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Westinghouse LVM-42w2 1080p LCD Display Review

by April 15, 2006
Westinghouse LVM-42w2 LCD Monitor

Westinghouse LVM-42w2 LCD Monitor

  • Product Name: LVM-42w2 1080p LCD Display
  • Manufacturer: Westinghouse
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: April 15, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 2799
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Viewable Screen Size: 42" Diagonal
Native/Optimum Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (16.7 Million colors)

Compatible Modes
NTSC: 480i
HD Ready: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
PC: 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1024 x 768

Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Brightness: 550 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 75% NTSC
Lamp Life: 60,000 Hrs
Viewing Angle: 176° horizontal/vertical
Response Time: 8 ms

2-10 watt speakers, 10 watt Subwoofer

Video Processing
Progressive Scan, Aspect Ratio Conversion, CCS (Cross Color Suppressor), 3D Noise Reduction, PIP, Inverse 3:2 pulldown, Freezing Picture, 3D Video Processing, 3D Comb Filter

HDMI-HDCP + L/R Audio (1) 480i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
DVI -HDCP + L/R Audio (2) 480i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
VGA/D-Sub/RGB + Audio mini jack (1) 480i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
YPbPr Component Video + L/R Audio (2) 480i/p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p (not documented)
S-Video+ L/R Audio (1) 480i/p
Composite Video + L/R Audio (1) 480i/p
L/R Audio out (1) Switched, Fixed & Variable Volume

Physical Attributes
Dimensions (w/ base): 41.5" W x 28.0" H x 9" D; 57.3 lbs
Dimensions (w/o base): 41.5" W x 25.8" H x 4.5" D; 52 lbs
Cabinet Color: Silver/Black

Installation Options
75mm x 75mm and 100mm x 100mm VESA 8 hole pattern wall mounts

1 year parts & labor


  • 1080p native panel resolution and input – including component and DVI-D
  • Slim, attractive display
  • Possibly best bang for the buck in a 42" LCD
  • Incredibly detailed


  • Poor off-axis contrast
  • True 1080p support limited to single DVI-D input
  • No advanced user calibration options
  • Random flaky performance issues
  • No ATSC/NTSC tuner
  • No advanced scaling modes for SD of HD content


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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