The Caixun Android TV 75-inch Smart LED TV EC75E1A is priced in the budget range, but it boasts some impressive specifications that are more or less in line with its more expensive, bigger name, competitors. Featuring a 4K UHD HDR10 display, Dolby Atmos, and built on the Android TV platform, Caixun’s 75-inch model looks and feels like a more expensive unit than it really is.
I recently had the chance to put a Caixun E-series through its paces in my own home theater. My own TV sat in the guest room for about a month while I put the 75-inch Caixun through its paces, watching movies and TV shows from streaming services like Disney Plus and Netflix on the built-in Android TV, a Fire TV Cube, and a Roku, as well as Blu-Rays on my PS4. I tested how well it works in different lighting conditions, how well the built-in speakers work, and how simple and reliable Caixun’s Android TV platform implementation is.
While the EC75E1A isn’t the most impressive television I’ve ever seen, it has proven to be a reliable performer that outperforms its price class in terms of features.
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Design: Impressive classic look
With a massive display surrounded by an impressively thin bezel, a small bump on the bottom center to contain the controls, and highly cantilevered legs that extend a few inches beyond the width of the television itself, the Caixun Android TV 75-inch looks a lot like any other well-made 75-inch LED television. The top half of the television is incredibly thin when viewed edge-on, while the bottom half has a noticeable bulge to accommodate the Android TV hardware and the rest of the internals. The VESA mounts are all on the bottom half of the television, resulting in a flat back for mounting purposes. This allows you to use this television with any VESA-compatible mount quickly and easily.
The infrared receiver, power button, and other physical controls are all located on the bottom center of the television in a low-profile bump. Whether you choose to mount the television or place it on a stand, this position provides excellent accessibility.
The inputs and outputs are all in a centrally located cluster in the back, which isn’t always convenient. There’s a cut-away trough to provide access because the bottom half of the back of the television is flat and the inputs and outputs aren’t on the edge. If you want to flush mount the television on a wall, this is a problem because you won’t be able to access the HDMI ports or anything else. This won’t be an issue if your mount allows you to swing the television out or if you plan to use a TV stand instead.
When it comes to ports, there are three HDMI ports available, one of which supports ARC. It also has an optical audio out port and a 3.5mm headphone jack if you prefer a dedicated audio connection. A composite video input is paired with analog audio inputs on older equipment. There is also a standard coaxial input for connecting a cable box or antenna, as well as two USB ports for sideloading apps and other purposes. An RJ 45 Ethernet jack rounds out the port selection if your Wi-Fi connection isn’t up to par.
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Setup Process: Android TV makes it quick and easy
Setup is a mixed bag, as the physical component is unavoidably difficult without at least two sets of hands, while the software side is as simple as it gets. This is a massive television in terms of physical setup. It weighs just under 70 pounds, so it’s not particularly heavy, but its size and configuration make it extremely difficult for one person to handle alone.
If you’re going it alone, even getting it out of the box and safely positioned to attach the feet is a bit of a production, though the actual process of attaching the feet is quite simple. It isn’t much trouble at all if you have two people ready to do the job. The television is light enough, and installing the feet is simple enough. Similarly, as long as you have the right hardware, attaching a mount to the flat back is simple.
The rest of the setup is quick and easy once you’ve gotten past the awkward part of manhandling a 70-pound, 75-inch television out of the box and into place. If you’re flush-mounting on a wall, make sure to plug in all of your HDMI and audio cables ahead of time.
The Caixun E-series televisions are based on the Android TV platform and feature a fast A55 quad-core processor, which makes the initial setup process much easier if you have an Android phone. If you have an Android phone, you can use it to start the Quick Setup process, which quickly connects the television to your home network, logs you into your Google account, and gets everything else up and running. If that isn’t an option, you’ll have to spend some extra time with the remote to manually configure the television.
The controller, which can be controlled via infrared or Bluetooth, is the last part of the setup process worth mentioning. The Bluetooth pairing process was a little finicky, and it took two tries to finally pair the controller. That was the only stumbling block I encountered, and the controller performed admirably after that. Google Assistant was activated by pressing a single button on the remote, and it worked exceptionally well.
Image Quality: Brilliant 4K UHD picture
Caixun E-series televisions feature 4K UHD panels, and the picture quality is right in line with what I’ve come to expect from an HDR10 television. The picture is crisp and clear, objects in motion look great, and the colors really pop. Ultra high definition content looks fantastic, but even lower resolution content scales up great.
The image is crisp and clear, objects in motion appear to be moving, and the colors are vibrant.
