Just purchased an LC-70LE857. I was looking at the Samsung 7100 (65 inch) as well. To be honest, I was also looking to save some green on the 757 originally too.
This was around Black Friday, so Samsung had out of their mind deals.
I'll get to it more later, but when I looked at them side by side, playing the same content (talked a store clerk at HHGregg into moving connections around a LOT). The 757 wasn't great, the Samsung looked good but not good enough and the 857 was fantastic overall. That and I have a fairly bright family room, and the glare on the Samsung was overpowering.
Go with the Sharp, no problems yet and I'll post my full review later.
Update on the ongoing Sharp replacement saga.
I received my 2nd refurbished T.V. as a result of the first one having way too much clouding and darker scenes in movies looking washed out and very pixelated. Made the unit look unwatchable especially knowing it is the top of the line...
Anyways they delivered around 2:30p and with another set of 3d glasses and remote. I was not home but my brother in law inspected the bezel and such. My wife and brother in law watched TV for about 20 minutes after it had been delivered then went out. When they came back they watched for another 30 mins before I got home at around 6:30pm.
Unit at first glance looked much better than the last one. It was very crisp and blacks looked black. No wash out or pixelation. At around 9-9:30pm we looked to see how many hours the set had on it. I can't remember the exact numbers but center acutime was about 3:15 or so and the backlight acutime was about 3:30.
This leads me to believe that this unit had almost no actual TV viewing on it unless the time isn't adding continuously. It does have some clouding but at this point if the picture quality is that much better I will just deal. I will post a few pictures later and will watch a movie that has a good amount of black scenes like batman or harry potter.
I did take a picture of the first page of the service menu. I am not quite sure what the first line means next to main Version. It has a date and the number 1.52. Is that the update and when it was updated.
What do you mean by " I was able to "massage" it out"?
Every single unit will be different in the amounts of clouding and such. I am on the my second Sharp replacement and my third unit overall. The one I bought was last years model the 847U. The panel went bad after 4 months and was replaced with the 857U. That was also defective with way too much clouding and washed out blacks and pixelation. The new replacement I received on Thursday seems to be pretty on par with what you would expect a TV of this price to be. It could be much better but it is what it is. Still has clouding but I can deal.
I guess what I'm trying to say is just buy a unit, make sure you have done countless amounts of research and hope non of the negatives happen to you. If they do you will know what to expect and and can plan accordingly.
I didn't research the Samsung that you mentioned but for the size the Sharp is the only one in the 70" if I'm not mistaken other than Vizio.
I do enjoy this TV. 3D looks good, Haven't really used any smart features. Colors to me are pretty good. Very Bright. I keep it under the "user" mode
I have not professionally calibrated this Unit or any of the others. Did use the WOW blu ray on the last unit.
Compared to the last unit, yes. The last one was so bad. dark scenes look like it had a contrast ratio of 10k:1 as opposed to the 12million:1 it says. So compared to that yes. I will try to post pics of identical shots
I actually am Ok with the amount of clouding this set has. I haven't played with any settings yet, with the holidays and all , not much time. I will try lowering the backlight and working with the Disney WOW disc to do a simple calibration. The last set was really bad that no matter what I did, it still looked terrible.
Like I stated previously, I have the AV mode in user mode right now.
I read on this forum somewhere, that if you loosen the screws in the corners it alleviates some cloudiness due to the screws being very tight. Is there any truth to that?
Yea, I'm not trying just wondering. I have been wiping the screen especially because the delivery men left wonderful fingerprint marks on it. Seems like they were eating burgers and fries before they came because the prints were so greasy. I was having a very tough time trying to get them off. I resorted to breathing over some of them to get them off and even then, some are still there. \
Do you go in a circular motion or wipe in an outwards motion. Or am I just thinking too much about it ?