very few real world units, including the Vizio 471xvt I had owned back in the day not to have it to some extent. Luckily the FALD works well and theres no reason to not leave it on, unless you are gaming of course and want the added input lag gains. I would think TCL will patch in FALD to be able to be used in game mode. Coming from an ST60 in the living room with input lag in the 70s-80s I probably won't even run the ps4 in game mode and keep FALD on. Hopefully TCL continues to support this tv with updates and added tweaks to improve the experience.
So there are my brief impressions from last night. Will probably watch some blurays and game a little this weekend. Maybe by then a few settings will be out and I can put them in and see if things improve the picture but even with minor tweaks the set is great. I really hope as more people get these sets in they get a little better quality control wise. Returning a tv is a pain.
Last edited by garnettrules21; 06-16-2017 at 07:32 AM.