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Olevia 342I

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
I was looking around and found a good deal for the Olevia 342I at Microcenter. I'm also looking at the Vizio VX37L from Costco. I was curious to know people's thoughts as to which was was a better unit?

Thanks!!!
David
post #2 of 30
Thread Starter 
I forgot to mention that they are both priced the same where I can get them.
post #3 of 30
i purchased the 342i 2 weeks ago and am still amazed. not sure about the vizio but the 342i does not have an internal tuner(ntsc, atc, qam) but if you use a cable box like i do you dont really need one. i have yet to find a problem and am amazed on a daily basis by my set as far as picture goes. i cannot comment on the audio of the set as i run all audio through my reciever and have the speakers on the set disabled.

if you have any specific questions let em know and I will try to answer
post #4 of 30
I'm interested in the Olevia 342i as well. A few questions. First of all, how are the black levels? I plan on putting it in my bedroom which will be viewed mainly at night. Do you find that the LCD is possibly too bright? Do you use the HDMI input? Any artifact issues when watching fast moving objects like sports? Will a universal remote work with the 342? Last, how does the Olevia handle standard def channels?
post #5 of 30
I am very pleased with my purchase of the 342i. Bought it at Microcenter for $999 after a mail-in rebate. I currently have it connected to my Time Warner digital cable box - their HD box will be installed later this week. Audio is being run through my Kenwood AV receiver and sat speakers etc.

Blacks are great. Picture is very nice. Mounting sucks! There are 12 holes tapped on the backside of the screen. Idea is to attach the bracket to the backside utilizing the holes. Problem is that the the holes are tapped incorrectly, sloppily etc. My mounting rack came with a wide assortment of bolts. Found the bolt that fits into the hole tapped on the back of the Olevia. BUT it only fits into one of the holes. All of the other holes are mis-tapped and the bolt fits either very sloppily or not at all. Visited the local hardware store and tried to purchase bolts that would work. None available. Waiting for Olevia customer service/technical service to provide a solution. Also went back to Microcenter and the 342i on display has the exact same problem. Microcenter claimed that they would contact the vendor and the mount manufacturer (a subsidary of Microcenter) and try to resolve the problem.

Will update when I know more. So beware if you plan on wall mounting the set otherwise it is great!
post #6 of 30
great customer service at MicroXenter here in Columbus, Ohio. They did quite a bit of research and determined that Olevia had indeed fouled up the mounting plate on the back of the monitor. The ONLY bolts that will work on the unit are #12-24x1-1 1/2" with spacers. kudo's to Rich Hutchings the sales mngr on Bethel Road.
post #7 of 30
I bought the 342i last week [EDIT] delivered with tax. I found the Olevia wallmount for $108 at mwave.

After 3 days of using this set, I believe that this is a solid deal. I plan to use this as a bedroom set when the wallmount is delivered. This LCD is connected to a Time Warner HD DVR via HDMI. I've seen better pictures on much more expensive sets but for my needs as a secondary set, I can't believe I found this at the price point.
post #8 of 30
I had the same problem with the screws not fitting. But, it wasn't that they were tapped incorrectly. Rather its the holes on plastic cover don't line up with the tapped threaded in the metal frame. I solved that by simply enlarging the holes in the plastic. The screws then thread smooth as butter.

As for the picture, looks better than some $2000 dollar sets.
post #9 of 30
Some follow up on the Olevia 342 now that I have been using it for 3 weeks and have mounted it. After some tweaks using the Avia calibration DVD, the picture is phenomenal. I have no complaints for a $1000 LCD, it is great as a second set. I did not have the problems described in this thread with the mounting holes and didnt need to modify anything. I used the Olevia wallmount and it is fine although it would have gone faster had I never looked at the instructions they supplied - they are horrid beyond description. Finding remote codes that will work with the Olevia is problematic and described in detail in other threads here on AVS. It appears easier to give up and find a learning remote that can understand the Olevia remote.

