Samsung - UHD Evolution Kit - Silver

Samsung UHD Evolution Kit: Easily update your existing HU, S9 or F9000 Series TV with this kit, which upgrades your TV's smart platform to Tizen and supports HEVC/VEP9 UHD standards. An octa-core processor helps ensure fast streaming.

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$399.99

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Overview

What's Included


  • UHD Evolution Kit
  • Smart touch remote with 2 AA batteries
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (106 out of 118)

Features


Smart touch remote

Allows easy operation from a distance.

Enjoy lush, detailed visuals

Supports HEVC/VEP9 UHD standards.

Upgrade your TV's existing smart platform

The Tizen smart platform enhances functionality.

Octa-core processor for powerful performance

Enjoy fast speeds that help ensure operating efficiency.

Compatible with HU, S9 and F9000 Series TVs

For use with your existing model.

Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


Customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade for One Connect TVs

    Posted
    PghArchitect
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was hesitant to purchase based on some of the reviews that are posted. I figured that I would order and simply return if after I connected to my 65HU8550 TV that the difference was negligible. I followed the instructions and made sure the TV was upgraded to the latest firmware before installation. Installation was a breeze and everything worked immediately when connected. The only disappointment from the setup is that my custom color calibrations did not transfer. Please note that this review only applies to picture quality as I use an external streaming device for any video streaming; I have not used the updated SmartHub features. Let's just get to it: I am a discerning audio/video-phile and I can tell you that this kit is well worth the purchase price. If you're considering this upgrade and you understand my comments about picture quality improvements below, you will not be disappointed! Prior to my installation of the Evolution Kit, I was always somewhat disappointed with the picture quality of my UHD Samsung when displaying anything with picture quality inferior to a Blu-ray disc. After connecting the Evolution Kit, not only is picture processing improved, so is contrast and color. The improved picture is even noticeable when watching UHD Blu-ray discs with what seems like a greater color depth and increased contrast with much better black levels. (Please note, while improved, contrast levels still appear to be short of the current crop of HDR TVs). A noticeable plus with all sources is that the backlighting algorithm is much improved as there is less bleed and blooming on darker scenes. To get the best picture quality, I would recommend defeating most of enhanced and advanced picture features and make sure that you turn off the Eco settings! Look on forums and blogs and use the recommended screen settings as a starting point and customize for your tastes from there. To summarize - Does it make my 2014 Samsung picture quality competitive with 2017/ 2018 HDR TVs? No, but in my opinion it is a worthwhile, significant and noticeable upgrade to my TV. Before my purchase of the Evolution Kit, I was looking to purchase a TV to replace the 65HU8550 as the picture quality in the newer TVs was noticeably better. To me this inexpensive purchase will definitely extend my enjoyment of my current TV for a few more years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow! Fantastic upgrade!!

    Posted
    Nickool
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I'm not exactly sure why the negative reviews on Amazon, but installing was easy, and now my picture looks amazing and is showing lots of improvements. *It will not remember anything prior other than network information because it needs that to update and install. So that means prior calibrations, and streaming services will need to be done again. That's because it's almost like getting a new TV, which is essentially the point of an evolution kit so you can bring your old 2014-13 TV into the future. Because we all hate when we spend money on an expensive TV only to know that next year they came out with something that's better than your TV in every way. Like those who were early adapters to 4K only to be told that the 2014 TVs have all the required hook ups need to stream 4K or even watch 4K. So the evolution kit came, and solved that issue. So for those of us that are willing to spend the money for Samsung's best TVs, won't be left in the dust when Samsung comes out with a new version. So from the start I noticed the color accuracy has improved, as well as detail. It didn't blow my socks off, but I knew instantly there was a difference. I'm sure when I watch 4K HDR I will have a different tone. What did blow my socks off was the 3D, and it dramatically improved it, because 2D to 3D just wasn't showing depth, and just wasn't flying off the screen like I would like. After the update, it looks really good. This is really worth the buy, especially since Samsung announced that this will be the last evolution kit they produce for the time being. That's because they've reached a point where they can't really upgrade anything else, with this update you have the newest HDMI, the new Tizen browser, new remote, 8 processors, upgraded picture and 3D and the biggest and the real reason you should get this is HDR support. 4K UHD Blu Rays will be in HDR, which means much brighter brights and darker black levels, expanded color, or as Samsung put it, it's better. If you really want to get the best out of your Samsung 2013-14 4K TV, then this update is a must have!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It does everything as promised....

    Posted
    CorruptionDee
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This is Samsung's third UHD Evolution One Connect kit, and three is a charm. My 55F9000 had the original SEK1500U, and while the picture quality was already great, it can only do 4K at 30Hz and had no access to 4K YouTube, Netflix, or Amazon Prime Streaming. All of the aforementioned require newer codecs, along with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, as will 4K Blu Ray. Basically, your Samsung 4K TV isn't a true 4K tv until you upgrade to this box. At $400, it's very expensive, but a lot cheaper than buying a new TV. So a did a ton a research and read that the upgrades were easily worth the price of admission. In addition to adding 4K Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, UltraFlix, etc. it also adds a much faster octacore (8) processor, Tizen OS, and gives you 4 full 4K 60Hz inputs. Not a lot of TVs can do that. You also get 4K 60Hz with full 4:4:4 chroma for high end PCs. Did I mention that that picture quality is drastically improved. A good 1080p source will look near 4K quality. I've tested Netflix, Blu Ray, Xbox One, PS4, HD Cable, Wii U, and various other sources. Everything looked much. Better when compared to the original box. No regrets here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Definitely Makes a Difference

