I've had my 26HF15(85) for half a month now and I'm trying to decide: should I keep it with it's small problems or return it for a better but slightly more expensive TV? Right now the strips of rainbow along the top and left sides bother me, as does the geometry. I'd rather get a new TV than spend $250 getting this one professionally calibrated. If I spend a good chunk of money on a TV, it should be 100% working properly too, and that's not what I call working properly.
So if I return my 26HF15(85), which model should I get in it's place? There's a Sony one that people talk about, but I'm not quite sure the exact model number. And I'd be wanting something that I can find for $500-$700 on the internet (I can always pricematch). Also it would have to be around 26-27" widescreen and HD capable (my swivel does not accept anything larger than my current 26" widescreen).
Oh yah, do all flatscreen widescreen HD TV's have a little geometry distortion out of the box? I mean, shouldn't it be perfect right when you get it?
Ok, I just thought of this for the reason of weird geometry on flatscreen TVs. Material on DVDs that are produced today are made for curved tube TVs, so they make up for this by making the picture a little curved at the edges to appear straight on these curved tube TVs. Make sense? I thought of this while having the crosshatch on the DVD player input (Avia calibration), and having my PS2 on the another input. When adjusting geometry on the PS2 input (playing a normal 4:3 game), I made it so all the lines in the game I was playing were straight up and down, left and right...then I switched over to the DVD input and the crosshatch geometry was in a curved tube shape. Too much to be a coincidence I thought... Anyone else agree?