Originally Posted by RexHarrison
Well, my very expensive 55" F7050 has a pencil line on the left side, one guy in the 7100 thread has had 3 7050's with pencil lines, also the display at Costco had them too. I'm sick of buying and returning TV's ( I'm on my 5th now) I'm not some super picky guy, I've had some major issues with all 5 of them. Pencil lines and dark corners are unacceptable to me, because its visible during day and night.
Other than the pencil lines I absolutely love the F7050 but at this point I don't like my chances of getting a clean 55" 7050, the 60" is waay too expensive and it has a Sharp panel. So I'm thinking of exchanging for a 60" M.
Ouch. Sorry to hear you've gone through that many. To be 100% honest, I love the M60 and recommend it. Just be ready to pick your poison: SD on with better blacks and flashlighting, SD off with no flashlighting and less inky blacks. I obviously chose the former, and mitigated the flashlighting by working with lower than normal backlighting -- but even that doesn't get rid of it completely on credits and the really tough scenes where brightly lit areas float in a predominately dark environment. 95% of the time, though, the picture is just so gorgeous that it makes the flashlighting totally forgivable for me. Good luck with the decision, whichever way you go.
Below are a few pencil line pics for you to compare the 55 and 60. I purposefully forced that shot of my set to underexpose so you could see the pixel structure more clearly on a bright background. All four corners and all sides are clean like this. So weird that just that one size seems to have them and the others don't. I would've gone with the 55 if they weren't there on every set I saw.
M551d-A2 at Costco (wide shot):
M551d-A2 at Costco (same set, close up):
M601d-A3 in my living room: