Tell me if I'm a fool or not....
My 3 yr old 32' SDTV died a few weeks back (gotta love RCA, eh?), so I only bought because I had to get something. I plan to some day in the future get a really nice tv, just not now.
...so I ended up buying this HDTV the other day:
Olevia Black 37" 16:9 8ms LCD HDTV w/ ATSC Tuner Inside Model 237V Out the door (including shipping) it was $860.
It had really great user reviews, and was pretty darn reasonably priced when compared to other sets that size with all the same features/inputs. I was hesitant to buy a TV online, but I checked lots of sites, stores and even the local Video Only store which has the best tv prices in town. Nothing came close. Granted, it's a name I've never heard of, but I already knew I couldn't afford/justify buying a nice Sony or Samsung (etc.).
It also didn't hurt that it came with a free 5.0mp Vivitar camera (sells for $90), though I'd have bought it without that.
Hopefully I'll like this HDTV as much as the other folks who have it, but if it's a turd, at least I'm only out $800. I can live with that. A $1600 turd would make me sad. At least now I'm halfway onboard with the HD thing, even if it's only a 720p set.
In hindsight, I should have at least posted here and asked for input before pulling the trigger. I'm almost completely lost when it comes to HDTV's.
Thanks in advance for your input.
btw - I'll be hooking up: Regular cable (w/ no cable box), a DVD Recorder (not a DVR), a VCR and a PS2. Next-gen console by year's end.
I've never heard of Olevia either, however it does sound vaguely familiar. I can't place my finger on it though. Anyways, to the point. Based on the price, I'd be wary to say its entirely HDTV (I'm not quite technologically inclined in the TV market so bear with me, I can't explain it too well.) in the sense that its in any way comparable to something along the lines of Sony's Bravia series, and the like. For what it is, its DEFINITELY a lot better than any CRT. Period. It'll also render the HD signals fine, but its the matter of at what resolution it'll show them as. My Vizio 42" Plasma HDTV isn't what HD enthusiasts call "true HDTV" because it doesn't broadcast at the resolution that the HD signal is sending, or something to that effect. It is HD, but it isn't HD as its being broadcasted, if that makes any sense. I'd be inclined to say that your new TV is no different, however that isn't a bad thing. It just means its cheaper, and to the untrained eye, you probably wouldn't even see the difference.
You WILL want to get an upgrade to an HD broadcast though, if you really want to see the difference. Regular broadcast on an HD is... ugly to say the least.
Flakpanzer;3520812For what it is, its DEFINITELY a lot better than any CRT. Period.
I'm sure you'll find a few die-hards that will still argue that a CRT HDTV is better. I've never actually seen a CRT HDTV in action, though.
Oleiva is one of the Chinese companies that have been making electronics for years, but until know they've always been one of the companies that would be the sub-manufacturor for other larger electronics companines (like Sony). So they would build the equipment, and then sell it to a Sony, RCA, or Phillips like company.
I can remember that about three years ago, LG came out and started to sell their stuff directly, much like Olevia is doing now.
So the reason the price is so cheap is because Olevia makes the equipment, and sells it to you directly (there's no middleman). So, I believe that you bought yourself a decent TV, the only thing to be warry of is the customer service and support (if you ever need it). Since the company just recently began to sell electronics directly to consumers, no one knows what the customer service is/will be like.
Olevia is a brand name of Syntax Brillian, which is a relatively new American company. However the components are supplied by the big corporations in China and Taiwan (no shock there). That basically puts them in line with every manufacturer who you'd consider to have a 'quality' brand name (Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Samsung etc).
Chances are there's nothing wrong with it and it'll be just as good as anything you'll buy from any other company; so I'd say you got a good deal.
Thanks for the info all, it's certainly eased my mind.
I usually try to buy quality stuff or least well regarded brand names I've heard of, so I was a little leery of this purchase of an unknown brand. I'll just sit back and enjoy it when it shows up this week... :beer:
My Olevia 37" finally showed up a couple days ago, and I'm pretty happy with it. Here's my first impressions:
The pros: The picture quality looks great to my untrained eye, spectacular even. It certainly looks as good or better than my 19" Samsung LCD monitor. No visual problems whatsoever. No dead pixels, no ghosting. SD tv content looks decent (better than I expected), and standard DVD's look amazing. The remote is very responsive (point it anywhere) and you can easily change the input source and aspect ratio. The set itself is aesthetically beautiful, doesn't have that cheap look you might expect with a tv at this price.
The cons: (at this price, they're annoyances, really) The menu is rather cumbersome, lacking a menu tree and often requiring multiple menus to get to functions that should be on the remote in the first place (PiP/PbP, etc). The remote is a bit cheesy (but I knew it was going to be). The tv is slow to turn on (~10 seconds) and the tuner slow to change channels. The sound is expansive, yet hollow (run of the mill tv sound I suppose). The packaging it came in was very suspect, lacking any real protection for the screen itself (luckily my box came unscathed).
In short, I'd gladly buy the same set again. Hopefully it'll last awhile.
Do you have cable or satillite?
marvinmatthew;3536173Do you have cable or satillite?
Standard cable, not hi-def/digital. Comcast is the provider.
I may look into getting some type of HD cable package, but it's a really low priority right now.
Oblivious;3536167 The tv is slow to turn on (~10 seconds) and the tuner slow to change channels. The sound is expansive, yet hollow (run of the mill tv sound I suppose). The packaging it came in was very suspect, lacking any real protection for the screen itself (luckily my box came unscathed).
Yeah, most of the new HDTV's I've seen are pretty slow to start up. Theres a few out there that are faster than the rest, but for the most part, they're all fairly slow. Not as slow as most CRT's though. Sound, yeah, don't expect anything amazing. HDTV's were designed with the idea that the buyer might actually have a decent home theatre system set up. Lack of protection, yeah, its pretty common. They invest more in the idea that the shipper is going to be careful because the box is big and bulky. I don't think I've ever seen a well protected television box, now that I think about it. Cheap bastards, they'll spend all that money on the product but skimp on the packaging. Pfft
EDIT: My bad, I accidentally made a slight thread revive (it was 2 days old, a little bit old for most's standards). Eh, chalk it up to being tired.