OLED is pretty much a different type of tech all together. It's also been around for years, and is still years away from being available in sizes that the general public wants at prices they can afford.
Seriously, you complain about a 65" costing too much at 4k, then bring up a tech that currently costs anywhere from 6k to 26k for 25"? That's not bleeding edge. At this point it's still a niche market waiting for a production breakthrough to drop the manufacturing cost low enough to sell in a high end market.
My point was that you're trying to argue something I already agree with you on, hence there was no point in bringing it up again.............and again.
Do you know what environmental impact is? I tried to explain in the last post that it's not always about saving money even (or especially) when you're dropping that amount of money on a TV. Disposal is also an issue that people consider. Ever heard of the green computing trend? The race to make ultra low voltage/low power CPUs is quite the craze in the computer world these days. Several big name manufacturers have also removed harmful chemicals from the building process of their monitors/TVs, even at an increased production cost, to reduce the impact that their products have on the environment. Guess what....your buddies at Samsung are one of the leaders of the green movement in this regard.
Rumors? WTF are you talking about? The thousands of reports about the issue were all just rumors? The fact that Samsung eventually pushed out a new firmware to fix the issue is just a rumor too? Was the thread posted here about the fix a rumor?
At this point in time I can think of a few reasons. One is that not everyone has the means to find the highly discounted elite. From what I've seen you're not going to be able to have it shipped, since the discount seems to be for open box models. So if you don't have a Magnolia or other high end electronics store within reasonable driving distance, you may just be out of luck. Also, being open box deals typically means they've been returned. Considering the amount of reports of dead pixels on the elites, you're definitely gambling buying an open box model. How happy are you going to be if you drive 300 miles one way, get home and see a few dead pixels, turn around and drive 300 miles back only to take the same risk again?
The other is support and customer service. Is Sharp going to be willing to support a TV that's discontinued? Will there ever be new firmware rolled out for it to fix small bugs or to offer updates? Not likely.
As for customer service, I've never dealt with Sharp, so I have no idea what they're like. It's entirely possible that they could have amazing customer service. I've seen first hand what Sony will do to keep a customer happy though. In the summer of 2010, the circuit board in a sony dlp TV that we bought USED went bad. After doing a little research, we found that this was a common problem. We called sony and explained the situation to them, even admitting that we weren't the original owners. Sony offered us a HX 800 (a TV that was selling for about 1800 in stores at the time) for 800 dollars including shipping. I'd say that's pretty good customer service for a used TV, and it's one of the reasons that I'd be willing to pay a little more for a Sony product in the future as well.
And last but not least, the price on this is still for a "current" model. If Sony decides to pull the plug on it, what kind of clearance prices can we expect to see for it? If we see drastic markdowns like the elite seems to have gotten, will you still be ranting about why nobody should buy it?
I really have a hard time thinking that $4K TV buyer worries about $30 a year...or that it changes their mind on a preferred purchase item
Your "environmental impact" point doesn't hold water on many consumer goods
I am betting 99% of people are far more concerned about their bottom line economics than environmental impact
Considering this is Slick deals and all......its far more likely that economic impact is the driver
regardless of what my "buddies" ...lol at Samsung are doing
To most people its 99% about bottom line economics
You mention affordability
do you consider this TV to be in the reach of most?
Practical is not a word I would use in TV's at this price point....
I didnt complain that this TV cost too much in regards to TV's in general
I said it wasnt worth it....thats two very different things
This TV has halo issues, not great viewing angles and poor 3D reproduction for its price point
if you have the means to afford this Sony I cant imagine you dont have the means to find a highly discounted Elite..if thats what you wanted
This is not a $400 Vizio in discussion
If you are spending $4K on a TV..you have means
Lets be practical....you seems to have all these wild scenarios that wont fit 99% of the circumstances
I didnt list all the TV's I own( or owned)...I was using personal experience to site example rather than speculating to make a point
I think its very likely that Sharp will continue to support their Elite TV's... they are in the TV business
Pioneer still supports their TV's and they left the TV business all together more than 4 years ago
You speculate wildly about the Sharp and Magnolia
First off...Magnolia will move an "in-box" product to another Magnolia store..if your closest one doesn't have inventory
Done that myself a few times
There are probably a hundred or so Magnolia stores across the US
While you could be a long ways from one...its highly unlikely
In fact they will move a Magnolia item to a regular Best Buy if that's the only way a customer can do the transaction
They will bend over backwards to help you with your $5K purchase
If you have been following the actual transaction prices of the Sharp Elite TV...there have been some sold for low $5K range for a 70"...east coast
BB seems to be clearancing them at different level across the country...which is typical of their Magnolia Items
what reports of dead pixels in the Elites are you talking about? can you provide links?
I have read a few different owners forums and never seen that story
if you bought an open item...which at this point is probably a display
why would someone drive..like you say 300 miles, which sounds highly exaggerated...to buy something that they have not spoken to someone in detail about?
A common sense element comes to mind
The possibility exists that you could have a new in box Sony delivered and it could have issues...?
Not sure I would call this Sony TV current...as there has been no replacement for it in 2013
Based on Sony's( and Sharps) losses in their TV business....its doubtful, to me, there will be a new full array LED from Sony in 2013
I am glad you had a good customer service experience with Sony
Based on their pricing structure...I would say they charge for it
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