Originally Posted by Keyan2004
Does anyone else have some vertical banding in the backlight? Trying to decide if mine is defective.
I've read posts about banding and flashlighting on the 6000 series Samsung TVs and am basically confused about what is a "normal" flaw that is a limitation of the technology and a flaw that is highlighted by the calibration settings.
My tv when I bought it blew me away. The picture popped and maybe had a bit too much of what I think people describe as the soap opera effect. But I never saw any banding and maybe light flashlighting.
But since I got the tv calibrated by an outside company (free promo with purchase) I now find the tv hard to watch. The banding evident on darkish backgrounds is really noticeable and distracting. Granted, the colors are much less saturated and more realistic after calibration, but the problems introduced make it worse than out of the box. Even after returning the tv to the standard setting (calibration was to movie setting) I notice the banding problem - less obvious, but still there. I can't say whether it was always there or if my eyes have been trained to look for it now.
From reading this and other forum posts it seeems that either:
a) the calibration is likely the culprit. Get it done again (even though color is more realistic).
b) the flashlighting and possibly banding are innate limitations to samsung leds at this price point, all you can do is try to mask it. A replacement of the same model will make no difference.
c) this model is a lemon. Other 46D6900 models should be good.
d) get a plasma or pay lots more for top end LEDs that should be better.
e) take your meds, you are just imagining these things.