Originally Posted by brian6751
Well. I just ordered a 59D7000. Hopefully I will not have the issues I have read about. If i do, it's getting swapped with a ST30.
Wish me luck.
I've had the same model for 1 week now, ordered from a local (well known) NYC distributor. It's a June build (1010 fw) and I've put at least 50 hours on it now. The picture has not failed to impress several critics, and (assuming I understand what they are) I have yet to witness "pops" (but don't watch sports). I have noticed what I believe is referred to as "floating blacks", an infrequent, rapid adjustment (ramping) of black level during a movie, but haven't been terribly annoyed by it thus far. In my experimenting, Cinema smooth seems palatable, and reduces or eliminates this floating.
My biggest gripe is buzzing - this can be very audible in a quiet room if you have reasonably good hearing (at 10 feet), especially when you first turn it on (at which point it seems to be mostly power supply noise from the back). But I have found that warming the set up for an hour or so brings it down to an acceptable level, and most of the noise is the inherent buzz from the panel face (not power supply). Even low volume audio masks most of this (if you really obsess on it, you will notice it during quiet passages), so I think I can live with it so long as it doesn't get worse. FWIW, my gf can't hear it at all (but she has more HF hearing loss than me for sure). Wouldn't be suprised if some of this is luck of the draw, perhaps you can get a buzzer, a mute, or anything in between. But, I am particularly sensitive to HF noise and have no way of knowing how I compare to those who claim to have totally silent displays. Oh, and it's a little louder when you send it a 24p signal.
Floating Blacks? minimal
Buzz? yes, but manageable so far
Image Retention? no - after 6 hours of letterbox viewing, not even a trace!
This is a beautiful display - none of the artificial feeling I get from most LCDs. I found CNet's calibration a little green and am using the settings from a Chad B. calibration which was posted in the cal thread (a little dark, but very nice otherwise).