I came across an open box/floor model PRO-141FD at a local Best Buy, and I'm fairly certain I can purchase it for a great price. But of course I'm worried about that "open box" aspect.
The Magnolia rep in the store says it's been there for about 4 months. Would you guys bite on such forbidden fruit? Obviously the price is right, but am I buying a headache? Assuming the panel has been on the 14 hours a day the store is open, we're talking >1500 hours on the set. Is there a non-LAN way to check the usage time on the display as it sits in the store? Would you opt for a BB extended warranty or is there a better 3rd party source for such protection? What components of the panel wear down or break with age/usage? How many hours is a 9G Kuro panel supposed to last anyway?
Obviously I'm getting this bad boy calibrated, just need to decide if I'm buying it in the first place. Is it truly worth a $1000 more than a 58" Panny V10? My side-by-side comparison say yes, but tencho-lust has a strange way of making the irrational seem, well, rational.
In any case, thanks for the help.