Initial review 7-4-18: Just got it today, so this is an initial impression. Replaced a ~6 year old 50″ LG Plasma. Great picture on the plasma but it faces a sliding glass door, and finally got sick of the really bad reflection during the daytime. The reflections on this is much less. Delivered in good condition. Easy setup. First thing I did was to get wireless connected and run some YouTube screen test videos. Zero edge light bleed, no banding, don’t notice any dirty screen, haven’t noticed any dead pixels.. Connected to the Comcast cable box, and to an OTA antenna. Scanned for the OTA channels. OTA looks great. Tweaked the picture settings as follows:

Revised settings 7-28-18: Had picture mode originally set to Movie but found Normal to be better. Normal can produce really flushed faces unless the color setting is turned down – but also produces the sharpest most accurate picture in my opinion. Note: I believe these setting are pretty much the default settings except I turned down the color a bit.

– TV Brightness: Bright during mid day, darker at night (2 easy clicks to change) – or just keep it on Normal. * This TV is more than bright enough for bright daylight viewing. Saw some complaints that it’s not very bright. It’s more than plenty bright!
– Picture mode: Normal
– Audio effect: Theater (sound’s not that bad – but by no means as good as a sound bar). I also have it toslink connected to an older 5.1 Denon receiver – sounds great).
– Backlight: 100
– Brightness: 50
– Contrast: 100
– Sharpness: 0
– Color: 42
– Tint: 0
– Temp: Normal
– Micro Contrast: Low
– All other setting turned to Off (noise reduction, etc.)

Love the picture coming over cable, antenna, and streaming. HDR on YouTube is stunning. I mostly use the TV to watch Cable TV. Don’t have any streaming subscriptions. The picture is very clean, sharp, accurate color, deep blacks, etc. No complaints. Getting around Roku is a snap, and changing settings and all is very intuitive. So far so good, and it is the best TV I’ve owned. Price is great for what you get.

I programmed my One for All universal learning remote for this TV and duplicated the Roku remote perfectly except for the 4 subscription buttons (Netflix and all) which I could care less about. 5 digit code is 11756 (the same code needed when setting up the Xfinity/Comcast remote).

* I really wanted the 55R617 but I was scared off from the high % with vertical banding issues and didn’t feel like playing the screen lottery. I’m glad I went with the 55S517, and saved $175.00 in the process. 7-28-18: Still love the TV. Can’t compare to a high-end OLED, but I really don’t need to. The picture quality, the price, and everything about the TV is all I need.


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