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Westinghouse TX-42F430S LCD Review

by September 16, 2008
Westinghouse TX-42F430S

Westinghouse TX-42F430S

  • Product Name: TX-42F430S
  • Manufacturer: Westinghouse
  • Performance Rating: Star
  • Value Rating: StarStar
  • Review Date: September 16, 2008 11:17
  • MSRP: $ 1199
  • Buy Now

42” TFT (Thin Film Transistor), Active Matrix LCD, 1920 x 1080 vertical stripe; anti-glare coating
Viewing Angles: 176° (H) / 176° (V)
HDTV Compatibility" 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Speaker Output: 15W (x2 Channels) 10 W Subwoofer
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Color Gamut: 75% NTSC
Lamp Life: 50,000 Hrs
Viewing Angle: 176° Horizontal, 176° Vertical
Response Time: 8 ms

Video Features:
Preset Video Modes - Enhanced/Movie/Game/Sports
Screen Fit Modes - Standard/Fill/Overscan
Progressive Scan
3D Noise Reduction
Inverse 3:2 Pulldown
De-Interlacing
3D Adaptive Comb Filter
2D OSD Graphics Engine
Selectable Color Temperature - 3 User Adjustable
Advanced Calibration Menu
Dynamic Contrast

Convenience Features:
Autosource™
SpineDesign™
DayBright™ - High contrast LCD for both day and night
Parental Control
Sleep Timer

Dimensions Physical 42.1”, 1067mm (W) x 29.3”, 743 mm (H) x 9.0”, 226 mm (D) (with Base)
42.1”, 1067mm(W) x26.9”, 684 mm (H) x 5.5”,139 mm (D) (w/out Base)
Weight Net / Gross 32.5 kg / 27.5 kg
70.56lbs. (with Base); 60.64 lbs. (w/out Base)

Pros

  • Price
  • Intuitive menu system

Cons

  • Poor picture performance
  • Isn't that enough?

Introduction

Westinghouse is known (by those that know them) for making LCDs at a very reasonable price. But price isn't everything in the world of displays and picture quality has to take precedence. The TX-42F430S is a 42" LCD whose street price leaves people wondering if it is too good to be true. In this case, that certainly seems to be the case.
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Recent Forum Posts:

allargon posts on September 20, 2008 12:04
I agree with most of what Tom wrote. I have a w32w6 in my bedroom. It exhibits a lot of the poor de-interlacing and random lockups mentioned in the article. It's also starting to suffer backlight bleed. However, Tom was a bit sloppy in using fill to take out the yellow line. That's why the overscan setting exists. I often use the overscan setting because my girlfriend hates the squiggly white closed captioning line at the top of SD broadcasts. Other than that nitpick, Tom's review was pretty much spot on of what I've experienced with my previous generation Westy.
Geno posts on September 17, 2008 21:37
It makes me sad to see the old names that used to mean something (Westinghouse, Sansui, Maytag, Zenith, etc.) being bought up by these third-rate schlock merchants and passed off as quality goods. Guess they think no one will notice that the real companies are long gone, but the crap they're peddling only makes a mockery of what was once a quality brand.

Was that grumpy enough?
Clint DeBoer posts on September 17, 2008 21:18
These particular displays have the feel of a computer monitor more than a home theater display. Tom reviewed their current top of the line, btw. Doesn't bode well. We'll see what they do in the next go-around.
s52e368 posts on September 17, 2008 14:39
birdonthebeach, post: 457635
These must be the ones I saw yesterday at Costco for $699…..

Get what you pay for?

dont believe that costco carries the TX line, maybe
birdonthebeach posts on September 17, 2008 14:35
These must be the ones I saw yesterday at Costco for $699…..

Get what you pay for?
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