Hi, I recently bought a 50 R550A, I live in Vancouver , Canada.
Got it on November 28, took it back Nov 30 for a refund.
I was looking for a replacement for a 7 yo Toshiba 47LX196 LCD.
The Toshiba has had screen issues after the first year in the form of gray shadows vertically on yhe screen. I think it is dust/dirt accumulation on the screen but not sure.
After looking around for a few months, I decided on either the 802 or the R550A. Being budget minded, I decided on the R550A. After barely fitting it into my Toyota Echo HB ( and I mean just barely) got it home and the next day set everything up. Set up was quite straight forward, no issues, internet connect no problem etc etc. My first impression was WOW, what a great picture, esp. coming from a very flawed old Toshiba.
After awhile I noticed on the opening screen ( Sony logo) the background was uneven...kinda looked like clouds. Just thought it was a "cloud background pic". Later that evening when things got DARK, I was flipping through the channels to the music stations. They have a black background. To my shock, I could see THE CLOUDS and light leakage!!!! Yikes! It was so uneven. I mean its worse than my 7 yo Toshiba..right out of the box! I tried many settings and inputs but all was the same. I quickly realized after searching the web I had light leak and clouding. I also noticed that the screen was getting lighter and darker sometimes...not sure what that was.
Well after watching a couple movies, TV, web content etc, I could see the cloud issue when the lights were dark. Funny though in the daylight it was not noticeable on black screens or scenes.
Even though the pic quality of this TV is unreal ( as far as my eyes can tell) I could only see the CLOUDS and light leakage. It's true that when you know a flaw is there, your eye goes right to it.
So as mentioned above, I took it back for a refund a couple days later.
I want some opinions on weather I should move on from Sony or try one more time with this set.
Has anyone else got a "almost" perfect set? I know that with the poor build and QC of these new TVs (mine was built in Mexico) that a perfect set is not realistic, but close would be good.
I originally purchased at a local store, but would go to Costco to buy again ( if I am going that route)
Any other brands to look at? Samsung 55" 6300. Sharp 550U?
Here is a pic to show the problem. Colour is off, took with my old iphone...