Westinghouse LVM-42W2 42" LCD Monitor - 16:9 - 8 ms

1920 x 1080 - 16.7 Million Colors 24-bit - 550 Nit - Full HD - DVI - HDMI - VGA - Silver, Black - MPN: LVM42W2
Product Details
Description
Westinghouse 42 1080p Monitor, designed specifically to match the way you view high definition content. This is the only display that should be connected to your HD cable box, satellite or multimedia PC!The Westinghouse LVM-42w2 1080p Monitor is specifically optimized for use with the latest high definition sources. Don't be trapped with only 1-choice. Westinghouse lets you attach all your favorite sources using uncompressed highest performance digital interfaces. Multiple high-bandwidth digital-interfaces mean you can have HD digital cable, HD satellite and a digital game console. Additionally, PC and notebooks users can enjoy the same fat pipe and the industry best Genesis Display Perfection technology.
Quick Glance
General Features 3/2 Pulldown, Progressive Scan
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Response Time 8 ms
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Expert Reviews
Westinghouse LVM-42w2 1080p LCD Display Review
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - Nov 1, 2006

Most of the new 1080p displays on the market simply upconvert 480i/480p/720p/1080i input signals internally to 1080p (and sometimes even those aren’t truly 1080p). A select few, including the new Westinghouse LVM-42w2, actually take 1080p input via component, HDMI and its dual DVI-D inputs. This is a true 1080p display that is slightly ahead of its time – but definitely ready for the future… at least until some uptight MPAA associate demands a new DRM scheme that renders all hardware obsolete and forces us back to using slide projectors and reel to reel tape.

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westinghouse lvm-42w2 42 in. hdtv-ready lcd television
2.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Westinghouse Lvm-42w2 42 In. Hdtv-ready Lcd Television receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.97 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #154 LCD flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
Get A Sharp!
1 Star Review   By member franciscountry - Jan 31, 2008   

Strengths: Good number of inputs

Weakness: HDMI port ; Tech support;

I purchased mine 02/06... my first set went back because it locked up and would not revcover. Second set was ok but I reported the lock up problem in 03/06. I was told the same as everyone else... change the circuit, blah, blah, blah... it's the TV. I was also getting a pink cast w/ no sound every once in a while... they blamed the TiVo. I learned to live with it. Lock-ups weren't often and the pink cast was an annoyance that was easily remedied by cycling the power. Here I am 2 years later and I have a new set top box for FiOs and a new HD TiVo. I still have power locks every once in a while (firmware 1.10) but now... the Moto STB will not work at all with the HDMI port and using the TiVo only fares slightly better. I get a green screen (like shown in this vid: www.youtube.com/watch?...) or the pink cast screen like before but cycling the inputs or the power doesn't do the trick. My HMDI port is essentially useless... thank you HDCP. So lo and behold I do a little digging and find out I wasn't so crazy back in 03/06 when my TV was locking... and that others get a pink cast... and that the PS3 has issues using the HDMI. Hmm... how did they fix their issue? Firmware upgrade. Maybe it will fix my HDMI issue as well? One can only hope. I call Westinghouse... I get told that there are no firmware upgrades for your TV. I am told by a rep and a supervisor that there were NEVER... ANY... updates for my TV. I respond by saying that I have found evidence that other people have had successful updates on this set. They said they don't seem how it's possible and must have been done w/o their blessing thereby voiding the warranty. They can, and will, do nothing more. I'm SOL. Infuriated is not the word. If anyone who HAS had Westinghouse approve a firmware update for an LVM-42w2 monitor to version 1.19 can give me some more info on what mystical voodoo it takes to get this done I'd be graciously indebted. I also understand that in late 2006 the firmware was redone and came out as 1.0. thanks.

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Great Monitor
5 Star Review   By member Bittis - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: Great viewing angle. Plenty of inputs. 1080p

Weakness: Bad remote.

I've had this TV for about a year and a half and thankfully have had no problems. It works well with all of my game systems, computers, and HD cable box. The remote is pretty lame, but I mainly use the cable remote anyway. The viewing angle is great. You can see a clear picture from anywhere in my living room.

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Good 1080p computer monitor; remote control non-functional
2 Star Review   By member jodawi - Oct 29, 2007   

Strengths: Good DVI computer monitor at full 1080p resolution.

Weakness: Remote control doesn't work.

IR sensor has serious problems - most of the time the remote control does absolutely nothing, even with fresh batteries and 2" away from the sensor. Every once in a while it will work, for a few seconds or minutes, then it locks up again. I bought a new universal remote control to see if that would fix it - didn't help.

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Beware of Service
1 Star Review   By member rickyhgarcia - Sep 13, 2007   

Strengths: The image is awesome, game imagery is as beautifull as it can be.

Weakness: BEWARE OF THE SERVICE.

I bought two of these Westys 1080p monitors, a 47" and a 37". The 37" from the moment I unpacked it, it displayed a flaw where I get vibrating white spots throughout the screen. I bought the monitors for a house I have in South America, knowing there would be no service in my area. Shipping the unit to the US for service, and then return it to South America will almost cost the value of a new monitor. However, I contacted Westinghouse through their web site and was told that all I need is a replacement of the motherboard. So I contacted a few Westy service centers in the US to purchase the part. I was told each time that they do not carry parts, that they only replace (complete) units that are still under the warranty period. If the only service provided is replacement of warranty units, what would happen when a unit goes bad after the warranty period? Are they forcing you to buy a new unit? The warranty period is only one year. I am not bad mouthing the product, it is their service policy that needs improvement. I am not even asking for a free replacement of the part, I am willing to pay for it. For this reason I do not recommend anyone buying these monitors.

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Great....until it broke
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Video.. HDMI Inputs..

Weakness: Internal sound is poor...

Picture was good... what I expected from 1080P. Played xbox 360 games well. If you go into a store you definitely notice that it's different from the other TVs- I think it's the anti-glare on the LCD. Anyway, the problems started as I made the mistake of plugging in the sound while the tv was on. I believe this is when the external sound got corrupted. I had the tv on, and was plugging into a Right Audio Out jack on the tv, and as I touched the male connector to the jack, I noticed a spark. Additionally about 10 minutes later the tv died, and wouldn't start up for a minute or 2. I believe interface to the external sound on the tv itself was dead at this point. External sound was corrupted to the point where ONLY the Left Front speaker in the 5.1 surround sound system I had would make noise -- the others would not. I thought it was a problem with the external audio system (Phillips HTS-something or other) but when I returned the audio system and exchanged it for a Samsung audio system which had SPDIF IN and used that in place of the Left and Right Audio jacks, it had the same problem -- only the Left Front speaker would work. ARGH. Also, the SPDIF OUT female connector on the tv was really wobbly (you could move the SPDIF male connector up and down without almost any effort while it was plugged into the tv), whereas on the Samsung audio system it was tight- the male SPDIF connector fit snuggly without any wobble. You would think they would build in some kind of protection into the circuitry which would absorb shock from any external contact points... but I guess that's what they shave to sell this so cheaply. bleh. It's unreasonable to expect an average person to worry about grounding himself before plugging speakers in. Tomorrow I'm going to return this POS and get a Samsung- can't go too wrong with them.

