Originally Posted by Irunnoft
No, not necessarily. The exposure time on your camera was likely too quick. I can take a picture and make my panel look just like that, but it has to do with the camera settings - not the TV. I'm not trying to bully you, but the fact that you can say that you think you see minor clouding means that you are seeing an area of uneven backlight bleeding through. I'm beginning to believe that all these sets have this problem. I just think that some are much more pronounced and glaringly obvious than others.
Just to update my situation. First, my wife passed by the bed and saw the TV doing a faceplant on it last night. She walked into the room and then walked out and said, "Honey, did you know the TV is face down on the bed?" I replied "Yep. I put it there." She said "Ummm. . . okaaaay. . . . . . . . . . .why?" I responded that our TV was stressed out and I was de-stressing it. I explained the clouds to her. She immediately went to my CD collection, found my Doors Greatest Hits compilation and threw it in the trash as she said it was causing me to have flashbacks! Ok, so I embellished that last sentence. Actually, what she said was "That's a load of crap! You paid too much money for that TV to have a single problem wrong with it." In less than 5 minutes, she perfectly understood the crux behind our argument with this issue. Can I live with this TV the way it is? Yes. The real issue that is going to bother me is WHY should I HAVE to LIVE with any issue with my new TV. The very notion of having to do all these goofy home remedies is preposterous. What if you had to go through all this nonsense to get your new car running? Would any of us put up with that? A resounding "HELL NO!" should be echoing across the fruited AVS plains! I better get down off this soap box or I'll have my blood pressure through the roof.
To make a long story short: did the de-stressing work? Yes and no. Yes, it seemed to make the clouds less visible. Did it make them go away entirely? No. Even though I wanted to look at the screen through rose colored glasses and be all optimistic, I'm not going to be in denial about it. I can still make it out. However faint it is, I now know it's there and I'm just OCD enough (apparently, I've just come down with this disorder since purchasing this TV
) that I can see it.
The silver lining? The picture is amazing. Damnit! That's what I hate about this situation! If the picture sucked. . . I'd be fully persuaded to take the damn thing back and get a full refund. BUT. . . the picture is so fantastic. The detail in HD-DVD and Blu Ray is wonderful. The color is amazing. I LOVE everything about this TV when it is functioning as I, at the very least, expect it to.
To be honest, I don't know if I would notice that clouding issue as it exists now on my set, if I didn't already know about this forum and this thread. If I was John Q Customer and I just bought this set and brought it home, I might notice that slight cloudy abberation at the corner and think nothing more of it. I might discount it as "normal for an LCD TV of this size." However, I'd seen the clouding worse than it is right now. I'm afraid the situation could gradually grow worse - that's my real underlying fear about just "dealing with it" until Sony gets a fix. Optimistically (which is hard to do now), it could just go away. Wouldn't that be nice? If we just leave these TVs on long enough, maybe the problem will disappear after a 100-200hr break in period (something akin to breaking in a plasma). However, to be perfectly honest, if I wasn't concerned about burn in, I'd be all over the Pio plasma even though it is only 720p. Again, this is sad because my whole rationalization/justification for this new TV purchase was to get a 1080p panel for the PS3 and the HD-DVD Xbox addition. Yeah, right! That's what I told my wife, at least!
So here we go again. Just when I think I know what I'm going to do, I'm considering PLAN B and then PLAN C and then PLAN D all over again. One minute I'm thinking "The hell with it! I'm getting a plasma TV and all will be black in my world again!
". Then I'm thinking "Ok, I'll just get the 46" Mits. LCD which is a) bigger than I want/need b) according to others who've compared the Mits and the XBR2 side-by-side, the Mits isn't as sharp/detailed. Then I think, I'll go with a Samsung. That's when I remember that the Sammy has the same cloudy panels. And so it goes. This is becoming far more life-absorbing (as another member aptly put it) than it should be. It's a freakin' TV. The hardest part of this purchase should have been paying the thousands. After that, all I should have had to do would have been plug it in and ENJOY!