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Old 12-11-2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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Samsung launches 2015 Evo Kit, adds HDR to some 2014 4K TVs

Samsung has launched its 2015 Evolution Kit (SEK-3500U) in the US and it unexpectedly makes high-end 2014 TVs capable of reading the HDR PQ format, allowing them to reproduce high dynamic range content in some form. It also installs the new Tizen operating system.

New 2015 Evolution KitSamsung introduced its Evolution Kit program in 2012. Every year since then, the company has released a new Evolution Kit that can be connected to certain TVs to upgrade hardware, Smart TV features, and sometimes picture quality.

The new 2015 Evolution Kit (SEK-3500U) has an octa-core processor inside and will upgrade the TV operating system to Tizen. Tizen is a new multi-device platform developed by Samsung and Intel. The Evolution Kit also adds VP9 decoding support, which allows owners to stream YouTube in 4K for the first time.

There is another major change for owners of high-end 2014 TVs such as HU9000, HU8700, and HU8550 because SEK-3500 apparently (1,2) also enables the TVs to process the new PQ format used for HDR content. The 2014 TVs are edge LED based and can obviously not output a high enough brightness level to claim full HDR support but according to owners HDR content plays and is a clear improvement over non-HDR content.

A new Smart Remote is also included with the upgrade.

Samsung says that SEK-3500 works only with 2013 (F9000 & S9) and 2014 (HU6900 & above) UHD TVs. Samsung has promised to keep supporting its 2012 and 2013 HD models, too, but no 2015 Evolution Kit has been made available for these TVs yet.

Samsung SEK-3500 is available now in the US for*$400*and looks like a nice upgrade for owners of high-end 2014 TVs. The same Evolution Kit is coming to Europe for €399 Euro but no release date has been announced.

http://www.flatpanelshd.com/news.php...&id=1435569820

http://www.techhive.com/article/2919...ution-kit.html

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Old 12-11-2015, 11:28 AM   #2
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Bad news!

Just checked and confirmed with SAMSUNG. They would not bring in the new 2015 Evo Kit for those having 2013/2014 UHD TV models citing compatibility issue.

So no chance to enjoy the new HDR movies except to buy the latest TV (2015) and wait for the new firmware update lor


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Old 12-11-2015, 12:30 PM   #3
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Yes, that's the problem.
Also I believe the kit is not cheap too.
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Old 12-11-2015, 01:08 PM   #4
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Yes, that's the problem.
Also I believe the kit is not cheap too.
I bought the 2014 Evo Kit for $600+ if I'm not wrong. But this time SAMSUNG is not bringing the 2015 Evo Kit in citing compatibility issue. Strange why US has it (and Europe soon) why not Singapore?

No upgrade means no difference if buy other brands for they also upgrade through firmware means. SAMSUNG just lost another customer lor

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Old 17-11-2015, 02:26 PM   #5
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Anybody adventurous enough to buy a SEK3500 USA set to try locally?

Malaysia also sells the SEK3500, but I am not sure if it is compatible with SG sets.
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I've checked with US regarding SEK-3500U/ZA, they are not compatible with local TV as the American unit does not support terrestrial broadcast signal, only cable. For those without Starhub subscription and using the external antenna for FTA HD channels, we cannot use the ZA model.

Based on my research, Malaysia is selling the new SEK-3500U/XS, which should be compatible with our TV (mine is SEK-2500U/XS), but I have yet to call up the shops there for price and availability. Samsung Malaysia had provided me with three shops in JB that should carry them. If there is a interest in it, I can share the details here.
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I've checked with US regarding SEK-3500U/ZA, they are not compatible with local TV as the American unit does not support terrestrial broadcast signal, only cable. For those without Starhub subscription and using the external antenna for FTA HD channels, we cannot use the ZA model.

Based on my research, Malaysia is selling the new SEK-3500U/XS, which should be compatible with our TV (mine is SEK-2500U/XS), but I have yet to call up the shops there for price and availability. Samsung Malaysia had provided me with three shops in JB that should carry them. If there is a interest in it, I can share the details here.
Am interested.
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Am interested.
Surprised that there's people interested, thought I was the only feller trying to search for it. Check your PM
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Hi SGJoe86 and chrono, I would like to check with you guys if the you have managed to purchase this Samsung 2015 Evo kit in Malaysia and if it is compatible with your Samsung TVs?

I'm also interested and would like to know which are the reputable and trustworthy shops in JB that I can purchase it.

Hope you can provide some information and advice.

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In the absence of Samsung launching the SEK-3500U 2015 UHD Evolution Kit in Singapore and nobody at Samsung being able to tell me if they ever will, I'm also thinking about buying the SEK-3500U/XS version from across the boarder in Malaysia. I have the 2013 F-Series TV Model No. UA65F9000AKXXS.

I've called Samsung in both SG and MY but have been unable to get a definitive answer about whether this is compatible or not.

All of the previous versions of the Evolution Kits listed on the Samsung SG website have the XS suffix in the product model so I think it's a reasonable bet that the SEK-3500/XS model from MY or NZ would also work in SG.

Have any of you guys tried this and can confirm that it works?
Are there any incompatibility issues? (I don't use the OTA tuner so can live without that)
Where did you buy it from and how much was it?

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Samsung Singapore would make you buy a new TV, it's business sense.
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I bought the 2014 Evo Kit for $600+ if I'm not wrong. But this time SAMSUNG is not bringing the 2015 Evo Kit in citing compatibility issue. Strange why US has it (and Europe soon) why not Singapore?

No upgrade means no difference if buy other brands for they also upgrade through firmware means. SAMSUNG just lost another customer lor
Depending on the size of LCD panel. $600 may be around 30% of same size current model TV. Think may be buy new is a better choice consider the panel may be 2 or 3 years old already.
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Samsung Singapore would make you buy a new TV, it's business sense.
It make sense as new TV will get another full 3 years warranty coverage.
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Depending on the size of LCD panel. $600 may be around 30% of same size current model TV. Think may be buy new is a better choice consider the panel may be 2 or 3 years old already.
That's if you plan to buy those low end 4K TVs or those reaching EOL.
Some of us bought the F9000 series during the earlier days when it cost an arm and a leg, and the TV is still working well, so might as well just upgrade the OCB compared to changing the whole thing.
Of course, companies like Samsung would prefer consumers buy new TVs, but why contribute to electronic wastage?
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That's if you plan to buy those low end 4K TVs or those reaching EOL.
Some of us bought the F9000 series during the earlier days when it cost an arm and a leg, and the TV is still working well, so might as well just upgrade the OCB compared to changing the whole thing.
Of course, companies like Samsung would prefer consumers buy new TVs, but why contribute to electronic wastage?
May br, the display panel already degraded after some years of usage. A new processor may not help a lot in term of visual.
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