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The best thing I ever bought
5 Star Review   By member eyeoftiger - Aug 5, 2007   

Strengths: - Great picture - Great price

I bought this TV in June 2006 just before the Soccer World Cup. Bought it from Best Buy. Price was $2300 at the time. I have enjoyed it every minute since then. Picture looks great. Lots of choices for input including HDMI and Components. When I see the price now (Aug 2007) I am definitely tempted to get another westi LCD. Definitely recommend this LCD TV.

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Great TV
5 Star Review   By member davidjvogel - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: Picture, inputs, price, contrast

Weakness: remote

Great TV. Has a ton of inputs, good sound quality, great picture, looks nice even when turned off. Only thing I would change is the tempermental remote - it needs to be aimed directly at the correct spot on the tv. I can see the tv perfectly in all settings but extremely bright light - all the windows in the room opened up during noon. On the back it has a ton of inputs - I currently have 2 computers, 1 dvd player, 2xPS2 and satellite plugged in with inputs to spare. Love it!

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
1 Star Review   By member scgarland - Mar 12, 2007   

Strengths: Great price, good picture

Weakness: Broblems after two months

I did a lot of research and for the money this is the TV to have. I read all of the reviews and decided for every review that had something bad to say there were 10 that said it was great. When I got my TV home I was very impressed with the High Definition picture, regular digital picture was not so great but I could live with it and still thought I made the best decision considering the price, until last night when I turned the TV on and there was a rainbow of vertical lines. I immediately ran to the computer and sent an e-mail to Westinghouse customer service. My TV wasn't going to die, I was going to be one of those that wrote a gleaming review of the product. I waited a full day and no reply from customer service. I called in spoke with someone right away and told him what the problem was, apparently I wasn't the first to have the problem but I was the first person this month that he had talked with with the problem (should I win a prize for that). He opened a trouble ticket and said someone would get back with me in about 10 business days to tell me what to do next. Having worked customer service position when younger I knew it wasn't his fault but let him know that was ridiculous, he advised that they weren't supposed to give out a time frame but he has noticed that customers appreciate a time frame. 10 days turn around to probably tell me that I have to pay shipping to send the TV back is just insane, how do they stay in business. After reading another review this could be a six month process. To those who are thinking about buying this TV or MONITOR you have to ask your self a question: Do You Feel Lucky?

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BEST HDTV I HAVE SEEN YET!
5 Star Review   By member cresing - Mar 12, 2007   

Well I finally bought this tv after much thinking and I must say I am now wondering why I waited. This tv is absolutely amazing. The picture is perfect and the xbox 360 is amazing. It seems like every game I play now is brand new. I bought the tv from one of the merchants listed on pricegrabber. The shipping was quick and the packaging was great. The remote seems fine to me. I guess most people are wanting to point the opposite direction of the tv or at the ceiling and it still work. Well if thats what you are looking for in a remote than you won't be happy with this one. It works just fine it you point it at the tv. If some of you are wondering about this tv don't. I did for a long time and now I wish I would have bought it sooner. If any of you want pictures of certain things on the tv let me know and I will post them up as soon as I can.

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Westinghouse 42in review
2 Star Review   By member spf10 - Mar 7, 2007   

Strengths: Great Picture, Great price, lots of inputs

Weakness: CUSTOMER SERVICE, several manufacturing defects in earlier models

I got the tv for 1200 from a local conn's as a christmas present. When I hooked up my PS3 to it through the HDMI input there was a blueish white glitter that appeared across the screen. I did some research and found out that some models with older firmware have a problem with the HDMI input when you try and display 1080p programming. Westinghouse is aware of the problem. I called and spoke to westinghouse who said I would be receiving an email in about 2 business days regarding when and where to ship it off to have it fixed. It's been 2 months still no word. I have sent numerous emails and still no reply. At this point I don't really think I want to send the tv back to them because who knows when I will get it back. It's a great tv except for some of the defects with it. The major problem is their customer service. Just beware of this before you buy.

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Product Details
Description
Westinghouse 42 1080p Monitor, designed specifically to match the way you view high definition content. This is the only display that should be connected to your HD cable box, satellite or multimedia PC!The Westinghouse LVM-42w2 1080p Monitor is specifically optimized for use with the latest high definition sources. Don't be trapped with only 1-choice. Westinghouse lets you attach all your favorite sources using uncompressed highest performance digital interfaces. Multiple high-bandwidth digital-interfaces mean you can have HD digital cable, HD satellite and a digital game console. Additionally, PC and notebooks users can enjoy the same fat pipe and the industry best Genesis Display Perfection technology.
Quick Glance
General Features 3/2 Pulldown, Progressive Scan
Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Response Time 8 ms
Contrast Ratio 1000:1
Summary
Product Title Westinghouse LVM-42W2 42" LCD Monitor - 16:9 - 8 ms
Manufacturer Westinghouse
Power Score 3.7 | 40 Reviews
Display Panel
Brightness: 550 cd/m2
Vertical Viewing Angle: 176 degrees
Horizontal Viewing Angle: 176 degrees
Dimensions
Height: 28 in
Weight: 57.3 lbs
Width: 41.5 in
Depth: 9 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Broadcast Format Displayed: 1080p (HDTV)
Weight with Stand (Approximate): 57.30 lb
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Mounting: Desktop, Wallmount
HDTV Compatible: Yes
Product Model: LVM-42W2
Output: Variable/Fixed Audio
Screen Surface: Anti-glare
Brand Name: Westinghouse
Shipping Weight: 73.80 lb
Digital Tuner: No
Included Components: Speakers, Stand, Sub-Woofer
Mount Type: Wall Mountable
Broadcast Format: ATSC (Digital), NTSC (analog)
SKU: DLVM42W2
Description: 42" 1080p LCD Monitor
Input: A/V (Composite), Component Video, DVI, HDMI, S-Video, VGA
Screen Mode: Full HD
Viewable Size: 42 in
Comb Filter: 3D Digital
Response Time: 8 ms
Frequency Band: Compatible Modes:NTSC: 480iHD Ready: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080pVideo Processing:Progressive ScanAspect Ratio ConversionCCS (Cross Color Suppressor)3D Noise ReductionPIPInverse 3:2 pulldownFreezing Picture3D Video Processing3D Comb Filter
Display Type: Active Matrix LCD
Diagonal Screen Size: 42 in
Picture in Picture: Single Tuner PIP
Expert Reviews
Westinghouse LVM-42w2 1080p LCD Display Review
4 Star Review  audioholics.com - Nov 1, 2006

Most of the new 1080p displays on the market simply upconvert 480i/480p/720p/1080i input signals internally to 1080p (and sometimes even those aren’t truly 1080p). A select few, including the new Westinghouse LVM-42w2, actually take 1080p input via component, HDMI and its dual DVI-D inputs. This is a true 1080p display that is slightly ahead of its time – but definitely ready for the future… at least until some uptight MPAA associate demands a new DRM scheme that renders all hardware obsolete and forces us back to using slide projectors and reel to reel tape.

