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New TCL Mini-LED + QLED

philrock

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I'm looking into a new TV and am considering the 75" 2020 TCL Series 6 Roku TV. This is my current HT setup:

Sony XBR-65X900F
AppleTV 4k
Sonos: Beam + Play 1s + Sub gen 3
Sony blu-ray player

I never thought I would use a TCL as my primary TV but after 18 mos of using a 32" in the bedroom and 43" in the garage I am very impressed. I love not needing an external streaming device as well. It makes using my AppleTV seem like a chore. #thestruggleisreal

I assume Sonos will still work with the Roku remote as it is ARC but I haven't verified.

So I'm considering dropping my AppleTV from the lineup. I'm all about simplifying things. Any considerations I am missing? TIA!
 

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I assume Sonos will still work with the Roku remote as it is ARC but I haven't verified.

ARC is just for passing audio

you need HDMI-CEC to control the volume over HDMI.
different manufacturers call it different things, most of them have link somewhere in the name.
They are all mostly be compatible with each other though, no matter what they're called.

most of the time if it's got either ARC or CEC, it's has both.
although sometimes CEC does need to be enabled.
ARC will only be available on one specific HDMI port (it should be labeled), while CEC should work on all of them.
 
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philrock

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ARC is just for passing audio

you need HDMI-CEC to control the volume over HDMI.
different manufacturers call it different things, most of them have link somewhere in the name.
They are all mostly be compatible with each other though, no matter what they're called.

most of the time if it's got either ARC or CEC, it's has both.
although sometimes CEC does need to be enabled.
ARC will only be available on one specific HDMI port (it should be labeled), while CEC should work on all of them.
I suppose I could connect my Beam to one of my current TCL TVs to see how it works.
 
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HDFan

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ARC is just for passing audio

It has eArc which solves some of the limitations of ARC.

The specification page on their website is vague. Doesn't give HDCP version, HDMI version, HDR modes supported, so unable to compare with full featured Sony and LG TV's which support HDMI 2.1.

Looking at Best Buy they have LG & Sony OLEDs (open box) in the $1800-$1900 ranger, 65". Visio and LG have 65" new at ~$2k. So it is a tradeoff between best picture and features (OLED, HDMI 2.1, HDR10+, etc.) vs size and price.


Review of a more expensive model which does not support HDR10+

 
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philrock

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Review of a more expensive model which does not support HDR10+
Yeah, that's out of my range...The 2020 5 and 6 series support HDR10 and DVHDR but not HDR10+. The 75" 6 series is only $1400... not bad for mini-LED QLED. I could live without HDR10+ right?
 
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HDFan

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I could live without HDR10+ right?

Yes. I would be more concerned about lack of HDMI 2.1 support. Maybe not now (if you aren't a gamer), but in the future if ATV starts supporting higher 4K frame rates or 8K. It's a question of how long you plan to keep the TV.
 
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philrock

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Yes. I would be more concerned about lack of HDMI 2.1 support. Maybe not now (if you aren't a gamer), but in the future if ATV starts supporting higher 4K frame rates or 8K. It's a question of how long you plan to keep the TV.
I'm dropping my ATV and I am not a gamer. This TV has built in Roku, I will just go with the ATV app. My goal is to simplify and get down to one remote unless I'm using my blu-ray player. I typically keep a TV for 2-3 years, this I hope maybe 5 years.
 
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