Here's something a little different - a new HDTV that isn't 3D capable. We'll let you decide whether that's a good or bad thing, but what Westinghouse's new 46-inch LD-4655 LED HDTV does have going for it is a thin profile.
"Our new LD-4655 hits a perfect sweet spot for home theater lovers," says Rey Roque, Westinghouse's VP of Marketing. "Its low profile lets it stand or mount seamlessly in any sized room, but at the same time, its generous 46-inch screen gives consumers the big picture feel that's so vital to a true home theater experience. It's very exciting for us be to able to offer this kind of styling and performance at such an accessible price point."
Roque says the LD-4655 will go on sale later this month for $900. That buys you a 46-inch panel in a super thin form factor measuring 1.7 inches for the screen and just over 2 inches for its high-gloss black bezel. Other features include edge-lit LED technology, 120Hz refresh rate, 6.5ms response time, audio chip and tuning by Yamaha, and low energy consumption (80W normal, 1W in standby).
I purchased a 37-inch Westinghouse LVM-37W3SE LCD 1080p HDTV monitor in June 2007. A few months later, I found out that this particular model has faulty firmware that prevents it from working properly with many devices. For example, the Nvidia driver recognizes it as a different model Westinghouse 1080i monitor and refuses to set it in 1080p mode. I contacted customer support and received permission to return it. The monitor was returned in November, and it was received by Westinghouse two days later. I hadn’t heard anything from them until about a month ago, when I finally made a call to find out about the RMA status. (I’ve been out of the country on a business trip.)
I was promised a follow-up by several people, but no one would commit to when the monitor would be sent. They basically asked me to wait until I received my product. It has now been more than seven months, and I believe I have waited long enough! Thank God my trusty 15-inch LCD is still working fine.
It’s easy to be seduced by the sheer size of a 24-inch LCD screen—any display that big just looks like it means business. And there was a time when large LCD panels were almost exclusively high-performance parts. That’s no longer the case. As the 24-inch LCDs reviewed here demonstrate, large screens are just as varied and prone to flaws as their smaller counterparts.