Ok, I'm now watching the masters on an Samsung led and your "brightness pops" are there. I think you need to consider the possibility that its not the tv. During panning shots of the sky, following the ball, it is clear that the lighting and color of the sky change. I don't think it's the f8500 because I see it on an led. Maybe we're getting a little paranoid
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