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TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

 
TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)

TCL 55S405 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)
From TCL

List Price: $599.99
Price: $449.99 Details

Availability: Usually ships in 6 to 8 weeks
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

5 new or used available from $449.99

Average customer review:
( stars, based on 291 reviews)

Product Description

TCL, one of the world's largest TV manufacturers in the world and America’s fastest growing TV brand, bring the latest in 4K technology and design. We've simplified the 4k Ultra HD TV so you can instantly enjoy endless entertainment. With HRD compatibility, choose from more than 4,000 streaming channels that feature 450,000 movies and TV episodes plus live sports, news, music, kids and family, food, science and tech, fitness, foreign language and so much more.


Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #370 in Home Theater
  • Size: 55-Inch
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: TCL
  • Model: 55S405
  • Released on: 2017-05-17
  • Dimensions: 30.80" h x 8.70" w x 49.10" l, 30.00 pounds
  • Processors: 2
  • Battery type: Alkaline
  • Display size: 55

Features

  • Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 49.1" x 28.5" x 3", TV with stand: 49.1" x 30.8" x 8.7"
  • Smart functionality offers access to over 4,000 streaming channels featuring more than 450,000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV
  • Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the most lifelike picture
  • Direct-lit LED produces great picture quality
  • 120Hz refresh rate allows fast moving action scenes to be seen with virtually no motion blur
  • Inputs: 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, Headphone Jack, Optical Audio Out, Ethernet

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

205 of 215 people found the following review helpful.
5Extremely happy with this purchase
By Derrick Sheppard
I am shocked at the picture quality. I went into this purchase wanting a larger inexpensive TV for the master bedroom. So far I am floored, the picture blows away my Panasonic plasma I purchased several years ago (for 3x the price). The Roku OS is super easy, The antenna integration and USB storage for recording live programming are great.

One small item I can nitpick is the white LED at the bottom center of the TV that remains on after powering off. I haven't dug through all the settings yet, I will post an update if I can disable it. Update: The LED can be disabled in settings under power settings.

If this set can continue to perform, I will replace my main Panasonic Plasma with the new TCL C Series

The pic is from a nature show "The Hunt" streamed from Netflix.

I can't imagine a better picture for the price point. That coupled with the Roku OS and I am extremely happy with this purchase

189 of 198 people found the following review helpful.
4How to Get Blu Rays to Not Look Awful on this Great TV
By Noah Ross
I replaced a 100" 1080p projector, which simply due to the size of the image, I am going to miss, but this TV is spectacular for the money, although being a cinephile, I'd like some more advanced picture settings, particularly the ability to turn off interpolation. Out of the box, regular 1080p blu rays look AWFUL, but that is fixable as I will get to shortly. I won't get into too much detail about the picture. There are other reviews for that here, and I agree with the positive ones, the picture is phenomenal for the price, but there is a bit of unevenness in the backlighting that only bothers me when the screen is mostly one color/shade.

The real reason I'm leaving this review is to tell you how to fix what, to me, was almost a deal-breaking picture issue when playing native 24p content. I was playing a brand new blu-ray on my PS4 (not a UHD blu ray), and like any cinephile should, I have my PS4 set to output 24p signal when available (most movie blu rays). This resulted in horrible artifacting during fast motion and panning, especially in dark scenes. (Legitimately awful, I was about to send it back, but decided to sleep on it.) After some research and fiddling with settings, I found that turning the 24p setting off on the PS4 mostly fixed this, but I wouldn't recommend that.

The best solution that I found was to enter the Expert Picture Settings menu (using the Roku app on your phone), and to turn Noise Reduction to Off. My guess is that since this TV has a native refresh rate of 60hz, it is doing a 3:2 pulldown on 24p signals and attempting to guess and add 36 frames every second between the original 24 (which is standard for 60hz TVs), but then the Noise Reduction is seeing a lot of those artificial frames as "noise" and trying to smooth them. This is probably what is causing the artifacting and ghosting during motion. You'd think the software would ignore the artificial frames that the TV itself generated when it comes to noise reduction, but that doesn't seem to be the case and the two functions collide into an absolutely unwatchable mess on screen.

Don't take my word for what looks best though. Try it yourself. Try it with just turning 24p off on your blu ray player. Try it with just turning Noise Reduction off. Try it with both. I liked it best with just Noise Reduction off, but everyone is different. I'll be honest, if I hadn't been able to resolve this, I would absolutely have sent the TV back and bought something with more advanced picture settings, albeit at a much higher expense. It was that bad.

Hopefully this helps you.

102 of 105 people found the following review helpful.
5Great TV for the price, you can't go wrong with it
By zzzrain
Great TV for the price! The up conversion is hit or miss but mostly it is a hit. I've been recording videos in HD, 1080p for many many years, wedding videos and such and they looked great on a 1080p TV but the up conversion makes them look even better! Somehow it can even break down the strands of hair and make them stand out. With the 720p upconversion, it still looks good. When you start going lower and lower like 480 then it starts to look blotchy and sometimes even worse than the original.

The overall picture is great! The screen is bright, the blacks are solid, the colors are vivid and brilliant, it truly looks great! with the 120hz, I don't see too much motion lag in faster action movies, I haven't watched sports with it yet though.

The sound, blah... terrible! No matter what anyone else says, it's only good enough to listen to, nothing great. I just hooked up a set of powered PC speakers to it for now and they sound much better.

The menu is super simple and easy to navigate and use, it is very intuitive. The remote is the same, it has enough features and the buttons are placed where you would expect them to be. The video and other menu's though are very simplistic. By default, you are able to select most of their pre-programmed and use them easily. They honestly look great already, I don't believe many people will want to deviate from that. But there is an advanced menu as well where you can change all the individual settings like saturation, hue, warmth, and the others.

From what I have experienced, seen previously, and researched as well Sony and Samsung make the best TVs if you pay for one of their higher end models but for the price and value this TV can't be beat. I'm glad I paid the extra $50 for this 2017 version over the 2016 version. If anyone is looking at the 2016 model, here are the main differences I seen between them:

1) 2016 has no HDR, so no true black and no vivid color contrast
2) 2016 energy star rating is not as well, I think you will save about $11 - 15 in electricity bills in a year with the 2017 model. So in 2 or 3 years it will pay for the difference.

I would highly recommend this TV to anyone who is looking for an EXCELLENT low or moderate budget TV. It is also great for someone who is not as "tech savoy" as the remote and menu's are easy to use. I can only compare this to a Septre 50" 4K TV I bought last year to see how the videos and picture would look on a 4K TV. The video on this TV is much brighter and distinguished, the upconversion on it is much better, the sound on the Septre was better though than this one.

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