Originally Posted by jpell33
Need some collective wisdom and insight to potential purchase of one of these beauties. My local BB currently has both a 70" and a 60" demo/open box available. I've checked the serial numbers and the 70" starts with the "108" (not a Nov 12 build). Manager states both have been on display about a year. Not really worried about the hours, because the picture is excellent on both, spent a bunch of time playing Blu-ray and viewing both sets and dont see any real issues. I've been pestering the manager for about three weeks now and today he finally gave me his "best &final prices" (according to him). 70" for $3400 (missing remote) & the 60" for $2300 (missing both remote & stand). I was trying real hard to get him down to $3K on the 70", but it was a "no-go". Anyway, he says he'll throw in a programmable remote that works with either. Not sure what to do about the stand for the 60" as I would definitely need it.
Anyway, what are your thoughts:
1) I really would like the 70" (who wouldn't), but the price point of the 60" seem like a better deal (or is it just relative). Would be going in the basement as the home theatre TV.
2) It seems like there is a big push lately with manufacturers producing larger screen TV's (75" & up). Would I just be better to wait it out and see what happens in the next 6 months or so.
3) Does anyone know of a "universal type" remote that works with the Elite's and the proper code that needs to be entered? I will make sure it works before I leave the store.
4) How hard would it be to source a stand for the 60"?? Probably have to go thru Sharp themselves or try to make a side deal here on the forum for anyone who wall mounted and would be willing to sell?
Thanks and I have until tomorrow to make my mind up as I'm going on business for a couple of weeks and don't think they'll last.
Open to all replies and hypotheticals. Thanks in advance.
I wen through a similar situation 2 weeks ago. I got myself a demo 70" Elite, with missing remote. It does have the stand though. My SN also is similar to yours. Email the Elite support and they will tell you your manufacture date. It is most likely August 2011.
You can try buying an Elite replacement remote unit, but why not get the Logitech Harmony remote? I got one yesterday and works great with the TV, plus all my other units. I got the 650 model.
I do have the "pulsing issue" on this set. I highly recommend to check for this issue before buying. I can guide you how to test for the issue. One of Blu-rays that absolutely drives this TV nuts with pulsing is "Behind Enemy Lines". I can provide picture settings for this test as well:
AV Mode - Movie THX
IVC - Local Dimming On
OPC - Off
Backlight - -4
Contrast - +23
Brightness - +3
Motion Enhancement - FluidMotion
Gamma - 0
Everything else is default or Off
Good luck ...