232V Set Up and Menu System
The menu is based on a wheel system set up around the following primary options:
The menu was not the most intuitive system I have ever seen on a display; however, once you get the hang of how it works, it is fairly easy to manipulate. All the controls you need to manipulate the wheel-based menu system for setup and calibration are centrally located on the lower part of the remote. During set up and calibration, the controls I used most often were easy enough to get to. However, its lack of memory (having to start the whole wheel cycle over every time) became a nuisance if you happened to let the menu display timeout. On the positive side you can increase the delay in the timeout for the menu display in the Set up menu.
This is the initial menu that can be used to configure all the basic information for your display. This portion of the menu includes options for setting:
- Date and Time
- Menu Timeout
- LED Setting (this is for turning off the bright blue LED power light on the front of the display)
- Factory Settings
- Factory Settings by Input
- Firmware Version
- Parental Control
The picture menu controls most of the picture quality controls you will need to calibrate the television to make sure you are getting the best image available. The mode controls the basic setup for the television and includes two options. The default setting is the Power Up setting that is typically optimized for the bright conditions of a big box electronics store (and little else). You will almost certainly want to select the Home setting.
The Input menu allows you to indicate what type of source video you are sending the display from each input (HDMI or Component). The options available in this menu include: Interlaced DVD, Progressive DVD, Standard Definition TV, High Definition TV, and User
The Lighting menu includes three different controls designed to optimize settings based on the ambient light in a room (Bright Room, Medium Room, and Dark Room). If you install your television in a room with a lot of windows, and fairly bright ambient light conditions during the day, the Bright Room option can be useful for daytime television watching. Then by toggling through to Dark Room you are ready to watch movies at night in a relatively light-controlled environment.
Other settings in the Picture menu include:
- Color Temp – the options under this settings are Native or 6500K (see the calibration and Bench testing section for details on the differences between these settings)
The Screen menu contains three more options to help you get your display set up to properly align and adjust the physical aspect of the picture. The main Picture Source allows you to tell the Olevia how your primary source is connected to the television (HDMI, Component, S-video, Composite, or Tuner). The Adjustment submenu allows you to shift the picture vertically or horizontally to make sure the center of the picture is in the middle of the screen and you aren’t cropping either side. There are also submenus here to change the aspect ratio based on the source signal and for cropping to make sure you are seeing the entire picture on your screen.
The Audio menu is fairly limited and includes submenus to adjust the Treble, Bass, and Balance of the audio. You also have submenus to turn on or off the speaker and mute functions.
Also bought my Pioneer SVX-516V, thanks to Alcoholics review, which I highly recomend to anybody looking for a budget system.
Reaction time is really slow on start up and shut down. It doesn't have discreet codes for universal remotes as far as I've seen, and the black levels are really - really poor. With a good HD signal, you aren't doing to poorly, but with almost anything else, especially so-so SDTV it can look downright awful.
I will double check my model as it could be a 242v or something like that, and this model could be an improvement on what I have.
The one nice thing is that we are using a Crestron control system and the LCD, despite its low price, included a serial port and the protocols were straightforward enough that I was able to integrate power, source select, and volume onto a 10" touchpanel that is easy enough for our three year old to use.