Well I've cancelled my order on the Elite 70" and switched it over to a Samsung 75ES9000. The salesperson at the shop I was purchasing from charged me only a small increase after much haggling and conferencing with the bosses (him with the store owner, me with the missus) I spent a good bit of time in between him conferencing with his boss and me conferencing with the wife, going back and forth between the Elite and ES9000 trying to find something, anything that would sway me one way or the other on either set. He had told me that had received no complaints from any of his customers about the quality or PQ on the Elites, but did agree that I was more knowledgeable than most of his customers and probably in the upper 10% as far as my expectations of overall quality are concerned. After going back and forth for at least 20-25 minutes, I can say that I do think that the Elite PQ is marginally better than the ES9000, but I was kind of surprised at close they were. My wife really liked all the hoo-a-ma-ha on the Samsung I will likely never use (hope I'm not offending anyone, but really, who wants to talk to their tv ?) as well as liking the extra few inches, and all I was after was the best image, but after all the recent issues with the Nov. 2012 builds, and being told they are being discontinued I have opted not to ride that roller coaster. I had previously purchased, had calibrated, and ultimately returned a Sharp 80LE844 (the 80" Quattron 3D model), so I am not eager to go through the whole unboxing, setting up, calibrating, and then reboxing and returning such a large set again.
I really appreciate the posts and patience of those who have helped provide the information on this forum (Dvzzz, you must have the patience of a monk or a saint or something like that). I do really like the PQ, and were it not for my previous return, and my wife liking all the bells and whistles on the ES9000, I might have been willing to travel a little ways down that road, but my confidence is not there that it would end up in a happy place (I am Canadian, hockey is back, I watched 9 hours of it on Saturday, dealing with artifacts or issues would not be cool). Thanks all.