All in all, two thumbs up at this price point.
post #10 of 30
The latest 3 series sets from Olevia (332H, 337H and 342i) are getting good reviews from folks here at AVS. These sets don't have a built in tuner so that keeps the price down. I dropped just over 5 bills for the 332H and an quite pleased with it. Contrast ratio, pixel response and input selection is on par with the bigger brand names. These TVs represent strong value for the money.
post #11 of 30
Are there any major differences between the 342i and the 542i besides the tuner? I've only found reviews of the 542i, wondering if the 3 has similar picture quality.
post #12 of 30
There are other differences. You can do a side by side of the specifications on the Olevia website. It isn't completely obvious - select the 542i from the website home page. On that page you will see a comparison drop down box - select the 342i. The video processor is different and the 542i has additional connection options.
post #13 of 30
I have purchased the 342i and it will be delivered
tomorrow.
Can anyone post some of the settings
they used for best picture/calibration??..
Any tips unique to this tv??
Thanks in advance
post #14 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Florida View Post

Some follow up on the Olevia 342 now that I have been using it for 3 weeks and have mounted it. After some tweaks using the Avia calibration DVD, the picture is phenomenal. I have no complaints for a $1000 LCD, it is great as a second set. I did not have the problems described in this thread with the mounting holes and didnt need to modify anything. I used the Olevia wallmount and it is fine although it would have gone faster had I never looked at the instructions they supplied - they are horrid beyond description. Finding remote codes that will work with the Olevia is problematic and described in detail in other threads here on AVS. It appears easier to give up and find a learning remote that can understand the Olevia remote.

All in all, two thumbs up at this price point.

Can you please list some of your settings??

Also has anyone updated their firmware??
post #15 of 30
The tweaks I made using the AVIA CD were minor - I'll document them and post them later. The unit ships in "Showroom" mode which is scary bright - change it to the user mode. I did do a firmware upgrade to version 342-B11-V0130 and it was very easy using the update utility that came with the firmware update.
post #16 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by Florida View Post

The tweaks I made using the AVIA CD were minor - I'll document them and post them later. The unit ships in "Showroom" mode which is scary bright - change it to the user mode. I did do a firmware upgrade to version 342-B11-V0130 and it was very easy using the update utility that came with the firmware update.

Thanks for replying, I checked my firmware and its 342 b11 V0130-L ......
I have it in "home" mode.
I cant believe how bright the bright scenes are, and how vivid the colors are!!..
I do have uneven backlighting in the corners, and hope it goes away like other
Olevia owners have reported, usually after 2-3 days......
So far have only watched sd-tv, and its been fantastic. (not perfect, but great!)
I am receiving and hdmi cable today and will see how upconvert looks with
dvds.....
post #17 of 30
Well, I definately have "Mura Effect type 3" in
the corners of the display.
I wonder now if others may have this problem.?
It's not noticable unless it's a real dark scene, or when screen is blank.... Any suggestions??
Other than that the PQ is excellent, and I can't just return the tv, I bought it through the mail new off ebay...
Any ideas appreciated.thx.

Mura Effect type 3 is related to distance or defects between the panel and liquid crystals. This occurs when the panel is sealed and side pressure is imperfect. If it´s too strong, cells are crushed and there is a bright halo in a corner along the panel.
post #18 of 30
does this tv have pip
post #19 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by nae allah View Post

does this tv have pip

Nope I don't believe there is pip, but I COULD be wrong!!!!! (I never use it)
post #20 of 30
guys help me out plz.. I have a olevia 342i. I couldn't register at olevia's website because my serial # was already registered. Can someone send me the latest 342i firmware or give me a direct link... thanks xdanx(at)earthlink(dot)net
post #21 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by xlinkx View Post

guys help me out plz.. I have a olevia 342i. I couldn't register at olevia's website because my serial # was already registered. Can someone send me the latest 342i firmware or give me a direct link... thanks xdanx(at)earthlink(dot)net

It's on the way!!!!!!!!
342-B11_V0130_L.zip attached!!

I'm still wondering if anyone else has the 'cloudiness' issues (mura type 3) in the display.....I'm starting to wonder if anyone else even HAS this TV!!!!!!!
post #22 of 30
Quote:
Originally Posted by xlinkx View Post

guys help me out plz.. I have a olevia 342i. I couldn't register at olevia's website because my serial # was already registered. Can someone send me the latest 342i firmware or give me a direct link... thanks xdanx(at)earthlink(dot)net

Well? how did it go?? Did you get the firmware?? Any 342i owners out there?
Everyone SO happy that they never come here? Anyone care to comment on
their tv?

