I just purchased an Olevia 432V last night and while it is a smokn' deal at the Office Depot sale price I am not too sure about the ATi HD chipset being used in the set . The overall image is not very impressive for HD cable channels using QAM , I have not tried OTA HD as of yet .
Xbox 360 looks great on the set and this time Olevia got it right as almost anything can be pixel mapped over VGA and even Component (HDMI does not pixel map from a PC using DVI @ 1360x768 even though the VGA does) . The Xbox 360 over VGA at 1360x768 looks great and actually pixel maps leaving just a couple pixels rows unused on each side .
Xbox 1 480p looks marginal at best when in full screen mode ( ATi chipset to blame ? ).
HD DVD looks great (of course) but the set does not handle 1080i from the HD DVD player very well . The HD DVD 1080i signal causes the image to jitter/jump , which is no doubt a fault with the ATi chipset . 720p from the HD DVD player (2.0 firmware) looks great and has no image issues but it is not as sharp as the jumpy 1080i .
The menu system is plain awful , I cannot stand it and see no reason for it being done this way (not user friendly at all) . Calibration is a chore on this set due to the poor user interface and having to jump all around the options to nail down all the settings . The owners manual (which comes on a cd-rom) is not very descriptive either .
The set can be firmware upgraded via a USB connection (to a PC) . There are no firmware updates as of yet and I would hope that they would fix this jumpy 1080i issue ASAP . Nice idea for the end user upgrades but lets see if it actually gets used .
The set has 1 HDMI input , 1 direct Component input , 1 VGA input that can also be used as a Component input with the proper adapter (not supplied) , A couple of S-Video and Composite inputs . Even though the set has built in ATSC tuner it does not have any digital audio out connection (no spdif or optical) so no 5.1 from Cable/OTA HD channels here . It has L/R audio out and a headphone out .
While the onboard speakers are slightly better than the older Olevia sets ( I also own an LT-26HVX) they still leave a lot to be desired , there simply is no bass response at all (unless you consider lower frequency hollow distortion to be bass) .
The cabinet design is nice but would be much better looking for an HT environment if it were black (like the older models) . The cabinet is mostly silver on the front and all black in the back .
The remote is laid out ok but not very responsive ( which seems to be an ongoing issue with Syntax TV's ) .
Overall for the sale price it is a bargain (no doubt) and near impossible to beat the features/size at under $1000 but it has its shortcomings ( mainly due to the ATi chipset IMO ) .
EDIT : *** It would appear that any 1080i source over Component causes the image to jump/jitter ! I just tested a couple other sources and they all exhibit the same behavior