My replacement came yesterday, and it works!!!!!!!!!!!! yahoo!
In fact it works so well that now that I see how one is supposed to look, I realize just how defective my first one was. (it was truly frelled) I'm thankful the replacement sorks so well. Is it "perfect"? Probably not, but you kinda have to really look for any issues...and look pretty hard, which I'm not in the habit of doing. I watched Narnia last night, which has tons of dark scenes, and I was totally satisfied and pleased. I'm celebrating today and the old set is packed and ready to go back as soon as I print my return label out!
All I wanted was something I can sit back and enjoy with better PQ than i've ever experienced, and I have it. The not so "black" blacks and all doesn't bother me at all, and I could be more happy.