i just received my Nov 70 that i exchanged for the Nov 60 i had.
the banding on the 70 is much less than the 60 - in fact, i would say the banding on the replacement is not any worse (and in most cases is less) than the banding I witnessed when testing out a HX950 and VT50 at the store. So, i dont thinik i could improve very much in this regard relative to this tv.
There is very slight discoloration in what looks like the upper left corner of the screen when putting up solid colors. I did not notice it all, at first, when i was just watching hockey and golf. Even when knowing it is there, its pretty tough to see in most cases. So, I am not sure if i could beat this one with another Nov build. It is quite slight and an upper corner of the screen is probably the best location one could hope for.
Though it seems just 'wrong' to spend this much and have ANY issues, as i have done more research on various models and A/B/C'd issues across different makes and technologies for myself, I am really starting to think ANY and EVERY set is going to have banding or screen unifomity issues or some other issue - unless one gets a miracle set.
so, I am seriously considering calling it day and enjoy my movies on my 70" elite.
any thoughts on acceptability and if you would feel comfortable with cited issues?