Got a couple questions on my new purchase.. a 60F7100.
My wife talked me into buying a new sectional, which then put us about 14' back from the TV. We had a 46C6400, which is a great set but is a little small for the room. I started scouring the Internet and all the local stores for a deal on a 60" 6300 or 6400, but I found nothing. We were actually on an overnight trip a hundred miles away or so and I stopped in at Best Buy and found both a 60" 6300 and a 60" 7100 open box. As I was checking out the hours on the panel using the service menu, the employees and the manager thought it was pretty cool. I asked the manager if he could do any better on either of the open box TVs and he said "Gimme a sec.." Came back and said $1,299. I said "For the 6300?" he said no, on the 7100.
I pretty much was in browse mode, but that deal made me pull the trigger right then and there! I literally got the panel and power cord only, no stand, remote, or 3D glasses but I don't need a stand and the glasses can be had fairly cheap off of eBay. My current Sammy remotes work well with this TV and I have a Harmony anyway.
So far the TV is pretty sweet, the upgrade from 46 to 60 is huge and I think it's a pretty good size for the room, and a pretty sweet deal to boot. (I think..)
Question 1: Anyone have issues getting the Smart Hub to work with their network connection? I have it hooked up to my WiFi network at home and it was able to successfully download the time and firmware update. However, the Smart Hub consistently tells me that the network connection isn't stable and won't get past step 2. I have a pretty decent Netgear router (WNDR4000) and all my other devices have no issues connecting. It did the same thing before and after the TV Firmware update.
2. I see various ideal settings posted here - do these apply to the Sharp panel found in the 60? This TV has so many damned settings, and then when you adjust them in various picture modes "Movie, Natural, Standard, and Dynamic" they all look completely different. Overall, the picture looks softer than the 46", but I do know with a larger screen that may be expected. I have the Disney Wow! calibration Blu-Ray as well as a free calibration for being a Best Buy Silver member, which I'm trying to schedule some time in the next week or so.
3. When the screen was completely black, I saw some clouding about 2/3's of the way out from center in all four directions. Normal?
4. The panel had about 615 hours on it when I purchased it. That was a concern, but I know that my 46C6400 has over 3600 hours on it and it's going strong. Being that it was a floor model, is the 5 year protection for $299 a decent deal? I'm seriously considering it.
Thanks for any advice!!!