Pros High native 1080p resolution, 2 DVI inputs, Bright Display
Cons Blacks don't compare to Plasma, No NTSC or ATSC tuner
Summary Well I have been through my fair share of budget LCD's and Plasma's and this is going to be my favorite for clarity. First off I started with a Sanyo EDTV 20" LCD, Then a Sceptre 30" LCD HDTV, Then to a 42" ByD:sign Plasma, and now the 37" Westinghouse 1080p LCD.
Compared to the plasma (1280x768, 3000:1 contrast, 1000cd/m3 brightness) it doesn't have as good of blacks (due to the lower contrast ratio) or as high of a brightness. This TV is plenty bright though, don't get me wrong. I picked the LCD up at a Local BestBuy for $1899 (Open Boxed) to replace the plasma because I was going to use it with a Windows Media Center PC and am afraid to put it on the plasma due to burn-in. I thought this TV would be perfect because you dont have to pay for an expensive ATSC/NTSC tuner built-in (Media center has both of them with PVR functionality) and it had a very high resolution with no burn-in. Best buy was only running a 720p signal to the monitor through component cables which did not do it justice. If you have yet to see a 1080p television working to its full potential, you haven't seen HD!
Overall I rate the television VERY high, mainly because of the superclear picture. I have used nothing other than the DVI input, but 1080p content looks AMAZING (Windows Media's webpage has the Batman trailer in 1080p) and now I do not have to worry about if I leave the TV on with the media center home screen on.
Pros Good picture, great computer monitor, lots of inputs, detachable speakers
Cons global picture control, HD picture not as good as plasma
Summary For me, this is the perfect product. I was looking for a large flat screen that would support HDTV, computer and game console. I also did NOT want to spend more than a new car. Price IS a factor when considering one option vs. another for me.
My decision of LCD vs. Plasma was easy since I would be using the screen for computer and video gaming, I did not think Plasma would meet my needs. Once I decided on LCD, it was a matter of quality, features and price. Here is where the Westinghouse rose to the top quickly. For the money, it can't be beat right now. I paid $1799 at Best Buy after a 10% coupon.
I'm using Time Warner cable and the picture for both SD and HD is very good on all the digital channels. As you would expect, the analog stuff is a bit tougher on the eyes.
I find the volume of the speakers quite good (make sure you have the volume of the cable box turned up) but have not yet hooked up the sourround sound reciever.
The only complaint I've had so far is that it would be nice to have image adjustments stick with the input. I find myself adjusting when I switch inputs. A small price to pay for saving a grand vs. other options.
"Outstanding!"on by albowwow
Pros Sharp Picture, Performance, Features, PRICE!
Summary Just got the last one on sale (Best Buy $1695) in the Atlanta area on a not very well advertised sell at Best Buy. Was a little worried about the performance of a "Westinghouse" lcd. Boy was I wrong, after slight adjustments and reading some setup FAQ's for progressive scan DVD's this monitor delivers and at a fantastic price. If your looking for a actual HD monitor and up to 1080P this is it.
Pros 1080p, huge, relatively cheap
Cons poor black levels, this is not a tv
Summary As it has no internal tuner (nor even a coaxial input), i wouldn't consider this a TV. What it is is the best deal in HD monitors. 1080 x 1920 @ 37" for under $2k is an amazing deal. If you have a Media Center PC and like to play games or browse the internet on a big screen, this is the best choice around. And you can certainly use it as your tv as well, but it doesn't have the color and black levels of lower resolution plasmas (though the controls make it easy to turn off the backlight). I think many people who spend more time online than watching tv and movies will find this an acceptable trade-off.
Pros Price, picture, styling, price
Cons Poor remote, no indicator light, no HDMI connection
Summary I'm definitely not a video expert, but this LCD definitely meets my needs. Great picture, awesome detail, HD programming looks amazing. I find that SD programming looks awful, but that's probably Comcast's fault.
One thing I find really annoying is the remote control. First, it's not very strong, so you end up re-pressing the buttons multiple times. The bigger nuisance is the fact that there's not indicator light to let you know the unit is on or off. It takes 3-4 seconds for the unit to turn on. So you press the power button on the remote... nothing... wait a few secs... press again... only now you've turned it off without knowing it was on... rinse and repeat. Not the biggest issue, and not one that should change your choice. I'll be buying a Harmony remote and hopefully won't have to deal with this any longer.