Truthfully, AVS members are pickier than 95% of the general public. These issues are a fraction of the TV buying population. Most people take it home, leave it in torch mode and say how amazing it is. We are different. I fall into the same category as what's been discussed the past day on here. A few years ago, I went through 9 TVs over a summer. My wife pretty much had it with me. Plasma. LCD. Projector. It was always something that wasn't perfect. I settled on a Samsung 7 series and have been happy with it for several years. I wanted a 4K HDR set, and picked up another Samsung. KS8500. What a POS. Literally had the worst flash lighting and edge bleed of any TV I've ever seen. Swapped it for a 900E and it was night and day difference. Full disclosure, I did swap my 900E one time. I had some edge bleed on the bottom with HDR content when the backlight maxed out. Everything else was perfect. But for $2300, I wanted it to not be distracting. And again, it was noticeable with content. Every TV will have issues with local dimming disengaged or test patterns. There isn't a single model that's perfect. It just doesn't exist. I agree with the idea that under normal conditions, if it looks good and you cant see it, that's what matters. If it has a visible defect when playing content, then you should exchange it. I'm not a Sony fanboy, in fact, this is my first Sony in 10+ years. But I've been through A LOT of TVs the past few years with my OCD about uniformity and I honestly believe this is one of the best models on the market right now. There really is a lot of performance and features for the money and build quality is well above a lot that's out there. I feel bad for those that have had issues on here. Everyone deserves to get what they want for their hard earned dollar. Still, I wouldn't consider another model this year in this price bracket.