after owning this set for almost a month, I am not sure I am going to keep it.
A few pages back I stated that there were no buzzing and no IR - well now after around 100 hours of viewing, both have started, and seemingly getting worse. The buzzing I can deal with by dialing back the contrast and brightness. The IR is the main issue. Before I could watch 4x3 content with logos and even pause for 5-10 minutes with no issues, now its more like 10 seconds - no exaggeration. Simply fiddling with the menu and I can get "menu" stuck on the screen. In fairness, the IR is very temporary, usually its a 1:1 ratio (watch a program with a logo for 1 hour, you will need 1 hour of something else to "wash" it off. Just bring up the menu for 10 seconds, its gone in 10 seconds. Also, for the most part, its not bad - you cant see it unless its on a white or light gray background. However, since its getting worse, I am a bit nervous since I only have about 4 days left to decide if I want to keep it. If it doesnt get any worse, and hopefully gets better after a longer "burn in period" its still fine.
However, this brings me to the next issue. I am not sure if the set developed some kind of strange uniformity or IR, but right where the 4x3 bars are - especially on the right side, there is a vertical line going down the screen. I never noticed it before but after seeing it on a few light scenes, its definitely there - and permanent. I thought at first it was IR since its right on the black bar line, but its also much more tapered, probably like 12-14px wide and not a hard line, its softens at the left and right sides. I thought maybe it was IR and softened because of the pixel orbiter, but no amount of scrolling bars or white washing (full white slides) has been able to rid it (ran scroll bar for a full 24 hours). Its been noticeable for a week now. If it is IR, then that's a problem because probably half of our viewing is 4x3 content (kids shows, old shows on netflix, etc.) and I just cant watch content with improper aspect ratios.
That said, I have yet to find anything that doesn't have deal breakers. LEDs all have uniformity issues, spotlighting, etc. which are probably just as bad if not worse, unless you want to pay twice as much. The samsung plasmas still have the same buzzing if not worse from what I hear as well, although not as many headaches with the IR. This panel has some DSE, nothing terrible, not sure where the samsung is on that front.
I have a few more days to think about it, but I am thinking I may swap for the E6500.