The Silk Screen Effect (SSE).
I went through a strange loop. I bought the 65hm167 with only a quick glance. Then at home I loved it but had a defect, a few spots, in the screen. The rainbow and SSE were noticeable to me so I got scared and instead of exchanging for a new one to ge rid of the spots I went with a Sony. The SSE was much much less than the Toshiba, but I still began to see it.
Strangely, I test Happy Feet that I watched several times on my older Sony 55inch and never once thought or saw SSE effect, but now I was seeing it on the new Sony even though my old one was should have been worse. I think some how I trained myself to see SSE. Like any moment there's a pan I auto think is it there and then of course I see it. But the last year with my old sony I couldn't recall the last time I noticed it, maybe I was too worried about the bad blacks. If I ever noticed it on the old Sony, it was when the screen was white.
But then I was really missing the picture from the Toshiba compared to the sony, and then the 5inches more the Toshiba had was more of a difference than you'd expect. The Sony was 60inches and seemed small now.
I started looking again and the Toshiba came back up since with a new deal it was atleast $400 lower than the Sony and 5 inches bigger, and just plain cheap enough to live with it's flaws (SSE and RBE) to make it easy to upgrade when something better comes out, as nothing right now is perfect
I went back to Best Buy to see it again and wow, omg, no way was I getting it with that much SSE. It seem much worse than what I remember. Then I started to look at the Mitsubishi 65inch as an alternative, but man is it more expensive. Then I got scared of of that with many reports of blooming problems that kept coming back even after repairs.
Anyway, freaking out, and a super deal at One Call for memorial day, I bought the 65hm167 again online. This time I can't return it so I could no longer second guess for another tv. Right away in the normal lighting of at home the SSE was not near as bad as it was in the store, even on vivid. I sit 10 feet away and tried several trailers on the PS3 and I was jumping because I liked the picture so much and the price I paid for it.
Most the time now I have the contrast atleast 80 or lower to dim the brightess whites, and at night the bulb on low. And I start adjusting from Movie settings and keep it on medium for color. And with that the SSE is not too bad. I just watched Howl's Moving Castle and don't recall noticing SSE at all, as I'm not worrying about it or looking for it. There will be times where it can't be avoided, as I noticed it in golf with the long pans with a lot of green color.
Overall, I think when you get it how, adjust it a bit, you'll find it to be half what it was at the store or less. Then as you get into watching movies and not judging it or looking for it it will become even less noticeable. Then as I found out, even with the Sony that I think has it the best, it's still noticeable no matter what. Also, the auto iris on the Sony was too noticeable, trying to watch Lenno and the moment he waves his hand screen dims back and forth. While the Toshiba I never notice it's auto iris except with a black background to a black background with white text. To counter the Sony iris I had to set to lowest manually at night viewing to get best blacks, but then mid-range scenes were too dim and dull.
It's better at home, store makes it worse with it's lighting, if you can get it locally like Circuit City you can always return it in 30 days no questions asked. The ending question is, will the sse be little enough after adjustment to where you forget about it, but not abtrusive enough to always see it more than you'd like. Then factoring in the price and size of this tv, it's not bad.