I have a new 46" LCD XBR which I picked up on Black Friday. It was built in November and does not exhibit the cloudy backlight that is being discussed here. At first I thought it did, but the next day when I investigated again I couldn't make out anything that was noticeable.
I am however seeing another issue that I was wondering if anyone else is seeing. Maybe this is nothing or is a common trait. I'm hoping you'll let me know.
When viewing the screen at an angle 45deg off center or more, and the screen is showing a consistent light color (such as a pan across a blue sky) there appears to be 3 "waves" or "humps" in the top left half of the picture almost making it look like the screen has 3 wrinkles in it.
I'd post pictures, but it looks like I have to have 5 posts here first.
The issue is mostly noticeable when the camera is panning; i.e., you will see a sky that has 3 "wrinkles" or dark spots in it that don't move with the panning camera.
Again, this issue is only seen when viewed at an angle. My wife thinks it's nothing to worry about, but I just want to make sure it's not a known issue with this TV or others, and maybe get some general opinions.