Originally Posted by sweetp
The clouding is definitely an issue, and most certainly visible with source material. Any dark scene from a show or movie, regardless of source, at least in mine with the clouding issue, appears as a very distracting white or gray "fog". I've even adjusted anything that knocked the backlight down, without compromising the picture, but still showed up as this annoying fog. I only had it in one corner, about the size of a baseball, and it appeared in any dark scene. Especially annoying watching Battlestar, which has many dark scenes. I'll be firing my replacement set up tonight.
Totally agree. The clouding is ABSOLUTELY an issue. Especially but NOT exclusively on dark material.
Bad news -- after two nights of solid viewing, I have determined that my replacement panel, while much better than the previous one, still has clouding. It is less strong in all conditions than before, but it IS still there.
I'm REALLY bummed. I wanted this set to be OK. But I keep coming back to what I've said before: $4000 should buy a perfect or near-perfect picture. The cloud/fog is NOT perfect. And I say that allowing for the fact that LCD has limitations on black level. It should NOT have limitations on uniformity.
There are two interesting differences between the first and second panels. The second panel is brighter and has better saturation; not hugely better, but slightly. Unlike the first panel, this one takes about an hour for the cloud to get fully 'bloomed'. Odd. This behaviour led me to the [as it turns out] premature assumption that this panel would be ok.
Both of my sets were manufactured in Oct, '06
As Ellisfsu said a few posts back, after two unacceptable (to me, anyway) sets, I'm going to something different. [Cue funeral dirge.]
I'm going back to my 34hs510. Maybe I'll grab a Pioneer 1080p 50" plasma when they come down a little bit in price. $8000 is a little too salty.
I just don't want to have to deal with this anymore, and given that Sony isn't speaking to the issue, I have no confidence that a third panel wouldn't also have the same problem.
I'm bummin' in a big way, fellas. This panel is everything I want in a TV...except for the clouds, of course.