Let me tell you something.
If in fact this is a Sony rep (and I doubt it is), that person is the one putting SONY in danger of serious consequences due to their ignorance of this situation. I have printed out EVERY single post that seemed like it was from Sony rep, or person claiming to be. I have also printed out their suggested "fix" to the issue.
Sorry, but spending $4000 on a set like this and getting these issues is 100% totally unacceptable. Hell, I went to my in-laws last night, watched a movie on my father inlaws 42 inch Olevia (sp?) LCD, and I could actually sit through and watch it without the stupid cloud distractions. The picture looked very good, after being calibrated, and I sat there kind of PO'd that he had spent $1000 on his set, and I, $4000. The fact that Consumer Reports has added Olevia to it's tested LCD's, and it tested very well, is another slap in the face.
One has to wonder about the "magnificance" of Sony's name. Their reputation is going to sh*t in a hurry.
I was at BB returning some cables that I did not need, and stood in front of a 46XBR2 that they had showing a beautiful Blu-Ray movie. There were about 4 people standing around, 2 of whom were contemplating the set. One of them asked me a question, and I in fact admitted that I owned a 46XBR3. I also readily told them the issues that not only I was experiencing, but many others. I gave them the website address as well to read for themselves.
I'm not going to sit quietly by as others become involved in this ridiculous issue that is 100% Sony's responsibility.
I walked to the set, changed the input, and BAM, there it was...clouds right before their very eyes. I was suprised at this since in the CC and BB where I have tried to find the issue, it had never shown up on the floor models.
There it was...not only the clouding issue, but the light leakage in the corners as well. The BB sales person was not really happy that I had done that and switched it back.
Fact is, Sony is right in saying they offer the best picture of any LCD. I will not ever dispute that. However, what good is such a picture when the other factors are distracting from watching said wonderful pic?
In regards to being careful what one posts here, give it a $%## rest. SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT EVERYONE. There is ZERO that can be done about it by anyone. We've got pages and pages of different people having the same issues. THAT is fact, not fiction. The fact that Sony needs to send some USB device as a fix further supports the FACT that they really are not looking for a solution, but a pacifier to stick in the mouths of those that are upset and angry at this issue.
I have waited and given it time to "go away", and instead, the issue has gotten worse over time and spread directly across my screen.
Screw Sony and any supposed representative from Sony on this site or anywhere else with their boastful claims. A picture that is effected by this means ZERO in the end.
GET IT RIGHT, FIX IT, or in the end, all you'll have left is a warehouse full of these beautiful sets with no one dumb enough to continue to drop their $$ on it any longer.