Originally Posted by pcmike
Though you're post was suppose to be humorous.. the sad thing is both issues take away from enjoying "great picture quality." For example, if you're watching a Blu-ray in 2.35:1 (which a lot of them are) then you'll notice the flashlighting and clouding in the corners and top/bottom of the screen. Also, if you happen to be watching a fairly "dimly lit" movie.. you'll notice the sparkles a lot as well! As you can see, these are hardly nitpicks and both significantly take away from viewing. The only saving grace is the fact that after a few minutes or so you're brain tends to tune these things out... but they are still there and if you suddenly think about em (which you probably will now that you know about them) you'll notice them immediately.
I know the sparkles are there, but I quit looking for them and it never grabs my attention.
The v4100 doesnt have anymore flashlighting or clouding then the a550. All LCD have this.
When I am playing a game or watching a movie, I am into that game or movie. I am not looking for PQ defects. Don't notice them. I am enjoying the game or movie.
All sets have one problem or the other. I feel the the v4100 has less noticeable problems then its main competition, the a550.
I would rather have a sparkle on my v4100 during online play, (which goes unnoticed) then some major lag on the a550 during online play (which is a major pain is the %#@) any day.
The sound, you can not help but notice that the sound quality on the v4100 blows the Sammys 550 series out of the water. Watch a music video on the a550 using the internal speakers. You will notice the poor sound. Even with the Sammy sound settings found on the a550 calibration thread.
Sony v4100 crushes the Sammy a550 in the Game Mode factor. If your a gamer then the v4100 is the hands down winner (with a sparkle).
I am comparing the Samsung 550 series to the Sony v4100 because I feel this is biggest competition.
During blu-ray movies, the color, black level and black detail destroys the a550, even with a sparkle or two. .
Anyways, I don't not feel anyone should return your v4100 over a couple of sparkles. This set destroys its main competition the a550.