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Hisense A6H TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Jun 29, 2022 at 01:30 pm
Hisense A6H Picture
6.6
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
6.0
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
7.4
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
7.0
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
6.6
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
5.7
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
6.6
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: TCL 4 Series/S446 2021
8.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The Hisense A6H, also known as the A6 Series or simply the A6, is an entry-level 4k TV in Hisense's 2022 lineup, and it's the replacement for the 2021 Hisense A6G. It's a budget model that sits below Hisense's ULED series, which starts with U6H, and above smaller budget models like the Hisense A4H. Although it supports variable refresh rate technology for gaming, it's still limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's one of the first TVs on the market to run the Google TV 11 smart interface, which is fast and easy to use, and it has a great selection of apps, including all major streaming services.

Our Verdict

6.6 Mixed Usage

The Hisense A6 Series is an okay TV for mixed usage. It's best suited for watching movies or TV shows in a moderately-lit room. It has a low contrast ratio, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so it's not a good choice for watching movies or HDR content in a dark room. It's okay for gaming, as it has low input lag and variable refresh rate support, but its response time is just okay, so there's a bit of noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. Finally, it's great for use as a PC monitor thanks to its wide viewing angle, so the image remains uniform even if you're sitting close to it, and it supports chroma 4:4:4, which is important for clear text from a PC.

Pros
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
  • Image doesn't degrade significantly at an angle.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • Not bright enough to overcome glare.
6.0 Movies

The Hisense A6 is a mediocre TV for watching movies in a dark room. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so blacks look gray and patchy in a dark room. On the other hand, it upscales lower resolution content, like DVDs, well, and due to the relatively slow response time, there's very little stutter in movies. It also removes judder from true 24p sources, like a Blu-ray player or a streaming box with a 'Match Frame Rate' feature, like the Apple TV.

Pros
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
  • Very little stutter.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast.
  • No local dimming.
  • Sub-par black uniformity.
7.4 TV Shows

The Hisense A6 Series is a decent TV for watching shows, as long as you're not in a bright room. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement, as everyone sees the same image, even if you're sitting to the side. Sadly, it's not well-suited for a bright room, as it has poor peak brightness and just decent reflection handling, so it can't handle glare. On the other hand, the built-in Google TV smart interface has a huge selection of streaming services, and the TV upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you have a bunch of TV shows on DVD.

Pros
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
  • Image doesn't degrade significantly at an angle.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to overcome glare.
7.0 Sports

The Hisense A6 is a decent TV for watching sports, as long as you're not in a bright room. It has a wide viewing angle, which is great for a wide seating arrangement, as everyone sees the same thing. It has an okay response time, but fast-motion is a bit blurry. It's unfortunately not well-suited for a bright viewing environment, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare, although it has decent reflection handling.

Pros
  • Lower resolution content is upscaled well.
  • Image doesn't degrade significantly at an angle.
  • Great selection of streaming apps.
Cons
  • Not bright enough to overcome glare.
  • Relatively slow response time.
6.6 Video Games

The Hisense A6 Series is an okay TV for gaming. It has superb low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with what you see on the screen, and it supports HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology (VRR), which helps reduce screen tearing. It has an okay response time, but there's a bit of blur behind fast-moving objects. Sadly, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it's not ideal for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers, as it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz high refresh rate gaming.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • No local dimming.
  • Sub-par black uniformity.
  • Relatively slow response time.
5.7 HDR Movies

The Hisense A6 is a sub-par choice for watching HDR movies in a dark room. It has a mediocre contrast ratio, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature, so blacks look gray and patchy in a dark room. It also has bad peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights don't stand out at all. It has an okay color gamut in HDR, but it can't display a wide color gamut and has disappointing color volume, so HDR content looks dull overall.

Pros
  • Very little stutter.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast.
  • Bad HDR peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Sub-par black uniformity.
6.6 HDR Gaming

The Hisense A6 Series is okay for gaming in HDR, mainly due to its also okay gaming experience, as HDR adds almost nothing. It has low input lag and support for HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a responsive, nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has just an okay response time, though, with more blur than high-end TVs. It doesn't look very good in a dark room, as it has mediocre contrast, sub-par black uniformity, and no local dimming feature to improve either of them. It can't get very bright in HDR and has disappointing HDR color volume, so HDR content looks dull.

Pros
  • Low input lag.
Cons
  • Mediocre contrast.
  • Bad HDR peak brightness.
  • No local dimming.
  • Sub-par black uniformity.
  • Relatively slow response time.
8.2 PC Monitor

The Hisense A6 is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It has a great viewing angle and good uniformity, ensuring the screen remains uniform, even at the sides, when you're sitting close to the TV. It supports chroma 4:4:4, which is essential for clear text from a PC. It has very low input lag, ensuring a smooth desktop experience, but it has just an okay response time, so there's noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It has decent reflection handling, but due to its poor peak brightness, it's not well-suited for bright viewing environments.

