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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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Now that I have had a bit more of a chance to play with my new 40EX640, I can confirm that last night in a dark room with the lights off, there is slight clouding on an all-black screen and some very minor flashlighting in 3 of the 4 corners. Although the slight imperfections are there, they do not bother me since I will be using the TV in the bedroom for a few hours per day/night at most. And, on full-screen programming as well as letterboxed 4:3 content (I checked out some old black & white movies on TCM), I didn't notice any undue problems. In fact, the colors on 16:9 content look damn good to me right out of the box. But, I've never said I'm a perfectionist; I just love to watch TV on a decent piece of equipment.
However, when comparing the Sony to my two existing Samsung 650's that exhibit no clouding or flashlighting at all, I can now see the difference in an edge-lit LED/LCD like the Sony EX640 compared with the CCFL/LCD panels the Samsungs have. The Sony displays good color, but I probably won't have a chance to tweak the settings until after Memorial Day.
So far, I will again say that I am extremely satisfied with the Sony picture and the features it has. With respect to screen uniformity, if I use my Samsungs as a guide and assign a 10 to them, then to be fair, I would probably give the Sony a 7. It's not as bad as some would have us believe, but it's also certainly not perfect. However, for $828 including free delivery and disposal of my old 200-pounder, it will more than satisfy my needs.
The bottom line for me is that I can certainly afford "near-perfection" (there is no perfect TV) if I want to, but my advice to others is also my advice to myself:
1. It's my money and my choice.
2. It's just a frickin' TV.