Originally posted by higgs05
1. At the top of the screen, in the middle, the red beam is out of alignment (too high). White horizontal lines going across the top of the screen (such as the program guide) have a red edge on the top, in the middle of the screen. Alignment everywhere else seems to be pretty good.
2. Horizontal lines bend down slightly on the right edge of the screen.
3. When displaying a solid color on the entire screen, the center of the screen is brighter, especially when displaying white. The top left corner of the screen seems dimmer than the other corners.
Are you sure you haven't been watching my TV? :-) Situations nos. 1 and 2 are almost certainly static alignment/convergence issues accomplished with magnet adjustments inside the set. I would find out, for your area, what Sony authorized repair dealer/center has a really good "magnet guy," and get him to come out under warranty. Ask around at the local high-end specialty stores that sell Sony and other good CRT TVs. You lose only if the guy is an idiot and makes it worse.
For that dark corner, ask him to fix the "landing" settings in service mode for that corner. My upper-left corner was dark, too, and I easily fixed it (my very first act in service mode). It's #0 (LT) in the "Landing" group. I touched up the other corners, too, (nos. 1-3) and it's quite even now.
For #3, I think we all have to live with that. The set I auditioned at the store where I bought mine, my own set, and one I've seen since at Fry's all have "hot" centers. Probably a quirk of the electric/magnetic lens that has to somehow focus the beam over that huge screen and at severe angles on a flat screen. I haven't looked critically at a 34" set for the same problem.
You're right in that one can go thru a whole evening of enjoying the set without ever noticing the hot spot, unless you really look for it. But on those slow, outdoors horizon-and-sky pans, I really see it! But, for me, it's a small imperfection in an otherwise stupendous display.