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post #31 of 74
How does standard def TV look on this LCD? I'm thinking about jumping into the HDTV world with this LCD but I will still be watching standard def TV most of the time. As long as the signal looks as good as my old 32" CRT I will be happy.

Also, how does Costco's extended warranty work? I currently do not have a Costco membership so that would be an extra $50 I would have to spend on the LCD.
post #32 of 74
I just picked this set up a couple of days ago... and for what you pay, you really can't go wrong with this!

Another thing is that the manufacturer advertises these with only 2 HDMI port, but it actually come with 4... although I haven't tried the other 3. (One is hooked up with a PS3)

Computer hook up through VGA is... okay. It does appear that light ghosting and shadowing is eminent, but after the auto adjust (in the menu), it eliminates to a point where it is bearable. Another thing is that watching 1080P movie through computer (VGA) is just amazing... I just bought a 1TB external HDD and started my journey of downloading a bunch of 1080P movies.

So in conclusion, if you want a low budget TV that also does 1080P... go for it!
post #33 of 74
I bought this over the weekend. And for 699 you can't go wrong with Costco 2yr warranty and 90 day return policy. I live in So Cal and I just hooked it up to a $10 HD atennea I got from Target and was able to hit all the major OTA HD channels it is awesome....getting ready to watch some 1080p movies on it soon.
post #34 of 74
For those of you who claim this model has light ghosting and shadowing when used as a pc video monitor, have you tried using a dvi-->hdmi cable instead of the vga port to see if there is any difference?
post #35 of 74
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Originally Posted by igotlaid_0ff View Post

For those of you who claim this model has light ghosting and shadowing when used as a pc video monitor, have you tried using a dvi-->hdmi cable instead of the vga port to see if there is any difference?

I haven't tried DVI-HDMI connection since my laptop does not have the DVI port, but once I finish restoring my desktop (with dual nVidia 6800GTX), I will definitely try to see if there is a difference.
post #36 of 74
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Originally Posted by baongo21 View Post

I bought this over the weekend. And for 699 you can't go wrong with Costco 2yr warranty and 90 day return policy. I live in So Cal and I just hooked it up to a $10 HD atennea I got from Target and was able to hit all the major OTA HD channels it is awesome....getting ready to watch some 1080p movies on it soon.

Where in SoCal do you live and how many OTA HD channels are you getting? I'm planning on getting one of the HD antennas as well, but not sure which ones to get? Can you tell me which antenna you got from Target?
post #37 of 74
BTW, this set does not support PIP... which is a huge disappointment since my OLDA$$ 37"W1 supports it..

I'm kinda bumped out for this... should I go with the TX line? But they're like $400 more on top of this model... which essentially is completely the same IMO except that TX has PIP, V-Chip, and CC support....

What's everyone else's opinion?
post #38 of 74
Does anybody know if the digital audio output allows you to: wire a ps3 via hdmi to the tv and still passthrough the 5.1 audio to your speakers like logitech z-5500s (basically asking if you can wire all your audio through the tv so you don't have to have to mess with changing channels on the reciever)

Or at the very least can it get 5.1 audio from OTA broadcasts and output that to a reciever?
post #39 of 74
I scored a VK-42F240S for 699 + CA tax. It was the perfect deal for my parents since our 18 year old TV just broke.

They love it so far. I was disappointed to see that this TV does not have PIP
post #40 of 74
FYI I just noticed some video lag on NBC with this set.
The sound was about half a second earlier than the video. I changed the channel and switched back to it which made the video and audio in sync again. Weird..
post #41 of 74
Just finished setting up this TV and I must say it is leagues better than my 9 month old Olevia 37" 720p. 1080p on the Xbox 360 is amazing (via VGA), as well as my Sony 1080p upconverting DVD player via HDMI (which the TV correctly recognizes as 1080p). The menu is very user-friendly. Using it with my Harmony remote as well. Glad I got it it from Costco for peace of mind! Now looking for a PS3 deal. =)

Anyone have recommended settings for the picture?
post #42 of 74
Picked up 1 yesterday. For the price how can you not give it a try?