With cavernous blacks and sparkling whites punctuated by HDR-boosted flashes of color, Marvel’s “WandaVision” renders 3:4 black and white sitcom fare in the kind of brilliant detail it’s never seen before. Following the show’s departure from the 1950s, subsequent episodes explode with technicolor HDR goodness, with Wanda’s crimson hex powers rendered in stunning color and detail.
For a moment of zen, I loaded up some 4K drone footage of a tropical island, and the light danced on the deep sapphire water so realistically that it almost felt like I was there. Then, while playing Codemaster’s off-road racing gem Dirt 5, I was blown away by the crisp detail and excellent motion response.
For a moment of zen, I loaded up some 4K drone footage of a tropical island, and the light danced on the deep sapphire water so realistically that it almost felt like I was there.
Almost all of the viewing angles are fantastic. In their literature, Caixun recommends a 178-degree viewing angle, which seems reasonable. I was able to see the screen almost edge-on in a dark room with no color fade or shift and only minor discomfort. The picture looks almost as good when viewed at an angle of 178 degrees and at an appropriate viewing distance as it does when viewed straight on.
While the picture quality is excellent overall, when the backlight is turned all the way up at night, there is a uniform halo of light bleed around the edges. With the backlight set at 50 to 75 percent in a dark room, the bleed was minimal. The extra backlight is useful during the day in a room with lots of windows and southern exposure, but it’s unnecessary in places where there’s less ambient light.
Audio: Sounds hollow at higher levels
The television has built-in speakers, which are usable in some situations but not in others. The built-in speakers are loud enough to fill my living room and have little to no distortion at higher volumes, but the overall quality isn’t very good. The dialogue in almost everything I watched was fairly clear, but the vocals in songs I listened to on YouTube Music were overly muffled and difficult to make out at times.
The built-in speakers were loud enough to fill my living room, and there was little to no distortion at higher volumes, but the overall quality isn’t great.
There’s not a lot of bass, which is to be expected from built-in speakers, but there’s also a lot of reverb or echo, which makes for a less-than-pleasant listening experience at times. In my home theater setup, the television was about six inches from the wall, so you might hear less reverb if your setup is different.
I eventually used optical cable to connect the television to my Atmos-compatible audio system, which produced predictably fantastic results. So, while the speakers are adequate, I appreciated the inclusion of an optical audio connection, and I recommend spending the money on a good soundbar if you can. The good news is that the television is reasonably priced, allowing you to add a soundbar or speakers and still come in under most competitors.
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Software: Built on the Android TV platform
The Caixun E-series televisions are powered by an Android TV quad-core A55 processor. This gives you a lot of flexibility, which you might not be used to if you’re coming from a smart TV with a bespoke custom system.
When you first turn on the television, you don’t see what you’re looking for? No problem; simply open the built-in app store and search for the Android TV app you require. Still can’t find what you’re after? Again, no issues. Simply connect to the internet with your computer, download whatever APK you want, and sideload your dream app.
The Android TV interface takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it’s incredibly customizable. It’s simple to add new apps to the home screen, and you can reorganize things to put your favorites at the top and remove items you don’t use.
In addition to customizable shortcut buttons, the remote has built-in buttons for a couple of popular apps. It also has a Google Assistant button for voice commands, such as asking Google to search YouTube for a specific video. Overall, the experience was pleasant, with good voice recognition and quick results.
Price: Great value
I’ve mentioned a few times that the Caixun Android TV 75-inch is a budget model, and that’s true in terms of price. This set is significantly less expensive than the competition, with an MSRP of $950 (). Even with the few issues I had with it, it’s difficult to overstate the value you’re getting here when you consider the specifications and performance of this television.
Caixun Android TV 75-inch vs. Sony X800H 75-inch
The Sony X800H 75-inch television is a strong competitor for the Caixun EC75E1A, as their specifications are very similar. The Sony X800 is a 75-inch LED TV with 4K UHD HDR, Dolby Vision, and Atmos, as well as the Android TV platform. It also costs around $1,198.00 on the street, which is about $200 more than the Caixun set. For that, you get one additional HDMI port, the Sony logo, and not much else.
The Final Word
The Caixun Android TV 75-inch is a low-cost television, but don’t be fooled by its low price. This television easily competes with its more expensive competitors, with a beautiful 4K UHD HDR10 panel, snappy built-in Android TV, adequate onboard sound, Dolby Atmos and an optical audio output for those who prefer richer sound, solid Wi-Fi connectivity, and a variety of other features. This is the television you’ve been waiting for if you’ve had your heart set on a 75-inch TV but were worried your budget wouldn’t allow it.