    Posted
    vvegas
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    I added this to my 65" HU8550 and the picture quality has definitely improved. Although I've heard it's not true HDR, there is a very noticeable difference between darks and brights now. Blacks really look deep black now. If you put the unit in demo mode, it runs a couple of the samsung HDR demo videos and they look spectacular. I've been using it for several weeks now and there are a few bugs that seem to cause problems with my Onkyo TX-NR646 receiver using HDMI ARC. First, on the positive, the Onkyo now detects the audio output from the TV over the HDMI ARC as Dolby Digital 5.1 instead of labeling it unknown. But on the downside, the audio often drops when I launch netflix so that no audio is output. This may be a bug with the netflix app, I'm not sure. The netflix and Amazon apps do not recognize the set as now supporting HDR, so that's another thing we hope gets updated. I don't like the new remote as much as the prior egg-shaped one, either. It takes more clicks to do things since many buttons have been removed. One final bug is that I was previously able to use HDMI-CEC to control my TV, Onkyo receiver, and PS3. But now when CEC is enabled, the TV seems to always start up the PS3 whenever I switch inputs (I only switch between the receiver and using the native TV apps as the PS3 is connected to the receiver). I don't know why, but it will always just send a startup command to the PS3. It was so annoying I had to disable the HDMI-CEC on the PS3. On the positive side, the new Youtube app now streams 4K content and it looks great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    HDR

    Posted
    Batman
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    To start, I have a Samsung UN50HU8550 2014 model TV. I had to buy 2 of these. The first one was a defect. Cause my tv to lose Bluetooth and internet. The included remote wouldn't even function with or without the box except to power the tv on and off. Returned and got a second one and WOW. Big difference in PQ. You get HDR which you can test just by grabbing a couple movie clips off the internet. This will also allow PS4 to output in HDR, Xbox one S and PS4 Pro to out put in 2160p HDR. I tested and let me just say before the kit, HDR videos look completely washed out but after they look stunning. You have to see to believe. You also get Netflix HDR, and YouTube 4k. Upgraded ports to HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2. Another plus is having all connections go straight into the kit rather than the panel. It really makes everything neater and more organized. Additionally, I actually like the new remote more than the stock egg remote. I highly recommend this if you have a compatible model tv because if you get a 4k blu ray player and try to connect without this, it will only output in 1080p. You need the HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 so this way you don't have to spring for a whole new tv.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    SEK 3500 for 65" UHD8550

    Posted
    CincyJazzMan
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    Bought this open item to save some money. I did save, but it wasn't without some tradeoffs. 1/ It must have been a return, because once installed, Netflix was an active account for a previous user. Had to delete it, and sign in as myself! 2/ Before installing, I did the backup in the setup section of the TV menu, but not all settings translate to the SEK3500. Recommend taking photos or writings your picture settings down as a starting point - as, you'll want a different setup anyway. 3/ For some reason, the (my) SEK is flaky about saving HDMI picture settings. I'd get everything set for my devices, but, it will randomly revert back to default settings for Backlight and Contrast. Waaay too bright. Did some cable changes and tried various methods of making and saving changes, and it seems to be holding. /4 Once everything finally settled into working correctly, the picture is very good. Can now stream and play 4k movies on my XBox One S. The picture was great before, but the 4k brings subtle clarity and color depth. I am still trying to figure out a way to reduce motion judder (beyond settings menu). Some fast action "feels" like frames are skipped, or there is tearing of the picture. Could be streaming issues (30mbps hasn't had buffering with 4k, however). Bottom line - savings was worth it - all paperwork and cables were included in the box. I had two weeks to return it had I wanted to, but I wouldn't of had the original TV setup to return to - food for thought.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great update but pricey

    Posted
    KennyRN
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    I bought a 2014 Samsung 78" SUHD TV last year and when I saw this update evo box I read enough reviews to convince me to spend the money. I love the box, but don't get me wrong, ever since I bought the box, I've been having issues with my apps on my TV plus the fact that the new remote isn't as nice in my opinion. I do not notice any change in picture quality and it's a bummer that there's features that don't even work with my one year old TV. The question is would I recommend this box. Yes and no. Yes if you have the extra cash because it's definitely not something cheap, but all the latest and greatest updates are going to be released on this newest box of course so it'll eventually become necessary to buy. No I do not think its an absolute must at this point unless you want the latest and greatest. I was completely happy and content with my older box and to be honest, I didn't have any issues with my old box like I do with this one. So overall, I would wait if I could go back and do it all over. Hope that helps you guys out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superior upgrade for UN65HU9000

    Posted
    kirbinator
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I found this to give my UN65HU9000 a remarkable boost in performance and picture quality. Upscaling is unbelievable. I did find on some old TV shows a little jitter, but I was able to resolve that by reducing the Auto Motion setting from Standard to Clear. And one noticeable difference is the Auto Depth Enhancer... the TV has more depth than it did prior. The new Tizen operating system is smooth and easy to use. And I find that it easier to configure than the previous interface. A couple of notables that you may want to pay attention to when upgrading. Ensure that you backup your settings prior to upgrading. This is stated in the instructions, so if you follow them, the upgrade will be seamless. Any picture or sound settings will need to be reset after upgrading. The picture though is so great though, the only changes I needed to make was to the ECO setting, Auto Motion setting and Speaker setting (external speakers).

    I would recommend this to a friend






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