I will come back to read this whole thread tomorrow, just found it from a quick search. I bought the 60LE650U for $999 from my local Sears, and I bought it with $1000 worth of gift cards bought from my super market, so to get the fuel perks, I will get appx $75-100 worth of free gas to fill up my truck a couple times by buying it this way. So if I do end up wanting to return it, it will be good for Sears store credit only, since I used gift cards. I found that risk to be acceptable.
After watching 1080i HD DVR from Time Warner Cable the last few days, I was thoroughly impressed. PS3 games were as good as expected. Tonight I watched my first 1080p blu ray, and I was disappointed to find the clouding/light bleed is an apparent problem in my panel, in both the right and left lower corners, most prominently in the right lower corner. My question is, has everyone with an LE650 who experienced a lightbleeding/clouding issue, who then got a replacement tv of the exact same model tv, was the problem solved? Did everyone's replacement tv NOT have any of this issue? IE perfect uniformity? Is it just a roll of the dice with these edge lit leds? I just wonder if I should accept it as is and not bother returning it. I have a truck and can easily return it to Sears, I've only had it a week. I'm just thinking if I should go to a Samsung led or *gasp* a plasma, with no uniformity issues, and suffer with reflections and glare when its' bright and sunny. But this is cloudy Ohio where I live, and not often sunny lol. Anyway, just wondering if I go get a new 60LE650 exchanged at Sears, if I'm going to set it up and see the same clouding/bleeding BS, except maybe at a different corner or part of the screen.
Screen uniformity is indeed not one of the strong points of these Sharp TV's. They are known to have screen uniformity issues, so the answer to your question is, no, there are no Sharp 640/650U TV's that have "perfect" uniformity. Although at that price point for a 60" TV, that's as good as one can expect... This is not only an issue with Sharp, but other brands at these lower price points have similar issues. To get "perfect" screen uniformity on an LED, one has to pay quite a bit more... or, one can get plasma which truly has perfect uniformity, however has it's own separate set of possible issues... Anyway, don't expect "perfection", but check if the unavoidable imperfection is small enough that it does not really distract during regular content viewing. If one really looks for it, one can find imperfections on just about any TV (unless it's a top of the line expensive set), but if you just watch the content without searching for issues and nothing jumps at you as a noticeable distraction, then I'd say there is no point in exchanging it, as you will not get the perfect uniformity on a replacement set either... If it's really bad though, and you see it constantly during regular viewing, then certainly give a new set a try... Hope that helps and good luck