The Sammy camp? Give me a break.. I own an XBR4 and I wanted another Sony as is evident by the fact that I went through so many to try and NOT have any issues. The fact is, the Sonys sparkle. If you don't notice it or don't care... thats fine... BUT IT IS THERE and depending upon the person IT IS NOTICEABLE. The reason, and the only reason, why there are no *PICTURES* of this sparkle issue is because a picture can't capture the sparkle, period. It needs to be video, of which there are two. However, don't rely on the video for proof... just go down to any store that has a 32/37XBR6, V, or W on display and you will without a doubt see the sparkle. I stand by what I said, that I have not seen a Z in person yet and can't comment as to whether or not they sparkle. So as far as this thread is concerned, the only talk about sparkles in it from now on should be as to whether individual owners of Zs or people who have seen one in person, see a sparkle on the Z. The talk shouldn't be about subjective opinion as to if the sparkle is a problem or not for each tv viewer.... that is quite irrelevant, each purchaser can make that decision on their own. However, people come to AVS to make buying decisions and they should be made aware that the TVs mentioned earlier in this post do sparkle and as of yet the reports are showing that Z's do not appear to sparkle based upon the owners who have posted thus far. That sort of news is very encouraging. I may end up with a 40Z4100 yet!
Also, bob.. you make it sound like it occurs every few minutes or something. That's so far from the truth. The sparkling occurs along the VERY SAME LINE on EVERY SET in the SAME SPOT with shocking regularity. Obviously you're not noticing the fact that it occurs quite a bit because you're just focusing your attention to one area of the screen when its occurring at another area on the line or maybe you're just sitting at a distance.. who knows. But please don't mislead people into thinking its something that just casually occurs, its most definitely not a "casual issue."