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I can run 100 test patterns that would make you swear your TV is a complete piece of crap. Yet when you watch TV or a Blu-ray movie, you'll never see ANY of the bad things.
So what are you trying to accomplish really? Get some kind of validation that you bought the right TV before your 30 day return option is gone?
Frankly, I've never seen a video display problem on a random unit here or there... if a display has a problem, all the units have the same problem. I've seen broken TVs, but they are OBVIOUSLY broken... part of the picture is whacked in some serious way, crack in the panel, no picture at all, won't turn on... etc.
It would have been more appropriate to research the owner's thread for the models you are considering to see what peoples' experience with that model has been BEFORE you buy the TV rather than buy something then go looking for problems so you can return it before you are stuck with it. I guarantee you that I can make you want to return ANY TV you might come home with based on what some test patterns reveal. But watching TV on those displays is unlikely to be problematic. So just watch TV and see if there's anything that doesn't look right. If the picture looks reasonably good after a couple of weeks, swapping that one out for another is going to be a waste of time and very unfair to the retailer and manufacturer..
If you want an LCD TV without clouds or other illumination artifacts, NEVER buy an edge-lit TV because nobody has made one yet without those problems, There is a better chance that an array of white or RGB LEDs behind the panel (rather than along one edge) will have more uniform illumination of the panel, but even those aren't necessarily perfect.
In any case, you need a disc and Blu-ray player to find out what your display does or doesn't do. For the things you want to look at, the Spears & Munsil v.2 is probably the disc you want. THough if you are very new to this the Disney WOW disc is less technical but lacks many patterns for evaluating the display. Digital Video Essentials has more background on video displays in general, and has more evaluation patterns than WOW, but not as many patterns as the Spears & Munsil disc.
And as the other poster mentioned, your question really isn't calibration related so it's best asked in the LCD display area and/or in the thread for those who own displays in the same model series that you have.
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