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I had seen both of the above links about one week ago and to me it seemed another indication that the release date for the LC-90LE657U is very near; I expect dealers to receive notification of shipment from Sharp during first two weeks of July and dealers to be informing pre-order customers about the "good news"....And soon after that we'll see someone start the AVS "Official Sharp LC-90LE657U Thread" with the felicitous comment "mine arrives tomorrow, accordind to UPS" !!....And many similar comments to follow....Ha!
I was rather surprised looking at the manual for the 657 and noticing that it has full CMS control - hue, saturation, brightness - to calibrate R/G/B colors points correctly and gray-scale tracking adjustment with R/G/B GAIN calibration at two or ten points from 0 IRE to 100 IRE, very impressive; I only hope it works as specified as i have been reading test reports of flat panel displays that have similar controls and yet being incapable of correct calibration.
I imagine that within its first month of release the street price for this model will drop to $6,999.00 and by Christmas sale season it might be offered at Best Buy from $6,499.00 to as low as $6,150.00 and online retailers offering it lower priced - $5,499.00, anyone ?
I realized some time ago that if i were to ever purchase such humongous sized flat panel display it would have to be done locally due to its size, weight, fragility and assorted reported problems, and that Best Buy would probably be my only choice due to the company's warehousing abilities (thus very large unit inventories) and willingness to fast exchange units deemed defective by customers without any hassles; Besides, my local Best Buy is located twenty minutes walk or 8 minutes drive from where i live.
I am so impressed by the care LG has devoted to customers of its 84" UHD display and some of the pictures posted on that thread showing three-technician crews having the panel fully open laying flat on the ground with blanket underneath followed by the removal of defective panel and replacement panel being installed. On the other hand LG supposedly manufactured only 2.000 of those panels, so maybe that is the reason why the company can afford such lavish care.
It would be great if Best Buy offered something similar for all HDTV larger than 60" : local technicians driving to customers homes to assess problems and repair units on-site asap as well as the capability of exchanging the unit by having a similar one brand-new and boxed stored in the truck, just in case. I would certainly pay extra for such warranty.