1a. Olevia 327-S12 (27") HD Monitor,
1b. LG 32LC2D (32") HDTV.
2a. Olevia - post Christmas sale at Fry's Electronics, good price & my SO wanted a bigger TV in her room.
2b. LG - New Years weekend sale at CC for the LR TV - used for regular HDTV/SDTV viewing in the LR.NOTE
: We got our DirecTV upgraded to HD service last November and wanted 16:9 HDMI displays for regular viewing.
3a. The Olevia has an excellent (much better than expected
) picture and just fits the top shelf of the equipment rack (DIY audio/video bookshelf). It is a significant improvement over the 17" Proview 16:9 LCD that it replaces.
3b. Likewise, the LG also just fits the shelf space (a 37 & up won't fit) in the LR. It replaced an old 27 Sony CRT set and is only ½ wider
. I had seen the LG 32LC2D & 37LC2D models in my local Radio Shack store (they had a better picture than any of the other displays I saw). The picture is also a lot better than any of the LCD models that I saw in Costco (Visio, Sharp, et al) - they all had bad motion blur on panning scenes
4a. Olevia - nothing except for lousy speakers - I'm using the 2.1 channel receiver output for the audio, so it doesn't matter. I haven't calibrated it yet, except for some eyeball tweaking of the Color Temperature and Brightness for a better-looking display.
4b. The LG won't auto-switch formats, but I suspect that this is more a problem with the H20 STB that I have in the LR. Also, I'm having picture drop-outs with the HDMI input
, so I'm using the Component connections. Again, this may be due to the H20 and not the LG.
5. It's too soon to tell on either display. My current movie viewing is using a calibrated front PJ on a 106 screen, so I have some experience (I've had 5 PJs over the last 20 years). The menu structure of the LG leaves something to be desired, but I haven't had a chance to read the manual, but it's not as intuitive as the Olevia is.
6. Again, it's too soon to tell. The Olevia has a lot of adjustments for a very low cost display. The LG should take a note of their Hong Kong neighbors - it's menu structure is difficult to navigate and the sub-menu structure does not do what is implied by the titles, but I did a quick setup (so I could watch the Rose Parade in HD) and haven't read the manual at all.
7a. The Olevia works real well with my older HTL-HD D* STB using the DVI to HDMI connection. The Olevia will auto-switch 4:3 and 16:9 formats because of the way I have the HTL-HD STB setup (DVI output to HDMI input on the Olevia). It also seems to have less LCD Motion Blur (on panning scenes) than the 27 to 37 LCD sets that I saw at Costco
7b. The LG has an excellent picture using the Component inputs. Using the HDMI connection, the PQ seems to be slightly better, both sharper and apparent better resolution (it should be
8a. Out of the box, the Olevia looked like it had a haze covering the screen
. I lowered the Color Temperature and the Brightness and that solved that problem. It appeared to be overdriving the panel/backlight.
8b. The LG had a good picture out of the box. Reducing the Color Temperature, Brightness, and Contrast a little really improved it though. The biggest problem is the HDMI signal dropouts, which could be due to the H20 STB and not the display (I will have to try my up-converting DVD player to be sure it's not the LG).
9a. With the sale price at Fry's, the Olevia was definitely worth it (I still paid $100 less than I did for my old 27 Sony CRT, even with the Fry's extra 5 year warranty).
9b. Even on sale, the LG from CC was still overpriced, but only by about 10%, IMHO (relative to single tube CRTs of roughly the same size). Given that the LCD draws about half the power, or less, mitigates the extra cost (and at about 1/3 the weight, it's also a lot easier to move).
10a. The Olevia 27 was a fabulous buy. I don't know how well their 32 & 37 sets perform relative to the 27, but they won't work in my LR because of their side mounted speakers. The extra width may look cool but sure hurts the ability to fit into cramped spaces. The side speakers should allow for better speakers, but the ones on the 27-er are pretty bad (and much worse than the smaller ones on the LG).
10b. The LG seems to have a very good contrast ratio (but I haven't calibrated it yet, and I should be able to get better black levels). LG's XD engine also seems to do a very good job on SD signals, as advertised. Their IPS (in-plane-switching) LCD panel seems to be doing its job too. I'm watching the Capitol One Bowl (ESPN on ABC) on my OTA antenna, it's much better than the D* feed (it looks crisper - most likely due to D*'s signal compression).
NOTE: Both sets have digital audio outputs so a decent surround sound system can be used instead of the, relatively, poor internal speakers
. I knew this before my purchases, so this aspect was of no concern.