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Olevia LT30HV LCD Television

Olevia LT30HV - Large Screen LCD For A Bargain Price

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Olevia LT30HV 30-inch 16x9 LCD TV

Olevia LT30HV 30-inch 16x9 LCD Television

Robert Silva
At $1,999, the Syntax Olevia LT30HV LCD TV sports a 30-inch 16x9 screen, as well as HD-compatible progressive scan and DVI-HDCP inputs for watching DVD and HD material (with an outboard set-top box). For audio, the LT30HV includes a ten watt-per-channel amplifier with side-mounted speakers, and an output to connect an external subwoofer. This gives an additional option for those who may not have, or desire, a full external audio system.

Product Overview

The Olevia LTHV30 is a 30-inch LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) 16x9 HD-compatible (480p, 720p, 1080i) television with 1280x768 native pixel resolution, 750:1 contrast ratio, and 80,000 hour backlight life.

This unit comes with Dual-NTSC tuners with PIP, Split-Screen, and Multi-Screen display capability, using a Standard RF input, as well as Composite (1), S-video (1), Interlaced Component(1), and HD-compatible Component(1) video inputs. In addition, there is a DVI-HDCP input for use with DVI equipped DVD players and HD-set top boxes. Another bonus is a standard VGA input that allows LT30HV to be used as a PC monitor.

On the audio side, there is a ten watt-per-channel audio system with side mounted speakers and a line output for optional subwoofer. In addition, a headphone output is included, as well as stereo audio outputs for connection to stereo or surround sound system.

Other features include an onscreen menu can be set to transluscent or opaqe display. All controls can be accessed either from the unit itself or via the supplied remote control.

The LT30HV comes supplied with a table stand, but can be wall mounted via optional wall mounting kit.

Lastly, the Olevia comes with a one year on-site warranty.

Setup and Testing

Unpacking and setting up the Olevia LT30HV was very easy. Since the unit is only about 40 pounds, it was very easy to lift onto a table (although it can be lifted by one person, it is easier with two, due to its flat shape). An equivalent 30-inch CRT television can weigh as much as 150 pounds - you do the math!

Next, I removed several back plates that covered the AV, DVI, and VGA connections. All the connections are either side or down-facing so that your cable connectors do not protrude from the rear of the set. This is a great space saver.

Next, it was time to hookup my video source components. For this review I used several DVD players including: Samsung DVD-HD931 (DVI input), Philips DVDR985 (Progressive Scan Component and Standard AV), Pioneer DV-525 (S-video, standard component, and Standard AV). In addition, I also used an RCA VR725HF S-VHS VCR (Standard AV). I also hooked up a standard RF cable connection (no box) the LT30HV. DVD software used included scenes from the following: Kill Bill - Vol1, Pirates Of The Carribean, Chicago, Valley Of Gwangi, Passionada, X-men2, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, and On The Town. Several VHS film editions, including; Star Wars Trilogy, Batman, and Total Recall were also used.

The results from the Samsung DVD-HD931, through its DVI HD-upscaling function were outstanding. The 720p setting on the Samsung looked the best, more closely matching the LT30HV's native 1280x768 pixel resolution. Color and contrast looked great. No motion artifacts were noticable.

Using the Philips DVDR985 with a standard 480p progressive scan connection, I found that the color and contrast was also very good, just slightly below that of the Samsung's DVI connection, when using its 480p setting. The internal Faroudja DCDi processors on the Samsung and Philips also contributed to the video performance.

Utilizing the Pioneer DV-525 on S-Video, I found a basically good image, but not quite up to par with either the Samsung or the Philips. The color and contrast was fine, but reds were very slightly more overblown, which would be expected. In addition, I found little difference between the non-progressive component and S-Video connections, although reds improved with component.

There was a noticable drop in quality when using standard AV connections on both the Pioneer DV-525 and the RCA VR725. The DVD material had a more "washed out" look with standard AV connections, as well as exhibiting some motion lag.

The VHS material, with it lower resolution, looked worse, not only magnifying all the bad aspects of VHS picture quality, but introducing more motion lag.

Lastly, I tested the television's onboard NTSC tuners, using a standard, no-cable box, connection. The performance was disappointing; the video quality was inconsistent. On stations that appeared to have strong signals, the images looked good, but exhibited some motion lag. Channels that had weak signals, looked worse. In comparison with a Sony 20-inch CRT set, using the same cable connection, the Sony outperformed the Olevia in standard cable TV reception and display, even taking into consideration the difference in screen sizes.

An additional comparison I made was to input the same cable signal through the Philips DVR985's onboard tuner and viewing the cable channels using the progressive scan output from the Philips to the Olevia. I got much better results in this setup, in terms of decreased motion lag. I found this to be an interesting observation. Fixed pixel displays, such as LCD and Plasma, generally have more difficulty with analog video than standard CRT sets in real world situations; however, the LT30HV certainly needs improvement is this area.

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