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samsung ln52b550 - Brightness issue

I got a new Samsung a while back and have recently begun to notice that quite often the edges of the frame are slightly brighter than the rest of the picture. It's more noticeable on B&W films. The right side seems to be perhaps more pronounced than the left, though they've both exhibited the issue.

The thing is, it is only the picture of the DVD or Blu Ray or television station -- NOT the total screen. So, if I'm watching a Full Screen movie, the black bars on the side of the screen don't have the problem.

Is this normal? It's not horribly noticeable and I'm sure I can live with it, but I wanted to make sure this wasn't a defect that I should have checked out. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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With almost any LCD panel on the market, there are imperfections when it comes to screen uniformity. However, if the panel seems to be unequally bright on a constant screen (say, if the entire screen is blue, or red), then you may want to have your unit inspected by a service representative.


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Thanks for the response. The disproportional brightness issue does not seem to be any more noticeable on a constant screen, if I'm understanding you correctly. How pronounced it is varies from film to film and scene to scene -- it is occasionally quite noticeable, and it's occasionally not noticeable at all (I watched Ponyo on Blu Ray last night and didn't notice it at all; the night before I watched Sony's lousy DVD of Anthony Mann's Raw Deal and it was quite distracting at some points). And as I said, it affects only the source image. So if the picture were in a 2.35:1 ratio, and it were exhibiting the enhanced brightness on the edges, the brightness would NOT extend into the black bars. I may demo a friend's Samsung to see if his has the same issue, but if you have any further thoughts on this I'd love to hear them!

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