I just received my Westinghouse 47" 1080p LCD (LVM-47w1) two days ago. Thus far, all I have done is plug in the HDMI cable and watch TV. I had a previous Soyo 32" television in the same location, so the stand and cable box (Cablevision, NY), were already in place. Here are my initial reactions/thoughts based upon just some channel surfing:
1. Crutchfield delivery was very good. I had to give them a several hour time frame, but they showed up on time and made the delivery without problems. They said it would be a two man delivery, but just one guy showed up. He unboxed the set and put it on my stand. When I got home, I just plugged in the HDMI cable and power cord.
2. Picture quality through my Scientific American Sa8300HD cable box is excellent. I watched a little bit of a Yankee baseball game on the Yes network and was really wowed. In flipping through the various HDTV stations, both pay and network TV, I have no issues whatsoever, everything looks great.
3. The TV has an impressive array of connection options, all conveniently located and easily accessible.
4. We had a vast thunder storm about 20 miles north of NYC a couple of days ago. The set 'locked up'. I had to unplug the power cord, but when I plugged it back in , all was fine.
5. The TV has only two picture size modes, Standard and Fill. Of course, you would use Standard for HDTV, but for standard definition TV, you could use either. I don't perceive much difference between the two modes. Fill slightly expands the picture both horizonally and vertically. (It does NOT expand the picture to fill the screen, which I would not do anyhow), there is still a lot of unused space on the right and left sides.
The vertical expansion is important because of a minor issue I am having, and that is a thin horizontal line of 'interference' (I don't quite know how else to describe it) at the very top of the picture in Standard mode. This interference goes away in Fill mode. I must stress that this interference issue has nothing to do with HDTV, it occurs only with SDTV, and not with every SDTV station, just some stations. It is possible that this would disappear with component video, or some connection other than HDMI, but I have not yet tried other types of connections.
This interference is somewhat distracting and annoying, but not a major problem for those that will watch SDTV (which as I have stated previously, will be only a little bit for me.)
6. I cannnot seem to find a means of controlling the television's on/off and volume with my cable box remote, so I am stuck juggling two remotes. When I first got the set, I could control the volume with my cable box remote, and after the storm I cannot find a means of doing so. Maybe I changed a setting and just forgot what it was. I would like to use just the cable box remote, if anyone has an idea as to how I can control the TV's volume and on/off with the cable box remote, please let me know.
In terms of my overall set up, this is my secondary TV. Accordingly, I don't have a sound system, but I might add one if I end up watching 'for real' on this set.My main TV is a six year old Sony HP-61HS10 which I plan on replacing with either a 72" 1080p Samsung (waiting for the current model to be released) or possibly a projector. For my main TV, I have a very good sound system with Denon AVR-5800 receiver, DD5.1 sound, etc. For that system, I also have a remote, the Harmony 880. For that system I am running DirecTV and have two hidef DirectTV Tivos. In fact, the only system on whch I am running Cablevision is my Westinghouse, for all my other sets I use satellite.
If you have any questions, comment fire away