My 70" Elite PRO-70X5FD was installed by the Best Buy Geek Squad yesterday, mounted on my wall. It replaced a 70" Sony KDS-R70XBR2 SXRD that I had on a stand.
My first impressions were very positive - it looks like a picture frame on my wall...so much so that when I'm not watching TV, I've considered having it grab pictures from my home network and display expensive artwork that I can't afford anymore (because I bought this Sharp Elite!).
The picture is amazing, with deep blacks that are indistinguishable from the black bezel at night (unless I raise the brightness, which I did a bit last night for a 3D movie). The 3D effect is spectacular for the most part; there's a little bit of ghosting here and there during select scenes, but it could just be the specific 3D Blu-ray I watched (Monsters vs. Aliens).
I'm overwhelmed by all the many ways I can customize the picture, so at the moment I'm just using the pre-defined modes and switching through them for each movie/show until I find one I like at that moment. I'm sure I'll eventually find a favorite. I'm getting an ISF calibration in early November after the TV has been running for over 100 hours, so that should improve things even more.
Despite all the good, though, my experience with this TV has soured because:1)
The Sharp Elite doesn't have a picture-in-picture function. When did TVs stop including this? I used the PiP function on my Sony to view my front door security cameras via 'Tuner' while still watching DirecTV on 'HDMI'. Now when someone rings the doorbell, I have to completely switch to that tuner input (which is a coaxial cable to my Greyfox cameras). On days when I'm monitoring kids in the back yard via the security cams, I can't now also watch TV at the same time to pass the minutes. Grrrrr.2)
The TV only has one USB port to charge the 3D glasses. This wouldn't be an issue if the manual didn't explicitly state not to plug in the 3D glasses into any other USB port (like into my computer's ports). We have four pairs of glasses, which makes keeping them all charged a real pain because the TV doesn't include multiple USB charging ports.3)
The Sharp remote doesn't have the ability to switch to a specific Input directly. Instead, I have to open the Input list and then scroll down to the one I want. This is especially frustrating because I'm not able to program my Harmony 880 universal remote to easily switch inputs like I could on the Sony. My wife flipped out when I told her she now had to hold the remote steady at the TV for up to 7 seconds while it dutifully scrolled through the list each time she changed Activities. So I eventually programmed the remote to believe there was only one input, and now I manually select the one I'm actually using. What a pain, either way!
Contrary to other posts in this thread, I had no trouble contacting the Elite customer service. I called four times over the course of the day, and each time my call was answered within 1 minute. Three out of the four knew the answer to my respective questions immediately, and the fourth figured it out after consulting his copy of the manual.
So....I love this TV, but it's so unfortunate that all I'm thinking about are the above three issues. I'm glad my eyes aren't sophisticated enough to notice any of the detailed issued being discussed here (DSE? PQ? 0.0002fL with LD off? CMS controls? 141FD codes? Static contrast?)
Since I'm obviously a newbie on this thread, flame away at my ignorance! All I ask is that your well-deserved flames contain helpful information that will enable me to rise above my relatively inexperienced skill level
If anyone has information about how any of these three issues might be overcome, I'd greatly appreciate your response. (I saw something earlier about a URC remote and RS232, but I don't know what those are.)