Originally Posted by medicrob
Actually, although I answered this question before, it obviously needs repeating. As much as the units appear similar, there are subtle differences. If you look at the back of the panel of both tvs..the 600u vs 650u....one will note that the latter has far more connectivity options available for a greater amount of different needs. If rca, vga in/out, optical, usb 1/2, hdmi (4) ect are needed and important than go with it. If all the extras are not needed than save some $ and go with the less frills. So....they look the same but are different.
Hope that helps.
To be clear, for this specific series the correct numbers are:
LC-xxLE650U (club equivalent = LC-xx6500U)
Other Sharp models for 2013 include:
LC-xxLE857U (no club equivalent )
LC-xxLE757U (club equivalent = LCxx7500U for the 60" & 70" models, no club equiv for 80" models)
LC-xxLE755U (no club equivalent)
LC-xxLE657U (no club equivalent)
LC-xxLE655U (no club equivalent)
xx = 60, 70, 80 or 90 (not all screen sizes are available on all models)
I'm not saying a 600U doesn't exists used in your example, but based on what I'm seeing it would be in a different series (757 vs 857). And maybe that is why you see different connections between the TV's. I happen to have the 6500U version from Sam's. I've discussed connections with others using the 650U standard model number. There are no differences in connections as you point out.
Now did they package the product differently? Or did a different stand come with it? Or did they use the red resistor instead of the blue resistor on the inside? Maybe. But there shouldn't be any noticeable major differences.
I was shopping during Black Friday season for my set. At the time I was looking at the 70" E series, A701i-A3 to be more precise. Around this time, both Walmart and Sam's advertised door buster sales on the A70i-A3E models ($999 and eventually $1,498), even though both carried the "other model w/o the E". I had concerns thinking something major might have changed, so I contacted Vizio. They told me the only difference was the packaging. It had a plain cardboard box instead of the colored one with all the advertising. Then I found their website for both models and compared to find the following differences:
- Screen dimensions were slightly wider 62.58" (A3E) vs 62.56" (A3).
- The A3E specs omit the screw length (10mm) and pitch (1mm) dimensions. Doesn't mean they were different, just not reported.
- Most oddly I found the power consumption considerably different....97.7w (A3E) vs 102.33w (A3).
Again, all this points that there may be very minor differences such as packaging, a different power cord, etc. But nothing major will change. I agree with nathan_h that this is more for supply chain management their need to control markets and price matching.