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New Samsung 55" Q8FN and other goodies!!!


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Tomorrow is a big day for me (wife could care-less); my new Samsung 55" Q8FN is arriving. We have been using a 50" Vizio LCD 1080p for the past ~6yrs. that will move into the converted garage.

This is my plan....(trip to BB is emanate)
Samsung mounted to wall with Sanus BLT2. Sony UBPX700 Blu-ray 4k UHD player running one HDMI 2.0 4k cable to the TV for video and one HDMI 1.4 to Marantz SR6008 for sound. The Marantz will do 4K pass through but only HDMI 1.4.
I am a bit nervous though about the Sony after reading the issues they seem to have. I would like SACD though and need dual HDMI. At $200 it fits my budget also.
My Amazon Fire TV will need a HDMI cable upgrade also to allow for 4K, and I am going to have to run another HDMI cable out of the TV to the Marantz to for sound from the Fire TV, huh?

Does all that sound correct?

Lastly, I am going to move the Xbox 360, PS3 and Klipsch Reference speakers into the converted garage. The living room is going to get the 5 PSB Image 6" bookshelf speakers I got off CL in the summer.

Thoughts? Advice?

Gear list:





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I don't have much to add, but I can feel your enthusiasm for you purchase. Good luck Nufan and hope eveything sets up smoothly.


"Do you know who I am?"

I strongly encourage you to put off upgrading your HDMI cables until you are certain your current cables cannot get the job done. In most cases, any recent and decent quality HDMI cables can handle 4K signals just fine regardless of their "rating". In the odd case where the old cable isn't capable of getting the job done, you can get an upgraded "certified" cable pretty cheaply from Amazon in a day or two. But spending an additional $50 on cables when they are not necessary makes little sense, to me. That money could go to a good AC noise filter like the TrippLite Isomax series power strips which could make a difference in many cases.


Lazy Individual


Lazy Individual
What's the significance of a QR code?
Easy way to quickly identify premium certified cables:

Apparently there's an app that, well, here's what HDMI.org has to say:
Premium High Speed HDMI Cables and Premium High Speed HDMI Cables with Ethernet will carry a special anti-counterfeit label to differentiate them from other HDMI cables. Additionally, consumers can use the HDMI mobile verification app available for download from various app stores to scan the labels. Only the special HDMI smartphone app will be able to read both the QR code and special holographic fingerprint via its 2-level authentication scan. A QR code by itself cannot be authenticated and is easily created and used for counterfeiting, so only the QR code plus unique holographic fingerprint can be verified and authenticated.


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I disagree with Flint on the HDMI cables. Get ones you know will work and hook them up while the system is easily accessible. Make sure to get Premium Certified HDMI cables with a QR code like these from monoprice: https://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=102&cp_id=10240&cs_id=1024021&p_id=15428&seq=1&format=2.

If you want to stick with Wal-Mart, go with these instead of the Blackweb ones you linked to:
The Ethernet does what? Save me from running a different line to my router?


"Do you know who I am?"
The HDMI standards folk added the ability to send Ethernet communications over the cable, thus increasing the amount of data which can be used on one cable. Few devices take advantage of it, yet, but it could be useful at some time.


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I have the 65" Q8FN. It works great. Even better once you turn off all the damn motion smoothing stuff.

Personally, I'm with Flint on the cables. I wasn't sure if my 11 year old HDMI 1.3a cable was able to do the 4K stuff. I figured I'd go for it and see what happened. It's fine. No issues.


"Do you know who I am?"
I will concede, if you are going to rum cables in the wall or where it will be a true pain in the butt to replace them, then definitely get the newest spec approved cables. But if you have a cable anfld it would be simple to replace it, dont bother replacing it until you realize it is necessary.