Tomorrow I get my 5th replacement 65 inch straight from Vizio (I bought my first 3 from Amazon then my current one is from Best Buy and Vizio is replacing it)
On all 4 models I experienced the same banding, this terrible uniform banding which I can only think is caused by the full array LEDs.
God, The Last of Us: Remastered came out on PS4 this Tuesday and it has a lot of dark scenes where the screen gets to that dark gray where you see banding the most on a still image and my god it was terrible and this set was the best set out of the 4 and I was thinking of keeping it, but I just gave Vizio the call anyway.
I honestly don't have high hopes for the replacement Vizio is going to give me, I think this TV just has banding, the worse I've seen.
Sony is also a major brand that has been complained for banding, so man I think the only way to turn to is Samsung if you don't want flashlighting problems that Sharp TVs give. But then you'd have to go curved 4K if you want all the dimming zones like the f8000 had. Then again I could get the f8000 non white-glove delivery, but 65 inches is annoying to handle especially when you live on the 27th floor.
I've gone through:
Sharp LC-70LE650: Didn't notice banding on that TV at all, just has bad flashlighting and it seems the newer models do too.
Samsung F8000 : I gave this to my sister, theres like very minimal banding, nothing like all FOUR of my Vizios displayed and it's a different kind of banding, just like almost a graphical thing--it probably isn't even banding.
Samsung HU8550 4K TV: This TV was flawless. NO BANDING at all, but had bad dimming and way lighter blacks than our Vizios. I gave this to my dad for father's day, but it was nice to play video games on it and have 0 banding.
I might get a curved 4K Samsung now just so I can also watch movies or try Sony this year. But man this banding on this TV makes me so mad -- just ruining the amazing game (The Last of Us) with it's slightly better graphics, lol. The game is so beautiful and it's just annoying that when you're so focused on killing the bad dudes in the dark areas that your eye still catches the banding even though your just focused on other images.
Just had to go on a rant. Maybe I got unlucky and tomorrow will be a joyous day. I already ordered a sound system for the TV since the sound sucks, too.
*Oh as I catch up with this thread it seems that the banding is caused by the full-array LED's being too bright or something and Vizio may be able to fix it with a update? BTW is there a way to trigger the firmware update manually?
Last edited by konigsberg7; 07-31-2014 at 08:42 AM.