In the December 2006 issue of The Perfect Vision, I reviewed the Westinghouse LVM-47w1, a 47-inch LCD monitor that was, shall we say, underwhelming. Since then, the company has taken significant steps to improve its LCDs, including the TX-47F430S. At $1800, it’s one of the least expensive 47-inch 1080p LCD TVs you can buy, and it costs $700 less than the LVM-47w1, which had no tuner. Best of all, it outperforms its predecessor in almost every way.
|Tack-sharp; complex pattern in Taggart’s shirt clean and clear.||Gorgeous, from deep blue sky to pastel buildings of Rock Ridge.||Good; letterbox bars unobtrusive.||No opportunity to test.||No problems noticed.|
(Master & Commander)
|Excellent; maze of ship’s rigging clear and sharp.||Excellent; aqua sea and green vegetation looked natural.||Good; letterbox bars unobtrusive.||Poor; below-deck walk awash in solid dark areas.||No problems noticed.|
(The Late Show with
|Controls on Paul Shaffer’s keyboard rig sharp and clear.||Colorful stage set looked excellent; Dave’s pasty complexion seemed correct.||No opportunity to test.||No opportunity to test.||No problems noticed.|
(CBS local news)
|Softer-looking than HDTV or DVD; in-studio shots sharper than remote feeds.||Anchors’ skin tones quite natural.||No opportunity to test.||No opportunity to test.||Some shimmering in finely detailed parts of the studio set, even with no camera motion; this could be in broadcast signal.|
Overall, I was very pleased by the picture quality of the Westinghouse TX-47F430S, especially considering its low price. Its detail and color were first-rate, and its black performance was excellent, especially for an LCD. The only major shortcoming was shadow detail, which can make or break dark movies like The Matrix. Still, this TV has enough else going for it to merit serious consideration.