Originally Posted by malbo1
So does anyone still own this TV?
I purchased a Sharp Elite a few months ago from BB. They were showing Avengers and another demo disc which show off how well this set does with blacks. Got a great deal on an "OPEN BOX". The PQ is outstanding and I love the black level, so I picked it up with full warranty and calibration.
Unfortunately when I got home, I noticed that what I should have demo'd was a snowy mountain scene or something with a white background as there is a thumbprint sized dim area in the middle of the set that you only see on white or really bright scenes, but now that I have, I can't NOT see it.
After fighting with BB warranty for two months (they would not just swap out the unit since it was "open box"), they have finally determined that it really is bad and they will replace it. Yay right? Not quite. Now comes the reason for me being on this thread. Even though they had 2 on display two months ago, it turns out that now there is not another Sharp Elite 70" within 100 miles of me, so the replacement will be one of similar features. Closest thing I can find that is not half the TV is this Samsung ES9000, especially with the recent price drop down to $7K.
So, to make a long story short, what my real question is, if money wasn't a factor or you could have picked up this set for $7K, would you still have it?
Also, is there a break in period on this set and if so, how long? The guy that came to calibrate my Elite said it should have a couple hundred hours on it before they want to calibrate it.
It largely depends on your viewing environment. I have mine in a light controlled room, walls painted a deep red, ceiling painted bronze-gold to cut down on reflected light. Not quite a bat cave but much darker than the average tv room. I have flashlighting in the corners that is pretty obvious when the tv is showing a mostly black image. The sharpness and color are very good. You will NOT get the same black level you enjoyed on the Elite, and to get "good" blacks on this tv you will need to engage at least one or more of the dimming features. These actually work surprisingly well considering the fact the it is edge lit, but they do occasionally have undesired effects on the picture.
I think I have been one of the most vocal people on this thread as far as the tv's shortcomings, and honestly, for me it is the cost vs performance ratio. This tv is not really "bad", but it is not worth more than half the original $10K pricetag either. For those of us coming from a tv with a better picture, like your Elite, it can be disappointing to see how bad the image is at this price range. Honestly, a closer tv in terms of performance would be the Sony HX950, I know you give up 5" on the Sony vs the Elite and gain 5" with the ES9000 but it is at least a full array local dimming set, vs the edge lighting on the ES9000.
IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
as for break-in, it doesn't use much electricity, so just leave it on for a few days,use slides or full screen material , on LCD's I don't think it makes much difference, but if that is what your calibrator is asking you to do, then you should follow their instructions.