Wow, I must be different than EVERYBODY on here(they are ALL concerned that the black level and off axis are terrible. Not for me). I bought last night from BB, and here is what I like/dislike in 30 minutes of watching.
Coming from a 2008 Olevia 747i 47" with the awesome high-end SiliconOptix Realta Hollywood Quality Video processor. I REALLY liked that TV in the day, and up to last week when the main board died. Off axis blacks were TERRIBLE( I mean genuinely, really bad) , but other than that a really nice viewing experience. I'm watching at about 10 feet away.
The TCL Good:
1. That old one had REALLY bad off axis blacks. Everybody complains about this TCL being a VA panel and not good at blacks. Right....I have it in a normal person living room, and the blacks are fine for me. Straight on, and from my 30 deg off axis couch. Just fine, no complaints at all. This is NOT a black room however, but blacks are no problem.
2. The screen is bright and colors rich, but reds need a little work as POP too much. Have done NO calibration yet other than turn brightness from BRIGHTER to NORMAL.
3. The Roku is as expected,good. It is FAST as a user interface and gets HIGH wife approval.
4. Old TV was 132 LBS, new one is 33, NICE.
5. It doesn't smooth everything with the SOE, as that makes me sick, literally, I get motion sick watching SOE on friends larger TVs.
6. Has 'headphone/ext speaker' analog out and going to drive old Logitech 2.1 computer speaker system with tonight (needed, see #1
in the BAD section)
7. 3 HDMI, one should be able to control a speaker system with ARC compatibility. Wish had 4 HDMI, but built in Roku acts like 1, so it's ok.
8. Quick look, no dead or stuck pixels. I haven't run any test images looking for 'flashlighting' yet.
9. Uses IR remote. Plus for me because I have multiple IR Harmony remotes and can use with this TV.
The not so good:
1. The Olevia basically CAME with a soundbar speaker setup.. These really suck. Going to try and fix tonight with an external 2.1 computer speaker setup I can hide behind the unit.
UPDATE:7/20/2017 TURNS OUT THE TV WAS NOT THE MOTION PROBLEM LISTED BELOW. IT WAS THE MEDIA CENTER PC SELECTING 29i AS THE REFRESH RATE WHEN I LOWERED THE PC RES FROM 4K TO 1080. SET TO 60P, 108 AND MOTION NOW IS FINE....
2. Motion is not good. Honestly I don't think ANY new TV would make me as happy as the old Olevias motion handling. New highend units smooth the motion so much, I get sick, and the 60 hz units don't have processing to smooth the motion like they could(Olevia was a 60hz panel and did great). I'm SO spoiled by the old Realta Hollywood Video processor. It was MADE to scale SD to HD and handle all wired motion things at all resolutions without giving an overly smooth effect. EXAMPLE of the bad: Watching ABC morning news and the 'news ticker' on the bottom that scrolls, is REALLY jumpy. Wife noticed it. Old TV smoothed that ticket right out. Maybe that advanced NOISE REDUCTION setting will help. Have to install phone app tonight.
3. Could I have saved money and got the 55S405 without all these fancy Dimming backlights, Dolby Video, HDR. Etc? Are they all, except the dimming backlights, just fads like 3D? Will there be a standard for HDR that this TV supports? Will there be enough HDR content in the future? Will it really matter? I would have saved $150 and not sure I can tell the difference, as even $400 TVs look pretty darn good to me. Plus the down sides would be the same as this one (sound quality and motion).
So I can solve sound as that was expected and am driving the TV with a WMC at 1080p, so I need to check the media center and see if there are any settings I can adjust for the motion, as the TV doesn't do as good as the old Olevia, but none of the new ones do.
P.S. Best Buy experience was not great. I ordered on-line and got email saying it was ready for pickup. I'm over 1.5 hours from my closest BB. When we got there after work, it wasn't ready and they couldn't even find it. 30 minutes later, it came rolling out. They had ZERO TCL tvs on display or even in boxes on showroom. They were only in warehouse. Hard to get foot traffic when not on showroom floor. Then I still don't think I have a proper receipt of the sale. They 'email' receipt but it just confirmed pickup of the ordered unit. My BB account has something that I THINK could be used as a receipt with TCL if needed for warrantee work. Not a great experience.