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Updated January 10, 2024·

The TCL S546 offers better overall picture quality and performs well in both dark and bright rooms. It's also more budget-friendly. It scores decently for viewing movies and sports and could be a suitable option if you're looking for a balance between performance and cost. The TCL R745, while being more expensive, excels in motion processing and has a higher gaming score, which makes it better suited for gaming and fast-moving sports. It also has a slightly better sound quality and additional HDMI port. However, its picture quality is not as good, especially in dark rooms. Consider the TCL S546 if you want a more affordable TV that performs well in various light conditions and offers good picture quality for a range of content. Go for the TCL R745 if gaming is your priority and you're willing to pay more for improved motion handling and gaming performance. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the TCL S546 (LCD)
  • Good for bright room
  • Good for dark room
  • Good for movies & TV
Advantages of the TCL R745 (LCD)
  • Good for gaming
  • Good for upscaling
  • Good reflections

Key differences

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Picture Quality

7.4
65S546
85R745
5.6
8.21/10
CONTRAST
4.97/10
8.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
5.8/10
LED FALD
PANEL TYPE
LED
VA
PANEL SUB-TYPE
VA
The TCL S546 (LCD) has good picture quality, while the TCL R745 (LCD) has poor picture quality.

Movies & TV

7.0
65S546
85R745
5.2
8.21/10
CONTRAST
4.97/10
6.8/10
BLACK UNIFORMITY
5.0/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
Yes
HDR10 SUPPORT
Yes
Yes
HDR10+ SUPPORT
No
Yes
DOLBY VISION SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL S546 (LCD) is good for movies & TV, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

Gaming

6.6
65S546
85R745
7.4
7.6/10
RESPONSE TIME SCORE
6.1/10
8.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60.0/100
GAMING LOCAL DIMMING
0.0/100
6.9/10
GAME HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.7/10
The TCL R745 (LCD) is good for gaming, while the TCL S546 (LCD) is only fair.

Cartoons & Animation

6.6
65S546
85R745
5.9
7.8/10
COLOR GAMUT SCORE
6.5/10
8.0/10
COLOR VOLUME SCORE
5.8/10
8.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
4.4/10
COLORS OUT OF THE BOX SCORE
7.7/10
7.0/10
GRAY UNIFORMITY
6.0/10
The TCL S546 (LCD) is only fair for cartoons & animation, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

Bright Room

7.2
65S546
85R745
5.8
5.3/10
VIEWING ANGLE
6.8/10
8.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
6.8/10
HDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.5/10
6.0/10
REFLECTIONS SCORE
7.8/10
The TCL S546 (LCD) is good for bright room, while the TCL R745 (LCD) is poor.

Cost

$398
65S546
85R745
$1,700
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The TCL S546 (LCD) has a price of $398 and the TCL R745 (LCD) costs $1,700.
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Key similarities

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Sports

6.3
65S546
85R745
6.4
4.6/10
MOTION PROCESSING
4.6/10
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
8.0/10
INPUT LAG SCORE
10.0/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
8.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
Yes
HLG SUPPORT
Yes
The TCL R745 (LCD) and TCL S546 (LCD) are both only fair for sports.

News, Talk, & Other TV

6.4
65S546
85R745
6.1
8.2/10
SDR BRIGHTNESS SCORE
5.8/10
5.9/10
UPSCALING
7.5/10
The TCL S546 (LCD) and TCL R745 (LCD) are both only fair for news, talk, & other TV.

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How the TCL S546 (LCD) and the TCL R745 (LCD) compare to other TVs

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Spec Comparison

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TCL S546 (LCD)TCL R745 (LCD)
TCL S546 (LCD)TCL R745 (LCD)

GENERAL

Price
$398
$1,700
Brand
TCLTCL
Release Date
August 3, 2021April 1, 2021
Full name
65S54685R745
Screen Size
65"85"
Screen Resolution
4K4K

TV FEATURES

Operating System
Android TVRoku TV
Sound Quality Score
5.9/106.1/10
NextGen Ready
NoNo
HDMI Ports
34
Coax Ports
11

DISPLAY QUALITY SCORES

Picture Quality Score
7.4/105.7/10
Bright Room Score
7.2/105.8/10
Gaming Score
6.7/107.4/10
Movies & TV Score
7/105.3/10
Sports Score
6.4/106.4/10

PHYSICAL

Dimensions w/o Stand (H x W x D)
32.9" x 56.9" x 3"42.8" x 75.6" x 3.7"
Dimensions with Stand (H x W)
34.8" x 56.9"46.7" x 75.6"
Weight without Stand
47.4 lbs110.7 lbs
VESA Mount
300 x 300600 x 400

DISPLAY

Color Depth
10 bit11 bit
Black Frame Insertion
YesYes
Auto Low Latency Mode
YesYes
Contrast
8.2/105/10
Local Dimming
5.7/102.5/10

SOUND

Speaker Setup
2.02.1
Speaker Power
16 W50 W
Dolby Atmos
YesYes
DTS:X
NoYes, Bypass only

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About TCL

TCL, the highly recognizable TV brand from China, has firmly established itself as the second-largest manufacturer in terms of sales volume. Renowned for striking an impressive balance between affordability, picture quality, and design, TCL TVs deliver a compelling overall package. While they have traditionally excelled in the low-end and midrange TV segments, TCL has recently made remarkable strides in the realm of high-end televisions, introducing impressive models that rival top competitors. Most TCL TVs use Roku software which is very user friendly and easy to use, but they have a few other models that use Google TV which has the largest app selection, but is not as user friendly as Roku.

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