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Olevia 232V LCD TV Review

by June 16, 2008
Olevia 232V LCD TV

Olevia 232V LCD TV

  • Product Name: Olevia 232V LCD TV
  • Manufacturer: Syntax-Brillian Corporation
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: June 16, 2008 19:44
  • MSRP: $ 599
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Video

  • Screen Size: 32”
  • Resolution: 1366 x 768 (16 million colors)
  • Compatible Modes: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • Viewing Angle: 178 degrees horizontal/vertical
  • Contrast Ratio: 1600:1
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Tuner:  NTSC/ATSC

  • Inputs: HDMI, Component, S-video, Composite, VGA (PC port)
  • Noise Reduction
  • 3D Comb Filter
  • 3:2/2:2 Pull Down

Audio
  • Auto sound level control
  • Sound output: 10W x 2
  • Headphone Output

Dimensions: 37.8" x 22.2" x 9.4"
Weight:  35.5 lbs

Pros

  • Excellent quality/cost ratio
  • Good color saturation

Cons

  • Limited video input options
  • limited user controls for calibration
  • Crushes whites
  • No source-specific buttons on remote

Introduction

If you are like me, deciding how to use your limited AV budget is a constant battle. On the one hand you've got your home theater and you want the absolute best gear you can afford in that room. However, if, like me, you also have a wife and kids, having a second television/movie viewing area can be a huge plus. Well, we're in luck. With a street price of around $600, the Olevia 232V entry-level 32" LCD display makes it is possible to get a display that offers pretty impressive performance for very little money.

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Recent Forum Posts:

gbenfield posts on June 18, 2008 20:43
Maximoigleias - Glad you found the review useful. Let us know how you like it once you get it home and installed. As long as you have a progressive scan DVD player I think you'll be pleased what this display gives you for the money.
Clint DeBoer posts on June 18, 2008 10:55
That receiver was awesome.
maximoiglesias posts on June 17, 2008 19:32
I am buying this TV tomorrow thanks to this review and another on Playback magazine.
Also bought my Pioneer SVX-516V, thanks to Alcoholics review, which I highly recomend to anybody looking for a budget system.
BMXTRIX posts on June 17, 2008 14:22
See, now I think this is the display I have, and we put it in our three year olds playroom. I am really unimpressed with the overall quality of the display compared to the 3 plasmas we have in our home, but it does do what it's supposed to.

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.
birdonthebeach posts on June 17, 2008 14:07
Great review, Gary. Glad to see you surface again here at Audioholics. Looking forward to more display reviews!
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