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Westinghouse 42" W4207 LCD HD Monitor: A recommendation from Audi

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So I sold the Apple 30", ended up at Best Buy and wanted a decent LCD panel upgrade from my Samsung 32" CRT HDTV. Ended up picking a Westinghouse 720p set based on the low price of 899.99. Even on the net it's like 891.99, so getting it at Best Buy for this price wasn't bad.

Got it home, unboxed and installed in minutes. First thing I noticed is that it's black levels are kinda "meh" out of the box. That means calibrating is ESSENTIAL for this television set.

However, after a few hours of tweaking without even going into the Service Menu, I found a MORE THAN ACCEPTABLE image across the bored for ALL sources.

YbPbR, DVI, S-Video, everything. I'm actually looking at it right now connected to my PC and I can say that it's a pretty damned good set, especially for the money.

If you're looking for a cheap 42" LCD with decent specs and a comparable image to the likes of other second tier brands, I'm recommending this set for affordability and B Grade image (after tweaking).

DO NOT TRUST THE BEST BUY SET! It's been on for HOURS and I could see that when I looked at it. It was also connected via VGA and that's a horrible way to judge image quality. My girlfriend was with me when I chose it, she thought I made a bad choice and after tweaking she told me that it didn't even look like the same television set.

I'm happy with my purchase.
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Is this for your rig? Wow...42"...that's so big. Nice deal
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Yeah it is. I'm running cables into KVM to switch between 22 Gateway and the television for footage revgiew during editing. Works really well when other need to see it. Clients, partners, etc.

I know I'm a huge Samsung fan, but, this screen is really impressive for the price. I'm going to have time to properly calibrate via Service Menu tonight so I can only expect better results.

I must say that keeping whatever HD source or PC game at 720p garners the best results from this set. I was playing CS at 720 and there was NO ghosting. Source was at 1080i and did fantastic. I'm a little dissapointed at the amount of ghosting at 1080i and the black levels, however those are tiny concerns.

Also, for those wondering why I didn't spend a few hundred more for the 1080p set: at the moment I do not see importance in 1080p when, at 42 inches, 720p looks fantastic. Also, my 24 Gateway is 1080p so that's good enough for now.

8/10 for this set. If it were anymore expensive it'd be a 7.
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Westinghouse is basically a band of former top executives from large companies, including some of Samsung peeps. For the price, their displays are top of class. It's a really nice change of pace from the super-large companies that have been dominating the market lately.
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Pictures below. Used GF's camera, s'not all that good and when I get my Nikon from work I'll take more. The pixillation is ALL from the camera. Didn't realize how bad the little cam was.

Good info to know, kevin. I'm definitely going to think twice before I discount the Westinghouse panels. By the show they put on in Best Buy, I'm sure most people would overlook them. However, just knowing that I could get a better image out of it forced me to drop money on it and I'm not lookin' back. Might be looking into a larger Westinghouse panel for the living room.


CS:S on the Overclock Server. 1080i


The Matrix standard definition DVD @ 1080i. Being played through OS X (10.4.9) DVD player via DVI out which has serious skills with the deinterlace and decoding. I'm very pleased with the Standard Definition DVD image. Didn't think it'd hold up that well!




Next I'll take pics of the cable Hi-Def service. Gonna get PS3 soon enough for Blu Ray playback.
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Well I'll be danged...

I found a Westinghouse LVM 42w2 for 1100.00. 1080p. Normal price is about 15 or 1600 I believe.

Looks like I'll have a 1080p one soon as well. O_o; Will report when I get it, if I can get it.
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Audi has acquired 1080p 42" Westinghouse 42w2. Stay tuned for dual 42" LCD screenshots in Windows and OSX. ROFL.

And, of course, a report and comparison on both the W4207 and 42w2 SIDE BY SIDE!!!
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I just bought a 22" wide from bestbuy for 220$. It sucks though because I work there and spend all my money there, haha. Very nice monitor I must say though.

Sorry for the horrid picture, I just snapped it quickly to show.
    
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Nice addition to the monitor family, man. I am honestly feeling kind of bad that I've never REALLY given Westinghouse a second thought.

Now that I have the two 42" sets to compare, and have gone as far as to actually PURCHASE two, I think Westinghouse deserves more than a second thought.

You just CAN NOT TRUST BEST BUY!!! I can't BELIEVE how crappy the w4207 looks on the shelf compared to what I see at home.

It's pretty bad.
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lol yea, I agree, because of how long they are left on replaying the same video over and over. Any other monitor that is even close to this one, is near 100$ more, and I love the quality of westinghouse. I had a 19" westinghouse before this one, but I wanted to try something bigger. Those huge ones like you have are insane though
    
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