Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Land O Lakes, FL
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I bought this set from Sam's Club on Black Friday in 2011 (11/26/11). About a year ago, I started getting a very intermittent faint blue vertical line (one pixel wide) about two inches from the left bezel. A slight push on the bezel at certain spots would make the disappear for a few days/weeks.
About a month ago, the line changed from faint blue to bright fluorescent red - an eye-magnet like no other.
I read up on these forums to find others with this model having similar failures, and it didn't look good - no one was able to find any resolution from Sharp - other than replacing the set. Apparently when this happens, the panel is deemed "defective", and with a panel replacement cost higher than a new set, it's the end of the road for the TV.
Nevertheless, I called Sharp and jumped through various hoops. After several emails and phone calls, I finally reached a department that deals with these kinds of things (out-of-warranty but known defect issues). There, the guy I spoke with offered me their 2014 equivalent 70" model (I forget the model number). Apparently, it has smarts and other features that make our model seem antique. Given my bad experience, he was offering to ship me the new model, white glove install, and take the old one, for $700.00.
At first that sounded like a reasonable offer - except that means I'm in $2700 (I paid $2k in 2011) for a 1080P TV. And, the replacement is a refurbished unit with a 90-day (!) warranty. As he talked, the offer seemed less and less attractive.
In the end, I opted not to proceed. Given that 4K UHD sets are now becoming affordable, the last thing I want to do is sink even more money into a brand that - so far - has had questionable reliability. Putting money towards a technology (1080p) that will soon be considered legacy, seems a bit short-sighted.
In any case, my search for a 70" UHD has begun. I suppose I should find a home for this 70" with the red line. My brother even suggested going through with the $700 exchange, and then selling the set to someone for a small profit. Have not really decided if that's the way to go.
If anyone out there is experiencing the same kind of lines, just know Sharp is apparently trying to compromise at this point.