So my 60" Elite, with a build date of August 2011, was installed last week. After talking to Robert at VE and his talking to Sharp, I was satisfied that I had a new, previously unboxed model, and I didn't want to wait for VE to get me a newer build (which Robert graciously offered to do).
I've only spent about 15 hours with it, but so far the picture has been spectacular. Using the CNET settings for now, but will have it calibrated once I've logged 100 hours.
The set has been everything I could have hoped for. I noticed the slightest of pulsing during a scene in Bound. If I hadn't read this forum so closely, I probably would not have noticed it, and it did not detract from the picture at all. For all I know it could have been the source material--I didn't try to view the scene on my other set (a Samsung 40" LED). I tried to replicate the pulsing in other reported problem scenes but didn't see it--just a great picture.
I'm coming off a 46" Sony XBR4, which I thought was a great picture until my Elite arrived. After months of hand wringing, I'm happy to report the Elite is as great as advertised. Great black detail, bright whites, and superb clarity. A cyan fix would be great, but I will continue to love the picture while I wait for it to come.
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