Ok, I can't believe that I FINALLY finished reading all 51 pages of this thread!
I got mine from HHGregg as a floor model. None of the local stores in my DC/MD/VA area had it in stock anymore. I went through 2 online retailers that were listing the cheapest prices from Google search online only to call and them tell me they are not in stock. I actually had to cancel two online orders because of this even though their site showed it as in stock. ECTV's price on Google showed up as like $2699 or something like that but when I called they said it was $3499 but could knock off $300. They were the only online retailer that had it in stock and said they didn't know why Google was showing that price.
This guy at a local store where my brother in law had bought several TV's from for his company and personal use and probably spent well over $10k said the best he could do was $3300 (which was with a "10% discount" which really was only the removal of their 3 year extended warranty that cost $350)out the door but it would inlcude 2 glasses. Well for the heck of it we went to one of their other stores and that salesman gave us (being strangers) the exact same deal and wasn't willing to come down at all or at least throw in another pair of glasses. So since I saw that the first guy wasn't really giving us any real "hookup" we decided to pass and continue looking.
So, we left that place and stopped by HHGregg literally 10 minutes before closing and walked out with the floor model and a 3 year warranty that covers EVERYTHING. And I couldn't be happier with the purchase. Still amazed at how crystal clear this thing is for it's size.
I have only come across two issues that I hadn't seen anybody posted about. The first thing is that sometimes when I play a movie on the PS3 and either stop it or after it finishes and goes back to the PS3's XMB menu, there will be some streaming like effect on the screen when moving between the menu icons on the screen, like the fonts stream/blur for a second as you move across the icons. At first I tried shutting down the PS3 and turning it back on and the issue would fix it self.
I was running into issues with my Onkyo TX-SR606 which I later found out has as known HDMI switching issue and I though that was the problem but after hooking it up directly to the TV it did it again last night. This time though I just switched the input momentarily to my cable then back to the PS3 and the issue was gone. I'm thinking it might be the 25' HDMI cable I bought from this local store which is all they had. I really only need their 12' one which was out of stock though. Has anyone else had this problem?
The next issue might also be related to the first but I sometimes notice a little lag when I was watching a basketball game but when switching the channel to another channel then back to the game it seems to fix itself. I'm wondering if it could also be with my FIOS as I was watching a movie on Showtime HD last night and noticed some old "Movie theater" type effects like really fast black or white artifacts flashing on the screen. Put it to another movie and no artifacts. So could it be just my FIOS signal or possible HDMI cable?
Will try some more troubleshooting tonight. I also do have slight clouding in the bottom right hand corner but it's not that bad as well as DSE which is slightly noticible but not a big deal to me. My brother in laws new Sony I think it is had really bad clouding when I first saw it in his home on a black screen which I thought didn't look normal and mine is no where near that bad. Overall though the PQ is amazing and clear to me and i'm very happy. I had been researching this for a few months before we finally pulled the trigger. It is funny though how at first my eyes took a while to get use to the huge size of the tv and for a minute I though it was too big but now it seems like it's smaller and can see the 80" as an upgrade later so that I can put the 70" in our bedroom.