I ordered the TCL 75R615 a couple of weeks back and just received it this past Monday. Let me preface that this is my first 4K TV purchase. I am coming from a lower tier 1080P Samsung offering from 4 years ago. That TV had served me very well but I was ready for an upgrade.
I always research electronics to death before making major purchases. I read forums, professional reviews and cruise YouTube looking for all the information I can before pulling the trigger. Of all the major brands out there, and with all the current deals, the narrowing down process was very difficult. Every set I looked into had their pros and cons. No TV is perfect. I am a movie buff and have a decent collection of Blu-ray discs with some 4K UHD discs. My wife and I love to stream as well. We don't tend to watch huge amounts of cable but I am a huge football (NFL) fan. The Xbox One S gets a good amount of milage as well. So our viewing is diverse and we wanted a set to be able to fit all these needs.
The top of my list was wanting a FALD set. My previous set was edge lit. It wasn't a bad set by no means, but all of my research had me wanting FALD technology. OLED was out of my budget and being a gamer, burn in is too great a risk for that cost. The one brand that kept showing up on most "Best Of" lists was the TCL 6 series. Initially, I had not even considered this set as a contender due to most professional reviewers referencing it as a "budget" TV. Budget, in the electronics world, doesn't always necessarily have a positive connotation so I continued my search. Of all the other major brands, there were constant issues in either one shape or another, but no significant issues with the TCL that I could find. So I focused my research on the TCL 6 series. There was some very positive feedback regarding the 6 series and at the given price point, I decided to take the plunge.
I got notification that my TV arrived first thing Monday morning. I wasn't able to pick it up until my wife got off work at the end of the day. Waiting sucks! After waiting all day, we got the set home and began unboxing. The set was packaged very well. Kudos to TCL! It made me feel like my set was going to be just fine before I even finished unpacking everything. Sure enough, the TV was without a blemish. To be clear, this set does NOT look like anything budget. Following some adjustments of my existing wall mount (my previous TV was a 75") the TV was mounted and we were powering up. as a sidetone, I have read some complaints about this TV being thick, but on the wall, it is not noticeable from our seating position. The setup was quite easy. Anybody, literally, could navigate through these menus and be up and running in minutes. Following some software updates, and channel setup, it was showtime. The Roku platform is not foreign to neither my wife nor me. It is very intuitive and fast! More Kudos to TCL!
I do have to admit that the included remote is a piece of junk and feels very cheap. I did all of my setup with the included remote. It wasn't until I had everything set up that I downloaded the Roku app to my iPhone. I highly recommend to everyone to do this before you even get this TV. To me, it's easier to use and you don't need direct line of sight to the TV to use this method. It is extremely responsive and has some extras that you will not be able to access with the included remote. Again, please download the Roku app.
So here are a few things I would like to highlight below regarding my experiences with my TCL 75R615 after the first 5 days:
1) The picture quality is outstanding! 4K content is unbelievable! I am loving DV and HDR content. That's what we all want from a TV right? It took me some playing around with the settings, but this TV has got some chops!
2) I have not noticed any blooming whatsoever and no DSE or jailers as reported in some other brand name FALD sets. I watch my TV with the content I use daily. I don't have any test pattern discs, nor do I go to YouTube trying to find faults in my set. These aren't in my usual categories of watching material and I don't want to find anything I won't be able to unsee.
3) Cable is actually watchable. I was nervous to watch Thursday Night Football, but it was actually better than I had expected.
4) Blacks are black. I haven't particularly noticed any black crushing with the content I have viewed so far.
5) There is no kind of light bleed or dark corners. Uniformity is very good!
6) Motion handing is actually very good. On all TV's I've had in the past, I would disable motion handling. I prefer to leave Action Clarity on high and Action Smoothing on low to medium depending on content.
7)The Roku app. This was the game changer for me. On the primary screen, in the lower right corner is a tab "More." Under this tab, you can select "Expert Picture Settings." It was here that I disabled "Noise Reduction" and adjusted "Gamma" to my particular liking. I felt like the picture quality improved a great deal following these 2 adjustments.
8) I prefer to watch non DV/HDR content in "Low Power" mode. I don't know why, but it is very pleasing to me while retaining good definition.
9) I can't comment on the sound abilities as I use a surround sound system.
These are some of the immediate thoughts I felt would be helpful to share as these are most of the concerns I read about regarding TV performances.
In closing, I can't stress enough about how pleased I am with this TV. I feel like the only "budget" attribute this TV has, besides the remote, is its price. Seriously, at this price point, this set is a steal! Have you eve made a purchase hoping that you'd be pleased with its performance? Well I can admit that I got much more than I could have ever anticipated. So much so that I've been losing more sleep
My initial thought about buying this TV was, 'If it's not all it was built up to be, then I'll just return it." I am very happy to say that this beast will be staying on my wall. I am hoping that this review will help any prospective buyers out there on the fence like I was. Cheers to you all and happy viewing!