Originally Posted by tome
Mine must be the fastest case of being "in the club" and out of it.
I have you beat. I received the 46XBR2 at around 3 pm. After setting it up, it got dark in my basement. I switched to an input with no signal. I saw the cloudy blacks. It was very obvious, disturbingly so. I was sickened and disgusted. I packed it up and returned it to the Sony Store at 7 pm that same day.
For an XBR line to have this blatant problem, it was unacceptable to me. And it wasn't exactly cheap. If it were a Westinghouse or Insignia, I could understand. But a Sony XBR?
The bafoons at the store asked me to stick around and show them the problem. I decided to do so. They hooked it up in the bright showroom and were scratching their heads, as the uneven backlighting couldn't be seen. I informed the geniuses that what they were seeing in a brightly lit showroom with no signal into an input was simply the black color of the screen itself, not the picture.
They took it into their dark room. Voila! Two of the sales guys who were genuinely interested in learning what I was talking about acknowledged the problem and were curious why it did so. A couple of other sales guys who couldn't care less about quality were making comments like "so what's wrong with it?", or "I don't see any problem". Needless to say, I won't be shopping at that store again.
I subsequently purchased a Pioneer 5070 plasma. It absolutely, unequivocally destroys the XBR2 and the SXRD I had before that. It isn't even close. I could not be happier with the picture quality I am enjoying.