TCL 55R617 vs Sony XBR65X850F

Best TV For Home Theater: TCL 55R617 vs Sony XBR65X850F

TCL 55R617 vs Sony XBR65X850F

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.

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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.

Features & performance

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.

Design & build quality

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.

TCL 55R617 pros & cons

Pros

  • There is a wide choice of streaming apps and services on Roku TV.
  • The TCL’s NBP Photon technology gives an impressively wide color range.

Cons

  • You can’t stream audio via Bluetooth.

Sony XBR65X850F pros & cons

Pros

  • You can add the voice control if you combine the TV with an Alexa device.
  • There are no problems in compatibility with Apple TV and PS4.
  • I didn’t notice any issues with remote control — it’s minimalistic and ergonomic.

Cons

  • It doesn't work very good with Android TV.

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Common

Product

TCL 55R617
Sony XBR65X850F

Model

55R617
XBR65X850F

Brand

TCL
Sony

Rating

4.0 of 5
4.3 of 5

Reviews

788
185

General

Series

R6
X850F

Screen sizes in series

55, 65
65, 75, 85

Display

Screen size, inch

55
65

4K/UHD

Full HD

Resolution, pixels

3840 x 2160
3840 x 2160

Display type

VA
IPS

Screen design

flat
flat

Display width, cm/in

120.96/47.62
142.85/56.24

Display height, cm/in

68.04/26.78
80.35/31.63

Display area, %

93.61
94.69

Display colors

1.07 billion
1.07 billion

Refresh rate, Hz

60
120

Aspect ratio

16:9
16:9

High dynamic range (HDR)

HDR10
HDR10

3D

3D

2D to 3D

has not
has not

Video file formats

AVI

WMV

MP4

MOV

Other

MKV, TS
MKV, WebM, M2TS

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

has not
QuickTime, Xvid

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178
178

Vertical, degrees

178
178

Audio

Speakers

stereo
stereo

Speakers power, W

16
20

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

has not
MIDI, M4A, LPCM

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black
black

Width, cm/in

123.19/48.5
145/57.08

Height, cm/in

71.37/28.09
83.6/32.91

Depth, cm/in

7.37/2.9
5.2/2.04

Weight, kg/lbs

16.8/37.04
25.6/56.44

Width with stand, cm/in

123.19/48.5
145/57.08

Height with stand, cm/in

78.49/30.9
90/35.43

Depth with stand, cm/in

27.18/10.7
31.5/12.4

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

17.3/38.14
26.5/58.42

Connections

HDMI

3
4

USB

1
3

Component video input

0
0

Composite video input

1
1

VGA input

0
0

Optical digital audio output (S/PDIF)

1
1

Analog audio output (3.5 mm)

1
1

Ethernet (RJ45)

0
1

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 5GHz

Bluetooth

TV tuner

Analog

Digital

Ergonomics

VESA mount

VESA interface

200 x 200
300 x 300

Removable stand

Landscape/Portrait pivot

Accessories

Camera

Microphone

Internet movie streaming

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon video

HBO

Other

Vudu
Vudu

Features

Remote control

Smart TV

Local dimming

Bluetooth audio streaming

Voice remote

Picture in picture

MHL-compatible

Parental control

Artificial Intelligence

Google assistant

Amazon alexa compatible

Mobile features

Mobile App

Recording features

Digital recording

Watch and record

Panel

Panel technology

Clear Motion
Motionflow XR

Backlight technology

Direct LED
Edge LED

Manufacturer

VA
VA

Native refresh rate, Hz

120
120

Panel bit depth, bits

10
10

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0.031/0.012
0.037/0.014

Pixel density, ppi

80
68

Processor

Model

Dual-core
ARM Cortex-A53, Quad-core

Operating system

Operating system

Roku TV
Android TV

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120
100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

60
150

Maximum power consumption, W

230
196

Standby power consumption, W

0.5
0.5

User manual

Manual

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