I wholeheartedly agree with this. At the same time I recognize that others may have a different level of expectation for quality from their electronics purchases. I'm afraid they may never be satisfied, as Ken alludes, if they look for perfection.
Just because the Elite is very expensive doesn't necessarily mean that it will have higher quality and nor have I heard any claims from Sharp as such. Ken is spot on in saying that the Elite is trying to instead be the "best available". If someone disagrees and prefers the Sony, they fortunately have other options.
Like automobiles, expensive electronics models & brands will not have necessarily better quality and instead offer improved features or performance, but often also at a significant bump in cost. For those more interested in value and/or quality, there is always the Toyota/Lexus option. Great models at good prices but just not necessarily the "best available". But still not perfection...