So far so good except for over the air HDTV. Three issues surfaced on my first day that scare me... Any feedback would be appreciated.

1. At one point the audio on all of my Hi Def stations slowed down dramatically... It was totally out of sync with the picture...I am talking real.... slow.... and deep sounding audio. I turned off the set for 5 minutes and the issue disappeared

2. Out of nowhere a thick vertical stripe appeared down my screen for a few minutes... The rest of the image was fine... It kind of looked like a racing stripe on the hood of a car...It went away. Could have been an issue at the source but I never had this happen before.

3. When watching content on an HD channel (that probably was not created in Hi Def format)... The black bars come out which is expected. But I get this line of white artifacts across the top of the image. They go away when true 720 content (like football) is displayed but come back during some commercials or local programing ... This does not occur on analog stations.

To summarize... These problems only occur during over the air HD viewing... The Wii has been fine... My Up convert DVD player is fine over HDMI.. My non hi def direct tv over s video is fine ...

These issues never occurred on my other HDTV using this antenna... Could I have a bad tuner??? Maybe this set doesnt like my antenna?? Is that even possible???

Gotta love those 90 days... But what a pain to box this puppy back up!
post #43 of 74
Well I've had this set for 3 weeks now. Here are my observations , settings and the show stopper that will have me return it before the 90 days are up.

First, this TV suffers from underscan. You will get white bouncing dots on the top of many over the air and even Directv channels. It happens mostly when the signal is being up-converted from a non-hd feed but it does make you have to hit the remote each time to fill the screen or stretch it then go back to normal when you want to watch a hd signal again. A firmware update could cure this but I've spoken with Westinghouse and nothing is planned.

Second, I have found that the off angle viewing is pretty poor. Sitting directly in front of the TV has a very good picture but moving to the side quickly diminishes the picture.

Third, and the DEALBREAKER - the warranty on this TV is RETURN TO WESTINGHOUSE ONLY - THERE IS NO IN HOME WARRANTY!! I confirmed this with Costco's consierge service - no in-home on this one. Packing and shipping costs ($$) along with the hassel of doing this and waiting for it to come back far out weigh the few hundred dollar savings.

Oh, and someone had asked for settings, here are mine after tweaking it for a while. I like them but ymmv....

Mode = User
Video Menu -
Bright = 50
Contrast = 50
Satur = 42
Hue = 48
Sharp = 0
Backlight = 80
Color Temp = Warm

Then under User Calib -
De-int = ON
3D Comb = ON
Skin = 45
Color Temp = warm - then adjust this to R=132,G=140,B=128
Dynamic Cont= OFF

So, there's my .02. I'll hold on to it until I see what happens on Black Friday but because of the mailback warranty this one is a NON KEEPER.
post #44 of 74
If Costco has some black friday deals I'm definitely returning this.
So far the TV is pretty decent for $700 _monitor_
Will see if the audio/video sync issue was just a fluke or will show up more consistently. The underscan issue isn't too big a deal, I don't really watch the commercials anyway
post #45 of 74
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Originally Posted by PSmoove View Post

Just finished setting up this TV and I must say it is leagues better than my 9 month old Olevia 37" 720p. 1080p on the Xbox 360 is amazing (via VGA), as well as my Sony 1080p upconverting DVD player via HDMI (which the TV correctly recognizes as 1080p). The menu is very user-friendly. Using it with my Harmony remote as well. Glad I got it it from Costco for peace of mind! Now looking for a PS3 deal. =)

Anyone have recommended settings for the picture?

Hey PSmoove. I'm looking into this tv and have a quick question about it working with the Harmony remote. Are you able to do direct input switching on the tv? From looking at the online manual it appears that the original remote has buttons for directly accessing YPbPr1 and YPbPr2, but then only has 1 source button that toggles between the HDMI inputs (1-4). Are you directly able to acces say HDMI3 without having to cycle through inputs HDMI 1 and 2 using the Harmony remote?