I'll add that my pet kitty (16yr old) REALLY watches this tv ALOT...She NEVER paid attention to any other tv's, but this one on animal planet (in SD) just captivates her, she loves it, which lets me know I'm happy with my purchase.....I still need to
deal with the mura clouding issues in the corners, but what a GREAT picture!@
post #23 of 30
i am about to buy two of them as well as a 342 all for my new house. i have has an olevia 32" for a couple of years with no issue whatsoever. i think the model is 32hv something like that (not in front of it now).

rippey
post #24 of 30
Is anyone using this TV as a PC Monitor. I would like to get this mainly for PC Use.
post #25 of 30
Is the picture quality on the 542 roughly the same as the 342? I'd prefer the black border, but to save 300 bucks it becomes less of an issue. And there's no real HD in my area, so a local tuner isn't going to be much of a difference.
post #26 of 30
I bought my set a few days ago. Hooked it up to an nvidia fx5200 card on my htpc (also connected to my projector pan lt500). I used a 25' VGA cable with ferrite cores for the connection. The text looked a little muddied at 1360x768, so I upped the sharpness on the set and it looked fine. a sample WMV file with HD-WMV looked great!

I tweaked my beyond tv settings to change the interlacing - to deinterlace the Standard def pictures. and that improved the quality of the picture on it. A decent SD picture (of course, it's coming from my hard drive / comcast).

Next up was a true HD test, so I downloaded the latest mariposa episode from **********. I noticed multiple horizontal lines in the image along with a "scan line" moving upwards. So I updated my nvidia drivers (yuck, liked the old ones). Now the problem was noticeably worse. Same picture on my 1280x720p projector was stellar.

So I adjusted the settings to use 1280x720p as an output on the olevia as well. Everything looked fine and no white horizontal (tearing?) lines at that point. Image was too small though. So I adjusted the olevia to use "full screen" rather than 1:1. Replay image - perfect - no tearing. So my guess is the 5200 card couldn't convert the odd resolution.

I haven't done any proper tuning, but it looks pretty good.
post #27 of 30
Can anyone post what calibration settings they came up with after using a calibration DVD? That would be ever so helpful! Send to usmcnyc (at) yahoo com. Thanks!
post #28 of 30
We've also had trouble with the mounting bracket screws on the back. We've tried 5mm, 6mm, 10-36, and 1/4-20. All of them don't work. We'll give your solution a try. We may cut them down to length rather than using spacers.



Quote:
Originally Posted by bopfan2 View Post

great customer service at MicroXenter here in Columbus, Ohio. They did quite a bit of research and determined that Olevia had indeed fouled up the mounting plate on the back of the monitor. The ONLY bolts that will work on the unit are #12-24x1-1 1/2" with spacers. kudo's to Rich Hutchings the sales mngr on Bethel Road.
post #29 of 30
I was a late adopter of the Olevia 342, and I used this forum to trouble shoot the 3 main issues. I thought I'd post a wrapup to help the other late comers.

Mounting screws: The mounting brackets is ascew to the threaded posts so you need to shave off a little of the plastic so the screws can go in straight and proper. I confirmed this and I used the M6X20mm screws that came with 2 different wallmount manufacturers [I didn't like the first wallmount I got - if you were wondering why 2]. If you use any other recommended screws - at your own risk. But do be very careful scraping the plastic mounting holes, start with a screwdriver and rotate it on the edge of the hole, and don't plunge it in to the threads.

Computer display:
I used an AGI 1300 video card and VGA output and I have 1360x768 native. It has a little bit of black bar on the sides, but the fullscreen mode will fill it in without an noticeable stretch. text reads great. My video games are engulfing and gorgeous. any video cards faster then the AGI 800, and NVidea 5300 should get you the same results.

Remote:
Comcast now has a remote with Olevia settings. I ended up getting a 20$ learning remote and can't believe I didn't get one earlier. It also had Olevia presets in it, but I was able to customize! I really recommend it if you have more then one remote device in your [room where your Olevia is]. The remote I picked up is by AVEX - URC R6
post #30 of 30
Owned this LCD Monitor for about four years. Good quality. We use it as a TV.

However, we cannot get sound from the monitor. Need to know if it might be worth fixing.

Description of problem:

HDMI cable from 342 to cable digital box. No sound. Yes on video.
RGA cables (right, white, yellow) from 342 to cable box. No sound. Yes on video.
RGA cables (right, white, yellow) from 342 to Wii. No sound. Yes on video.

Here's the thing. Plug in a pair of earphones to the headset jack. HDMI cable from 342 to cable box. Yes on video. Yes on sound.

What am I missing?

Please forgive the low-tech approach to this but I'm a novice in component hook up and televisions.
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