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post #1681 of 1850
I've had my LT37HVS since last Christmas and have been getting HD only on local channels OTA. Had my DVD connected via HDMA and satellite & OTA via coax. Upgraded to DIRECTV HD over the weekend and connected satellite via HDMA with great results. Wanted to connect DVD via component and got a very dark, red and blurred picture -- same when I tried S-video. Now have the DVD connected via AV but I know I would be better off with component -- if it worked. I had never tried component or S-video connections before. It seems I have seen some discussion of this problem on the thread, but I can't find it with searches. Does anyone know if I have a problem with the TV or is there some setup issue that needs adjusted. Thanks.
post #1682 of 1850
Just reread my post. Before I get harshly corrected that's "HDMI".
post #1683 of 1850
Some DVD players require component outputs to be activitated in the Setup menu. My Panasonic did (activate progressive scan while you're at it). You might also try another set of cables. I paid $7 for mine at Home Depot and they work great.
Another possibility . . . if your LT37VHS has 2 component inputs, try the 2nd one as well.
post #1684 of 1850
Thanks. Should have mentioned that we tried two receivers and two sets of cables (component and s-video) with same results. Will check DVD setup but had the same issue with satellite receivers and the DVD, so it starts with the TV set or possibly the cables (tested two each of the same brand).
post #1685 of 1850
Anyone set this TV up to work with their Logitech Harmony remote? I'm having issues with it. Mostly the inputs, they always jump two inputs while selecting stuff rather then scroll 1 at a time.
post #1686 of 1850
I have a Harmony 520 that I am using with my LT37HVS and other components. No problems.
post #1687 of 1850
Questions, help greatly appreciated, Thanks!!

This is regarding using the LT37HVS with the XBOX 360 via the VGA cable.

1) Has anyone noticed any improvements with VGA over components specifically using the 360 now speciall with their updates. I am using components now and do not mind slightly muted colors if that is an issue with VGA.

2) Does the LT37HVS support 16:9 aspect via VGA. Does anyone get black borders with their 360? Hoping not and the screen is utilized completely.

3) Can someone post their complete settings only for VGA connected to the 360? Thanks!!


I am considering shelling out $40 or so for the VGA cable only to play Gears of War/Call of Duty 3 and many more with hopefully better display that the LT37HVS might be capable of outputing.
post #1688 of 1850
We have this set at work and have a IBM S51 PC connected to it for showing corporate slideshows and videos. I'd like to have a better quality video card for this PC. So can someone recommend a decent video card (PCI only, don't have a AGP port) for use with this TV?
post #1689 of 1850
You want a video card that will output in the native resolution of the Olevia, which is 1366x768 at 60Hz. I'm not aware of a PCI video card that will do this, but this is the resolution you want to look for in any video card specs.

For the best results as a computer monitor, you should use an AGP video card with a DVI output that will handle the native resolution of the Olevia.
post #1690 of 1850
Thanks. But I don't have a choice in changing out the PC for now. The PC only has PCI slots, no AGP. But I'll look for a card that can do DVI --> HDMI with the right resolution.
post #1691 of 1850
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Originally Posted by hdxls View Post

This is regarding using the LT37HVS with the XBOX 360 via the VGA cable.

1) I thought the image quality was a significant jump on the VGA cable. I've had it for more than half a year, and at the time it simply looked clearer. I have noticed that there seems to be some discolorations on the outside areas of the screen using VGA that I've never seen on any other input, it's most noticable when the screen is dark. Even with that problem, I've still never considered going back to component.

2) The 360 output is close to the Olevia's native resolution and fills the screen.

3) The setting I remember, because I change it sometimes on Battlefield 2, is that the backlight is in the middle and the black level is set to 56. When I had the DVD settings disks I also set the component inputs, and the black level had to be higher than avererage with the 360 there too.
post #1692 of 1850
thanks very much for you input alluringreality!!

So you are using the 1360 x 766 output on the 360 right?

And if it is not too much trouble, can you email or post your complete VGS settings...

Hue, Saturation, Contrast, Brightness, Sharpness, Color temperatures(RBG values) etc. etc. from me to atleast use a base..

I have learnt that the above settings can also influence the amount of pixelation etc. that is noticeable and such and I think my current setting is just not as good.

Thanks again!!
post #1693 of 1850
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Originally Posted by hdxls View Post

if it is not too much trouble, can you email or post your complete VGS settings...

I ended up just setting the RGB to personal preference for what I thought looked most realistic on my DVD player (-1,-2,0), and I set the white to what seemed bright but not too blown out. I'm not a first choice to ask about this though. While I can pick out the green in the 49 example of red-green deficiency at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_blindness, I really don't notice the number pattern like on the others.
post #1694 of 1850
ok, no probs, will be picking up the vga cable this weekend and will play around with the sttings and see if I can get a picture suited to my liking or will stick with component for now.
post #1695 of 1850
OK, VGA impressions with the XBOX 360 for anyone interested.

