About the clouding -
So it's been 2 hours since I turned the TV on tonight, and I just checked the media player's screensaver again before shutting it all down for the night.
Sure enough, the clouding is much more visible after the TV being on for 2 hours. With Smart LED on standard and high, I can easily see the clouding. It's more noticeable depending on where the screensaver icon is located on the screen, but the blotches of clouding is certainly noticeable. With Smart LED off, it's even more noticeable. This is a big difference to how the screen looked just 2 hours ago. People here can be a doubting Thomas if they want to be, but I know what I've seen with my own eyes, and like I said, this is easily repeatable over and over again, with the same results each time. This panel gets worse with clouding the longer it stays on, just like my old ES series sets.
What's most worrying is that this is after 2 hours. How will the screen look after 6 hours on a weekend? Do I have to turn the TV off after each movie and wait a half-an-hour each time for the TV to cool down again? That's absurd. What if our monitors did that? How would people like it if they sat at their PC monitors and 2 or 3 hours into their evening there were blotches all over the screen? This is unacceptable for an expensive TV like this, and I have no doubt that if I exchanged this set for another one, it would likely be the same situation, just like it was when I exchanged my old ES series set for another one and it did the same thing. I think it's in the design of this set, that heat builds up quickly and affects the panel in such a way that clouding becomes visible, just like many of their previous models. I had hoped after the outstanding F8000 that they had learned how to eliminate this for good, but they went right back to having the same issues as they used to.
It would be a shame to return this set, because it is capable of delivering truly stunning images once the settings are dialed in properly. But what good is that if the panel gets worse by the hour and needs cool-down time in-between films or TV episodes? We really can't afford to get a 2016 model, certainly not a 55", and maybe not even a smaller size until the prices drop later in the year, and from the looks of the early release photos and videos of the thin "360-degree" design, I doubt if the situation would be any better than the 2015 models. All they have to do is use FALD and make the sets thick enough so that the heat is generated farther away from the panel, and they could eliminate a good portion of their returns. What a shame. I'll be keeping my eye on the new sets anyways, and meanwhile I'll try to enjoy this set and see just how much that clouding affects my real-life viewing. I like to watch a lot of sci-fi and horror so there should be plenty of opportunities to see some dark content. If it wasn't for the heat/clouding issue - this set would get high marks from me - but with this issue, I just don't know.
Last edited by eagle_2; 02-11-2016 at 11:57 PM.