My JX5 (mfd. May 2001) has the "dreaded edge compression" problem, and the consensus of opinion seems to be that there is no definitive solution for this, and that we must just accept it and not let it spoil our appreciation of the wonderful HDTV performance of this bargain-priced receiver. My personal experience is that the problem is worst with the NTSC tuner and video inputs (including component), somewhat less with the DirecTV regular channels, and minimal with OTA or satellite HDTV. I also have the problem with "fill" mode stretching vertically about 49% instead of 1/3, but strangely "fill" works just fine with the satellite tuner. I would be very interested to learn whether these problems are inherent in the F38310 design. In the September 2000 issue of Sound & Vision (see page 65), Al Griffin reports that "Geometry (on the F38310) overall was good, though there was mild stretching at the outer edge of the screen with a 16:9 circular hatch pattern." In the December 2000 issue of the same magazine (page 23), a reader's letter mentions a video dropout problem with the F38310, where "the screen mysteriously goes black for a second every 28 minutes when displaying a DVD." RCA responded to Al Griffin's inquiry as follows: "We have recognized two issues contributing to intermittent video dropouts on certain models of our digital TVs and are working to resolve the problems in a timely manner. The solution to both will involve a software upgrade." I heard from a sales manager in early 2001 that RCA initiated a recall and installed a circuit board made by Hitachi. I don't know how accurate this info may be, but I wonder if the "software upgrade" might be the source of the geometric distortion problems. Loewe doesn't seem to be having any geometric problems with the 38" tube. I would appreciate any information that anyone can supply on this issue.