When I asked crutchfield about the clouding issue, they said it was fixed and all there xbr7 were a good batch? I take it the advisor was wrong..
Yes, he was just trying to sell you a set, although at the price now it's a super deal. They are on closeout, there are no new batches.
I had to return the first one I got from Crutchfield, the clouding and flashlights were horrible. They replaced the unit for free, shipping included. The second unit is much better, although there is a slight brightening in two corners. It doesn't bother me too much cause I'm using it in a bedroom. YMMV. It has a beautiful picture in every other respect.
OTOH, there really shouldn't be any excuse for an XBR to have these problems, this is supposed to be top of the line, right?