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Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 37-Inch 1080p LCD Flat Panel Monitor - Review

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Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 37-Inch LCD Monitor Featuring 1080p Processing and Input

Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 37-Inch LCD Monitor Featuring 1080p Processing and Input

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The Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 is a 37-inch, 16x9, LCD monitor that provides excellent image quality due to its 1080p native resolution capability. An LCD monitor or TV with (1920x1080) 1080p capability is a great advance, especially with street price of less than $2,000 (at the time this review was written). In addition to both internal 1080p processing and 1080p input capability, the LVM-37w3 features an excellent complement of HD and SD inputs, and good sounding internal speakers. For more details, keep on reading...

Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 Product Overview

Features of the Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 include:

1. 37-Inch, 16x9, Flat Panel LCD Monitor with 1920x1080 native pixel resolution.

2. 1080p video upscaling/processing for all non-1080p input sources as well as native 1080p direct input capability.

3. 1,000:1 contrast Ratio, 60,000 hour bulb life, 8ms response time. The means that the picture produces an adequate range of light-to-dark, has a very long potential screen viewing life, and has good repsonse to fast moving images.

4. High Definition Compatible Inputs: One HDMI, Two DVI-HDCP, Two HD-Component, One VGA PC Monitor input.

5. Standard Definition-Only Inputs: One S-video and One Composite video.

6. Analog stereo inputs paired with both high definition and standard definition inputs, except for the HDMI input and VGA inputs.

7. 15 WPC Stereo Amplifier built-in, One set of Stereo Audio outputs for connection to external home theater receiver, stereo receiver, or amplifier.

8. Wireless Infrared Remote Control included.

9. Easy-to Understand User Manual.

10 The LVM-37w3 is Monitor-only Display. This means that external tuners, equipped with composite, S-video, component, HDMI, or DVI-HDCP outputs, are required to receive NTSC or HDTV television signals.

What Makes The LVM-37w3 Different

Although the LVM-37w3 has what you expect from an LCD monitor, it has two key elements that separate it from the rest of the pack; 1080p processing and input capability.

This gives the LVM-37w3 a real edge in high resolution display capability from all types of standard and high definition video playback components, such as DVD, Blu-ray, HD-DVD, Digital and HD-Cable, and HD-Satellite, and Over-the-Air HDTV Tuners, using HD-Component, DVI-HDCP, or HDMI connections.

1080p Defined

1080p represents 1,080 lines of resolution scanned sequentially. In other words, all lines are scanned in progressively, providing the most detailed high definition video image that is currently available to consumers.

However, since 1080p is not officially part of the FCC's approved HDTV broadcast standards, it is displayed either as a result of video upscaling through a specially modified DVD player, video scaler, or a Blu-ray Disc Player, in combination with a 1080p input capable video display device (such as a Television or Video Projector) OR by on-board video processing within the Display device itself than can upscale all input sources to 1080p.

For a more detailed explanation 1080p and its application, check out my article 1080p and You.

Testing Setup - Hardware

Video displays used for comparison: A Syntax LT-32HV 32-inch LCD TV, Samsung LN-R238W 23-inch LCD TV and an Optoma H56 Video Projector using both S-video and Component-to-DVI connection conversion.

Comparison LCD TV/Monitors are HD-compatible. The Samsung LN-R238W (720p) has an HDMI input; the Syntax Olevia LT-32HV (720p) has a DVI-HDCP input. All LCD units have progressive scan HD-Component inputs as well. The Optoma H56 projector has a native resolution of 1024x768.

DVD players used (with 720p/1080i upscaling) included , Samsung DVD-HD931 (DVI-HDCP output) and NeuNeo HVD-2085 (HD-component and HDMI output).

In addition, two hi-def format disc players were used: A Toshiba HD-XA1 HD-DVD player and a Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray Disc Player using both standard DVDs in 720p and 1080i upscaling modes as well as 1080i output mode for HD-DVD and 1080p output mode for Blu-ray disc playback.

DVD-Rs/DVD+RWs used were made using: Sony RDR-HX900, Philips DVDR985, and a Presidian PDR-3222.

Cable TV signals provided via the tuner section and component video outputs of a Philips DVDR985, and the VGA output of an AvermediaTV9 External TV tuner.

Additional components used included a Yamaha HTR-5490 6.1 Channel AV receiver, Outlaw Audio Model 950 Preamp/Surround Processor paired with a Butler Audio 5150 5-channel power amplifier.

A variety of loudspeakers, including Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-3, Optimus LX-5IIs, a Yamaha YST-SW205 Powered Subwoofer, and additional speakers, in both matched and mismatched setups were used.

Connections between components were made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables.

Testing Setup - Software

Blu-ray Discs used included: The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, XXX, Underworld Evolution, House of the Flying Daggers, and Stealth

HD-DVDs used included: Serenity, Phantom of the Opera, The Last Samurai, Million Dollar Baby, Sleepy Hollow, and Blazing Saddles.

Pre-recorded standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: Serenity, Aeon Flux, House of the Flying Daggers, The Cave, Kill Bill - Vol1/2, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Underworld, Moulin Rouge, Zathura, The Corpse Bride, and The Mummy, as well as video content on DVD-R and DVD+RW discs recorded on DVD recorders.

The Silicon Optix HQV Benchmark DVD video test disc was also used for more precise video performance measurements.

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