TCL’s New XESS Private Theatre X6 4K HDR QLED TV Offers Extraordinary Specs
Stephan Jukic – September 11, 2017
TCL is a company with a rapidly expanding and increasingly respected presence America and Europe, mainly because they offer some very affordable and now increasingly acclaimed televisions with a fairly decent and in some ways fantastic overall quality. This applies particularly to TCL’s latest 4K UHD HDR TV releases and in this vein, they are seeking to compete with other big brands’ premium LCD TV flagships by launching their new 80-inch QLED 4K HDR TV model that features Quantum Dot technology and Full Array Local Dimming (FALD). This is the new Private Theatre X6, from the XESS series, announced at IFA 2017.
This integration of technologies into one slim QLED panel should bring a better level of HDR color reproduction than most LCD TVs on the market, making the Private Theatre X6 one of the most advanced screens developed by TCL so far and a stiff rival to even some of the priciest high-end 4K LCD rivals sold by the major brands today. Specifically, while Quantum Dot technology excels at enhancing color ranges, local dimming helps achieve better black levels and more uniform brightness across the screen. In the XESS X6 model, these technologies were demonstrated at IFA 2017 in a way that makes it possible for this TV to not only match but possibly even outperform ultra-premium rival brand models like Sony’s Z9D in overall contrast and local dimming quality.
The Chinese company even claims that this innovative 85-inch model is the thinnest local dimming-supported supersized TV in the world.
The X6 can reach up to 1200 nits peak brightness thanks to a complete full-array LED backlight system with a whopping 600 local dimming zones. Sony’s Z9D offers higher peak brightness and so do Samsung’s best QLED 4K HDR TVs but the XESS X6 outdoes them all on local dimming precision. The TV supports HDR10, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The sound system has been developed by Harman Kardon and it offers 12-sound channels and 360° surround stereo sound with a 10-inch large woofer. In other words, this model is arguably one of the best 4K HDR TVs for audio performance in existence on the market today. As for its design, the X6 integrates metallic elements with walnut woodgrain texture on a very thin, almost bezel-less display.
TCL has quickly become the third largest TV manufacturer in the world. To further consolidate and expand its market-leading position into the west, the company has invested in research and development in collaboration with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In addition, TCL has joined forces with internet giant Tencent in 2017 to “continue inspiring The Creative Life of consumers through premium TV experiences”.
The pricing of the super-sized TV was not announced, but TCL’s X6 will almost certainly cost close to or even more than $10,000 despite TCL’s reputation for very high quality at very reasonable prices. At the very least, the new TV looks like a genuinely strong competitor to the current dominating flagship LCDs on the market, much as TCL’s 2017 P-Series 4K HDR TV offered some serious quality competition to all rival budget 4K HDR TVs being sold today.
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