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Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box $229.99 at Best Buy with store pickup (regular price but hard to find)

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If you're thinking, "This guy posted the Woot deal last night and is posting this deal now" then you are absolutely right...

Best Buy has the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box [bestbuy.com] for $229.99. This one is brand new, unlike the Woot deal yesterday.

If you're thinking "it's not a deal" then you're right. It's selling for the regular price. But it's actually hard to find these days. So the "deal" here is just finding one in stock. I have been monitoring it, and I noticed that it was back in stock after what seemed like months of being out of stock.

It appears to only be available via store pickup. Buy it while they're in stock. The Woot deal did not last the whole day. This deal also features easy returns, the length of which would vary based upon your status at Best Buy (15-45 days).

I hope the conversation doesn't devolve into whether this item is worth its obviously inflated price. It's expensive, but for those who love it, it's apparently worth it.

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Thanks OP. My box went bad, had it for a long time now, back before they raised the price on it so I needed bestbuy to replace it through geek squad warranty, problem was they couldn't since it isn't in stock usually lol. They told me to order one if I see it online then head to the store and just cancel my pickup and they'll exchange the old one for me. Best part is the old one was an open box that only cost me about $130 lol
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These are impossible to find and I am sad I missed the Woot. I have the Govee version that is much cheaper but not as good as it uses a camera attached to the device to match the colors on the screen. It was a good intro to this tech and was cheap but now I am hooked and want to go with the premium experience. Thanks for sharing this info. I am in for 2 actually!
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The 75" gradient strip is back in stock for anyone that's been looking. Been OOS for a while as well

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/phil...Id=6427731
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Thanks for sharing. Been waiting for this to restock. Finally able to grab one.
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It gave me an "out of stock" notification after submitting the order when selected free delivery at checkout. I went back re-added it to my cart and selected in store pickup, and it went through!

It also applied a 10% off coupon because it's my birth month. I didn't even know I had that!
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Hmm… it won't work for tv built-in apps, bummer.

Regardless, can some one share how much input lag this adds to gaming?

And how's the hdmi switch experience on this box? (CEC, auto switch input, auto power on/off, pass common remote controls to chained device, etc.)
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Quote from sblack005 :
These are impossible to find and I am sad I missed the Woot. I have the Govee version that is much cheaper but not as good as it uses a camera attached to the device to match the colors on the screen. It was a good intro to this tech and was cheap but now I am hooked and want to go with the premium experience. Thanks for sharing this info. I am in for 2 actually!
This is perfect timing! I ordered one from the Philips website last week and just got a notification this morning that my order was cancelled b/c of inventory issues. This one wound up being cheaper b/c it applied a 10% off birthday coupon that I didn't even know I had!

This will go on my 75" living room TV, which is our main movie watching area, but I'm thinking about getting the Govee version for my 55" basement/man-cave TV that's mainly used for video games. I don't think I can justify the cost for two of these.
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Hmm… it won't work for tv built-in apps, bummer.

Regardless, can some one share how much input lag this adds to gaming?

And how's the hdmi switch experience on this box? (CEC, auto switch input, auto power on/off, pass common remote controls to chained device, etc.)
I can't answer that, but it looks dope: https://www.reddit.com/r/Hue/comm...xperience/

Maybe you can find answers on the /r/Hue subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/Hue/
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Didn't know this tech existed, but definitely in for one to try it. I get using it with games, but does anyone use this with movies and is it annoying or really enhance the experience.?
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Quote from aabad005 :
The 75" gradient strip is back in stock for anyone that's been looking. Been OOS for a while as well

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/phil...Id=6427731
The 75" gradient strip is out of stock now
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I've been monitoring this item on best buy for awhile and it's been out of stock for a long time. Thanks for the heads up OP!

This with the gradient hue strips are the best option for an "ambilight tv" on the market right now.

Two things you should know about this product (both of which don't bother me but might bother you):
- the play hdmi box is not compatible with the new 2.1 standard and doesn't support your new PS5 with 4k@120hz. You will need to drop to 60hz or 1080p.
- you can only set one refresh rate for these strips. In other words they will either change colors quickly or slowly (you can set this to your preference). This means sometimes you want colors to change a bit more gradually in a slow scene and other times you want them to change faster because it's an action fast paced scene. You will need to pick one because you can't have the best of both worlds.

anyway, in for 1. ty!
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Quote from porco_redwood :
Hmm… it won't work for tv built-in apps, bummer.

Regardless, can some one share how much input lag this adds to gaming?

And how's the hdmi switch experience on this box? (CEC, auto switch input, auto power on/off, pass common remote controls to chained device, etc.)
I'm actually having trouble with mine. It switches input to our Nintendo Switch fine, and then when done and turn on our Xbox, the input switches to the xbox input but never detects a signal. A hard reboot of the xbox corrects it. If the Hue sync box had an xbox signal before turning off everything, and then turning everything back on, it gets the signal fine. Haven't had time to troubleshoot if its just a Switch/Xbox issue or switching to any other input and back to xbox.

Otherwise, loving it a a frivolous device.
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ah this is killing me. It is in my Cart but I am planning to wait and buy around winter '21 or early next year that LG Gallery TV (OLED G1) that is mounted flush to the wall, almost no space left between the TV and wall for any light strip. I first will need to get the TV and see if I can add this Play
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I'm actually having trouble with mine. It switches input to our Nintendo Switch fine, and then when done and turn on our Xbox, the input switches to the xbox input but never detects a signal. A hard reboot of the xbox corrects it. If the Hue sync box had an xbox signal before turning off everything, and then turning everything back on, it gets the signal fine. Haven't had time to troubleshoot if its just a Switch/Xbox issue or switching to any other input and back to xbox.

Otherwise, loving it a a frivolous device.
I had similar issues with my Hue Sync, and finally gave up entirely and disconnected it because it would periodically black screen for several seconds mid-movie/game.
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