Thanks.
post #46 of 74
I was also looking at this TV for the price and the fact that I love Costco.

Has anyone mounted it on the wall?

I know it looks a little bulky, but why is this set so heavy? 60+ pounds for a 42" LCD seems like a lot after looking at others.
post #47 of 74
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Originally Posted by akaussie View Post

Hey PSmoove. I'm looking into this tv and have a quick question about it working with the Harmony remote. Are you able to do direct input switching on the tv? From looking at the online manual it appears that the original remote has buttons for directly accessing YPbPr1 and YPbPr2, but then only has 1 source button that toggles between the HDMI inputs (1-4). Are you directly able to acces say HDMI3 without having to cycle through inputs HDMI 1 and 2 using the Harmony remote?

Thanks.


@akaussie

Yes, I'm able to do direct input switching using my Harmony 360 remote, I don't use the OEM remote anymore. I directly access HDMI 1 (HD DVR), HDMI 2 (PS3), PC (Xbox 360), and YPbPr 1 (Wii) with no issues whatsoever. Note: I have the "Autosource" setting to "off."

I've had this set for a week now and it continues to impress. I just picked up a PS3 yesterday with the money I saved and Blu-Ray is simply awesome at 1080p on this TV. Very satisfied with my purchase. With the PS3, you must turn off the 1080p/24 setting.
post #48 of 74
At this pace we might see a 720p 42" set on BF for $500, and a 1080p set for $600.
post #49 of 74
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Originally Posted by spacemanvt View Post

i am using a 7600 GT and am able to run this HDTV at full resolution 1920xwhatever and the text looks clear and great and everything. no ghosting etc. the picture looks amazing on 42"
using a DVI cable with a DVi->HDMI adapter... i think its a keeper

The one problem I am having is, if i dont have the tv on when starting the computer, dualview doesnt work.. aka when i turn the tv on later it wont show dualview. (if i have the tv and lcd monitor on at the same time, when starting the computer,no worries)

i am trying to figure this out. hmm. any ideas?

Hm.. I just picked up an 9600GT SSC and it doesn't show both screens on bootup anymore. With my old 7800GT it did.
Both are eVGA cards, but I guess it may just depend on the card?
Both 7800GT and new 9600GT have ghosting/oversharpen issue on the HDMI/DVI cable, sucks.
With the DVI->VGA adapter the picture looks good, but I just happened to come across some red text over dark grey/brown background, and the text was completely smeared (unreadable, I had to look at my computer monitor to read it).
I am about 90% sure I am going to return this very soon. All these little issues here and there with the HDMI and TV sync add up to too much headache. Seems too flaky...
post #50 of 74
I purchased this TV a couple of weeks ago. It's my first HDTV and have been mostly satisfied with it receiving OTA broadcasts, unencrypted QAM channels and standard definition programs with Comcast basic cable subscription, and performance with my series 3 TiVo output at 1080i with HDMI.

The only issue is when I use component video.

With the XBox360 at 1080p has ghosting. The only way it looks clear and crisp is when set to 1080i resolution. I've tried VGA but it also has ghosting.

With the Wii, video outputs to 4:3 unless I specify "Fill" on the TV's video settings dispite having configured it for 16:9 and output at 480p using component video.

Anyone else having similar issues?
post #51 of 74
Ok. I saw the 42" westinghouse at costco for 699 on Saturday. Came home to do some research and decided to give it a shot. When I went back to get it I noticed it was the TX-42f430s and not the VX series on costco web site. My understanding is that the TX is a step up from VX( more hdmi inputs, dynamic contrast ratio,Blah Blah Blah). Any comments? Also after setting it up with the recommended settings from cnet.com I think this thing has a great pic. They recommend the sharpness at 0. I like it around 20. Yes there is the black level thing but I really dont think it is that bad at all. I watched "30 Days of Night". I was happy
post #52 of 74
I was also in Costco (San Diego) over the weekend and got a TX-42f430s for 699 (I couldn't refuse at that price). So if this is a superior set for the same price those of you that have a local B&M store may wanna drop in and check it out.

