Default [Q] Google Experience Launcher Voice Lag

I recently upgrade from a Nexus 5 to a Note 3 (I wanted the Gear :P ) and I like using GEL as my default launcher, mainly for the swipe-left and "OK Google" features.

Ever since I started using GEL on my Note 3 (on stock/rooted OS) whenever I say "OK Google" there is a bit of lag between the search box opening and the sound to start talking. About 4 seconds of lag.
Now I'm aware that this isn't the end of the world but its rather annoying. As we know, the specs of the 2 devices are very similar performance wise so I would think there is something I'm missing or is this just something we will have to deal with.

Anyone else have this issue? Anyone know if a fix?

Versions:
GEL - 1.0.9.1039417 - latest
Google Search - 3.3.11.1069658.arm - latest

OS:
4.4.2 - NB7 - N900W8
Phones: HTC Dream > HTC Magic > Motorola Dext > Sony Xperia X10 > HTC Desire Z > HTC Incredible S > HTC Raider > Samsung Galaxy S II (I727R) > Samsung Galaxy S III (I9300) > Nexus 5 > Note 3 (N900W8) > Nexus 5 (again)
Gear: Samsung Galaxy Gear (SM-V700)
Tablets: Asus Transformer TF101 > Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G
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