Apr 24, 2020
See price The TCL 55R617 was introduced to the market in 2018. It’s a 55-inch model from TLC’s R6 series which offers TVs with such features as Roku TV Smart Platform, Dolby Vision HDR, A...Read More
I had an opportunity to test TCL 55R617 vs Sony XBR65X850F — two TVs that were released in 2018, and are offered for the mid-range price. The TCL 55R617 belongs to the series R6 and features Dolby Vision technology, which creates a premium quality picture. The Sony XBR65X850F is from X850F series, featuring 4K X-Reality PRO that creates great picture clarity.
It’s safe to say that the manufacturers did everything to create the best possible pictures for both TVs in their price range. There's a need to go into details to notice some differences comparing Sony XBR65X850F vs TCL 55R617 picture reproduction.
The Sony XBR65X850F is remarkable for the clarity of colors. It really works well with movies and games in 4K HDR. The 4K technology really brings a realistic picture, I noticed the enhanced depth and the impressive brightness of the picture.
The TCL 55R617 supports 4K image as well. It’s better in the creation of the most lifelike picture than Sony’s model but doesn’t have such a bright picture. The 4K Ultra HD creates accuracy of colors, along with the contrast.
Both of these models support three the most popular video file formats: AVI, WMV, and MP4. The TVs reproduce audio with the help of stereo speakers. The Sony’s speakers are more powerful ones, having 20W of power (I don’t even think that it’s essential to connect any external speakers to this TV) if you compare it to 16W of the TCL model. They, unfortunately, don’t feature Dolby audio technologies, but Sony’s model can offer a DTS decoder which creates a cinema-like sound.
The connection possibilities of these TVs didn’t disappoint me: all the essential ones, like HDMI, USB inputs, digital and analog outputs, are present in both models.
The most noticeable difference in the external appearance of these models is, of course, the screen size: 55 inches of the TCL model versus 65 inches of Sony’s model. The TCL 55R617 stands on a less stable stand than the TV from Sony, so it’s better to be careful with its placement.
The Sony XBR65X850F is better TV in this comparison. Check Sony XBR65X850F price