Hi all, I've been following this thread for a few months now, but I got tied up with moving, baby, etc. and it looks like the thread's exploded, so please pardon the questions if they've already been answered.
A quick overview - I'm debating between the HU8550 and the HU9000, but I'm leaning towards the HU9000. My initial concern with a curved panel was that I'm wall-mounting the panel above a fireplace/mantle between built-in cabinetry, and I wasn't sure how good it'd look with everything else flat and built-in. I think I've resolved that in my mind and decided a curved panel might look alright. My wife prefers a flat panel, but it's ultimately up to me.
I'm planning on getting a Bose SR1 soundbar and connecting it through the tv via optical or coaxial (opinions on which one to use is welcome, but maybe that's for another forum), and controlling the volume through the tv. The tv is going to be in an open-layout family room with the kitchen, so no dice for any real surround speakers.
I know it sounds silly, but a big selling point of the HU9000 is the One Connect box. The thought of being able to access the inputs so easily is revolutionary in my mind. I will never have to get behind the TV and fiddle around with the connections again (especially if you do a slim mount - good luck!)! I've read about the 9' One Connect cable and I've chatted with Samsung CS online, and it seems that as of right now, you can't get an extension or anything longer than 9'.
For the HU9000 owners that have wall-mounted: is the general impression of the 9' cable is that it's sufficient to keep the One Connect box in the cabinetry to the side-and-below the tv? I don't get the house until next week, so I can't really rip out the current cables and see what's behind the wall or how long their current cables are (I believe it's long enough, but I'm no expert in installation practices). Also, does anyone know if the cable is CL2 or CL3 rated for in-wall installation? Since the TV is going above a gas fireplace, I want to make sure it can withstand some sort of heat.
Anyone get a HU9000 (or any curved panel for that matter) and wall-mount it over a mantle with surrounding built-in cabinetry and live to regret it for aesthetic reasons?
I'm not convinced that the curve will be of any technological/visual significance and whether it's just a marketing gimmick, and it seems pretty mixed in terms of opinions of how different/better a curved panel is vs a flat panel. I feel that I can see some extra depth when I'm watching the tv in the store, but I can't tell how much of it is real, how much of it is because of the marketing video they have on-screen, and how much of it is just in my head, hahaha...
The lingering questions I have about the HU8550: if you upgrade and get a One Connect box later, does it render all the built-in inputs inoperable (so your max inputs are either the TV ones or the OC ones), or does it expand your HDMI inputs and everything else (i.e. you'd have 8 HDMI inputs, 6 USB ports, etc.)?
Any opinions, comments, suggestions are welcome! Thanks, and again, please forgive me if someone's already answered some of these questions!