Originally Posted by Shap39
What settings do you have set up? Also I do you tell me to just enjoy it and then say thereâ€™️s other problems can you please explain? I only have it a few days. What should I be looking for?
Overall this TV is great. A few people have had issues with auto detect for audio ARC/HDMI, motion artifacts in fast moving screnes from the the "action smoothing" settings, and other odd and ends.
As for me, I will tell you my issues but overall I think this TV is great, it is phenomenal for my usage. In the living room, It looks great and I get complements all the time when people visit.
Issues for me were just a few things that I had to figure out. Like some of the default settings are strange to me. TCL defaults Action Smoothing (soap opera effect) for several of their video modes such as Normal and Sports, I think it was on even in some of the HDR and Dolby Vision modes. This is a little weird because something like the soap opera effect is subjective to the individual. Some people can't stand it and some can. I think very few love it, at least when it come to all content, few love the soap opera effect for everything they watch. So my issue is a setting that is easily turned off in the menu? I don't like that is defaulted on, that's just me being Nick picky? Well, kinda I guess. I think the soap opera effect is weird on all TVs and I don't like it. I wouldn't watch it on any tv but I find this version by TCL is crazy on this TV. Maybe it's just too aggressive but I have seen people on YouTube say they like it on this set. The majority don't seem to.
This is a personal preference but I think TCL should have defaulted Action Smoothing Off for all modes and you probably wouldn't have ever heard anything about motion issues.
I use all motion processing settings turned off for most streaming videos or Motion Smoothness which looks perfect to me for most content.
Other issue I have had is a couple times playing around with settings, video modes and a bunch of rewind/pausing has caused some of the apps to glitch.
In sound settings watching ultraHD Spiderman Far From Home in the Vudu app, in the virtual surround settings, changing back and forth "on for all", "on for Dolby Atmos", and "off" back and forth would eventually cause the sound to drop about half it's loudness. Skipping back button, RWD, FWD - just anything that reloaded the stream would fix it (including restarting the app). This was repeatable for me, playing with virtual surround settings, changing mid stream back and forth, I could get it to glitch up again. Maybe it's fixed with the new update, maybe not. It's not normal scenario and I am doing things to induce it.
Other little things have occured by messing with a bunch of settings over and over while on streaming content. This is me trying to cause glitch ups. And if you try, you might get something to glitch, I was able to but I haven't found any other that were repeatable issues. This sort of stuff maybe due to a specific app and nothing to do with the TV but I know changing all kinds of settings while going back15s rewinding, pausing, playing can sometimes cause a glitch. The solution, exit the app and restart it.
But, dude. Anyone who ever used a smart TV knows about app glitching and bugs. This is completely a non issue on normal usage. The built in Roku is top notch, it's fast and other than unique circumstances, you really do not need any extra streaming device. It's 4k streaming with HDR and Dolby Vision. It works extremely well and I absolutely love that I do not need a separate box in the way.
But when it comes to having thousands of apps available, there is always a chance of some of them being buggy. It's Roku, which has had it's own bugs to take care of. But that is with all things, all streaming devices. Roku has been way better for me than my Samsung smart TV, today it is an older tv but even when I bought it, I could not ever rely on just the internal smart TV functions. It was not a good stand alone set, so many issues I had to buy a streaming box, which is what turned me on to Roku, which was maybe 4yrs ago.
All modern TVs that come out have their quirks and issues. No brand/model is perfect, nothing ever launched goes 100% without issues for every person that gets one.
Modern TVs are becoming ever more complex. Just for displaying, there is so much going on before a frame ever appears. it is mind blowing how much is involved for each and every frame, one that will exist only for 1/60th of a second on the screen. It has become even that much more complex with "high end" features such as local dimming. It's difficult to grasp the enormity of what all is happening in order to see the video that is playing. Breaking things down from the video source, which is just billions and billions of bits, binary data that differs from source to source. This is more complex than most people understand, the source of video data on a smart TV is vast and it varies in compression and multiple codecs, it's decompiled to be used for raw data each screen frame for video.
The video data is like direct instruction for the illumination of each pixel, thru the combinations of intensity of each sub pixel. At 4k, that scale is far too much data to wrap the mind around. And yet today, so much more than that occurs. It's like the raw data is more or less a guide and the TV set is actively enhancing every frame.
That's just a small touch on this.
Smart TVs are extremely complex. Some models are plagued with issues that may or may not ever get resolved. Others are better off. But none are perfect.
Overall, it's a great TV for me. I am really really happy with it. It's got a lot going on for it, a lot of great and some things you will have to figure out. But it only matters how it works for you. And if you're satisfied.
Unless your set is damaged, it's gonna be hard to go out and get something hands down better anywhere near this price point.
With all TVs you buy, there is a screen lottery. I could not get a decent H9F anywhere and I ended up with my 65R625. And honestly, I don't think I could have been happier. Especially after seeing how slow and crappy my neighbors Android TV performs. It's so slow to the point of unresponsiveness.