Originally Posted by wolfgaze Please
tell me that Sharp fixed the banding problem that plagued their 3 previous models....
From the Cnet review of the 46d85u
The bad: Uneven backlight uniformity produces banding; delivers lighter blacks than some LCDs; poor off-angle viewing characteristics; lacks dejudder video processing.
While it has its good points, the picture quality of the LC-46D85U was disappointing overall. Its black level performance was mediocre--even a bit worse than what we saw on the less expensive D65U--and while color accuracy was OK, we were miffed to see the same sort of uneven backlighting, or "banding," that plagued past Sharp LCDs.
Uniformity: As we mentioned at the top, the LC-46D85U sample we reviewed exhibited the same kind and intensity of uneven backlight "banding" we complained about on previous Sharp models. In dark to midbright full raster patterns from our Sencore signal generator (from zero to 70 IRE, or 70 percent of available light levels) we could see evidence of horizontal and vertical bands of varying brightness. They were most obvious in dark to middark areas, but visible in all of them. We noticed the bands in lots of program material, too, but they showed up best in flat fields like the sky behind an ascending space shuttle, for example, or the gray side of a passing subway car in Baraka.
It's puzzling that the bands appeared on the D85U sample we reviewed but not on the D65U right next to it in our comparison. We can only assume banding varies from model to model within Sharp's line, and, for some reason, we got one "bad" one and one "good" one. We don't think the difference in series has anything to do with it; in other words, we don't assume all 85U models have banding while all 65U models do not. The same goes for screen size. We asked Sharp to comment on the banding, and the company said it couldn't do so by the time this review posted. If we have an update, we'll modify this review accordingly.
When see from off-angle, the Sharp's screen washed out more quickly than either the Sonys or the Samsungs, and bluish discoloration set in that was again somewhat more noticeable than on the other LCD displays.http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-t...rColumnArea1.1
Even with all the trouble I had with my sharps, I was hoping they would finnally beat the infamous "banding". Sharp USA customer care is second to none in my opinion.