Originally Posted by DNAPOPO
You missed the 734, which is the 2d version of the 735.
Ah thanks. Yeah the whole 732/733 and then 735/734 was a little confusing if you weren't following closely.
I guess it can dilute the model with too many different version 70"'s but personally I think a low, middle, and high end model is a great way to go. And amazing that they got an 80" model out so soon while others haven't even competed with 70" yet (again LG's 72" and samsungs 75" both canceled)
I think it was smart to out the low end 732/3 model at first as that's what got everyone so excited that there was a decent (though not high end but not junk) 70" for the same price or less then other manufacs 55" (at least it was cheaper then samsungs newest top line 55" at the time) and def cheaper then any of the 65" offerings.
The 80" now if nothing else makes ppl realize that 70" isn't "too big" and as has been discussed the psychology that many ppl go with the 2nd biggest so they don't feel like they are over doing it with the biggest size available.
But I do question a low end 80" because that big as at least one person has pointed out, it's going to look worse up close with maybe only bluray looking good but overall needing to sit further back which is fine but sometimes your viewing closer or walking up to the tv playing games etc. I know with the samsung un65c8000 (I was lucky enough to get a good one on 2nd try from BB back when it cane out) I can walk right up to it and in HD at least it still looks good.
Speaking of that my current main family room set, the off angle viewing gets quite washed out and with large L shaped sofa there are seating positions that are off angle and even from the kitchen and hallway that the room are open to are off angle. I have swiveled the tv slightly towards the middle/corner of the sofa since that is a favorite spot and it's still good from right in front but I look forward to the better viewing angles of the elite 70"
Yes I decided to go with the Elite. I really wanted to wait for black Friday deals or after holiday and pre/post Superbowl deals but kind of needed to get wall mounted and didn't want to mount the 65" samsung which would put it another 3-4 ft back being on the wall instead of the stand which the 65" even on the stand still seemed small after coming from 67" dlp so did not want to wall mount it. (btw the shiny plastic looking chrome x shaped legs of the samsung is not a great looking stand and others agree so not sure why in their high end models they did that while lower end models get the higher end liking rectangular glass stand)
And I needed to get wall mounted because my 1 yr old is starting to touch the tv plus unless I anchor it, it could be a safety concern with kids having the tv on the stand. Plus have the speakers on floor stands but the whole point of then is that they are thin and wall mountable which is why I got them a few months ago (even though they are more expensive and while very well reviewed are arguably not as good as def techs own bipolar speakers which I had previously and even the lowest end version of those seemed to have something more then the deftech myths xtr-60s which are the biggest xtr's but only really match the side height of a 55") for when I would eventually get something bigger then 65" and wall mount the tv and speakers. Because the kids can knock down the speaker too on floor stands.
I actually am not that crazy about the framing and aesthetics of the Elite. Seems kind of plain and the 80's ish gold Elite logo does nothing for more either even if it is respected. I actually prefer to have the cool light up Sharp star trek looking symbol (my mom has the 732).
Is rem to prefer Samsungs designs and like how they do a thinner bezel and thinner tv, in fact I prefer the looks of the Samsung 65" that the Elite 70" will be replacing, but I know overall the Elite is a far superior tv so I'm sure we will be happy with the picture.
I guess they only inferior edge lot can be made that thin but if it's backlit I wonder why they couldn't make a thinner bezel. In fact if all samsung are edgelit then how do their newer 55"'s have almost no bezel, just all screen?
Also, knowing there is now an 80", and feeling like mist likely it was just a natter of time before they make a 3d version of the 80" (ala the 735) and imagine an 80" Elite! (though I don't want to think aboit the price for that)
Overall if I'm wanting to wall mount now and not feel the need to upgrade for as long as I possibly can (as I do have a tendency of upgradeitis especially for larger size being I was used to the 67" dlp's but luckily never went bigger then that or I would have been desensitized even for 70" flat panel.
Despite the fact that I sometimes actually prefer the light up sharp logo over the Elite, that an 80" was out, and that the price will eventually come down (but I heard there won't be any black Friday deals on it), I decided to go with the Elite now and wall mount it as I didn't want to hold of on wall mounting much longer with the kids and all.
Once I wall mount especially I don't like to upgrade as often so I figured the Elite is the most future proofed. (ppl still love their pioneer kuro elite plasmas and I never got in in any of those). I got a great price now so hopefully it holds up for some time and I don't see anything lower any time soon. And I almost hope that no larger then 70" 3d led LCD comes out any time soon. (3G version of the sharp 80" will probably come out before Samsung gets their 75" together at which point it will be too little too late for samsung especially since their 75" will most definitely be more expensive then Sharps 80")
but again if I'm wanting to go with the Elite, an 80" could be awhile in the making if ever (Kuros never got a I've 60" right) and even longer for it to come down to any reasonable price. And while I have a pretty wide viewing area and wall so would be interested in a cinema wide set (Philips & Vizio?) none of those are a ails mr in North America, won't e much content to take advantage of it (just letter boxed stuff) and therefore black bars or a stretched picture the rest of the time.
But I did wonder if 2 65"'s side by side would be possible and how it would work but I think even if it is that isn't a practical idea.
I did want to make use of my free buy back program I had on the samsung 65" and I know at least one person got samsung to replace their un65c8000 with a 65D8000 but my C is still good so why try for a 65D8000 Which could take as many tries to get one without defects (major flashlighting clouding etc). If the 75" samsung had come out I would have traded in the 65" via the buyback program for that but at this point I mine as well keep it and out it in the basement home theatre section where 67" dlp is which is mostly used for gaming. This way I will have true duo 3d in the basement tv area now without needing an adapter (which I never bothered getting) or panasonic bd player with the checkerboard option for dlp's and most importantly for 3d games which all use side by side 3d mode now it seems which the dlp couldn't do. And since that area is used majority for gaming that will be a good upgrade there despite being 2" smaller then the 67" but that was too big for that finished basement sitting area anyway.
Only thing is the sam 65" will still be in a stand down there and don't think I can wall mount it there without moving the wall mounted center channel and raising up the glass shelf and brackets it's on. And while the thinned of the samsung was. Able to be appreciated in fam room especially walking by the room or even towards the fsm room from front door, it will be wasted in the basement where there are on wall cabinets on the wall above on either side making it an almost semi recessed area which was perfect for the dlp.
But overall I think the wall mounted elite 70" will look nice and be a significant improvement in picture over the Samsung 65" on stand plus 5" larger. And hopefully the 70" Elite doesn't come down in price too quickly and no 3d or even Elite 80" comes out too soon, so I don't get any buyers remorse. Fact was I needed to get wall mounted, needed larger then 65", needed led LCD for daytime viewing in room with windows (blinds on all but the very top small arched windows but open to other rooms and gets enough daylight that plasma would not be ideal), needed better viewing angles then the samsung un65c8000 which is kinda bad in that department getting significantly washed out from off angle views, wanted to keep 3D etc., so I think the Elite was the best if not only way to go and being I got a great deal including installation which is getting done before we have some ppl over after our kids bday party it motivated to just pull the trigger now rather then wait infinitely for an even lower price or an upcoming set.