Pros
  • Image doesn't degrade significantly at an angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly for clear text.
Cons
  • Relatively slow response time.
  • 6.6 Mixed Usage
  • 6.0 Movies
  • 7.4 TV Shows
  • 7.0 Sports
  • 6.6 Video Games
  • 5.7 HDR Movies
  • 6.6 HDR Gaming
  • 8.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Jun 29, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jun 20, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Hisense A6 Series has a surprisingly premium design for a budget TV, with very thin bezels on three sides and a matte grey finish.

Design
Stand

The V-shaped feet are nearly identical to the Hisense A6G. The feet are wide-set, but the 65 and 75-inch models have an alternate position for the feet that takes up less space. The 43, 50, and 55-inch models can only be setup as-shown, with the feet in the wide position.

Footprint of the 65 inch model as shown: 50.1" x 12".
The alternate position, as shown here, has a footprint of 25.5" x 12". Regardless of which configuration you choose, the TV sits 3.1 inches above the table, so most soundbars fit in front of it without blocking the screen.

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 400x300

The inputs are housed in a central electronics box, so they're difficult to access if you wall-mount the TV. There's a small gap between the bottom of the electronics box and the bottom of the TV that looks like it could be used for cable management, but it doesn't work.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.35" (0.9 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.85" (7.2 cm)
7.0
Design
Build Quality

Overall, the Hisense A6 Series has decent build quality. There's a lot of flex on the plastic electronics box on the back of the TV, but it shouldn't cause any issues. The plastic piece that makes up the front bottom border is a bit flimsy, but again, you shouldn't have any issues with this when using the TV.

Picture Quality
6.3
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,186 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Hisense A6 series has a mediocre contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature, so it can't produce deep blacks in brighter scenes. Note that the 50-inch model has much better contrast, so blacks look black in a dark room.

5.0
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
183 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
227 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
227 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
228 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
228 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
228 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
227 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
227 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
228 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
227 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
227 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

Unfortunately, with the most accurate calibration settings, the Hisense A6 has poor peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to handle a moderate amount of natural light, but it's a bad choice for a bright room, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare. There's no variation in brightness with different scenes, though, which is great.

These measurements are after calibration, in the 'Theater Night' Picture Mode with the Backlight Level set to 'Max'. Changing the Picture Mode to 'Standard' and setting the Color Temperature to 'Medium' results in a much brighter image, reaching a peak of 315 cd/m² with a 25% window, but it's not as accurate.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

The Hisense A6 is direct-lit, meaning the LEDs that make up the backlight are located directly behind the screen, but there's no local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct

This TV is direct-lit, meaning the LEDs that make up the backlight are located directly behind the screen, but there's no local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV so you can see how the backlight performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

4.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
205 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
270 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
270 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
270 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
271 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
269 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
270 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 has bad peak brightness in HDR. It doesn't get bright enough to deliver a true cinematic HDR experience, as bright highlights don't stand out or look very realistic. It doesn't track the PQ EOTF accurately either, as most dark scenes are over-brightened, and everything above about 30 cd/m² is way too dark, as the TV rolls the peak brightness off to preserve details. Unfortunately, 'FILMMAKER MODE' has the same issues, and doesn't track the EOTF well, either.

We measured the peak brightness with the default settings in the 'HDR Theater' Picture Mode, with the Color Temperature set to 'Low', the 'HDR Standard' Picture Mode with the 'Medium' Color Temperature is a bit brighter, reaching a peak of 311 cd/m² with a 50% window, but it's not a noticeable difference.

4.7
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
205 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
269 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
270 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
270 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
269 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
270 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Hisense A6 TV is just as dark in HDR 'Game Mode' as it is in 'HDR Theater'.

7.7
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.232%
50% DSE
0.180%
5% Std. Dev.
0.431%
5% DSE
0.065%

The Hisense A6 has good gray uniformity. The four sections of the screen near the corners are noticeably darker than the center, which is distracting when watching sports or anything displaying large areas of a uniform color. Near-dark scenes are significantly better, but there's still some slight cloudiness and backlight bleed.

5.9
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.062%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Hisense A6 Series has sub-par black uniformity. The screen is cloudy throughout due to the low contrast ratio, and there's noticeable backlight bleed in multiple spots. Sadly, there's no local dimming feature to improve it. The 50-inch model has much better black uniformity thanks to its VA-type panel and higher native contrast.

8.1
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
38°
Color Shift
68°
Brightness Loss
40°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
49°

The Hisense A6 Series has a great viewing angle, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement or like to move around with the TV on. The image fades if you're at a moderate angle, but there's very little shift in color accuracy.

