Originally Posted by Carbon Chef
DweibOne and musicman0725 Thank you so much for such quick replies.
I really appreciate the information its hard to find anything online and their service department told me to go ask a store because they don't know what is compatible....... wow nice support.
So thanks guys you are definitely better at samsung than samsung.
even if I wanted a 3500 There is basically nothing I can find online within a reasonable price range sadly.
I will give the 4500 a try.
Just wondering if you ended up getting one or not. As a follow-up to what I’ve previously posted, I can provide some additional information about what the SEK-4500 adds for people that own an HU series set. It brings some of the features that were missing from our TV and added by the SEK3500U. B&H Photo will sometimes get stock and occasionally you can find a deal on eBay (although sometimes I’ve seen prices close to what the SEK3500 is going for which is insane!).
For one, you get full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 ports that work with HDCP 2.2 (which works despite being connected to an HDMI port that is not HDCP 2.2 compatible). Not sure if you use it or not, but it is compatible with the Samsung SmartThings app (you can use it to control your TV or other devices in your smart home). In addition to a newer version of the Tizen OS, modern apps and the smart remote, you can also watch HDR/HLG content on your display (even if you missed out on the SEK-3500).
I’ve included images from the service menu of both the SEK4500 as well as my HU8550 as proof that you are indeed getting 4K HDR BT. 2020 content passed to your display. The SEK4500 image shows BT2020 next to the resolution with HDR content, howeve. HDR10 metadata contains information on color space and luminance from the mastering display. HDR10 without the metadata is actually called PQ10 (similar to HLG HDR which does not use metadata and is also supported by the SEK4500).
I have a picture mode customized on my HU8550 for when HDR signal is passed from the SEK4500 that is very close to what HDR content looks like on my KS8000. In terms of color space you will always want to use Native for HDR content w/ the SEK4500. The only caveat is that you need to modify the brightness setting occasionally, since the TV cannot decode the metadata (at least my set cannot). I like to dial back the brightness to between 37-40 which works most of the time and adjust from there if necessary (luckily you don’t need to adjust often).
Note: There is a risk of bricking your TV/evo kit when entering the service menu and it is not advised. The SEK4500 makes this more complicated as it passes IR commands straight to your TV. PM me if you wish to discuss this further.
Images below of SEK4500:
Image of HU8550 receiving content form SEK-4500 on HU8550 HDMI2/DVI port:
Picture Settings for HDR content:
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