View Full Version : im in the markey for an HDtv

03-12-2007, 02:22 PM
what can ya guys tell me about em...i heard plasmas have a short life is this true?
id really like to kep it to under 900 and around 32,37"

03-12-2007, 02:26 PM
Westinghouse LVM 37w3

buy it online, DO IT

no better bang for the buck and within ur price range.

here is a thread with 7,235 replies solely devoted to this display


perfect for a ps3 or 360

03-12-2007, 02:27 PM
Plasma technology has come a long way, the newer ones last much longer than the early models. However, the size your looking for really takes Plasma out of the equation anyway. A good Flat Panel LCD would be the best route for that size range.

03-12-2007, 02:38 PM
I think most plasmas now last around 60,000 hours, that's what the sales guy told me anyway...

EDIT: Just googled it to see and it is true


03-12-2007, 02:42 PM
great for 360

can be used as a pc monitor

1080p video from microsoft's site

not my pictures, but i own the monitor....it IS a monitor as it has no built in tuner....what does that mean? i need a satellite or cable box to watch tv on it....which i do, and its great.

but you can't take a coax cable from the wall into the tv....other than that, the monitor is EXTREMELY flexible, and I love it personally.

I run the 360 to it via VGA at full 1080p for games and movies and I think its been one of the best purchases I've ever made.

03-12-2007, 03:11 PM
hmmmm interesting im definitely looking into that one.....thanks

03-12-2007, 03:28 PM
But one thing to beware of that isn't advertised: If you watch a 4:3 program that is broadcast widescreen letterbox (black bars above and below on a 4:3 monitor, like Battlestar Galactica), this monitor does not have a scaling feature to scale that letterboxed 4:3 widescreen to fit the monitor's screen. It does have stretch scaling to stretch 4:3 to widescreen (Makes circles look like ovals, and makes people look squat and fat), but that is not the same as scaling up a letterbox 4:3 to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio of this monitor. You *can* find this feature in more expensive monitors, so if you want that feature, this monitor won't do it.

ever get that?

03-12-2007, 03:35 PM

honestly i can't say that i have......i watch alot of tv on it in my den, hdtv channels from directv and stuff look great. I have my directv box set to output 16x9..so i dunno.

there is one minor flaw that I HAVE experienced and can share with you. This monitor has ZERO overscan....so some programs you watch will have a squiggly line across the top its very small.....you can do 1 of 2 things....press the fill button which does like a 5% zoom and takes care of that.....or....just deal with it....i deal with it myself. honestly anytime anything little about the monitor comes up (like that zero overscan thing) i just remember the price i paid and all the good things about it...liek being a 1080p LCD with an absolutely gorgeous hd picture....there really isn't a better deal out there...(i got mine for 999.00 from sam's club in store).

03-12-2007, 03:46 PM
I initially had brought home a 37" LG LCD (720p/1080i) from Circuit city...all said and done it was about 1800 bucks.....

so knowing i had 30 days to take it back for any reason whatsoever, I kept researching lcd's and plasma's......i did just that, and stumbled across the deal on the westy for 999.....(best buy was still seling this model for 1500)....and I jumped all over it....(general price range on the westy now is 999-1100)..brought it home and compared the 2 displays....the LG had some nice features that the westy didn't, like a quality remote, a little bit more attractive housing, and a built in tuner (wouldn't use it anyway).

the westy had a better hd picture and was 800-900 less than the LG....now, the LG standard definition was a little better, no doubt....but honestly how good can standard definition loook anyways? what sold me on the monitor is how it meets my needs for high definition material...games, football, dvd's (upscaled to 720p via the 360 and vga cable), hd-dvd's (to 1080p w/ 360's vga)....anything in HD.

Im about to mount it on the wall, and i bought a cheapo onkyo home theater in a box to set up in that room. maybe ill take pix one day if im not too lazy.

03-12-2007, 05:52 PM
There's an LCD on sale at Best Buy this wee for $700-800 and it's like 32 inches. Plus they have 18 months no interest if you use their card.

03-12-2007, 07:26 PM
If price isn't a big deal Samsung's the way to go. Best bang for your buck Plasma's.


That's my baby.


That's the day I got it before I slapped the cable box etc in there.

Lifespans are definately way up as it states:

"As a long-term rewarding investment, Samsung Plasma TVs have a life expectancy of 60,000 hours, which means guaranteed quality 8 hours a day for 20 years, or 10 hours a day for 15 years. Our technological advancements have increased the lifetime of our plasma displays to the match the performance of LCDs."

You want at LEAST a Generation 5 plasma with at least 1 HDMI port just to make sure you don't get left behind later.

03-12-2007, 10:01 PM
i got the 42 inch version of that westy and it kicks major a$$. well worth it.