Read the full review »

westinghouse lvm-42w2 42 in. hdtv-ready lcd television
2.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Westinghouse Lvm-42w2 42 In. Hdtv-ready Lcd Television receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 1.97 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #154 LCD flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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User Reviews
Get A Sharp!
1 Star Review   By member franciscountry - Jan 31, 2008   

Strengths: Good number of inputs

Weakness: HDMI port ; Tech support;

I purchased mine 02/06... my first set went back because it locked up and would not revcover. Second set was ok but I reported the lock up problem in 03/06. I was told the same as everyone else... change the circuit, blah, blah, blah... it's the TV. I was also getting a pink cast w/ no sound every once in a while... they blamed the TiVo. I learned to live with it. Lock-ups weren't often and the pink cast was an annoyance that was easily remedied by cycling the power. Here I am 2 years later and I have a new set top box for FiOs and a new HD TiVo. I still have power locks every once in a while (firmware 1.10) but now... the Moto STB will not work at all with the HDMI port and using the TiVo only fares slightly better. I get a green screen (like shown in this vid: www.youtube.com/watch?...) or the pink cast screen like before but cycling the inputs or the power doesn't do the trick. My HMDI port is essentially useless... thank you HDCP. So lo and behold I do a little digging and find out I wasn't so crazy back in 03/06 when my TV was locking... and that others get a pink cast... and that the PS3 has issues using the HDMI. Hmm... how did they fix their issue? Firmware upgrade. Maybe it will fix my HDMI issue as well? One can only hope. I call Westinghouse... I get told that there are no firmware upgrades for your TV. I am told by a rep and a supervisor that there were NEVER... ANY... updates for my TV. I respond by saying that I have found evidence that other people have had successful updates on this set. They said they don't seem how it's possible and must have been done w/o their blessing thereby voiding the warranty. They can, and will, do nothing more. I'm SOL. Infuriated is not the word. If anyone who HAS had Westinghouse approve a firmware update for an LVM-42w2 monitor to version 1.19 can give me some more info on what mystical voodoo it takes to get this done I'd be graciously indebted. I also understand that in late 2006 the firmware was redone and came out as 1.0. thanks.

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Great Monitor
5 Star Review   By member Bittis - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: Great viewing angle. Plenty of inputs. 1080p

Weakness: Bad remote.

I've had this TV for about a year and a half and thankfully have had no problems. It works well with all of my game systems, computers, and HD cable box. The remote is pretty lame, but I mainly use the cable remote anyway. The viewing angle is great. You can see a clear picture from anywhere in my living room.

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Good 1080p computer monitor; remote control non-functional
2 Star Review   By member jodawi - Oct 29, 2007   

Strengths: Good DVI computer monitor at full 1080p resolution.

Weakness: Remote control doesn't work.

IR sensor has serious problems - most of the time the remote control does absolutely nothing, even with fresh batteries and 2" away from the sensor. Every once in a while it will work, for a few seconds or minutes, then it locks up again. I bought a new universal remote control to see if that would fix it - didn't help.

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Beware of Service
1 Star Review   By member rickyhgarcia - Sep 13, 2007   

Strengths: The image is awesome, game imagery is as beautifull as it can be.

Weakness: BEWARE OF THE SERVICE.

I bought two of these Westys 1080p monitors, a 47" and a 37". The 37" from the moment I unpacked it, it displayed a flaw where I get vibrating white spots throughout the screen. I bought the monitors for a house I have in South America, knowing there would be no service in my area. Shipping the unit to the US for service, and then return it to South America will almost cost the value of a new monitor. However, I contacted Westinghouse through their web site and was told that all I need is a replacement of the motherboard. So I contacted a few Westy service centers in the US to purchase the part. I was told each time that they do not carry parts, that they only replace (complete) units that are still under the warranty period. If the only service provided is replacement of warranty units, what would happen when a unit goes bad after the warranty period? Are they forcing you to buy a new unit? The warranty period is only one year. I am not bad mouthing the product, it is their service policy that needs improvement. I am not even asking for a free replacement of the part, I am willing to pay for it. For this reason I do not recommend anyone buying these monitors.

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Great....until it broke
2 Star Review     

Strengths: Video.. HDMI Inputs..

Weakness: Internal sound is poor...

Picture was good... what I expected from 1080P. Played xbox 360 games well. If you go into a store you definitely notice that it's different from the other TVs- I think it's the anti-glare on the LCD. Anyway, the problems started as I made the mistake of plugging in the sound while the tv was on. I believe this is when the external sound got corrupted. I had the tv on, and was plugging into a Right Audio Out jack on the tv, and as I touched the male connector to the jack, I noticed a spark. Additionally about 10 minutes later the tv died, and wouldn't start up for a minute or 2. I believe interface to the external sound on the tv itself was dead at this point. External sound was corrupted to the point where ONLY the Left Front speaker in the 5.1 surround sound system I had would make noise -- the others would not. I thought it was a problem with the external audio system (Phillips HTS-something or other) but when I returned the audio system and exchanged it for a Samsung audio system which had SPDIF IN and used that in place of the Left and Right Audio jacks, it had the same problem -- only the Left Front speaker would work. ARGH. Also, the SPDIF OUT female connector on the tv was really wobbly (you could move the SPDIF male connector up and down without almost any effort while it was plugged into the tv), whereas on the Samsung audio system it was tight- the male SPDIF connector fit snuggly without any wobble. You would think they would build in some kind of protection into the circuitry which would absorb shock from any external contact points... but I guess that's what they shave to sell this so cheaply. bleh. It's unreasonable to expect an average person to worry about grounding himself before plugging speakers in. Tomorrow I'm going to return this POS and get a Samsung- can't go too wrong with them.

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The best thing I ever bought
5 Star Review   By member eyeoftiger - Aug 5, 2007   

Strengths: - Great picture - Great price

I bought this TV in June 2006 just before the Soccer World Cup. Bought it from Best Buy. Price was $2300 at the time. I have enjoyed it every minute since then. Picture looks great. Lots of choices for input including HDMI and Components. When I see the price now (Aug 2007) I am definitely tempted to get another westi LCD. Definitely recommend this LCD TV.

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Great TV
5 Star Review   By member davidjvogel - Apr 23, 2007   

Strengths: Picture, inputs, price, contrast

Weakness: remote

Great TV. Has a ton of inputs, good sound quality, great picture, looks nice even when turned off. Only thing I would change is the tempermental remote - it needs to be aimed directly at the correct spot on the tv. I can see the tv perfectly in all settings but extremely bright light - all the windows in the room opened up during noon. On the back it has a ton of inputs - I currently have 2 computers, 1 dvd player, 2xPS2 and satellite plugged in with inputs to spare. Love it!

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
1 Star Review   By member scgarland - Mar 12, 2007   

Strengths: Great price, good picture

Weakness: Broblems after two months

I did a lot of research and for the money this is the TV to have. I read all of the reviews and decided for every review that had something bad to say there were 10 that said it was great. When I got my TV home I was very impressed with the High Definition picture, regular digital picture was not so great but I could live with it and still thought I made the best decision considering the price, until last night when I turned the TV on and there was a rainbow of vertical lines. I immediately ran to the computer and sent an e-mail to Westinghouse customer service. My TV wasn't going to die, I was going to be one of those that wrote a gleaming review of the product. I waited a full day and no reply from customer service. I called in spoke with someone right away and told him what the problem was, apparently I wasn't the first to have the problem but I was the first person this month that he had talked with with the problem (should I win a prize for that). He opened a trouble ticket and said someone would get back with me in about 10 business days to tell me what to do next. Having worked customer service position when younger I knew it wasn't his fault but let him know that was ridiculous, he advised that they weren't supposed to give out a time frame but he has noticed that customers appreciate a time frame. 10 days turn around to probably tell me that I have to pay shipping to send the TV back is just insane, how do they stay in business. After reading another review this could be a six month process. To those who are thinking about buying this TV or MONITOR you have to ask your self a question: Do You Feel Lucky?

