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post #1 of 13 Old 09-23-2013, 07:18 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, Chris here from Las Vegas. I have been trolling here for a few weeks and have read as much as I can, but am still torn on what model to get. I'm looking for some help on the best screen for me. I'm looking at the full lineup from Sharp and am looking at the 80LE650U , 80LE857U & 80LE757U. If I'm missing another one that I should consider please LMK. My main concern is going from my Samsung 65" great bright picture to a larger one and having a poor picture. I really only watch Directv NFL & Blu Ray's. I don't play video games and I don't do PC stuff on the TV. Any advice on what to do here is welcomed, I'm looking to buy this week during renovations.

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Anyone have any advice before I spend $ 3K+ ????
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Anyone have any advice before I spend $ 3K+ ????

I seriously considered the 80 inch 857u before getting the 75 inch Samsung F8000. Like you, my previous set was 65 inches (a Sharp Aquos from 2007). Although I liked the size of the Sharp, I felt the Samsung had the superior picture quality.

Regarding the 757u, CNET posted a recent review which wasn't too favorable. http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sharp-lc-60le757/4505-6482_7-35567060.html

Good luck with your purchase.
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thanks I watched the review and the 650 got a better grade. Surprising but good for me. The 75" Samsung is out of my price range even though Samsung's have always looked the best IMO.
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You didn't say whether 3D is a requirement. Sharp still use active 3D. Therefore I'd get the 650 (non-3D) if I were you.

I faced a similar choice when I decided to get a 70" Sharp, and got the 640 (non-3D) model. Mind you, I also have an LG 65LW6500 (passive 3D) TV. Anyway, my Sharp has a pretty good picture for the money, once it was dialed in. The presets are unimpressive, to say the least. So look at the dedicated thread for whatever you get, and try some of the calibration settings posted there.

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thanks I watched the review and the 650 got a better grade. Surprising but good for me. The 75" Samsung is out of my price range even though Samsung's have always looked the best IMO.

How much is the 80 inch 857? When I was shopping sets it was selling for around $5k. I recall Amazon selling the 80 inch 757 for much lower, around $3.8k.

I really liked the picture on the 857, especially the brightness of the panel. Great aesthetics as well, as the aluminum frame looks very nice. I would be very happy with this set.
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Her's the lowest I can find on the 857, but I think I'm going to go 650 to save some $$ and get a new receiver as well. 3D is NOT a concern for me at all.


http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/Sharp-LED-HDTV-p/lc80le857u.htm
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Her's the lowest I can find on the 857, but I think I'm going to go 650 to save some $$ and get a new receiver as well. 3D is NOT a concern for me at all.


http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/Sharp-LED-HDTV-p/lc80le857u.htm

Have you compared the sets in person? Although 3d isn't a priority, the 240hz panel and super bright panel on the 857 may be worth the upgrade.
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The only place I can find around here that has any of the sets is sams club. They have the 650, I'd really like to see what the 857 looks like to get a real comparison. The online review in the above post scares me away from it especially for the almost 800 bucks more
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The only place I can find around here that has any of the sets is sams club. They have the 650, I'd really like to see what the 857 looks like to get a real comparison. The online review in the above post scares me away from it especially for the almost 800 bucks more

I didn't find many reviews of the 857, but the one on lcdbuyingguide was pretty favorable.

Have you taken a look at the 75 inch Samsung F6400? It's priced between the Sharp 650 and the 757. Aside from a recent Cnet review, the set has received pretty good reviews. Or maybe even the F6300?
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Her's the lowest I can find on the 857, but I think I'm going to go 650 to save some $$ and get a new receiver as well. 3D is NOT a concern for me at all.

If 3D is not a concern, buy the LC-80LE650U. Or the Vizio M801d-A3 - which currently retails at the same price of the 857U - but both of those have 3D, and are 600 to 700 bucks more than the 650. What is your location? Do you have a Best Buy, or Costco near you?

http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/Sharp-LED-HDTV-p/lc80le857u.htm

If I were shopping for a set that large, my preference would be to buy it from a place (locally) that has a better return policy. Two way shipping of a very large, 183 pound box is expensive..
http://www.eastcoasttvs.com/Returns.asp

"hdtvs and major appliances:

Damaged HDTVs and Major Appliances must be refused at the time of delivery. Once the delivery is refused, replacement equipment will be shipped immediately at no cost to the customer. Non-damaged HDTVs and Appliances may be returned within five business days for a credit less 10% restocking and two-way shipping.
everything else:

Your item may be returned within 5 business days of the delivery date. You may request an exchange or a refund. Round-trip shipping charges will not be refunded. If you would like to make a return, please call (866) 496-5784 for a Return Merchandise Authorization Number."

You may save some money, but sometimes it's worth paying a bit more for better service. If you can hold out, there could be some good deals around Columbus Day.
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I would suggest going to Fry's Electronics in Las Vegas, NV they have the Sharp 70" and 80" 857U on display at least the ones in Southern CA. do

Also I would check Best Buy - the Best Buy with Magnolia also have the 80" on display
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Well I took the plunge today on the 650. I ordered from PaulsTV who price-matched an online competitor. I decided on Paul's and this TV because I have bought 2 TV's from Pauls and have had a 5 Star experience. I went to Sam's club and saw the 650 and frys and saw the 757 and wasn't impressed for the extra $$. So I'll post some HQ photos and report back
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