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Read Nitra's recent comments on "Uniformity" with LCD/LED panels.
Here's my experience with the Samsung UN65ES8000 (and Samsung support has been helpful to me):
1. First set came in defective from Paul's TV with crushed right side of container and surprise, solid line on right top side of corresponding panel. Called Paul's TV and they immediately scheduled a replacement.
2. Second set came in - - noticeable vertical banding in that virtually every sports scene (golf, soccer, football, baseball) and even movies showed serious vertical banding - - strips around five to seven inches spaced across the screen. You can look up on the net and see examples as well as within this forum. Called Samsung support - - initially stonewalled the issue but then logged a written complaint. (Best way to document, by the way)
3. Third set was delivered from Samsung via California on September 11th, 2012. August, 2012 build date (Tijuana, MX). So far, so good - - no major banding issues, no flashlighting, no clouding. There is very minor "banding" and it is not uniform - - in that it's not necessarily on the same type of "screen shot" - whether it be sports, news or movies. (CNN comes in flawlessly - - unbelievable picture).
It really has to do with what you can live with and what the alternatives are. The larger the screen, the more visible the issues.
To me - - this is the most incredible picture I've ever seen. Older movies (Directv via my Yamaha RX-A2000) look like they've been filmed yesterday. I watched Caddyshack and the detail was amazing - - right down to the moonroof that Spalding upchucked over.
What is your alternative? Vizio? LG? Sony? Plasma? Sharp? I've looked at all the sets and could not find a better PQ than the Samsung. And we haven't even gotten into 3D, which this TV does incredibly.
So - - my advice is to see how your set performs and if there are noticeable issues for you - - document it with Samsung and exchange, replace or refund.
Hope this helps.
Home Theater Setup
Samsung UN65ES8000 LCD/LED & BenQ W1080ST & Vizio M43C1
Pioneer SC65 (Pre-Amp) & Emotive XPA-3, 200 WPC
OPPO 103, Comcast Infinity X1, Darbee Darblet
ALL Paradigm - 7.1 - Studio 60's, V.2 (FL/FR) CC-690, V.5 (C)
ADP 590 V.5 (SS), MilleniaOne 2.0 (BS) - Velodyne 810 Sub