Viewing Angle: Like so many other LCD sets out there, the Westinghouse is promoted as having 176° horizontal and vertical viewing angle, but this spec is virtually meaningless. The set has average LCD viewing angle shift in the horizontal plane, making the picture somewhat washed out when viewed off axis, compared to directly in front of the unit.
Audio: Not much to speak of, with typical TV sound. An automatic volume level function helps tame loud commercials. The set provides analog stereo outputs as well as an optical digital output for connection to an audio system—a route we always recommend.
A solid performer in many respects, the Westinghouse has above average video processing performance and good color accuracy. Having two HDMI digital inputs gives it an edge over others in its class, and while the default picture settings produce a simply unwatchable picture (no surprise there), a few minutes of adjustments is all it takes to obtain a quite good looking picture. The set even provides R, G, B color temperature controls for calibration adjustment capability—something I wasn’t expecting to see on such a reasonably priced HDTV. Other than the unusable extra buttons on the remote control and the quirky YPrPb labeling, the Westinghouse is a solid choice for a first HDTV purchase, or perhaps for use as a bedroom set. PB