Originally Posted by vvegas
I bought the L9300U from Costco for $3000. Here are my thoughts, experiences, etc thus far:
- The price is right. It's about $500 - $1000 more expensive than a 65 or 70 inch HDTV with 3d support.
- The picture quality is excellent. I'm impressed by the black levels (especially compared to my current 1080p LCD sets). Everything just looks better - Blu-Ray, Dish HD receiver, etc. I'm assuming this is due to the built-in 4K upscaling the TV is doing.
- The 3d is simply outstanding! Passive 3d is better than the active I have seen on friends' sets. The convenience of using RealD glasses can't be understated. And including 4 pair of glasses was a positive.
- The remote is of limited value controlling other devices if they aren't HDMI CEC compliant.
- The keyboard is of limited value because it does not work in apps like Netflix or Youtube. The arrow keys will work, but not the letters or numbers
- I found the native Youtube and Netflix apps in the PS3 to be better than the native TV apps. They seem to produce higher quality output.
- I cannot view or stream 4K content from Youtube or view downloaded 4K mp4 videos via MediaShare (DLNA) server. This is a huge disappointment since I can't find a way to view 4K content otherwise and I was expecting streaming to be the way the majority of UltraHD content to be delivered anyway. I'll have to try HDMI out from a laptop and see if it will play the 4K youtube clips for display on the tv. I wonder if it will output 4K video via HDMI this way if the laptop itself is not 4K? (that is, does not have a video chipset with 4K output capability).
I am REALLY hoping the firmware update for the HDMI 2.0 support is released soon and it also adds support for 4K streaming. If not, I believe the best course of action is to return the set (Costco gives you 90 days) and wait for the L9400 series to come out this summer. In the CES press release, Toshiba stated these TV's will support HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 and H.265 HEVC for 4k streaming out-of-the-box.
BTW, I called Toshiba technical support and their people knew nothing of an HDMI 2.0 firmware update. They said there is no indication of it in any of their systems. I'm hoping Scott Ramirez, the Toshiba marketing and development VP that made this commitment actually confirmed with engineering it was possible and they were going to release it soon. Unfortunately, they didn't say anything about the addition of 4K streaming or downloaded video support via MediaShare (DLNA).