Originally Posted by guima
Lewis, first let me begin by thanking you for all your comments and advice... Much appreciated!
Turns out you were absolutely right and with a bit more insistence, the Elite customer service came back and approved a replacement for my 60" Elite tv.
So, because I had bought from BestBuy (their preferred distributor) they issued the replacement via BB. The very next day (last week) I was at the store scheduling a visit.
They replaced the TV early this week: they picked the old one up when they delivered the new one. And although not great, the new set is vastly improved over the old one...
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Just bear in mind that these are patterns and the worst offenders at that. However, that bright vertical line in the center (of the old Elite), that ran from top to bottom, was visible during normal viewing conditions.
The new set is certainly not perfect, and as I've stated to sharp, I didn't expect these large screen TVs to be perfectly uniform, but that thin bright vertical band on the old one was beyond the "normal" banding I see around (including my new Elite).
Someone else posted a pic and his elite had the most pronounced bands at the very same location as (both of) mine did. Seems like some artefact from their manufacturing process, at least with the 60".
Anyway, I'll set the pattern disc aside and just watch some quality tv for a change. Well, until it's time for calibration...
BTW, I've just picked up a new Panasonic BDT500, which I like so far - pretty good build quality.