Originally Posted by JakeSnake
The elusive "black grass" has been photographed!
HP- You may have coined a new term. Now if I ever hear someone in a bar say "Wow...she was all over him like black grass on a 4266!" Then I'll be impressed!
On a serious note, I thought this was just an academic discussion as it's not visible on the picture. But you said you actually ordered a replacement? Am I missing something?? I can't see it when the TV is off, I can't see it when the TV is on displaying a picture, only when the TV is on not displaying a source. I wouldn't care it was pink polka dots personally. (actually that might be cool! Well, maybe not PINK) Are you guys watching alot of TV without a source?
Yes I have had TWO HL-S4266 here at the house and they both had the problem, the second set was a little worse than mine, so in 10 minutes I made up my mind and sent it back, and kept the first set. Plus all the sets I have seen in the stores have had the problem as well.
The set has to be "on" and fully warmed up to see it. On all the sets I have seen I can see it in "dark" pictures in a "dark" room..........I can actually see it (though much harder), with some light in the room as well. In fact when the delivery company delivered the second set..........there was a full load of sunlight coming in the side window and I could see it on dark pictures. So could the delivery men too, while watching black scenes.
Because the pattern is light engine generated, it can not been seen with the set off. It is not in the plastic outer screen material.
It is most likely finishing imperfections in the light pathway, or could be the bulb filament itself being projected onto the screen.
I will attempt to take some pictures of it, with dark scenes and post later today or tomorrow.
Again, a few points to remember...I still feel the 4266 is the best 42" out there for the money, no set is perfect, I can live with it...........and this set will go into the bedroom, I will be watching without my glasses and be asleep most of the time; so I don't think I am going to notice it very much.
The HL-S4666 on the other hand is better in two ways:
1. It can produce better blacks (darker/blacker/less crush)
2. No black grass
Only about $150 more, and yes I would have changed to that model if it would fit in the bedroom.........but it's too big, for the space I have.