I just decided to pull the trigger on a LE632U--I had placed an order with a 3rd party through Amazon, but after reading this decided to check out East Coast TV. Their price was a couple hundred dollars less than the lowest one on Amazon, and the delivery date from the Amazon provider looked like it could be several weeks out, so I cancelled the order and decided to give East Coast a try.
Two days later and my TV has not shipped, I went back to check the site and lo and behold, the price had dropped 80 bucks. I called and asked for the reduction, they gave it immediately, but true to form, they also gave me the hard sell on the extended warranty. They also refused the 2% discount code proudly displayed on their site, saying it is only if you pay by check/wire/money order rather than credit card--no thanks, I'm not taking that kind of risk even apart from the hassle factor. Rather deceptive not to state clearly on the front page. They also claimed that they need the security code for my credit card--pretty convenient that they didn't ask for that initially, so that they'd have to call me before shipping...
Now, normally regarding the warranty, I'd be a hard case and say nope just the TV thanks, and at first that was my response. I'm not stupid, I know these extended warranties are pure profit, the failure rates are low, and if the TV is going to fail it'll likely be within the first year. However with the 80 buck reduction, even with the ripoff warranty, the price is lower than anything available on Amazon. Since I was hesitant, the guy also threw in the "white glove" delivery, which seems like it just means that they unpack the box, check it for damage, and make sure it turns on, but whatever, if they bring it in the house and down to the basement for me, I suppose it's worth something so that my wife doesn't have to lift it. I relented and paid for the 5 year warranty, and they claim they're going to try and get it shipped out today. EDIT: Just got the shipment notification.
I also have a Sanus mount, the Darby Darblet, an HDMI switch, and some Monoprice HDMI cables. Now to figure out everything else I need sound wise, since it's been a good 15 years since I've bought any kind of surround sound equipment. I'll continue searching the forum. From reading some of this thread it seems I need to make sure the receiver supports HDMI audio return--any other critical features I should worry about based on this particular set? This is for a basement, and I'm planning to mount rear speakers on the ceiling and a full set of front speakers on the TV wall.
Edited by imbatman - 10/17/12 at 1:57pm