Originally Posted by CO-RCFlyer
For those that own the 6900 - what are your experiences with viewing angle? I was looking at best buy and didn't seem to bad vs I was looking at a few sonys and when I stood in front of the TV's about 12-15' back and then took a big side step either way - picture totally became washed out. So I'm leaning toward the 6900.....others have said the 6500 or even the 7000/8000 are like the Sony's.... Thoughts?
This is my main purchasing point as none of my seats are in front of the TV - all are off to one side or the other... Thanks!
I started off with a UN55D7000L from Best Buy and it had terrible clouding in all four corners. I thought it was supposed to be better based off all the stories here and consumer reports. Everyone says avoid the 8000 series. Consumer Reports rated the 7000 really high on the chain over the 8000.
So I got a second 7000 and it had way less clouding and light areas around the edge but it had a dead pixel right in the middle of the screen. Here I was on my third one from a different Best Buy. This one has a August build date. I thought I had a winner but no. This one had a partially dead pixel and really bad clouding.
I went back to best buy today and picked up a 6900. I was pretty worried because it was 120hz instead 240Hz. The 6900 is the only model below the 7000 that has WIFI and qwerty keyboard.
I get it home and I'm stunned. It has a build date of September. The motion looks really good without much blur at all. There is just a little but its no big deal. There is no screen uniformity problems at all. No backlight bleed or clouding anywhere in dark scenes.
Best of all it has no dead pixels. I went over it pretty hard with the test patterns. Maybe I lucked out because the floor model had a dead pixel.
My only gripe is this one has that newer firmware that causes Netflix to have the soap effect even when clear motion is set to off. I think there is a way I can flash it back but I haven't looked into it.
I hope this helps.