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BEST HDTV I HAVE SEEN YET!
5 Star Review   By member cresing - Mar 12, 2007   

Well I finally bought this tv after much thinking and I must say I am now wondering why I waited. This tv is absolutely amazing. The picture is perfect and the xbox 360 is amazing. It seems like every game I play now is brand new. I bought the tv from one of the merchants listed on pricegrabber. The shipping was quick and the packaging was great. The remote seems fine to me. I guess most people are wanting to point the opposite direction of the tv or at the ceiling and it still work. Well if thats what you are looking for in a remote than you won't be happy with this one. It works just fine it you point it at the tv. If some of you are wondering about this tv don't. I did for a long time and now I wish I would have bought it sooner. If any of you want pictures of certain things on the tv let me know and I will post them up as soon as I can.

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Westinghouse 42in review
2 Star Review   By member spf10 - Mar 7, 2007   

Strengths: Great Picture, Great price, lots of inputs

Weakness: CUSTOMER SERVICE, several manufacturing defects in earlier models

I got the tv for 1200 from a local conn's as a christmas present. When I hooked up my PS3 to it through the HDMI input there was a blueish white glitter that appeared across the screen. I did some research and found out that some models with older firmware have a problem with the HDMI input when you try and display 1080p programming. Westinghouse is aware of the problem. I called and spoke to westinghouse who said I would be receiving an email in about 2 business days regarding when and where to ship it off to have it fixed. It's been 2 months still no word. I have sent numerous emails and still no reply. At this point I don't really think I want to send the tv back to them because who knows when I will get it back. It's a great tv except for some of the defects with it. The major problem is their customer service. Just beware of this before you buy.

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Excellent Quality, Excellent Price, Tremendous Value
5 Star Review   By member jldavid79 - Feb 25, 2007   

Strengths: Beautiful Picture, Many Inputs, BEST PRICE!

Weakness: No Tuner

Many have complained about the sound quality, I think it actually sounds very full and has great sound for an LCD TV. Various inputs can handle DVD awesome! Cheap Progressive DVD player looks stunning, Comcast SDTV looks good, HDTV looks awesome! I am so glad I bought this TV it is an unbelieve value. By far the best price for a 42" LCD. Buy it and you won't be sorry!

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LVM-42W2
5 Star Review   By member Mighkal - Feb 15, 2007   

Strengths: Great pc monitor.

Weakness: (No 4:3 PIP) (Memory Problems For PIP Settings) Other than that maybe Kriptonite?

(Firmware Version 1.00) I recently bought this monitor. Using it for PC. Works well up close, I can't explain how it feels. It's more like your into the thing your watching than ever. I will give some advice that you should purchase a VGA cable for PC. The monitor has options for VGA connection. I bought DVI thinking it would be better and as far as my video card goes it wouldn't output but 1280x1024. Hooked up a VGA and got 1920x1080. Also again a menu selection for picture adjust (auto/clock/phase/position) and so on was enabled on the monitor using VGA. The quality of the two was not any different. I even did a side by side PBP and compared pixels.* I give five stars for PC monitor. Except there is a few menu problems with PIP like no 4:3 ratio just 16:9 for the sub selection. You have (Standard) or (fill) modes for the main selection. You can use (standard) for 4:3 and (Fill) for 16:9 .* Other things include you can choose which audio source sub or main you want to hear. PIP works well, but between audio and video it forgets your choices when turning off/on or changing input and defaults to the first selection on the list. So one less star for monitor. Although PIP is not a big deal. There is boxes that do the same thing in 16:9 that would output the correct 4:3 ratio in it's own PIP.... Besides if they never added PIP to this monitor I bet people wouldn't even have thought much about it not having it, so don't use it if you do not want it.* I'd like to note the largest PIP box window is about half an inch wider than a 4:3 17-inch screen. I'm not talking about PBP or POP mode selections just PIP. Although it's 16:9 so it's not as tall as a 17-inch monitor. *********************************************************** ----------------------------------------------------- There is three PIP selection modes: ----------------------------------------------------- "PIP" (Picture In Picture) Adds a smaller window on the main window. ----------------------------------------------------- "PBP" (Picture By Picture) two sources the same size side by side. Shows two small 21-inch 16:9 screens. ----------------------------------------------------- "POP" (Picture on Picture)? It squeezes the main horizontally and pushes it over to the left. A line is drawn and the sub appears on the right. Non resizable and small. It has to be the oddest mode in the PIP selections. Adds black bar above sub window which is to the right of main window. It's the only one I see no use for really. ----------------------------------------------------- *********************************************************** Get past PIP functions and you'll love the monitor. I will post more photos just feel free to ask what you want to see.

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Westinghouse LVM-42W2 42" LCD (16:9, 1920x1080, 1000:1, HDTV).
5 Star Review     

Although the pixels do have a bit of a lag time during sports games etc., we are very happy with this TV. Great picture in my opinion. Very nice looking.

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dead/stuck pixels!
3 Star Review   By James from NYC on Provantage (Channel Engine) - Jan 18, 2007   

Strengths: lots of HD inputs. 1080p resolution. light weight. decent speakers for a small room.

Weakness: quality control on lcd panel. found a few dead/stuck pixels.

I connected my pc via dvi to the monitor and played WoW...that was cool. I also connected ps3 via dvi(as hdmi had issues connecting smoothly) and played GT HD at 1080p...awesome. Unfortunately, hdmi connection didn't work well...not sure who's at fault. By switching video sources several times then back to hdmi, the connection was made. I ended up using the hdmi/dvi cable and optical cable for audio to avoid the hassle. Initially I had discovered 2 dead/stuck pixels. Then a few days later I found 2 more dead/stuck pixels. Hopefully, that'll be the end of it. Would i recommend it to you? If you are looking for a 1080p monitor at cheap price, yes.

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Westinghouse LVM-42W2 HDTV Monitor
5 Star Review   By member Mr. Will - Nov 26, 2006   

Strengths: Great Picture - Easy setup - Price - Variety of Digital Inputs - 1080P HD - allows selection of internal and/or external audio.

Weakness: Haven't found any yet.

Unpacked the monitor, placed it on a component cabinet, plugged it in, connected it to HDTV Cable Box with an 8' GE HDMI Cable, selected "HDMI" using the remote's AVI button and WOW! Incredible detail, balanced colors, fine contrast all out-of-the-box. The LVM-42W2 exceeded expectations. The fact that it is a monitor, with no tuner, means that there is no fussing with accidently changing the TV channel - all channel selection is via a cable box or satellite box - much less confusing for my wife. Just turn on the TV with it's remote and check the upper right hand corner of set for "HDMI", then put it down and control the viewing with the cable/satellite box remote. The audio/video connections are located along the sides of the unit's spine allowing easy connection of video components even if the unit is hund on the wall.

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Treat yourself better, don't bother with Westinghouse
1 Star Review   By member lcdlover - Nov 23, 2006   

Strengths: Kinda good for its price at time of purchase in 4/2006.

Weakness: The product is ok, but the Westinghouse company is a nightmare to deal with. I sware I will never consider Westinghouse even if it's cheap as dirt.