1) Simply awesome, was not expecting much of a jump but I am surprised and it looks great, using the 1360 resolution. Games that seemed a bit pixelish around the edges now look much much better. Colors seem fine to me, not really muted, I tend to like muted colors and probbaly mmy component settings were similar color-wise...but picture now does seem sharper. vibrant, smooth around edges, just great!

2) Fills the screen completely, no black borders, JUST HIT the Auto-Adjust in the tv menu.

3)Ok, so like the HDMI the hue,s aturation etc. etc. are disabled...didn't realize that so asked for those settings in my previous posts, ignore!
post #1696 of 1850
Wrong thread!
post #1697 of 1850
Hi all,

I've had the set for about 10.5 months now, and it has suddenly developed an intermittant problem turning on . I hit the power button on the remote, the blue "OLEVIA" goes out, but no picture... nothing. I have to completely unplug the TV for about 30 seconds, plug it back in and resume. It has happened about 8 or 10 times now.

I'm calling syntax tomorrow. I tried searching this thread, but "won't turn on" didn't bring up anything that looked applicable. Any ideas what might cause this?

Thanks,

Doug
post #1698 of 1850
I just bought an olevia 537h. I tried to upgrade the firmware & it failed, the TV will not power on & Olevia's support center is closed until monday. How can I get it to power on? please help, in desperate situation. Thanks in advance
post #1699 of 1850
Never mind the above post. I re-installed it & it worked.
post #1700 of 1850
I have been trying to find a Olevia 537H to see what it looks like. No one has the set. CompUSA still has the LT37HVS. I was not impressed. The blacks looked more dark gray than black. There was an LG on one side and an Sharp on the other side. Both had better blacks. I don't know about any TV settings and whether the blacks on the LT37 could be improved. I don't want to buy online without first previewing the TV but that seems impossible. I understand that the 537H is supposed to be a much better TV than the LT37.

Comments from anyone with a LT37 or 537H concerning the black levels would be appreciated. I have seen fabulous prices on the 537H which are much less than the CompUSA price on the LT37 which I believe has been discontinued.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
post #1701 of 1850
I am in no way a HDTV expert or ISF certified or anything of that caliber, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. But this is what I've researched in 3 months:

Never, Ever, EVER, judge a TV by its performance at your local brick and mortar store or in a showroom. Stores commonly employ two tactics, each being just as bad as the other. The first tactic being, stores will sometimes calibrate the settings on higher-priced tv's so that they look excellent, and then place that TV by a lower-priced TV that they do -not- calibrate so that purchasers will buy the more expensive one. The second tactic being the stores sometimes simply do not calibrate -any- of the models and throw them on out to display them, sometimes using the same source quality, (HD or SD), sometimes not.

Read up on all the reviews on each model here at AVS, I have, and I don't think I've heard a single real complaint about the 537H in particular. I can't comment on the LT37 as I haven't researched it specifically.
post #1702 of 1850
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Originally Posted by weberman View Post

Comments from anyone with a LT37 or 537H concerning the black levels would be appreciated.

My LT37HVS looks good enough in a bright room. With the tv setup to display the black bar pattern that's on the Avia and DVE discs it's black level is grey in a dark room. The thing is that the tvs in store will not be setup correctly. When I bought I thought that it would be possible to turn down the backlight and the black setting, but that crushes blacks and does not display the range. In short, my opinion is that the LT37HVS does not have a good black level.
post #1703 of 1850
Quote:
Originally Posted by obeck View Post

Hi all,

I've had the set for about 10.5 months now, and it has suddenly developed an intermittant problem turning on . I hit the power button on the remote, the blue "OLEVIA" goes out, but no picture... nothing. I have to completely unplug the TV for about 30 seconds, plug it back in and resume. It has happened about 8 or 10 times now.

I'm calling syntax tomorrow. I tried searching this thread, but "won't turn on" didn't bring up anything that looked applicable. Any ideas what might cause this?

Thanks,

Doug


After a rather lengthy time trying to get through to techinical service at Syntax, customer service got to the for me. The believe that it could be a mainboard problem, a backlight problem, or an "inverter" problem.

They are going to send me replacement set (I live in Ga), and I am going to return this one.

Lesson learned: My set has about 28 days of warranty left. Had this occured a month from now, it would be very expensive for me to get fixed(Shipping both ways between CA and GA, and a repair ). Unlike truly major manufacturers, Olevia appears to have no presence outside of CA. Had this been a Sharp or a Sony, they would have a repair center in the Atlanta metro area somewhere.


Has anyone ever had Syntax come onsite for the onsite warranty and fix the set? If not, I am going to STRONGLY consider extending the warranty for another year on the new set.
post #1704 of 1850
Quote:
Originally Posted by Evil Dementia View Post

Never, Ever, EVER, judge a TV by its performance at your local brick and mortar store or in a showroom.

