Some questions for anybody having the cloudiness problem: I tried the microfiber massage, but it did not help one iota. Is there some trick to this? I went over it several times, using a moderate amount of pressure (I'm leery of pushing really hard on the screen). Has the microfiber massage worked well for the rest of you? Am I perhaps doing it wrong? This thing is kinda driving me nuts. Am I the only one who has visible cloudiness while actually watching programming? (not just on a blank input). I know some say it's no big deal and it's in the Obsessive Compulsive minds of some owners - but I'm finding that certain programming is just not even remotely acceptable (the cloudiness is so blatantly obvious watching a movie like Alien or Doom, or playing a 360 game like F.E.A.R. or Gears of War). Certainly many other (brighter) programs look truly fantastic, but it's frustrating to have to choose what to watch/play based on a defect of the TV.
I called Sony, and they said that although there is no known problem with the backlight or anything similar, it sounds defective and they suggested I either bring it to a repair shop, or take it back to the store. And I stopped in at Best Buy the other day (where I bought mine) and the TV salesman there said they had four of the TV's returned within the last few weeks (between the v2500 and the 40" XBR) for the same reason. Although he claimed he later "fixed" all four returned TV's by turning on the 'light sensor' setting, which he suggested I do. I did try that, and although that did help matters somewhat (I'm assuming because it basically turns off the backlight in a dark environment, right?), the picture looked worse in my opinion. I've noticed that all the settings I've seen here on AVS all universally recommend turning the 'light sensor' to off. IMO fiddling with settings to disable an aspect of the TV is not "fixing" it.
I still have a few days to return it to BB, but was hoping I could avoid that. For one thing, I'm already on LCD #3 (after two defective Westinghouses), so I feel like a goof bringing a TV back every few months. And with my luck, the next set would probably be worse LOL! Secondly, I just had major abdominal surgery two weeks ago, and can't lift anything, so I have to get somebody else to do it for me. Still though, is that my only option at this point? Any suggestions or just similar experiences?
Thanks a bunch,