Originally Posted by madpony
PN59D6500 here. It took me a couple days after getting the tv to notice the brightness pops, but since then, I either am noticing them easier or they are actually occurring more frequently.
I have had the tv in movie mode from jump street, with all the eco, dynamic contrast and other crap turned off. I notice the pops much more on SD content or anything with black bars, but it does happen on any content. It's just harder for me to notice on full screen HD content, especially when there is already a lot of brightness and color in the scene. In darker scenes, it is very easy to spot.
VERY easy to spot in dark scenes. Sometimes I'm getting a handful of them a minute.
You know, call me crazy, and I make no claim to know the inner workings of the firmware's computations, but if I didn't know any better, I would say that these TVs -ARE- getting worse with brightness pops as they age. I know for sure I did not see brightness pops the first week I had the TV, and yet after my 100-200 hours of break-in, I'm seeing them left and right.
I wonder if it has something to do with the light sensor collecting data? When the TV is new, it doesn't have any data from the sensor or TV viewing time. But as time goes on, perhaps the TV is factoring some kind of data and translating it into brightness pops?
Perhaps not. I'm just stumped as to how many people I've heard/read/seen that say "They were not there when I first got it. But now they are." It seems hard to believe that every one of these people were just blind to it early on. As for myself, I have VERY sensitive eyes, and I don't get how I wouldn't have seen something like this in the first week of the TV.
What else would be causing this "delay" in pops starting? I guess the alternative is something electrical, that perhaps there's some component on the board that takes hours of use to "warm up" or break-in.
Siggghhhhh. I'm about to call Samsung up to report the issue, as it will never get fixed if we don't whine. I'm sure I'll get the usual "Sir, this is the first time we have EVER heard of anything like that. Congratulations", like they gave me when I called and asked about the thermal-expansion/screen cracking issue.