7.3
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.4%
Indirect Reflections
0.5%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

The Hisense A6 has decent reflection handling. The semi-gloss coating reduces the intensity of direct reflections a bit. Sadly, since this TV can't get very bright after calibration, it's not recommended for a bright room, as it can't get bright enough to overcome glare, despite the decent anti-reflective coating.

8.5
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.84
Color dE
2.00
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,764 K
Picture Mode
Theater Night
Color Temp Setting
Low
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Hisense A6 Series has excellent SDR accuracy out of the box. There are a few minor issues with the white balance and color accuracy, especially in saturated greens and reds, but it's not noticeably bad. The color temperature is very close to the 6500K target. Gamma is close to the 2.2 target we use for a moderately-lit room, but dark scenes are over-brightened a bit.

8.8
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
1.47
Color dE
1.58
Gamma
2.20
Color Temperature
6,767 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 TV is very difficult to calibrate, and there's little benefit to it overall. The greens and reds that are over-saturated out of the box are toned down a bit, but other than that, there's not much benefit to attempting to calibrate it.

You can see our full calibration settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Hisense A6 TV upscales 480p content, like DVDs, well.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

720p content, including most cable TV channels, is upscaled well, with no noticeable issues.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

Native 4k content is displayed perfectly, with no noticeable issues.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

It's a 4k TV, so it can't display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

Most sizes of the Hisense A6 use a standard RGB subpixel layout. The 50-inch model has a BGR subpixel layout. It's only important if you're planning on using the TV as a PC monitor, as the more common BGR subpixel layout reduces text clarity. You can read more about this here.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.07%
DCI P3 uv
80.87%
Rec 2020 xy
54.70%
Rec 2020 uv
59.19%

The Hisense A6 Series has an okay HDR color gamut but can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has very good coverage of the more commonly used DCI-P3 color space but can't display the full range of reds or greens.

5.3
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
58.0%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
22.3%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
47.4%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
18.3%

The Hisense A6 Series has disappointing color volume. It's limited by the narrow color gamut, and due to the low contrast ratio, it can't display dark saturated colors.

6.3
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.179
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.185
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.165
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.148

The Hisense A6 Series has mediocre gradient handling. There's noticeable banding in areas of similar color, and it's especially noticeable in greens and reds. Unfortunately, there's no Smooth Gradation feature to smooth out banding, and the two noise reduction features don't help with this.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention on the Hisense A6 we bought.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

Although some IPS and similar panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.

Motion
6.9
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.9 ms
100% Response Time
15.8 ms

The Hisense A6 Series has an okay response time. Most transitions are slow, resulting in more noticeable motion blur, but there's almost no overshoot, which is great. Unfortunately, the low-frequency backlight flicker causes a noticeable image duplication.

4.7
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
180 Hz

Unfortunately, the backlight flickers at a low frequency with anything below the max backlight setting. This flicker causes a noticeable image duplication, and it can cause headaches and eye strain if you're sensitive to flicker.

4.5
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker For 60 fps
180 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
180 Hz

There's no backlight-strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, on the Hisense A6. It always flickers at a fixed frequency unless you have the backlight at max. This low-frequency flicker acts similar to a BFI feature and helps reduce persistence blur, but it also causes a noticeable image duplication.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The Hisense A6 Series has an optional motion interpolation feature to improve the appearance of motion. It has limited processing capabilities, as expected for a budget model. It smooths out motion a bit in relatively slow action scenes, but in fast scenes, there are noticeable artifacts. In really busy scenes, it'll stop trying to interpolate, which is distracting due to the sudden change in frame rate.

7.8
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
25.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.9 ms

Thanks to this TV's relatively slow response time, there's relatively little stutter when watching movies or other low frame rate content. It's still noticeable a bit in slow panning shots, but it's good overall.

7.8
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Hisense A6 automatically removes judder from 24p sources like a Blu-ray player or streaming device with a Match Frame Rate feature, like an Apple TV, as well as from the native apps. It does so automatically, so you don't have to enable the motion interpolation feature to enjoy a judder-free movie experience. Sadly, like most TVs with 60Hz panels, it can't remove judder from 60Hz sources like most cable boxes.

7.1
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
60 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
48 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
60 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
48 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

The Hisense A6 Series supports a variable refresh rate feature, which is great for gaming. However, it's only compatible with the HDMI Forum VRR implementation. It works well with the PS5 or Xbox Series X, but it doesn't work at all with older graphics cards. G-SYNC cards offer the option to enable G-SYNC Compatible mode, but it tears constantly. However, it works with recent AMD cards like the RX6600.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
109.7 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
9.7 ms
4k @ 60Hz
9.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
9.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
9.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
109.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
123.1 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Hisense A6 has superb low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming or desktop experience if you're using it as a PC monitor.