Shortly after I bought the LVM42w2 in April, I started experiencing the power lockup problem once in a while. I contemplated returning it, but sadly I made the wrong decision to keep it. Here's a recap of what it took to have the problem resolved. I am glad that I kept a log of all dealings with Westy service. Here is the log I kept. It is long, but I hope you would take the time to read to understand how much frustration I experienced, which you may be able to avoid by making a better purchase decision. 5/2/06 Email Westy service about power lockup problem 5/3/06 Westy dismissed case as problem with my power source .... Problem only happened once in a while but got worse and worse and in July I managed to turn in on less than 1 out of 10 times. .... 7/19/06 Called Westy service to open service call. Was told not to ship it in for service, but that a 3rd service company, IAI, would call within 2 weeks 8/14/06 Waited almost a month, nothing happened. Called Westy. Was told that my case was still open with IAI, should get a call soon but no promise when 9/12/06 Another month went by, nothing happened. Called Westy. Was told that my case was still open with IAI, and that my case was reassigned a high priority, should get a call from IAI REAL soon 10/16/06 Another month went by, nothing happene. Called Westy. This time I was that my case was in IAI's system and that I should call IAI directly to schedule an appointment. What? If that's the case, why didn't they say so 3 months earlier. I asked to talk to a service manager. The manager repeated that I should call IAI directly. When asked why I was told so 3 months earlier, he said he didn't know why but it wasn't his fault because it wasn't him who talked to me before. What a manager to build company reputation !! 10/16/06 Called IAI, person answer that phone said I should get a call back from a local technician the same day or next. 10/18/06 No call from IAI. Called and got answering machine, and left message 10/19/06 No call from IAI. Called again and same person answered phone. He said he forgot to call the technician. He put me on hold and tried to talk to the technician but only managed to leave a message. 10/23/06 Nothing happened. Called again, a different person answer the phone and said he would call back next day when he knew what was going on 10/24/06 Finally a IAI local technician called. Somehow, he told me that he was busy with his main job painting houses and was not able to entertain the IAI jobs 10/27/06 The IAI techician showed up at my house. After hooking up his laptop to the LVM-42w2 through a RS232 to VGA dongle for the firmware upgrade to 1.19, he called up someone to walk him though which buttons to press, what to click with his mouse, etc. After an hour or so working with the person on the phone, he declared that the firmware upgrade a failure and blamed the problem to be a bad dongle. He said a replacement dongle would be shipped to him and he would be able to come do it again on 10/30 10/30/06 Technician called and said the person who was supposed to ship the dongle didn't ship it 10/31/06 Technician called to say he still hadn't received the new dongle, and that he would be out of town till 11/6 11/7/06 Technician called tp say he still hadn't received the new dongle 11/10/06 Technician called and said he finally received the new dongle and scheduled to come on 11/13 11/13/06 Technician came with the new dongle, finally the firmware was upgraded to 1.19 successfully Now, the problem is gone. But looking back, it took a total of 6 months to have such a well-known problem resolved. This is half of the unit's warranty period!! If you read up to this point, but still decide to purchase this unit, I wish you luck. But please bare in mind that there are better respected manufacturers with inhome service. As a consumer, you deserve better than what Westinghouse offers.

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Amazing TV for the Price
5 Star Review   By member dwclarkNU - Nov 21, 2006   

Strengths: 1080p input and display, quantity and types of inputs, picture quality, price, price, price and price

Weakness: Remote could be better (no HDMI button)

Got this TV for my room as an early Christmas present to myself. One of the best looking HD pictures I have ever seen. The fact that it is really a monitor (not TV tuner card) is not an issue to me since I have it hooked up to my Comcast DVR box. My roomates and I played Gear of Wars (XBox 360) on it the other day, I really felt like I was in the game. Overall, this has been one of the most satisfying purchases of my life.

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Nice TV, but, Died after 6 Months
1 Star Review   By member cdboh - Oct 4, 2006   

Strengths: price, picture

Weakness: totally died after 6 months

While watching, set made clicking noise then died. No power now whatsoever. For warranty, I must ship to California. Hopefully, will get fixed quickly and shipped back to me in excellent condition.

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Fantastic
5 Star Review   By member michaelshawnlove - Sep 28, 2006   

Strengths: great picture quality with great size and resolution

Weakness: really does make old movies look bad

My monitor came with the HDMI. Some reviews said it didn't have it?! Have no issues with it locking up. Buy one. Games look fantastic. Oblivion game has 1080 graphics and I feel like I'm at an expensive arcade.

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Best deal, hands down!!!
5 Star Review   By member AVUSMCSGT - Aug 12, 2006   

Strengths: Price, 1080P, 1924X1080 native, multiple HD inputs, size,

Weakness: power issue, remote

The best picture I've seen to date. Bought it for $1499 from Best Buy and got the 4 year extended warranty for $149. 42" 1080P LCD warrantied for 4 years for under $1700??? This is the best deal ever, hands down. I went from a 65" HD Rear projection (1024X768 native resolution) to this, and the HD picture is much better. The SDTV quality is about the same, but the bigger TV showed flaws much more than this one does. With the power issue, it's fixed for free by IAI once you let Westinghouse know you have the problem. Tell Tech support you have version 1.XX and you need the 1.19 upgrade. They should know what you mean. For the remote, it's basic, and has single touch buttons for all inputs but the one I personally use the most, HDMI. But you can select the turn-on input, so I guess it's not that bad to push source through all 8 inputs to get back to HDMI after changing it, just being picky. I use the Aeros MX-850 RF system anyway, so I'm good when it comes to remote.

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nice price for a quality picture
4 Star Review   By member Niilo - Aug 8, 2006   

Strengths: great picture in high definition, price point, 1080p resolution

Weakness: remote, instruction booklet, no filter for non high def.

Had this TV for about one month, love the clear picture..Originally was looking at the 42 inch panasonic but a review in sound and vision magazine changed my mind..In the same magazine the westinghouse was given a good review..purchased in Canada at Best Buy...list price was 2999.00..... went on sale for 2499.00 and then was able to get a further 200.00 discount to 2300.00. Did plenty of research before buying...and could not pass up and it is future proofed with 1080p resolution and is all ready for the new HD DVD players...picture is awesome in HD ........The remote is very chincy though I plan to use a harmony remote in the future.... I connected my cable box with component cables to this TV as was recommended in the Sound and Vision article and use the one HDMI connection for the DVD player. There appears to be a common problem with this tv as I did my research and this is it....Apparently when you leave the TV off for a while and then go to turn it on it will not turn on...You will need to unplug and plug it back in to reset it to work...This problem is not consistant and it could be a week or two before it happens again...sometimes I had the tv off only 8 hours and at others a day or so and this would happen...otherwise I am happy with this TV-the manual could have been better written.

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Good picture but ancient firmware
3 Star Review   By member touzov - Jul 31, 2006   

Strengths: Superb clarity, excellent resolution, good shape factor, price!!!

Weakness: IR remote range too short, dummy firmware, lockup problem.

