I just joined the forums today (although I have read the threads here numerous times in the past), so that I could pose a few questions. My 14-year old rear projections Mitsu died yesterday, and I find myself in the market for a new HDTV at long last. I've been thinking about the 70" Sharp models for a long time, and even toyed with the notion of purchasing the 80" model, although in the end I think the 70" is about the most I can afford. I've sort of zeroed in on the LC-70LE735U (ruled out the 70LE734U since the price is the same online), but have also been looking at the 65" LG Infinia 65LW6500. To complicate matters, the 70LE745U just came out and also looks like a viable contender (and less expensive than the 70LE735U).
From the recent comments, it seems as if people think the 70LE735U is still superior to the 745, but I have been pretty freaked out by all the reports of clouding/DSE with these units. The thought of dropping thousands of dollars for a new TV that may have this problem is somewhat daunting.
Does anyone have any thoughts on the 70LE735U vs. the LG Infinia 65LW6500? The thread for that model has a lot of rave reviews about the advanced features that can be unlocked within the service menu (THX mode, local dimming, etc.) and the price of this TV is about $800 less than the 70LE735U (of course, it is also 5" smaller). It also uses passive 3D, and includes 4 pairs of inexpensive 3D glasses. Although to be fair, I am not all that excited about 3D at home, so may not really explore those features much anyway.
This will probably be a fairly long-term purchase for me, so want to make the best decision I can with the info at hand. Any feedback you may have about these particular models, or the new line coming out by Sharp, would be greatly appreciated
BTW, my plan is to hook the TV up to an Oppo BD-93 Blu-ray player, a DirecTV or FiOS HD DVR, and an XBox 360. Usage ratio is probably 60% TV watching (regular shows, no sports), 20% movies (DVD/BluRay/Netflix streaming), and 20% gaming (mostly Kinect games and slower-paced stuff like LA Noire). Audio will all be sent to my AVR, so will probably never turn the internal TV speakers on.
Sorry to be so long-winded - thanks in advance for your feedback...