About 40 days ago I picked up a Samsung 4695D at CC and was blown away by the PQ. Once I dimmed the lights and played a movie I saw clouds and lots of them (note that at the time I didn't even know those white spots were called clouds here). Tried another one, same thing. Tried a Sharp 42D62 with ghost bars and finally gave up.
After coming here and reading about the problems, I thought i could be the lucky guy and get a cloud/band-free set, so I went back to CC and got another 4695D. Clouds! Then I've tried a Sharp 46D62 that had clouds AND bands!!! Then a 42d62 again that was alsmost good but with a little banding during normal viewing. Then reading here I tried the mitsubinhi which was prob the worst set I had tried, for several reasons. Tired yet? I am... drained... and I probably didn't list every single TV I've tried...
Just got a T4665F from BB a few hours ago. By far the best PQ I've ever seen and the quality of the set is just phenomenal! HD is great. Colors just look right! No popping or washed, just right!
This 46" is actually lighter than the 42" sharp! I even like that strange light in the center...
And no it's not perfect! It's an LCD after all. backlight isn't 100% uniform, but it is certainly good enough and I see absolutely nothing wrong during normal viewing (even in dark/bright scenes). Since wife and I watch a lot of movies in low light conditions, clouding is a show stopper for us. I can attest I see no clouding.
Things I noticed so far:
1. Menu looks great, but it is a little annoying by demanding you push enter all the time.
2. Very detailed settings, but individual color controls didn't do anything I could notice .
3. However, the colors are very accurate, didn't have to anything special to get great colors. Avia DVD suggests the Green is a little off.
4. Black levels are great and I do see shadow details very well. (even with backlight at 0 - which I like)
I have 0 (zero) dead or stuck pixel!
I have one single concern though: xxYCC isn't working for me. Maybe I just don't know what it does. BUt when I turn it on the screen gets purple, no matter the source.
Comcast Cable via Component (HD and SD) (HD is perfect SD is SD)
Panasonic S97 DVD player via HDMI - Superbit Fifth Element looked almost as good as HD.
PS3 via HDMI - PQ is just perfect with the usual HDMI handshaking issues. Never had freezes or loss of sgnal though, just a second or two hiccups.
hope I don't have to say the pics look way worse than what I see here...
some pics: (low light conditions - like total darkness)
So, what's the veredict?