Good picture but ancient firmware Superb clarity, excellent resolution, good shape factor, price!!! I got my LVM-42w2 with firmware 1.16 on July 9th at Best Buy store. Picture quality is perfect although DVI1 and DVI2 give me different screen size. While DVI2 is perfect for my PC, DVI1 tends to expand screen size about 10% (looks like over scan issue for TV). Lockup problem is there. Today I called WH, they said that firmware version is only indication of manufacturing date and will not fix the problem. They offered to send technician to check the TV (in couple weeks). They blame the problem on power line interferences, well, I have 3 UPS hooked up to my computers yet none of them logs any problem with AC power. I have noticed that the lockup is more often when two HD streams are shown at once (PIP), so my guess is there is a heat management problem not a firmware. Firmware of this monitor seems at least decade behind the world, my old CTX LCD monitor can automatically detect which input port is active and which is not, so I do not have to navigate through onscreen menus just to switch from inactive to active input. LVM-42w2 does not do that, so I have to jungle with sort range remote to switch from component to DVI. My old SONY also have bunch of input ports but I can disable any of them through setup screen, so only useful ones remains, it also allows to rename their onscreen names. On LVM-42w2 there is no such options either, so you have remember (and have to teach your family too) which ports are which, so they do not call you with problems like “I do not see TV or VCR, OR DVD, OR Computer”. Remote receiver is poorly shielded, which dramatically limits IR remote range to only 10 ft. I can program my MCE remote to control this monitor but the range is the same, while the same remote gives me 40 ft range when controlling other devices. Based on all that I would give: 100% for price 100% for picture 30% for reliability 25% for ease of use that totals to 63% , so I will go ahead and return it in BB while under 30 days.

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Great Picture
1 Star Review   By member inasonov - Jul 14, 2006   

Strengths: Brilliant picture using HDMI

Weakness: Only 1 HDMI input. Sound missing in action.

Bought the LVM42W2 42 07/10/2006. I also had the sound issues with the HDMI input. Every time TV is on sound is missing in action when using cable box (CB) connection. It doesn't happen when HD DVD is connected (instead of CB). A sound-fixing-trick suggested by cadino (response # 3) doesn't help. Thanks much anyway. The only way to get sound is to switch from HD channel to SD channel (or vise versa) and then press PIP button on a remote. I guess I can live with it considering a price of a monitor and quality of HDMI picture. I was astonished by talking to two Customer Service representatives at Westinghouse. Both denied any knowledge of Firmware v1.19 problem / solution. They also claimed that nobody at their Technical Department ever heard about this LCD sound missing in action. I'm sure people (having same sound problem) called before I did. They also said we will fix it, but you have to ship LCD to us and fixing / shipping back will take looooong time. They blame this problem on a CB HDMI output connector. Guess what? I replaced a it with a brand new CB and problem is 100% the same. Customers have nobody to complain about this bad service (manufacturer warranty for 1 year). Those two individuals refuse to give their last names and names / phones of primary supervisors. Live and learn.

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Great monitor for a great Value (v1.03 firmware)
5 Star Review   By member zoglog - Jul 7, 2006   

Strengths: 42 Inches, Price, Panel Quality, Wealth of inputs, Excellent use as a monitor, 1080p ready

Weakness: RGB settings can only be tweaked in Service Menu, Problem with HDMI @ 1080p (sparkles), Lockup problem (only in previous firmwares), some minimal banding.

I recently returned my 37" Sceptre 1080p TV for this monitor for a few reasons. First off I didn't really need a tuner since my PC has a tuner with DVR (not that I get HDTV Reception where i'm at anyway). Secondly there is only one shared HDMI/DVI ports on the Sceptre whereas the Westy has a wealth of inputs (2 DVI, HDMI, VGA, 2 Component). For the quality you get with this set and the price you pay it is a better value many times over than the other TVs in the market . If you were going to get a comparible 1080p panel from Sharp or Sony expect to pay at least twice as much for not much quality difference. My set was shipped from the factory on 6/19/2006 and the Panel is from CMO (Chi Mei Optronics) so sets made during this point and after should all be at least v1.19 which has fixed most of the major problems. RGB is still only in the service menu. But if you can go in and change some values you can come out with some fantastic realistic skin tones even with some recommended settings. I will most likely tweak even further with AVIA. People say there is some banding (uneven backlighting) which I can see slightly if you look for it. However in normal usage I never see it (at least not on my set). Some people say they have worse banding than others. Currently I have noticed 2 artifacts. During WMVHD 1080p in windows I get some lines popping up (i'm not sure if this is a problem with the set or codec since it doesn't happen with mpegs). Also I've noticed some framerate stuttering in the opening movie for ghost recon, but it could just be the video file since gameplay is smooth. *update: Good news guys, Westy now has a method for you to get a new firmware (v1.19) if you don't have it already. To check your firmware goto the menu and on the rightmost option check info. It should say 1.11, 1.16 or 1.19 depending on what firmware you have. If you have 1.11 or 1.16 it's highly recommended you get the new firmware to fix the lockup problems. Further Explanation in the User Discussions topic. *update 2: Well quite a bit has happened. I eventually went ahead and went straight to the Westinghouse facility and swapped out my set for the "new" 1.00 Set In order to get 1080p compatability over HDMI and DVI2. The reason why the firmware is 1.00 is because they've changed the internal hardware a bit (probably the HDMI chipset) in order to make sure it supports 1080p. However there are some new problems with this set. There are severe handshaking issues with the PS3 which cause the screen to blink constantly making the HDMI port unusable with the PS3. However it does work over DVI with some issues of garbled picture whenever the ps3 changes video resolutions (like from game to menu to blu-ray), It is easily fixed by switching input and back, which can get a bit annoying. *Update 3 I got my firmware updated to 1.03 and now the HDMI works with the PS3. So now all my Digital inputs are in use and i'm much happier :).

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Amazing picture quality, especially @ $1500
5 Star Review   By member rviradia - Jun 25, 2006   

Strengths: Picture quality, 1080p, no burn-in, low energy (compared to plasma), Faroudja chip

Weakness: remote, menu

I was torn between this and the Panasonic TH-42PX60U, they were both exactly $2K, the day I was ready to buy the Panasonic (06/10) I saw that the price of the Westinghouse had dropped to $1500 at a major retail chain with blue buildings for one day, I though it was a mistake but I bought it right away (the special only lasted about 12 hours from what I understand) and it arrived about 2 weeks later, I am very happy with the Picture quality in analog, digital, and HD, the remote and menu could be better, but will use my Harmony 880 anyway.

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1920x1080 pixels. What else is there to say?
5 Star Review   By member rightythen - Jun 24, 2006   

Strengths: brilliant picture, all kinds of inputs

Weakness: retarded remote, power problem

I bought mine the second Best Buy slashed the price to $2k. BB communicated well and delivered the set within a week. The first thing I tried was to connect my Sony HD DVR (DHG-HDD250) to it using the HDMI cable. Audio didn't work on HD channels/programming, only if the content was SD. So now it's using the HDMI-DVI adaptor, and I have a seperate audio connection. Don't know what that's about. You can totally see the difference between 720p and 1080i content on this monitor - it really shines with 1080i content - you will not be disappointed. While you can see detail to the skin pore level, I was not impressed with the skin tone colour - my SD Sony TV did that well. Calibration brings it to acceptable/decent levels. Oh, yeah, I can't watch SD content any more - my eyes start to hurt..(sigh) ah, life's so unfair when you buy a 1080p TV :) there is one problem, and, from my research, it looks like it's just me. Every couple of days, I come home from work, sit down and pick up the remote. I press power. Nothing. Earth to Westy? I hold power down for a couple of seconds, since sometimes the remote gets crabby and retarted. Still nothing. The only way I can fix it is to re-plug in the monitor. That means losing all the calibration settings..which means having to deal with that darned remote again..not my cup of tea. My Sony DVR's remote doesn't have the programming code for any Westinghouse product, so it's not like I can avoid using it, either. So, overall, yes, it's the best bang for your HD-destined buck, by far. I'm constantly impressed by this panel's clarity.