Read up on all the reviews on each model here at AVS

I don't agree. I think it's a better idea to get your own impression first if at all possible, simply because what bothers you can be totally acceptable to someone else. You're the one that will be using it, so your opinion matters most. LCD black-level perception does seem to have a lot to do with the amount of light in the room and TV settings, but otherwise I don't see much point in avoiding making general buying decisions from what it's possible to see in a showroom unless you're one of the rare people that actually is going to have an ISF tech setup their TV.
post #1705 of 1850
I have one question about surround sound. If I'm using the regular speakers attached to the TV, is it better to turn on surround sound? Seems more of a preference question, but just wondering what you guys have this set on. Thanks.
post #1706 of 1850
Quote:
Originally Posted by obeck View Post

Hi all,

I've had the set for about 10.5 months now, and it has suddenly developed an intermittant problem turning on . I hit the power button on the remote, the blue "OLEVIA" goes out, but no picture... nothing. I have to completely unplug the TV for about 30 seconds, plug it back in and resume. It has happened about 8 or 10 times now.

I'm calling syntax tomorrow. I tried searching this thread, but "won't turn on" didn't bring up anything that looked applicable. Any ideas what might cause this?

Thanks,

Doug

Yeah, my set has done that too from day one, or a little over 5 months (check out post #1562). Tonight I have a bigger problem, though. I turned on the set and I'm not getting a picture on any of the sources at all, just sound. I've seen a post or two about this issue as well, but can't remember the cause or the solution. I have emailed Syntax tech support for assistance, we'll see what happens.

It's only been a few hours and I already miss my big screen. Oh well.
post #1707 of 1850
Well, I've had my LT37HVS since February. I've had ZERO problems with it. This past week, when switching out cable boxes due to a DVR issue (SA 8300HD), I started getting a noisy signal on component #1. I figured the new box was the issue. I exchanged it yet again today for a new DVR. It is still noisy on component #1. I switched it to #2 on the TV, and it looks solid again. Basically, I think I messed up input #1 by not unplugging the TV when moving inputs around (one of the cardinal rules of the LT37HVS it seems).

Anyhow, I'm debating if I should bother calling for this. How has Syntax support been these past few months? Will I get a replacement TV? If so, do they cross ship? Or, will they send a tech out?

Let me say, Component #1 still displays, theres just obvious interference. I'm using thick Monster component cables for this, and they work just fine on Component #2, so I think the input is messed up.

Ugh. I hate the thought of exchanging the TV. This one has been so solid, I'd hate to go through the fiasco of receiving a lemon or something and spending a buttload in shipping charges.

Thanks!
post #1708 of 1850
Quote:
Originally Posted by DooMer_MP3 View Post

Well, I've had my LT37HVS since February. I've had ZERO problems with it. This past week, when switching out cable boxes due to a DVR issue (SA 8300HD), I started getting a noisy signal on component #1. I figured the new box was the issue. I exchanged it yet again today for a new DVR. It is still noisy on component #1. I switched it to #2 on the TV, and it looks solid again. Basically, I think I messed up input #1 by not unplugging the TV when moving inputs around (one of the cardinal rules of the LT37HVS it seems).

Anyhow, I'm debating if I should bother calling for this. How has Syntax support been these past few months? Will I get a replacement TV? If so, do they cross ship? Or, will they send a tech out?

Let me say, Component #1 still displays, theres just obvious interference. I'm using thick Monster component cables for this, and they work just fine on Component #2, so I think the input is messed up.

Ugh. I hate the thought of exchanging the TV. This one has been so solid, I'd hate to go through the fiasco of receiving a lemon or something and spending a buttload in shipping charges.

Thanks!

That's a tough call. I spoke with Syntax, for my problem they suggested shipping another set out and returning mine back to them. Three days for paper work and then whatever the UPS transit time, according to the rep. I was hesitant to do this, because I like my current set it (esp. no dead pixels). I asked about sending a repair person, he said they could do this but it could possibly extend the repair process to 2-4 weeks.
So I chose the first option, hopefully that was the right choice.
We'll see though... I'll post my progress on this board.
post #1709 of 1850
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silint View Post

That's a tough call. I spoke with Syntax, for my problem they suggested shipping another set out and returning mine back to them. Three days for paper work and then whatever the UPS transit time, according to the rep. I was hesitant to do this, because I like my current set it (esp. no dead pixels). I asked about sending a repair person, he said they could do this but it could possibly extend the repair process to 2-4 weeks.
So I chose the first option, hopefully that was the right choice.
We'll see though... I'll post my progress on this board.

Are they cross-shipping it? Or is that an option? I can't imagine being without my TV for 2 weeks or so
post #1710 of 1850
Quote:
Originally Posted by DooMer_MP3 View Post

Are they cross-shipping it? Or is that an option? I can't imagine being without my TV for 2 weeks or so

Yes, they are sending me the replacement first, I will then ship them mine in the box from the new set.

They get your credit card number and put a hold on the value of the replacement TV. So in case they don't get the old one back they can charge for it.
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