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Bad geometry seems to be very common in HDTV's at this price point. It is the nature of having a FLAT 16x9 tube (think of the physics) so I doubt it was anything you did. I've seen terrible geometry in several demo models all over town so they are probably just born that way. I don't know much about the magnet work except that they need to place special small magnets in very strategic locations on the tube itself and fiddle with them tediously, so the results would be hit & miss. I would never buy one of those demos and if a new TV was like that I would return it instantly.
I was all set to buy a top-line Sony KD-34XS955 (34" @ $2000, 200 lbs) on closeout when I noticed some minor geometry problems on the two demos in different local shops. Other guys in this forum have suggested it is also an issue with the XS and even the mighty XBR, however nothing so terrible as what you describe. Some happy owners had satisfactory magnet tweaking done. If the problem is severe in your case it may not be possible to fix. They do have amazing picture but that is a large, flat, wide screen to expect perfect geometry!
I guess in years past, when one paid $1500 for a Sony Wega SDTV for example, one got what one paid for! Sony was generally the best, and perhaps still are.
The best HDTV without obvious geometry problems that I've seen currently in stores is the more affordable Sony KV-30HS420. It's just a shame the cabinet is all silver. 30" would seem to be the sweet spot in terms of size (laws of physics) and price (quality control). My theory is the 26" @ $399 are not allocated enough time for setup in the factory.
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