TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018

                         

Bottom line: Which one is better?

Bottom line: TCL R617 (6 Series) is better

In this review of TCL 5 series Vs 6 Series, TCL R617 (6 Series) is better because it has better local dimming essential for watching in dark rooms and gets brighter good for watching in brighter rooms. It has better response time, has BFI and better HDR performance.

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: DESIGN

In this review of TCL 5 Vs 6 Series, we have the following comparisons;

Resolution; the two TVs have 4k

Stands; the two TVs have stands

Wall mount; each TV has VESA 200×200

Borders; TCL R617 6 Series has 0.47” (1.2cm) while TCL S517 5 Series has 0.35” (0.9cm)

Max thickness; TCL R617 6 Series is 2.95” (7.5cm) whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 2.91” (7.4cm)

Max temperature; TCL R617 6 Series has 95oF (35oC) while TCL S517 5 Series has 111oF (44oC)

Average temperature; TCL R617 6 Series has 84oF (29oC) while TCL S517 5 Series has 90o (32oC)

Bottom line: the two TVs have the same design features

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: PICTURE QUALITY

Native contrast; TCL R617 6 Series has 5182:1 whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 6000:1

Local dimming; TCL R617 6 Series has local dimming

SDR real scene peak brightness; TCL R617 6 Series has 701cd/m2 while TCL S517 5 Series has 281cd/m2

HDR real scene peak brightness; TCL R617 6 Series has 840cd/m2 while TCL S517 5 Series has 273cd/m2

Gray uniformity; TCL R617 6 Series has 6.3 whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 7.1

50% Std. Dev; TCL R617 6 Series had 4.670% while TCL S517 5 Series has 3.140%

50% DSE; TCL R617 6 Series has 0.229% whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 0.197%

Viewing angle; TCL R617 6 Series and TCL S517 5 Series have 5.1

Black uniformity; TCL R617 6 Series has 7.8 while TCL S517 5 Series has 7.5

Native Std. Dev; TCL R617 6 Series has 1.006% while TCL S517 5 Series has 1.020%

Total reflections; TCL R617 6 Series has 5.7% while TCL S517 5 Series has 5.9%

Pre-calibration; TCL R617 6 Series has 7.7 while TCL S517 5 Series has 6.9

White balance dE; TCL R617 6 Series has 3.15 while TCL S517 5 Series has 4.15

Color dE; TCL R617 6 Series has 2.33 whereas TCL S517 5 Series whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 261

Gamma; the two TVs have 2.21

Post calibration; TCL R617 6 Series has 9.7 while TCL S517 5 Series has 9.8

White balance dE; TCL R617 6 Series has 0.31 whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 0.17

Color dE; TCL R617 6 Series has 0.62 while TCL S517 5 Series has 0.43

Gamma; TCL R617 6 Series has 2.20, the same as TCL S517 5 Series.

Bottom line: TCL R617 6 Series is better

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: MOTION

100% response time; TCL R617 6 Series has 12.4ms while TCL S517 5 Series has 15.8ms

Flicker-free; the two TVs don’t have

Black Frame Insertion (BFI); TCL R617 6 Series has optional BFI

Motion interpolation; the two TVs have motion interpolation (30fps)

Native refresh rate; each TV has 60H

Variable refresh rate; the two TVs don’t have.

Bottom line: TCL R617 6 Series is better

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: INPUTS

Input lag; the two TVs have 9.3

Supported resolutions; the two TVs have 8.3

Total inputs; each TV has 3 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Digital optical Audio out, 1 Analog audio out 3.5mm, 1 composite in, 1 tuner (cable/Ant) and 1 Ethernet.

Inputs specifications; each TV has HDR10, Dolby Vision, HDMI 2.0 full bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2, Variable Analog Audio out and Wi-Fi support.

Audio pass-through; each TV has ARC, 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS

Bottom line: TCL R617 6 Series is better

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: SOUND QUALITTY

Low-frequency extension; TCL R617 6 Series has 142.54Hz, the same as TCL S517 5 Series

Max; TCL R617 6 Series has 87.2dB SPL while TCL S517 5 Series has 84.5dB SPL

Distortion; TCL R617 6 Series has 6.6 whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 3.94dB

Weighted THD @ Max; TCL R617 6 Series has 0.396 whereas TCL S517 5 Series has 0.349

IMD @ Max; TCL R617 6 Series has 17.02% while TCL S517 5 Series has 4.34%

Bottom line: TCL S517 5 Series is better

TCL 6 Series/R617 2018 Vs TCL 5 Series/S517 2018: SMART FEATURES

Smart OS; the two TVs operate on Roku TV versions 8.0

Interface; the two TVs are easy to use and are very smooth.

Ad-free; the two TVs have ads

Apps and features; the two TVs have apps and features

Remote; the two TVs have small remotes

TV controls; the two TVs have TV controls

Bottom line: the two TVs have the same smart features

Conclusion

When we compare TCL 6 Series Vs 5 Series in this review, TCL R617 6 Series is better as it has better local dimming essential for watching in dark rooms and gets brighter, good for watching in brighter rooms. It has better response time, has BFI and better HDR performance.