8.3
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Hisense A6 Series supports most common resolutions, but only at 60Hz. 1440p is supported, but you have to force it either through a custom resolution on a PC or by manually setting the resolution on some game consoles. Chroma 4:4:4 is displayed properly with all supported formats, which is essential for clear text if you're using it as a PC monitor.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 can't take full advantage of the latest PS5 and Xbox Series S|X consoles due to its limited 60Hz refresh rate and lack of HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

Unlike the higher-end Hisense ULED TVs, like the Hisense U7H or Hisense U8H, this TV doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. Unfortunately, it doesn't support ATSC 3.0, so you can't stream 4k channels over the air with an antenna.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

The 43, 50, and 55-inch models only have three HDMI inputs, but they gain a full composite input, whereas the 65 and 75-inch models require an adapter for composite inputs (sold separately).

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

The Hisense A6 supports eARC, allowing you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio to a compatible receiver through an HDMI cable.

Sound Quality
5.3
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
151.02 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
5.87 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
6.03 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
7.45 dB
Max
90.0 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
3.07 dB

Unfortunately, the Hisense A6 Series has a disappointing frequency response. The low-frequency extension (LFE) is very high, and there's basically no low bass response. The frequency response isn't well balanced above the LFE, either, so dialogue is a bit muddy, and there's no room correction feature. On the plus side, it gets loud, and there's just a bit of compression at max volume.

7.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.038
Weighted THD @ Max
0.261
IMD @ 80
2.60%
IMD @ Max
4.50%

The Hisense A6 Series has very little distortion; even at max volume, it's not noticeable.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 11
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Hisense A6 Series is one of the first TVs on the market to run the updated Google TV 11 smart interface. It's very similar to previous Google TV versions, with a slightly refined interface and a few new accessibility features. It's fast and fairly easy to use.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
Yes

Unfortunately, like most TVs, there are ads throughout the interface. You can opt-out of suggested content, which is great, and you can limit ad-tracking, but this just limits the type of ads you'll see, not the number of ads.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Google Play Store has a great selection of streaming apps, and all major streaming services are available.

8.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Medium
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Hisense RemoteNOW

The Hisense A6 remote is pretty simple, with no number buttons and six sponsored buttons that vary between regions. It has a built-in mic for voice control, and you can use voice commands to change inputs or launch apps, but you can't use it to change settings on the TV.

Smart Features
TV Controls
Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cable
  • User manual

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 60 W
Power Consumption (Max) 131 W
Firmware V0011.01.00B.M0411

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65-inch Hisense A6 Series, and our results are also valid for the 43-inch, 55-inch, and 75-inch models. The 50-inch model is a bit different, as it uses a different panel type from the 65-inch we've tested. This results in much better contrast and dark room performance, but a worse viewing angle. There are also some minor differences in the inputs between the 43, 50, and 55-inch models and the 65 and 75-inch models. The smaller sizes have three HDMI inputs, but they have a full-sized composite input with dedicated audio and video ports. The larger sizes have four HDMI ports, but they require an adapter for composite inputs, which is sold separately.

In Canada, this model is known as the Hisense A68H, and there's also a minor variant known as the A65H sold in a few stores. Both of these variants perform the same as the A6H.

 Size US Model Canada Model Panel Type HDMI Ports
43" 43A6H 43A68H IPS 3
50" 50A6H 50A68H VA 3
55" 55A6H 55A68H IPS 3
65" 65A6H 65A68H IPS 4
75" 75A6H 75A68H IPS 4

If someone comes across a different type of panel or their Hisense A6H doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

The unit we tested was manufactured in February 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Hisense A6 Series is an okay budget TV, but it has limited features and disappointing picture quality, especially if you're in a dark room. It's an okay choice for a secondary display in a bedroom or office, but there are much better options available for about the same price.

See our recommendations for the best 4k TVs, the best 55 inch TVs, and the best 4k gaming TVs.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G is significantly better than the Hisense A6H in almost every way. The U6G delivers much better picture quality, with deeper blacks and brighter highlights in HDR. The U6G looks much better in a bright room, thanks to its higher peak brightness and better reflection handling. HDR looks better thanks to its decent full-array local dimming feature and higher HDR brightness, so bright highlights stand out and look closer to the content creator's intent.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Hisense A6G and the Hisense A6H are very similar overall. The more recent A6H runs a newer smart interface, known as Google TV 11, instead of the older Android TV platform. It's a bit more polished and easy to use. The A6H also supports variable refresh rate technology, which helps improve the overall gaming experience by reducing visible tearing in some games. As far as overall picture quality goes, there's very little difference between these two TVs.

Sony X80K
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X80K is a bit better than the Hisense A6H. The Sony is quite a bit brighter, so it looks better in a room with a bit of natural lighting and is bright enough to overcome a bit of glare. The Sony also has much better picture quality, with significantly better gradient handling, a wider color gamut, and better tone-mapping with HDR content.

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