Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Montreal, Canada
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I finally pulled the trigger and bought a 55-inch X930D roughly two weeks ago. It's a *very* impressive set, imho, with truly jaw dropping colour and contrast ratios, and I'm especially thrilled with the strength of its upconversion and general processing. Image quality is overall outstanding and I'm very impressed with its 3D rendering.
Having said all that, I'm concerned that I may have gotten a bad panel, as there are four large spaces of clouding towards the centre that, while effectively invisible when showing well-lit or contrasty images, become rather apparent on a mostly black screen. Any fade to black invariably reveals them to some degree. Credit rolls etc.
I've tried various picture settings (currently using "cinema home"), set local dimming to low, lowered brightness, but nothing makes the clouding go away when the right kind of image triggers it.
Even with brightness set to Minimum, the clouding is evident during credits and the like. It's quite frustrating at this set's price point (though I did get it at a great sale price), particularly when the set is otherwise so wildly fantastic.
Brighter or more varied images look INCREDIBLE, so I'm hesitant to exchange it for another unit, unless others here haven't had this kind of clouding on their sets. Are four noticeable clouding areas normal on this set when viewing very dark / near-black images?
Also, I've had to lower the black level on my unit down to 32 in order to get truly pitch black letterbox bars on 2:35 material, which it seems that others here haven't had to do?
I should mention, the clouding didn't seem as pronounced to me until I updated the firmware on my 2nd day of ownership, so I wonder if that may be the culprit in my case?
I'd love to hear others' findings because I really adore this set other than the clouding issue.