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Westinghouse LVM-47w1 1080p LCD Display Review

by October 27, 2006
LVM-47w1 LCD Display

LVM-47w1 LCD Display

  • Product Name: LVM-47w1 1080p LCD Display
  • Manufacturer: Westinghouse
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 27, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 2499
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Viewable Screen Size: 47” 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: 1200:1
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 75% NTSC
Lamp Life: 60,000 Hrs
Viewing Angle: 176° horizontal/vertical
Response Time: 6.5 ms

Audio
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

Connectors
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
S-Video+ L/R Audio (1) 480i
Composite Video + L/R Audio (1) 480i
L/R Audio out (1) Switched, Fixed Volume

Physical Attributes
Dimensions (w/ base): 46.1" W x 31.7" H x 8.9" D; 78.9 lbs
Dimensions (w/o base): 46.1" W x 29.2" H x 5" D; 69.9 lbs
Cabinet Color: Silver/Black

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

Warranty
1 year parts & labor

Pros

  • 1080p native panel resolution and input – including HDMI and DVI-D
  • Slim, attractive display
  • Possibly best bang for the buck in a 47" LCD
  • Incredibly detailed

Cons

  • No advanced user calibration options
  • Sub-par black levels
  • No advanced scaling modes for SD of HD content
  • Poor off-axis viewing quality

Introduction

1080p seems to be the most recent "Holy Grail" of the AV community… but how do you get it without hocking your car and taking out a second mortgage? (we don’t recommend either and, in fact, if you’re thinking of either of these options, please seek help immediately) Westinghouse broke all the rules when it introduced it sub-$2,000 42” LCD display in the beginning of 2006. At the time, MSRP was $2,799 and the street price quickly fell to around $1,800. The company also offers a 47-inch version of this TV, the LVM-47w1 for a (current) street price of just $2500 - you see the attraction here, no? As prices dropped gradually amongst the competing LCD and plasma panel TV markets, Westinghouse decided to simply give the competition a kick in the pants and really "get the party started". Since the 47-inch LVM-47w1 is simply the bigger brother to the 42-inch LVM-42w2 this review will be targeted at seeing the larger display performs exactly the same and/or overcomes any of the shortcomings of the 42-inch model.
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