Originally Posted by mascus
Falconman, sorry I guess I should have clarified, it's not banding in the traditional sense like what you posted in the pic. It's more like the panel itself is misaligned or something. about a quarter inch or less of the very outside edges of the screen is significantly darker than the rest of the panel
. Almost like the leds are not hitting the outer edges of the lcd panel properly. Unfortunately, my work computer here will not allow me to upload pics of what I am talking about. Best way to describe it is from the very edge of the screen out to about an 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch, the pixels are about half as bright as the rest of the panel on both the right and left sides. Saw this on a 55 and a 50 inch in two different stores which raised a red flag for me since it seemed to be more than just a coicidence. When I get home tonight, I'll try to upload from my home computer so you can see what I'm referring to.
I only noticed this when I took my set home and started to play with it the very first day. At first it was annoying me, but I played around with the setting and even though they weren't very dark at first, they are now slightly better.
Originally Posted by kyzer the medic
I also noticed what you are talking about at Sam's Club but not on sets at Best Buy. I don't know if its a bad panel or the feed they have going on at Sam's. The TV that I witnessed the dark edges on had component video running too it, could that be a problem ?
The slight darker edges are happening to me with HDMI on every input. It is a screen issue. I am starting to not notice it unless I force my self to see the slight difference. It is not too bad on my set. I might take a photo later.
Originally Posted by mascus
They are hooked component at Sams, but not at Best Buy. I don't think it's the connection or the source because all the other TVs had the same loops going and none of them had this problem. I will also add that the 55" M series at Sams was the worst looking TV on the whole display rack so I'm really thinking it's just a bad panel. There is an E series right next to it and it was way better which should not be the case. I would almost bet that if I pulled another 55" out of the boxes sitting underneath the display and swapped them out, it would fix the problem. Same with the 50" at Best Buy. it's just wierd to see two panels with the same problem in two different stores. I'm pretty much sold on the M701D. I just need to wait until next week to go pick it up. The only pain in the rear for me it that I have to drive about 45 minutes to a neighboring Costco because our local Costco only has the 65" in stock. I can get the Sony R550A for about $300 cheaper than the Vizio at our local Navy Exchange (I'm a retired Navy guy) but I'm not impressed with the pq on that set. Does Cosco offer any incentives for first time buyers or new members? I'm not a member yet. I was going to join anyway because my Sams card is about to expire and I like the selection beter at Costco.
Mascus, how dark would you say these lines were? Did you happen to take a snapshot? I had a KDL-60R550A and I like the M551d much, much better. I even got the R550A at the NEX for 1400 bucks and returned it four days later. I have the settings on the M551d where the blacks are just as deep as the R550A, which has very rich blacks, but it has nothing else. The PQ in the M551d is a lot richer and even with the slightly darker edges I am much happier. Also Costco has much better warranties that the NEX.
Originally Posted by indept
As far as the 1/4" around the edges, I had a M551D from Best Buy that had it. I returned that due to the right 3rd of screen having a blue hue to it on white backgrounds. Bought another at Sams and it has the exact same 1/4" issue but it really doesn't bother me. So I am keeping this set.
How dark are you edges and what are your settings?