Originally Posted by mikuda
Would you buy a floor model Elite 70" that has been on the floor since November 2011?
Also, the image appeared to be blurry at times, was this just poor video feed or could it be something worse?
The answer to both "blurry" questions is yes. If a LCD display is "blurry" then it's defective, or there is a problem in the combination of setup and source material.
You need to watch something on the set where you know in advance that the source is good. Have them hook up a Blu-ray player, and bring your own Blu-ray movie to watch. Bring one that's movie based instead of TV based.
Modern plasma displays take about 100,000 hours to use up half of their brightness. If that's also true of LCD displays you should be fine from the age point of view. If the store is open 11 hours a day, and the set was always on (probable), that's about 5,700 hours in about 515 days. If it doesn't have something wrong with it now, it's probably going to last a long time. As long as the price is right, it's probably fine. I would include the price of a professional calibrator who has a good reputation here at AVS.
At least you know that the dealer didn't lie to you about how long the set had been a demo.
As a demo, what sort of warranty are you getting? It's pretty normal to get a full manufacturer's warranty with demos.Edited by htwaits - 5/12/13 at 12:47am