Just posting back on my EH6000 series search. As I posted a while back, I've purchased two UN60EH6050 sets from Costco because the first set had a major flashlight that was still visible with the back light set to zero in Movie mode. The second set was much better, with light minor clouding that was barely visible that I would have kept but it had a wrinkle in the panel bc it wasn't seated correctly behind the bezel. Wanted to get a third set but both Costco's were completely sold out. So I ended up purchasing a UN60EH6000 from Amazon which was the model I wanted to get originally but believed the Costco 6050 was the same EXACT set which it isn't, there are differences.
I got my EH6000 this past Friday and had a huge cloud dead center of the screen . I waited 20 minutes and then it was completely gone. The uniformity on this screen is about as close to perfect as you can get. In a completely dark room in Movie mode with the back light at 20, you can see some minor small clouding which would not bother me in this viewing situation. When I put the back light back to a normal viewing setting at 8-14, the screen is perfect. It's amazing how much better it is than the 6050 I was watching for the past week in terms of screen uniformity. Of course it's the same panel, HS01 and sets vary even within the same exact model line but this EH6000 is better than the EH6050 I would have kept if it didn't have the wrinkle.
Purely subjective I know, but IMHO the overall black levels on my EH6000 seem better and inkier. The picture itself seems richer. I've transferred my picture settings between the two EH6050s and for the most part they both seemed within the same ballpark. I then transferred those settings to my EH6000 and I had to tone it down a bit as it was much richer. Not sure if this points to more latitude in the set but to me it does say there may be a PQ difference between the 6000 and 6050. No side by side comparisons as I've boxed and unboxed these badboys enough to last me a decade, but after watching the same test material, I come away feeling the EH6000 has much better blacks and overall a better picture and I haven't done much tweaking specific to the EH6000 yet.
Maybe I just got lucky but many reviews of this set speak of it's screen uniformity. Overall, I am beyond pleased with this set. 3rd time is a charm for me I guess with TVs as I went through this with my last Samsung 6 years ago, and went through 3 sets with my Philips 27" Tube set due to buzzing many more years ago.
The purple ghosting is present on the EH6000. Can't say if it's better, worse, or the same as the 6050 but it's there. The Piano black on the EH6000 is much nicer than the Rose Black on the EH6050. It's not just the stand that has the difference in color. Not a deal breaker as the Rose Black looks black anyways under most lighting conditions, but the Piano black is much nicer.
So for what it's worth to those scratching their heads about these varying model numbers within the EH6000 line and not sure what to buy, my personal experience and opinion says go with an EH6000 vs the EH6050 if you are getting a 60". If you're getting a 55" or below go to Costco or you local B&M store and get a set with a TS01 or TS02 panel, Preferably an EH6000. Costco still had a few EH6050 TS02 panels in the 55" flavor. No need to play the panel lottery online as the Sharp Panels (HS01) have the minor purple ghosting. If you're looking for a 65", Costco has the 65" in the EH6000 line for $1800 on sale with their 2nd year warranty but they will tax you on the retail value. Don't let the Costco 2nd year warranty sway you from possibly having a better set with a EH6000 because just by using your credit card you'll get an extra year of warranty which from what I read is pretty darn good. Especially if you're using AMEX. I think that's it, hope this helps someone.
Also, this is my own opinion. For those that own a 6050 and are happy with it, than great but no need to defend your purchase to me. I'm just putting this out there for those looking to buy discern what is what with this line.
Edited by marshall110 - 2/11/13 at 1:11pm