Originally Posted by Ken Ross
Cmay, do you see noticeable banding or uniformity issues on the 65" 950? I can't say I saw it on the store sample at Sony, but I'm not sure how revealing the material that was playing was to see it.
Ken, apart from hockey (I'm starting to wonder if any 65 inch LED can do hockey without any issues whether banding or DSE), the only time I notice vertical banding is on the occasional panning sequence. It is extremely faint single vertical band about 2 inches wide located in the center above the Sony logo and can not be seen on solid color backgrounds except grey (damn that no input home screen on the HX950! It just had to be grey
) for instance, at the beginning of wreck it Ralph at the bad guy support group, I noticed it when the did the 360 pan around the room. But compared to the 65ES8000 it is a non issue. On the Samsung, it was not only noticeable on panning, it was noticeable on full color backgrounds like the PS3 menu screens, and noticeable during movies on just about any sky, water, fog, desert, etc scene panning or no panning.
As for other uniformity, my unit does not display any uneven color, hot spots, flashlighting or DSE (I think a lot of people confuse banding for DSE). I lucked out with the first try after several exchanges trying to get an ES8000 with no MAJOR defects. Out of seven, 4 dead pixels, 3 with atrocious vertical banding. On top of that 2 had faulty 3D. Obviously, I exchanged that many times because if you got a defect free ES8000, it really is a good set. Ultimately, QC issues did me in and I opted for the Sony. If I wasn't the only one who had to exchange numerous es8000s, then I probably would not harp on the QC so much, but once I started posting in the es8000 forum, I quickly learned I was actually the norm, not the exception at least when it came to the 65 model. Even scarier was hearing how it was just as bad with the D8000s from other forum members.
Are you going to check out the F8000 in person today? Please post what your opinion is when you have a chance. I really do hope they correct QC as I am interested in this set, but just very skeptical in regards to the QC aspect.