So I finally picked up a SEK tonight. Honestly,,, I had several reserves about purchasing it. No Cinema Black and no 4th HDMI input. The two features I was really hoping for. But after setting it up and playing around with it I have no regrets. The new smart hub and menus are beautiful. The rotating pages are Very slick. I hope they bring back an updated Angry Birds app. The S-Recomendation works great.
There are some noticeable picture quality enhancements for sure.. The Clear Motion setting is silky smooth now.. Much better processing. The new "Digital Clean View" noise reduction algorithm performs better than the older noise reduction. Especially on streaming content. The picture seems sharper and cleaner. A nice overall improvement.
The installation of the SEK seems to have an impact on my custom White Balance settings. I had to make some minor adjustments, no big deal. In other picture settings with the White Balance left uncalibrated at its default values of all 25's appear to be better now. As for Black Level. I have learned, by bringing up the main Menu, then going to System, Eco Solution, and setting Energy Savings to "Low" has giving me very Black Letterbox Bars in Standard Picture Mode. Eco Sensor and Motion Lighting are both set to Off.
What concerns me is how hot the quad core chipset gets. It is quite hot to the touch. I'm sure Samsung has thoroughly tested it and rated it for a certain operational temperature. I hope this will not be an issue down the road.
The remote is slick and it lights up a cool white. I thought the battery cover was kinda a pita to open. It controls my comcast box. As soon as it synced up to the wireless hub it populated still previews of comcast channels. The onscreen comcast cable guide was also a nice surprise and easy to navigate.
All in all, So far a good experience.. The picture quality is better for sure. A worthwhile purchase. It added alot more than I thought it would. I picked mine up at Best Buy for $178.99 on a price match. Edited by badabing - 7/13/13 at 5:54pm