Like the previous poster I'd also like to hear any comments on this set.

Biggest difrences I can see are that:
TX has 1000:1, 8ms response, 75% NTSC & 4 HDMI
VK Has 2000:1, 6.5ms (grey to grey), 72% NTSC & 2 HDMI

I don't need the extra HDMI ports, so will the other differences make one set superior to the other?
post #53 of 74
Just wanted to clear up my mistake. TX vs. VK series.
post #54 of 74
Yea your right. The VK has better specs than the TX. Contrast and response time. Costco specs the VK with 2 hdmi ports but the manual from Westinghouse says 4. Same as the TX. I think the TX has PIP which I would never use any way. I wonder if the VK is discontinued. Will call Westinghouse to see. Good chatting with you.
post #55 of 74
OK I called Westinghouse today. They said the VK is the newest model. I thought the VK and TX came out the same time. I was wrong. That explains the better specs on the VK. The pip on the remote was for older models pre VK and TX. I did find a costco in my area(Denver) with the VK for the 699 price. I will exchange the TX for the VK tonight. If you cant find one in stock where you live it might be worth the 30 dollar shipping cost. Let me know what you think.
post #56 of 74
westy 's are good tv's. In my opinion there the best, low budget tv out. olevia's are also really good also but, there blacks are horrible. I say phillips has the best blacks out of budget tv's, with vizo and westy a close second. Westy hands down overall are better, off angel view is great, colors are bright, whites are white.

Only problem I have with westy's is screen uniformity, its not as good as olevia's but, is better then the rest off the low budget tvs.

If olevia had better blacks, it would be the best budget tv. thats my 2 cents, and im not bashing vizo, are phillips, they both have great tv's especially vizo's 32inch thats with out a doubt there best tv.

To me if you care about blacks get a phillips, if you care about screen uniformity get an olevia, if you want both but, not the best of both, get a westy. and if our going small, go with vizo,

I wouldn't buy a large vizo. off angel viewing is poor, and reliability is questionable.

I would say westy whens.
post #57 of 74
Had mines for about 2 months. HDMI inputs died on me today. Taking this back to Costco after black friday.
post #58 of 74
To re-activate your HDMI ports, unplug both the LCD and your DVD player from the power outlet and wait at least 30 secs. Then plug both back to the power outlet and your HDMI ports should come back.
post #59 of 74
I own the Westy VK. I saw the Toshiba at CC for 799 and thought it looked great next to the other name brands around it. I thought for sure it would blow my VK away. I was wrong. I bought the Toshiba, took it home and hooked it up side by side with my VK with a Sony blu ray player at 1080i output. HDMI to one and RGB to the other.Then switched them around. Now mind you, these two tvs straight out of the box are two different animals.The Westy is way too bright with dull colors and the Toshiba is way to dark with exaggerated colors ( in my opinion). Once I got the Toshiba just the I liked it, including turning off the dynamic contrast( I thought it gave the picture an unrealistic feel), I started on the Westy. I did like the dynamic contrast on the VK. It added just enough extra seperation of light and dark without being overstated. Ten minutes later, playing "The Aviator", I had these two tvs identical in pic. I would pause on certain sceens and stare. I could not tell the difference between the black levels, reds greens or blues. Then the 1080p test. The Westy looked significantly sharper with better facial tones and better overall processing. All my settings on next thread.
post #60 of 74
My settings. Enhanced, Brightness 40, Contrast 70, Saturation 60, Hue 50, Sharpness 20-25, Backlight 0, ColorTemp Neutral. (CALIBRATION) Deinterlace On, 3DFilter On, Skintone 100, DynamicContrast On, BlackAdj 40, WhiteAdj 70. Let me know what you think.
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