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Westinghouse Model SK-32H240S

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The Bottom Line

The SK-32H240S is a good TV for the money. Sure, the colors don't 'pop' as much as higher-priced LCD flat panels but you have to consider how much this TV costs.

If you're looking for an entry-level LCD like a Vizio or Insignia then take a look at Westinghouse's SK-32H240S. The price is very competitive, possibly lower.

Picture enhancement is rare in televisions of this price and this one has it. This alone makes it stand out to me. I also liked the placement of the inputs on the panel.

At the time of this review, the SK-32H240S was priced about $700 at many retailers.

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Pros

  • ATI video processing
  • ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners
  • 2 HDMI inputs
  • A/V connections are on the side of the panel
  • Closed caption is easy to access

Cons

  • Colors aren't as vibrant as higher-priced LCDs
  • No picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities
  • Remote control isn't universal
  • Auto Source can be a pain if not wanting to change inputs automatically

Description

  • Picture enhancement is significant in LCDs and this is what separates the SK-32H240S from other entry-level LCDs.
  • I can't understate the importance of connections on the spine. It makes it much easier to connect (mounted or not).
  • The Electronic Program Guide is pretty good. It does what it's supposed to. The graphics are somewhat outdated.
  • The panel weighs about 40lbs. It is VESA compliant for wall mounting.
  • Auto-Source feature can be an annoyance. This feature switches to new sources when powered on. It can be turned off.

Guide Review - Westinghouse Model SK-32H240S

With a regular price of about $700 and sales prices that dip below $600, Westinghouse's SK-32H240S is a real player for a budget-hound looking for a value.

The key specifications are:

  • Screen Size: 32"
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Color Capability: 16.7 Million colors
  • Modes: NTSC/ATSC,ClearQAM 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • Contrast Ratio: 1200:1
  • Lamp Life: 50,000 Hrs
  • Response Time: 8 ms

The SK-32H240S also has digital technologies:{/p]

  • Progressive Scan
  • 3D Noise Reduction
  • Inverse 3:2 Pulldown
  • De-Interlacing
  • 3D Adaptive Comb Filter
  • 2D OSD Graphics Engine

The Picture

Analog and standard digital (480i) images are good, not great. I preferred to watch them in 4:3 rather than 16:9 because of the better image. It struggled with the conversion from 4:3 to 16:9, but many LCD TVs struggle with this conversion.

High definition (1080i) was very good. It had enough horse to compete with higher priced models.

I played hours of XBOX 360 and the 480p reproduction was clearly a notch above 480i, though colors weren't as crisp as I would like.

Bottom line is that the SK-32H240S produced pretty good images. I was slightly disappointed in the color reproduction.

Color Reproduction

Colors just weren't as rich in the SK-32H240S as other models I've seen. Yes, the contrast ratio is average (1200:1) but I think it is more/less a result of the DayBright technology.

This feature acts much like a glare-free glass in a picture frame. It works and I think this is part of the reason colors seem flatter. I recommend calibrating colors out of the box.

Moving Images

Motion is a bugaboo of LCD TVs. The SK-32H240S processed motion with slight blurring. That is expected of an entry-level LCD.

Moving text processed without issue. Fast-moving images didn't have ghosting. Video game play is good. High definition was very good.

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