Well. I got my replacement panel this evening. It is MUCH better than the first one, but still not perfect. I can still see an area in the upper left corner with some backlight bleeding, but I have yet to notice during actual programming. I have watched a couple of dark shows, and it hasn't been a problem. But Battlestar will be the real test, SD notwithstanding.
And that's the real test, isn't it? Input-switching is one thing, but how it looks with real programming (esp. dark material) is where the rubber meets the road.
Generally speaking, the cloud on the new panel is mild enough that when I tweak the settings to my preferences, it basically goes away. If a PERFECT set is 100, and a really bad panel is a zero, my first set was probably a 40, this one is probably an 80 and with tweaking is pushing 95 or higher. At least so far...
I really wanted to be able to write and say the second panel is PERFECT, but it isn't. However, it may, in fact, be 'good enough'. And for us, 'good enough' is pretty freakin' good, isn't it?!
I'll know for sure in a few days, but I think it is a keeper, gentlemen.