well actually even i have noted to try and find ways to "at least" hide bands in blank inputs so i could just ignore them, but i do honestly see them during regular viewage, often when i watch something in 4:3 as the clouds on the sides/corners do kind of show up in those areas.
what's fascinating is that when i paly box360 on the same settings the clouds literally are gone. What i mean is, i played a Capcom game and when the capcom logo came up with a black screen it was totally black with no clouds, i found this very odd, but nice.
but anyhow i still dont really understand what banding really looks like (or even what it is), it only pops up when you watch something in 4:3? anyone have a picture of bad banding?
also, and if i didnt see all the complaints about it (sure it may not be brand specific but no where on cnet, amazon or crutchield is there a non-sony review mentioning clouding, like say for the samsungs) i probably would just accept it as an every day element of LCD's, but the fact that some are made without this problem at all says something (and while i have since adjusted my settings to hide the blacklight i eventually found myself comprimising with the quality of the picture rather than just using typical darker settings, and that was not right).