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[Amazon.ca] Warm: Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box (All time low) $288.21

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vancityguy0 wrote: I did see the govee thing and I hate it! Looks like you have a speculum hanging from top of your TV. I’d rather NOT have bias lighting.

Yes the more I read the comments here the more the word gimmick echoes. I’ll pass unless I can get one for like under $100. Lol
Some guy mentioned this on the other thread https://store.govee.com/products/immers ... backlights and reviews look good too. It's not available yet on Amazon.ca. Anyone tried ordering via Amazon Global shipping? https://www.amazon.com/Govee-Backlights ... B08LVPWQQP
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AlexJosh wrote: It's a party gimmick that you will use exactly ONCE
Nope. I use it on all movies and it looks great and for other things that don't need the different lighting, I just leave whatever color I want backlighting the tv. Not worth the money in my opinion as it's quite expensive especially when adding the lights but it definitely gets a lot of use with the gradient strip and play bars I have.
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Chandlerparsons wrote: Some guy mentioned this on the other thread https://store.govee.com/products/immers ... backlights and reviews look good too. It's not available yet on Amazon.ca. Anyone tried ordering via Amazon Global shipping? https://www.amazon.com/Govee-Backlights ... B08LVPWQQP
I was going to order but will wait until Canada Post international issues clear up. Also to note, you can mount the camera at the bottom as opposed to the top to give it a cleaner look.
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Napophis wrote: I found something similar while researching a DIY solution. RGBTwist.com hasn’t arrived yet but it wasn’t too much so hoping it works
I think this is heading more towards something reasonable
Just a dreamcolor RGB strip that connects via bluetooth to an android app running on the TV box
This amazon.ca dreamcolor strip goes for as low as $25 and has bluetooth: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07TXK ... UTF8&psc=1

Now somebody just has to write the android app :p

Edit: Reading more about RGB Twist it looks like they are using already existing apps: https://www.rgbtwist.com/pages/source

These apps aren't tied to RGB Twist i.e. the lightpack app is compatible with these RGB strips:
Supported Devices and Protocols:
Lightpack PC/v1
Serial
Adalight
Ardulight
Arduino
ESP8266/ESP32 (WLED firmware highly recommended)
Wi-Fi UDP:
WARLS
DRGB
DNRGB
ESP8266/ESP32 (WLED firmware highly recommended)
I wonder if that $25 dreamcolor strip is supported (or can be flashed with tasmota)
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Mar 4, 2008
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Latency is going to be crucial here. I use the Play lights and the Hue Sync app on PC for when playing games and it's quite responsive and really does add something to the experience (in some games the color changing is a bit much, but in others it's quite nice. I can imagine it's good for most films (though I haven't really bothered to try any through the pc yet) maybe a bit less so with ones that have lots of rapid cuts).
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Some ambient light behind the TV is crucial for both eye fatigue and enhanced viewing. So I use a $25 LED strip from Walmart, and it works fine. I wouldn't want those seizure inducing fast strobing effects anyway. I find on screen content, being movie, sports, games, etc, has a specific"tone" , a color theme if you will, so I adjust it to match that to my liking using either the app on my phone or voice controls for the LED strip.

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CFRTim wrote: I wouldn't want those seizure inducing fast strobing effects anyway.
FYI, you can adjust the responsiveness, at least, in the Hue Sync PC application.
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haushinka wrote: Nope. I use it on all movies and it looks great and for other things that don't need the different lighting, I just leave whatever color I want backlighting the tv. Not worth the money in my opinion as it's quite expensive especially when adding the lights but it definitely gets a lot of use with the gradient strip and play bars I have.
I find the light sync for movies and gaming extremely distracting and hurts my eyes for any period longer than 5 mins, and for adjusting backlight color you can do that from your phone or through voice assistant, no need to use the hub
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Napophis wrote: I found something similar while researching a DIY solution. RGBTwist.com hasn’t arrived yet but it wasn’t too much so hoping it works
interesting option the 4k 65" kit is only $55 shipped(usd i presume) need to research if its as good as the demo video on it
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Nov 25, 2014
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Reading the post made me think its a Android box from Philips trying to compete with Shield TV and APPLE TV.. ROFL at being some fancy disco lights on the back of your TV...

Will wait until Dollarama starts stocking this...
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kjwilson wrote: interesting option the 4k 65" kit is only $55 shipped(usd i presume) need to research if its as good as the demo video on it
Yeah, did some research on RGBTwist as well, apparently doesn't work with built in apps or DRM, so.... meh
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Oomani wrote: Is this able to match the speed (or lack thereof) of any action on the screen? How does it do with black bars below/above the film?
from what i hear, there is little to no lag. the pi has more than enough horsepower to drive a few hunded 'pixels' (led lights) compared to the 8 million + pixels on a 4k display.

i have hue in my HT. I was running an app on the shield that did the bias lighting - for that, the delay was enough for it to be an annoyance rather than enhance the experience.
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AlexJosh wrote: I find the light sync for movies and gaming extremely distracting and hurts my eyes for any period longer than 5 mins, and for adjusting backlight color you can do that from your phone or through voice assistant, no need to use the hub
Depends on the movie for me but some movies look incredible with it. Some tv shows aren't as good though.
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Cool item but not cool price
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I leave it turned off most of the time, but it compliments certain content well. It's easily toggled using Google home voice control and my harmony remote.
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