About a month ago I decided to upgrade my 10-year-old 25" RCA set. The picture was fine, although I did notice a darkish vertical band on the left when the scene was dark. But given the resolution of the set it really wasn't noticeable. So, I explored this and other forums, as well as visited some shops, to see what was recommended in my price range. I discovered I'd be getting a 27-inch, possibly flat screen, and with componenet inputs for my DVD player. With the RCA I had to an RF modulator. After reading message after message of folks' problems with their set, large and small, I almost decided not to buy anything! Now I realize that either this is just a small percentage of consumers or, more likely, the public at large doesn't have a discerning eye. Anyway, after trying a few sets, I settled on the latest Panasonic Tau 27" flat screen, which was on sale at CC for $269. Last week it was "on sale" for $369." I'm on my second set. With both, I'm able to get a great looking picture, although some cable channels (analog) don't look so good. DVD picture is light-years ahead of what I had before. My problem, and the point of this thread, is that on both sets there's a bluish, purple blob in the bottom left-hand corner of the set. It's less pronounced on the newer set I have. It's most noticeable on white backgrounds. After researching, it seems this is typical for Panasonic's and flat screens. There are no speakers within 20 feet of the set. I realize most posters have larger sets that cost much more than what I'm dealing with, but is this what state-of-the-art is for 2003, a picture that's nearly perfect but not quite? Should I try my luck with yet another set or is this the best it gets. Granted, it's only noticeable about 10% of the time and my wife thinks I'm nuts! Thanks for taking the time to read this thread.