Originally Posted by swizzir
I stand by the fact that the HD picture on this set is truly amazing. Unfortunately it's come to the point now that every time I see a dark scene in a movie or TV show I look for the clouds. I'd rather watch the movie or show.
Absolutely agree, Swizzir. Picture is brilliant. But...even though my clouding is less pronounced than some of the photos posted, it still is all I look at/for during dark scenes. It is *very* distracting during a show like Battlestar (SD notwithstanding). Or, if an area of dark hair, for example, moves over the spot, it is also painfully noticable. Ugh.
I'm really quite bummed at the thought of getting a new set, and having the same problem. I *really* hope that doesn't happen.
It seems like there are reports of good and bad sets from a range of dates on this thread going all the way back. I get the feeling this is not limited to a range of serials, but rather a general issue with QC during manufacturing. I thought when I ordered mine, that perhaps the QC would have been worked out by now, but I guess not.
I have to say, it makes me pretty mad at Sony. Even if local dealers/service reps don't know about this, someone at Sony corporate and/or the plant itself knows and has chosen to release the sets anyway. They know exactly how many sets are returned for exchanges, and I get the feeling they don't much care in this case. Which probably tells us something about the profit margin on this set...
All of that being said, all I really want is a xbr2 with an appropriately uniform backlight, such that it doesn't bother me during dark scenes. I could really fall in love with this set, if I can just get a good one...