Originally Posted by INDY27
Thanks for your input, the problems I noted were from the one connect box mainly....from Samsung's marketing one would think that the box that came with the set is all you would ever need but from what I have gathered in this thread most have had to purchase a new version....why is that?
From what I have read, the standards for 4K connectivity had not been finalized when this set was being designed. Luckily, Samsung anticipated these kinds of problems and are the only company that I know of that offer evolution kit upgrades. I always laughed at the Evolution kit thing, wondering why anyone would spend more money to upgrade their TV. Well, now I know. You can now upgrade to whatever will be the new standards for connectivity without having to replace your entire set. Not only that, but your are putting a lot of heat generating components outside of the panel's body.
It only sounds like a bad deal in hindsight, knowing that there is a new One Connect box out now with HDMI 2.0.
I am willing to bet that if you wait it out, the 2014 SEK 2500U box will drop in price to the point where upgrading won't be that big a hit. Not only that, but your old 2013 box should be able to be sold once people are out of warranty and need replacements, thus offsetting some of the cost. Who knows, maybe the 2015 will offer something else we will all want. It's easy to see why Samsung's Evolution system actually is quite brilliant. Even I was a doubter/hater at first.
In sum, for now, and probably for the next 1.5-2 years, this set is going to be a 1080+ set (i.e. you are going to get the best 1080 set out there, plus some slightly above 1080 picture). When you do actually have some 4K content to watch, it will be the most amazing experience. I have had cars and women put a smile on my face before, but this is the first TV to do it. Even the 4K content on youtube will give you an awesome experience.
When 4K is offered with your cable provider and through other sources (netflix, etc.) more widely, this TV will really pay off. We don't know when it is going to happen, but when it hits critical mass, it will make the cost difference worth it imo.
But that will be different for everyone as value is relative. It's like the cardinal rule in Vegas: if this bet/purchase is going to make or break you, you should not be playing.