Originally Posted by srpawski
Thats good to hear especially since you are coming from a plasma. Most everything has the HDMI ARC return built in. It was part of one of the older HDMI standards from 3 or 4 years ago. It is definitely a nice feature. I have standard definition cable so I sill need to use a optical cable to get the sound back to my receiver when I am watching TV. Technically, where this is going, I have an antenna hooked up, so even at that I will need the optical in order to get TV source sound back to the receiver. TV itself I rarely watch and I don't watch sports so I don't pay anymore for cable than I need to.
It's on sale this week so I am seriously considering it. I have not also yet ruled out the 75 inch J8570, also on sale this week. I have seen that next to the OLEDs like I was saying earlier and man that thing looks good. I believe its the same as the 8500 panels minus the nano cell. Spec wise, its identical other than that, and other than better contrast for viewing angle, I have to believe its pretty comparable. I'm afraid if I went with a set that large I would forever be disappointed if I didn't stick with that size. This is going in a walkout basement on the side opposite the walk out where the viewing will be mostly dark without window light glare.
I'll definitely let you know what/if I end up doing.
So, as you know srpawski, I bought the 55 inch model of the SJ8500. Overall, I am happy with it. I say "overall" because I think I'm still searching for the right picture settings to get the most out of the HDR and whatnot.
However, I LOVE WebOS! I thought there would be a problem with the Magic Remote and the cats we have, as they see a cursor on the screen and think it's a toy, but the ease of which you can just turn off the cursor is great. On top of that, I absolutely LOVE the native Vudu app. Once I got my first settings all set, I popped on The LEGO Batman Movie, as it had Dolby Vision as part of the UHD features, and it looked incredible. I've since tried some Netflix shows that say they offer Dolby Vision, and I'm not exactly getting as much of a "pop" in the picture, but again, I suspect that is more to do w/ the PQ settings I have, and therefore I need to tinker some more.
But, like I said, overall I love it. The TV and Magic Remote paired quite seamlessly to my Samsung soundbar, and the remote controls the volume on it so well (call me crazy, but somehow I think the soundbar sounds better
hooked up to the SJ8500 than it did to my previous Samsung KS8000).