Wow this thing looks like a monster in my small apartment! Well I was happy to see it come but I think there might be few things wrong with it. It has been a couple of years since my Elite Pro-710 so I have not seen a big CRT RPTV HDTV in a while. First off I knew the picture WOULD NOT compare to a tube. that I knew from experience and did not expect the same sharpness and smoothness. However out of the box image looks faded. It almost looks out of focus yet at the same time everything seems to have "digital noise" like sharpness up too high. Mostly noticeable in writing like opening credits and such. then there is the problem of a line across the middle. Darn it now that I think about it I remember reading about this on CRT RPTVs but I thought it was on another brand. I did not remember this being an issue with Toshibas. The worst part is I only noticed it at night and on HD broadcast of desperate housewives. At first I thought (hoped) it was the show but for the rest of the night saw it every ones in a while on almost all shows even commercials. specially close ups of people's faces. So quite disappointing over all and I was beginning to suspect it had to do with the fact that when the delivery guys brought it to my place on the 3rd floor they at one point put the set on it's side AND even rested it that way while they caught their breath. I figured that might cause convergence problems but could it affect focus? I have tried different wires. both sets of component wires used are over $50. AAMOF one set was $300 Canadian. same thing. The player is a Malata N996 and seemed to be ok so far. Don't have another player handy to test if it's player related. However cable is an issue too so leads me to think it's the TV. Calibrating with DVE did not help much. don't get me wrong, it's not unwatchable. especially DVDs look pretty good. Though I seem to have same problem as my 34HFX84 in that blacks are a little washed out but turning down brightness brings about loss of detail in darkness. contrast seems impossible to find the sweet spot so have left it at 50 as it normally is on Movie mode. Also very red. here is where it gets weird. I got the set on Saturday and I could swear that the picture has improved. Last night watching fear factor and Miss Universe I could not find the line anymore. Now the first days I could never see it during the day only at night but last night I could not see it. At first I figured my basic calibration helped but putting the mode back to Movie (where I had it first 2 days) instead of Preference still no line. By the way even bringing sharpness down to 0 still showed "noise" or "edge" on the DVE test picture. could it be the player? or can TVs cause this "noise"? Also can that almost out of focus be a problem or just normal with a TV so big? what about image feeling almost washed out? is it because I just had a 34 inch tube? or should the image come at least a little closer? thanks in advance guys!