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The excellent TCL Series 8 75-inch 4K TV is down to $1,500 at Best Buy

The 75-incher is down to $1,500, beating its lowest-ever price by $300.

 TCL's 8-Series Roku TV
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Attention video quality snobs on a budget: the best non-OLED TV I reviewed last year, TCL's 8-Series Roku TV, is back on sale at Best Buy for its lowest price ever: $1,500. That's 50% off the list price, $1,200 off its usual selling price and $300 lower than the previous low we've seen. You can certainly pay a lot less for TVs this big, but you won't get near this level of picture quality.

(The 65-inch version -- that's the size I reviewed -- is currently sitting at $1,300, which is well above its previous low of $1,000.) 

If you haven't heard of the 8-Series, it's a display technology tour de force. It's the only TV on the market to use a full-array local dimming backlight with Mini-LED technology, which delivers superb brightness and deep black levels that no other LCD-based TV can match. In my side-by-side comparison between it and competing 2019 high-end TVs, namely the Vizio P-Series Quantum X and Samsung's Q80R, the TCL was a better performer overall. The only TVs I've seen with a better picture are OLED models like LG's B9, which cost nearly twice as much.

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Both 8-Series TVs were last available in May, June and July for the same price as part of one-day sales. Best Buy says the savings is "$1,000 off" for the 65-inch version, but that refers to the original MSRP of $2,000; the savings is actually $600 based on its normal selling price of $1,600. The savings for the 75-inch model? A $1,200 discount based on the $3,000 MSRP or $900 off its normal selling price. Either way, this sale represents a deep discount for both sizes.

I don't know how long these deals will last, but I would not expect them to be around for long. If history is a guide, I would expect them to expire by the time the weekend is over. 

Originally published earlier this year. Updated with new deal details.

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