I had a 60le650u, but returned it due to the audio/video sync. Sharp has been plagued with this issue for two years now, and they haven't fixed it. I do agree that its picture was amazing, but how can you watch anything with out the audio matching the video?many people are saying they have this issues over at AVS.
Now I know every TV will have issues, but it depends on if you can live with it. The r550 models have an issue with blobs/flashlighting. I have returned two 75in 6300s and one 650u. I'm thinking of trying Sony out and hoping I get a good set.
I hadn't heard about that issue with the Sharps. I wouldn't be able to tolerate that problem either. I talked to my wife and she said "Sony. Definitely get the Sony." I've heard of the backlight issues with the R550A, but I'm hoping it's like my old Sony 46" LCD which had similar issues, but they faded and eventually went away over time. I hypothesize maybe it's uneven pressure on the panel from the bezel and over time as the set "settles" in its new environment, the pressure eventually equalizes, but that's a complete guess.
However, just this morning I read about the Vizio P702ui-B3. It's a 2014 model so I'm guessing it'll be out any time now, not a long wait. 70" 4K UHD with full-array backlight featuring 64-location local dimming. The specs sound almost too good to be true for an MSRP of $2600 which I'd guess may go on sale for $2200-2400. I'm not sold on Vizio as a brand, but spec-wise, it's very tempting.
After talking to Sony, def not a refurb. Has all the sony branding on box, and Sony informed me that first of all retailers do not directly sell their stuff refurbished and also that if it was refurbished it would say it in big letters on the box. And after looking at peoples posts on audio forums have seen other people also have the same box. Very happy with the TV so far.
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