Summary: I searched for a while on the net for a hdtv to replace my 61 inch RCA rear projection tv. I read nothing but great review on the sharp 60 8470u, i seen it on Amazon brand new at a lower price than Sam's, so i went for it. Out of the box the the set was huge and thin and was loaded with features and two pair of 3d glasses. But it lacked where it matters the most with me, picture quality.
Summary: Bought on June 10, 2012, and by 2.5 weeks later the image was broken by a vertical line and completely distorted (see image I posted). Good things I can say about this experience: (1) the tv looked great for 2.5 weeks; (2) the Sharp support people were polite (but not very helpful); and (3) they did replace the tv eventually (but the process took 7 weeks).