Well, after months thinking about getting an Elite to replace my Pioneer Elite 110FD (8G Kuro), I just happened to be in my local BB and decided to check in Magnolia to see the Elite. I was surprised to no longer see it front and center as it had been in the past. Instead, I found an open box 60" off on the side marked at just over $3700! I was shocked (I haven't been looking that closely in recent months). I talked with someone there for a while and decided to mull it over....for about 6 hours. I went back, worked with the same guy and got it out the door for $3500 plus tax. I did get the 4 year service plan after doing some quick reading on the threads here (I usually ignore the warranties/service plans offered by BB). They were running a special which offered a free cal (yes, I know, BB/GS cals are generally considered to be total junk). However, they were unable to figure out exactly how to get the cal to be free, so they charged my for it and reduced the price of the set even further to compensate. I'm now wondering if I can decide to "decline" the cal, and get the separate line item for the cal refunded
Got into the service menu in the store - panel has about 500 hrs on it, so not too bad. No visible problems with the display, and no scratches. No manual and no stand, so I'll have to buy one - probably on FleaBay (none listed in the AVS classifieds). They also don't have the included glasses (I don't really care), but they said they'll give me some of the Sharp glasses which will be compatible.
Once I go and get it (waiting until I get the stand), I'll probably sell the 110FD to offset part of the cost of the newest Elite in my family
It still works absolutely perfectly. If it weren't for the fact that it doubles as a space heater
and summer is coming (high electric bills due to A/C counteracting the 110FD in SoCal), I'd probably never have considered replacing it until it died.Edited by jasonvr - 3/16/13 at 11:06pm