When I display the VE dot pattern on mine, convergence is perfect throughout most of the screen; there is some very minor convergence issues along the edges (2-3 dot rows) but some very noticeable misconvergence in the upper right corner. So, I had a Sony-authorized repair person come out to try to fix the convergence; he was able to fix the problem in the upper right corner a bit, but nowhere near the near-perfect convergence found throughout the rest of the screen. So, is it possible to get near-perfect convergence on the Wega XBRs? I ask because I've heard of some who either got sets that didn't have anywhere near the bad convergence I described, or was able to get it fixed. After he had adjusted the convergence as best as he could, I noticed that the VE test images seemed soft, if not a bit fuzzy, so I decided to pop in SW:TPM to see whether something else got messed up or if it was just my eyes. So I popped the disk in, started it up and, lo and behold, now there is a very faint black horizontal line (almost shadow-like) running the entire width of the top of the letterbox image, about 1/8" below the top border of the letterbox image. On the bottom edge of the letterbox, extending horizontally from the lower right corner of the letterbox image for about 3 inches, is a very light-greenish band about 1/8" thick, tapering in thickness as it extends horizontally from the lower right corner. Now I know both anomalies weren't there last night (let alone any time before that), so I told him that perhaps he did something (inadvertantly or otherwise) that caused these things to suddenly appear. Of course he said he didn't do anything other than what I had asked of him and that even then it wouldn't have caused the issues in question. He even had the nerve to insinuate that the black and green lines had always been there and that I hadn't noticed them until now. Yeah, right--believe me, those two anomalies are so obvious that if they had been there from day one (I bought it 11/2001) I would have noticed them a long time ago. To his credit (and I give him very little, at that) he does see what I'm talking about, but that's very little consolation, as I will soon describe. You want to know how clueless this guy was? First, he says that the faint black and green lines are "within Sony specs". After I argued that only an idiot would accept viewing those ugly lines as "normal", he goes on to say that perhaps it's the DVD movie that's causing those lines at the top and bottom of the letterbox image. Can you believe that? In any case, I decided to humor him and give him the benefit of the doubt so I popped in some other DVDs--Toy Story, The Little Mermaid. Of course, these two also exhibited the same trait so I asked him, "So your telling me that all 80+ of my DVDs have been designed so as to show the same defects too?" I asked him this because he said that it couldn't be the TV that's doing it. But wait--there's more! He told me to put up a full-screen 4:3 image, so I did--of course the lines weren't there but that didn't matter to him; as far as he was concerned, if those two lines didn't show up on that full-screen 4:3 image, it can't be the TV that's causing the problem. And no--the top black line I described isn't the Trinitron wire; one, the line in question is a bit thicker and "fuzzier", plus when I pop in a DVD with a different aspect ratio than the one before, the line is there but in a different location. Also, it is not my DVD player because, a) it does the same thing when I play a DVD in my PS2 (also hooked up to my XBR450); b) I saw the same faint black line during a LOTR commercial (which displayed a snippet of the movie in letterbox format, with text beneath the letterbox image--I guess you could call it one of those "pseudo" letterbox commercials) on the local Fox affiliate; and c) I popped TPM in another DVD player connected to a different TV and I didn't see the black line nor the green band mentioned earlier. So, what it comes down to is this, at least for you Wega XBR450 owners--when viewing a DVD letterbox image (anamorphic or not), are the top and bottom edges of the letterbox sharp, i.e., no "shadowing" or faint colored banding near the upper and lower letterbox edges? I apologize for such a long post, but I just had to let off some steam; I didn't like the repairman insinuating that those lines had been there all the time and that I only noticed them just now. He got me upset even more when he told me that I didn't notice it before because I wasn't really looking for it back then; well gee--I wasn't specifically looking for it today either and yet I could see it plain as day. Well, I could go on and on about this guy but I've ranted long enough. Hopefully someone on this forum can address my issue and either tell me that's just the way it is with the Wegas (I still can't accept those lines, especially since they weren't there until today), or agree with me. I plan on calling Sony back anyway but wanted some anecdotal experiences regarding the issues I described in this thread.