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UNREAL PC MONITOR
5 Star Review   By member HDDaddy - Jun 15, 2006   

Strengths: MIND BLOWING PC MONITOR

Weakness: NOT THE BEST FOR STANDARD DVD PLAYBACK, BUT JUST WAIT FOR BLUERAY AND HD-DVD. What can you expect when you try to display a 480p dvd resolution on a 1080p monitor that has well over 2million pixels.

I'm using this as a pc monitor (sit about 3 to 4 feet away) and it is unreal. Best money I've spent in a long time. 1080p pc games and 1080p hd clips are unreal. So much more desktop space. I was a bit afraid of purchasing such as huge 42" 1080p monitor for just a pc monitor and sitting so close, but its not that way at all. The desktop icons are about the same size as say a 19"lcd monitor,,, it's just that you have that much more space. For example, say you have 20 desktop icons on a regular 19" lcd in which fills up the whole screen,,,, this 42" will display about the same size icon but you simply have about 4 times the amount of desktop space. I can't even explain to you how awesome this beast is for gaming... Your jaw will hit the ground in awe. This monitor is not the best for viewing standard dvd's.. Don't get me wrong, they still look unreal, but they are obviously not HD. For people that complain about viewing a standard 480p dvd playback on a 1080p hd tv are just not thinking "future proofing" once blueray and hd-dvd hit the market in full force next year. I feel bad for the people that are actually buying these lower resolution lcd monitors with native 1366 x 768 at the same price,,, and will eventually realize they got screwed when blueray and hd-dvd HD dvd playback content hits the shelves and they come to the conclusion that they need to purchase a 1080p monitor in order to fully realize the potential HD 1080p picture possibilities. It almost makes you wonder if big business is doing it on purpose. Anyway, this monitor has gone wayyyyy past any expectations about purchasing this for a PC monitor and for HD tv / HD content viewing. It's simply not designed for standard 480i and 480p playback, even thought standard dvd 480p playback isn't all that bad.

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Great Value on 42
4 Star Review   By member denik - Jun 9, 2006   

Strengths: 1080p, inputs (HDMI, DVI, VGA, Component, etc.), great picture

Weakness: Weak speakers and poor remote control

I'm very happy with this purchase. I've researched HDTVs for a while now, and finally made a purchase after discovering the Westinghouse 42" LCD TV. The 1080p and price was what really took me over the edge. I'm sure the price will continue dropping, but at ~$2200, I thought this TV was an excellent deal. According to Westinghouse, if you purchase the TV through Best Buy, you can take it back to them for any warranty work. Otherwise, you will have to ship it to their warranty facility. I personally ended up purchasing from a different e-tailer because it was cheaper at the time. I also considered other LCD TVs, but all were overpriced, and most did not offer 1080p. I considered DLP, and think they're still a great option, but you can't beat the size and aesthetics of an LCD TV. I have the TV connected to my XBOX 360 which I use for both games and TV (via media center extender). SDTV over the XBOX 360 is decent, but definitely not great (as with all LCD TVs). In general, the picture is superb. Especially with HD content. Can't wait to try an HD DVD with this monitor once they're ready. UPDATE: I just changed from 5 stars to 4 stars. I have run into issues where if I leave the TV idle for a few hours, it will occasionally lock up. Essentially, when "locked up", I can't turn the TV off or on, or do anything with it. In order to get it out of the locked up state, I have to unplug and unplug the TV back in. I called tech support, and they informed me that this is a symptom if the TV isn't plugged into an outlet with consistent power. Perhaps I just have bad electrical wiring in my place.

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Great picture, but there may be a firmware glitch
3 Star Review     

Strengths: Beautiful picture even at 480p.

Weakness: I suspect there is a glitch in the firmware. Only 2 picture modes. I want a zoom mode for 4x3 broadcast of widescreen shows.

Others cover the good stuff so I'm just going to focus on the problems. I bought the unit, brought it home, turned it on - nothing. You would think it wasn't plugged in. I have since found out that the 1st display unit at the store had the same problem and so did one online reviewer. I returned it and got another. Looks great, then about the 3rd time it was turned on it wouldn't turn off or respond to any command by remote or on the set. I had to unplug it. I found another reviewer that had this problem. I haven't had any problems since plugging it back in. I would still recommend it, but would seriously consider wait for the 1st batch to sell out.

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LVM-42W2 = WISE CHOICE
5 Star Review   By member bucaro1975 - May 13, 2006   

Strengths: Crisp, Bright, Sharp Image Image resizing/non-resizing and controls superb Aesthetics much better than black shiny plasma No light reflections off monitor!

Weakness: Well, I guess it could have been even cheaper? Details in the blacks are mediocre as with ALL LCD competitors.

Best Buy Online for $2435 after tax. (came with $100 cheapo DVR) I haven't found a real weakness yet, except for expected mediocrity in the details in blacks which no LCD has resolved. Only been using for 1 day connected to 1080p computer source by DVI. Played UT2004 on it for 5 hours last night at 1920x1080. WOW. It has satisfied me 100% from what I expected from doing research, it even let me turn off the W led in the front.

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Westinghouse is back !
5 Star Review   By member stevaughn - May 13, 2006   

Strengths: Best looking, highest resolution monitor at a good price. Super bright screen. So many input choices and easy to connect to.

Weakness: Remote is poorly designed and difficult to use. Also monitor takes too long to switch between sources.

I have hooked up this monitor (tuner-less TV) to my Comcast HD box setup for 1080i and the picture quality is fantastic! I have also hooked up my XBox 360 and it sure looks awesome too. Very fast response time. The picture was so bright I had to turn it down from its default level. The connections to it are easily reachable from the sides. I have already checked out the various VGA / DVI / Component Video / S-Video inputs with my components and all of them look great. The weakest part of the system is the remote control. You have volume up and down keys but then you can also use the arrow keys left and right to change the volume. You have keys to cycle through all the sources up and down, then you have keys for cycling through different source groups (ie DVI1/DVI2/HDMI) with each press of a single button and then you also have an Input key. Can you say redundant? It also takes the monitor a second or two to switch between sources though which may not be something you would like if you are impatient. All those source keys yet no way to change the PIP source or swap the PIP source with the normal screen from the remote. You have to bring up the on-screen menu to make selections like that. Another nice feature only available in the on-screen menu is the sleep timer. It would have been nice to have that one on the remote. The on-screen menu is very comprehensive but many common features would have been better suited being directly available on the remote control. The remote also seems very weak at transmitting its signals to the monitor. You have to directly aim it at the front sensor for it to work properly. I would rather put the remote functions I use most often on a universal remote to get past some of the weaknesses in the remote design and layout. Overall this monitor is well designed and I would definitely consider buying another one.

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Best 1080p TV for the $$$$
4 Star Review   By member yikes - May 11, 2006   

Strengths: The most # of digitial inputs, good pic quality, good physical design, relatively light weight, good on-screen adjustment capabilities, good color reproduction, 1080P inputs on HDMI and DVI.

Weakness: simplistic and weak remote design, non-detachable speakers and subwoofer, questionable response time, carry-in warranty service.

