Originally Posted by ASiani
There's a thread with 116 post of people talking about this "problem" including people that went through mulitple sets and still got it again.
You actually counted the number of people talking about this problem? How many of them actually own a TV with this problem?
And where is this thread? Please provide the link to that thread, i'd like to see it.
I wouldn't have even found the thread if I didn't have this issue and I googled it.
People who have defective TVs tend to search the internet for others with the same problem and usually end up finding AVS and post their own negative experience, just as you have, and other people read it and assume that it must be some widespread problem that affects all of these TVs, when in fact it is just a very small percent. They sell millions of these TVs every year - if they were all plagued with this problem you'd see tens of thousands of posts about it, not just 116. Forums such as this are a gathering point for people with problems or issues.
Are these people really that unlucky or is it perhaps common?
I'd go with unlucky. You haven't seen any reports from the other several million owners, because they are not having this problem so they're not posting about it.
Now I think that most reviewers of this TV are probably not bothering to read up on forums to see good calibration settings and looking at slides and would probably never notice this even if they got one with it but to say that this issue is uncommon just seems like someone that really wants to defend this TV because you are one of the lucky ones to get a TV without a flaw and that's really great for you.
It's not that we're lucky because we got a good one, the ones who got a bad one are unlucky. Big difference. 98% of us are in the lucky category. The factory turns out millions of panels - if the robotic machine that applies the black filter to the face of the panel or applies the anti-reflective coating to the outer glass suffers a problem then hundreds of panels might make it onto the production lines before the problem is discovered and the robot is fixed, and the affected panels could have been shipped to several assembly plants and the final TVs could end up on the same pallet, or spread across several distribution centers.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of us got issue-free TVs. Are we lucky? No. This is how it's supposed to be - getting a properly functioning TV.
Here is a direct quote from another thread about this:
"I got my 3rd 55vt50 here in Greece, same fault vertical line on the right side! I dont know what to do anymore! I want a proper 55vt50!!! Should i go for my 4th change or stay with the one thick vertical line?" If it was more common to get one without it, than that guy must have really made the TV gods angry somewhere along the way lol
I've been reading this forum for about 13 years and i've seen lots of people in threads for various brands over the years who have gotten 2, 3, and even 4 bad sets in a row until finally getting one good enough to keep so it's not like it's unfathomable or anything. Remember, there are millions of people with zero problems, and only a very small percentage of owners suffering a defect.