I've attached two pics of my first set - haven't bothered taking any of the 2nd yet because I'm trying to limit how much I allow myself to obsess about this! The clouding isn't as visible in the pics as much as it is to the naked eye. However, I used a filter for the 2nd pic (of a default DVD input screen) that causes the clouding to show up more clearly - note that this ISN'T on a blank/black screen!
FYI, I just got a call from an acquaintance who's in the CE industry. I had mentioned the problem to him before, and he said he spoke to someone who's an expert in the field who told him that "the backlight should NOT be visible in a LCD"
, and that I should take it back. I'm going to see him later this week, so I'll see if I can get any more advice or insight.
Also, FYI, I've heard that the big box retailers are scrambling to get more inventory of top-end LCD TV's, so that would support the idea that perhaps QC is being/has been compromised in the rush to get these to market. Couple that with the info that Sony is no longer sending panels to Japan for QC, and I think we have the cause of the problem. Of course that doesn't begin to justify it, but ...
As for how many of these sets actually have this problem ... I think most buyers might be inclined to overlook the issue simply because the picture is VERY impressive most of the time. Also, I'm assuming that the people who find and post to this site are a little more fanatical about A/V than the average Joe. However, given that we're dealing with a meaningful sample size here, I think it's safe to say that the problem is legitimate and widespread.
I feel a bit handcuffed because I got an excellent deal on this, but I'm coming around to the conclusion that I should just return it and try to arrange to get a replacement in early '07.
Originally Posted by sonydude1966
Could you post a pic?