Originally Posted by solarrdadd
I’m sure you’ve read plenty here, but in spite of it, my recommendation to you is to just try and enjoy it, nor run test patterns looking for flaws or imperfections. Try using the tv as it is and for what it is, a thing for entertaining you visually and audibly.
All I read here is people wanting to know what test app to run, what the best settings are, how to change this and how to change that and talk of panel lottery and such. I have yet to see people saying I got the tv, set it up and watching DV on Netflix was xxxx. Or connected my UHD player to it and watching a 4K HDR movie looks xxxxx. Or the streaming ATMOS audio on my 5/7.x.x system sounds xxxxx.
I guess I’m saying other than there is a whole in or a crack on my screen, or it won’t power on or something catastrophically wrong with it, just try and enjoy it rather than shake it down for flaws or battle for perfection.
Just try and enjoy it, that’s what I did, and for the most part, still am.
Then get back to us.
I am coming from a completely different perspective than most on this thread. I have seen posts with video of the banding some panels have. Safe to say I won the panel lottery. No banding on my TCL. I came from a 55" TCL S405. A TV that I can honestly say that I loved for what it was. The 55R617 is not night and day better but it is obviously a significant step up in performance. I was at Costco and saw the 4 series and 5 series. You could see the 5 series had a better viewing angle than the 4 series. The 6 series has a better viewing angle than the 4 and 5 series. OLED and FALD panels lose nothing on viewing angles 90 degrees out. But who really cares about viewing angles? I have a telescoping full motion wall mount where I can move the TV around to pretty much any angle.
I do not think there is any really good source material available right now for HDR. It's cool but it seems as if most if not all are poorly implemented. I do not have a 4k UHD but still use blu ray as the default standard to test out a panel. I used to use digital video essentials but with the new panels what video essentials would call correct would be bland and faded by today's high contrast displays.
A lot of settings are personal preference but I disagree with ratings using warm setting and movie setting when tuning the TCL. Video Essentials always said cool in the correct setting because that gets the panel closest to 6500K much easier.
I have watched much of the same programming on Netflix and Amazon Prime as has been listed in this thread. I think it's Highway Man, the Kathy Bates Netflix series. That is just bad CGI green screen garbage and not the display causing people to question or doubt what they are seeing on their TV. A lot of these new films even have CGI and green screen stuff that is not real and how it appears on screen looks fake because it is. I was watching Robert Downey in Sherlock Holmes circa 2009 and the CGI was really bad.
The Batman films with Christian Bale are my favorite blu-ray films to use.
I should note I need to upgrade my Netflix to 4K. I still have my plan on standard HD.
I am using a monoprice 4K HDMI cable.
The 55 R617 is a lot heavier than the 55 S405. The bezel is thicker on the R617.
I am running my TV through the wifi 5ghz band. Having really fast internet connection is very important for streaming.
So far it does look really good. I will go back to testing for a few more days and report back.