UPDATE 1025 IS OUT:
came with ver 1022 and I noticed no problems over 6 days. Just updated it to 1025 and picture seems even better which is saying a lot as it was quite good out of the box. My panel is HS01. But it had such bad screen-uniformity I was going to take it back to where I got it and went back to thinking plasma after owning 2 Mits X7s and a Mits 40-809. But I came here after Google led the way and heard people saying LED TVs need to break in. I try to keep an open mind but WOW....it's true. Only 6 days and 75% has already corrected itself without touching the screen. I think it happens because the screen is so thin and gets flexed a little being boxed up or unpacked by most people.
BTW, not to sound like a salesman but I avoided Best Buy and Costco's special number TVs after researching differences in model numbers which was really hard to do. Had to find people online that experienced and knew the differences. With Sharp and Vizio it's substantial where important things are missing when a letter is added or changed. I was getting a 60in 2011 Sharp 835 "standard model number" because I could research it, knew what it was, and at 8:30 PM after over a month of constant research missing sleep and an hour+ drive I was really excited and only 20 minutes away from Fred Myers sale price driving to get it when I heard a Video Only (never heard of them before) ad on the radio selling both Sharps and Samsung. So just for fun called them to confirm my value oriented "smart" decision knowing the "too bright and pretty" Samsungs are pretty much price matched and the Sharp was a much better buy.
But in talking tech their sales guy said I really needed to see a proper demo comparing the Sharp and Sam Sung first, but they were closing at 9:00 PM. First time a proper demo was offered and I could tell he was right. ERRR! I hate it when that happens. But he said it would be obvious to see in less than a minute so I said I'd stop there first because luckily the next exit took me there and he said they would wait a few minutes to close. I ended up getting the 7100 I'd seen many times only because they had their demo room (and the TV) set up right. After seeing a very respectable picture on the 7100 without wearing so much lip stick, and seeing the clarity in motion difference between the Sharp and the Samsung I decided the extra cash for the Samsung 7100 was required or I'd regret it. The Sharp just couldn't keep up and looked blurry. So to people that like sports calling the 720 and 960 flow-motion hype I suggest they see a proper demo first, which is hard to find. Looking at a set in the store is not the same as living with it at home.
But honestly.....the last thing I ever expected to believe was an LED HDTV would need to "break-in" like some high-end audio gear I've owned and hear some people were giving theirs a massage. Well I have to go....my TV's getting turned on.Edited by Bellringer - 12/14/12 at 11:27am