This is my 2nd 42" HDTV. The 1st one was of a different brand and was subpar. Thus I learned my lesson, somewhat. This TV, or should I say monitor is well worth the $2309 I paid for it. For that matter, it is the best deal for its capabilities out there now. So I am happy. And here is why. Display via HDMI of my Sony HDD250 HD tuner/recorder is very good. 1080i is well colored and well defined. No fault here. Display via DVI of my LG HD receiver/DVD player is very good as well. This HD receiver is superior to the Sony's in sensitivity and ability to pick up and display weak signals. The DVD player can upconvert too, I think. As it gave me the option to convert all to 480p, 720p, or 1080i. Regular DVD looks great. No complains here. Display via DVI of my PC is great as well. Using th max resolution, everything is clear and no fault can be found as compared to my 24" Dell LCD. It would make an awesome PC monitor if you can stand sitting close to this monster size monitor and exercise your eyeballs A LOT. Actually, that is one fault of such big display. It totally overwhelms your eyes. So much real estate, your eyes will tire from constantly tracking stuff across the screen. Also, from 7-8' away, it will really become difficult to read text, as your eyes will strain to read those small texts. So I would not recommend using it as your regular PC monitor for such reason. Display via component of my ReplayTV and Xbox are okay. Both outputs 480i and both look really bad compared to the clear and smooth pictures of HD displays. It does not display SD signals as well as regular CRT displays. This is expected on all LCD displays. I wish that it can make the speakers/subwoofer detachable, as I already have a 5.1 system set up at home already. This will save some weight and perhaps make its already sleek body more slender. Or at least, give me the speaker /subwoofer inputs options so that I can use them as center/subwoofer if I choose. The color and details are good. Not as good as my brother's 45" LCD. His appears to be more natural/real. The shades and shadows of people are well defined. You will need to tweak the setting a bit to your liking for sure. Here it is my setting: B 51, C 57, S 52, H 1, CT 3, S 2, AR fill, BL 10. The on-screen tweaking capability is good. Just about most of the regular TV setting and PC monitor settings can be found. But the remote is poor. Looks like it comes from some $100 cheapo TV set. It does the job, but that is about it. Oh, if you want to use universal remotes to substitute, use SONY codes. They work like a charm. The cool "W" logo in front is well designed and well lite. Unlike those strong/annoying bright LED lights you see on electronics/computers everywhere. This one is warm and subtle. Perfect. Lastly, the 1 year warranty is carry-in, not in-home, like most other brands. So you should make sure to contact Westinghouse to see if one is nearby. I call them and a friendly representative advised me there is one nearby where I live. So it won't be much trouble for me if needs arise. Too bad, I do not have any 1080p source to test its true HD capabilities. But it is nice to know that it has both HDMI and DVI inputs that supports it. Almost forgot. I did not notice any obvious ghosting effects when watching regular TV, DVD, or playing Halo. But when playing DOA3 on Xbox, during demo, I saw lots and lots of ghosting during those fast actions. Not sure if it was intended that way or if the response time can not catch up with the speed. Hmm.....

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Worth the Wait
5 Star Review   By member timberwolf10014 - May 10, 2006   

Strengths: Incredible picture quality ... GREAT price!!!

Weakness: Speakers are just okay ... Throws off a lot of heat

I am a Daytrader, so I bought this as a Monitor for my computer in my home office ... but since it is only 50 pounds, and has such a great picture, I have been carrying it to my living room at night to use it as my TV too. The lack of tuner if fine with me since my cable box acts as the tuner. In fact to get the price on these lower (they are already pretty inexpensive), they should remove the speakers. I can't believe anyone spending over $2,000 on a TV doesn't already have a surround sound theater system. I leave the built-in speakers off.

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Fantastic TV
5 Star Review   By member kylechoffman - May 9, 2006   

Strengths: HDMI for HD tv connection, DVI for PC connection to run pc on the LCD, all the other connections are very valuable to have. Picture is excellent.

Weakness: Only weakness I have found in two months is when using HDMI with my Cox cable HD dvr receiver - if I hit guide or change channel it flashes to white snow a few times before tuning to the channel

I purchased this from Bestbuy through their warehouse for 2200 back in March when this set wasnt in stores yet. Saved me 600. I use Cox HD DVR tuner and have had no issues. I have my gaming PC hooked up via DVI, have PS2 hooked up via component, DVD also component. Once PS3 comes out and down in price, I will probably run that DVI or switch to the HDMI imput. Non HD channels not the best but I dont stretch them, keep them in native res. I have noticed on some channels a white line at the top of the set but I hit the fill button and problem solved.

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Nice for the Price
4 Star Review   By member cdburch02 - May 4, 2006   

Strengths: Picture Quality is excellent for HD Sources. Picture Quality for non-Hd and analog surprisingly good also.

Purchased from JR and received within one week. All was good. Using DVI input from WOW cable box. Did have to unplug set as it locked up one time. Otherwise enjoying very much

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Best Big LCD for the money
5 Star Review   By member voipguy - Apr 30, 2006   

Strengths: Picture Quality, Price

Weakness: HDMI?

The Westinghouse grabbed my eye in Best Buy, then I started to look around for it on line. I ended up buying it there, using a price match to another NYC area dealer. Picture quality is superb on HD and with DVDs using the component inputs. The HDMI input looks a little sharper, but the colors are more subdued (probably need a slightly different set-up). Also, somehow locked up the HDMI between the display and my S/A 8300 cable box a few times and had to unplug/replug to reset. Don't know if it's the monitor or cable box that has the problem. Using the monitor input, I found that one of my laptops couldn't display wider than 1280, but another one would. Make sure your video card supports wide-screen settings or you'll be disappointed. Another minor annoyance was trying to find compatible universal remote settings from my Onkyo home theater remote and from the S/A cable remote - - it locks to a code listed under Sony (go figure) rather than Westinghouse. It does work, but the universal remote is missing the "Full/Normal" button, but you can make the change through the menus instead. Internal sound is pretty good, and we use it for normal tv-watching with the home theater setup turned off. It's nice having lots of inputs - 2 DVIs and 2 Components plus one each VGA, HDMI, Video/S-Video. All in all, I think this monitor at around $2300 on the street is a very good deal and would certainly buy it again.

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Great TV for the price
5 Star Review   By member Gandhim3 - Apr 28, 2006   

Strengths: Very nice quality picture, lots of connections in the back, 1080P rez, HDMI

Weakness: No built in tuner

This TV offers a lot for the price, and the picture quality is very, very good. I highly recommend people check this unit out if they are in the market for a full HDTV. The only complaint I have is that there is no built in tuner. Not having converted yet to digital cable/satellite (still on analogue), a tuner for analog signals would be nice. But given the awesome price point, and specs, I am not complaining. There are no dead pixels or backlight leakage and everything works great out of the box. Even analog cable looks very good on this TV, and DVDs look awesome, so highly recommend this TV.

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Westinghouse 42" HD LCD TV
4 Star Review   By member bheeke - Mar 7, 2006   

Strengths: Picture Quality

Weakness: None yet. Non HD sources look fuzzy but can be improved with S video cable from Satellite/Cable box.

This is my first HD TV. I purchased this TV for Xbox 360 and as an alternate PC monitor. Regular 480p DVD's look great on this TV. Gaming will never be the same. The 1080i and 1080p sources look fantastic. For the price you can not beat the value. I have had no problems with the remote. Just have to make sure it is pointed directly at TV.

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