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post #31 of 1301
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post #32 of 1301
On mine when I'm watching some in wide screen and I have the black bars on top and bottom I am seeing what looks like some sort of light in the top conners of the screen in the black area. It looks like it goes away when I watch stuff in full screen. Is this normal? Or should it be completely dark black all the way?
post #33 of 1301
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Originally Posted by rick4him View Post

On mine when I'm watching some in wide screen and I have the black bars on top and bottom I am seeing what looks like some sort of light in the top conners of the screen in the black area. It looks like it goes away when I watch stuff in full screen. Is this normal? Or should it be completely dark black all the way?

I turned on auto cropping and that seemed to have fixed the problem
post #34 of 1301
My screen was low and I had to adjust it verticaly up to center it and then I turned cropping on and the HD content filled the entire screen corectly. With cropping off I have tiny black bars on the top and bottom on the picture.
post #35 of 1301
I have that as well - but i had to go look for it. wouldn't have seen it if you hadn't said something....thanks.
post #36 of 1301
Ha,ha. That's what my wife said. She said she wouldn't have noticed it if I haven't said anything. What about you other guys. Do I have a bad panel?
post #37 of 1301
Do you guys all think DVE is the best? Are there any others I can get at Fry's, Best Buy, etc to make my display look better?

I have the THX disk like finding nemo. Is the DVE much better then using this DVE disk?
post #38 of 1301
We purchased the Olevia 247TFHD yesterday and are very happy with it. The setup was very easy and the picture is extremely good. We have some old VCR tapes that we would like to watch so I have hooked up the VCR to the 274TFHD. Since the 247TFHD have split screen, I was wondering if I can watch PIP with this hookup; with DirectTV on one side of the screen and the VCR Tape on the other side of the screen? If so, do anyone know how to set this up? Thanks
post #39 of 1301
screw exended warranty. I'm hoping my set really messes up right before the end of the second year so I can claim it with visa.

On another note I've discovered one stuck pixel in the left corner region of my TV. I'm wondering if it's worth exchanging the TV over...
post #40 of 1301
If I buy the Spyder device for 59.00 bucks will do a good job at calibrating my display? Does anyone have any info on this device?
post #41 of 1301
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Originally Posted by avo7 View Post

We purchased the Olevia 247TFHD yesterday and are very happy with it. The setup was very easy and the picture is extremely good. We have some old VCR tapes that we would like to watch so I have hooked up the VCR to the 274TFHD. Since the 247TFHD have split screen, I was wondering if I can watch PIP with this hookup; with DirectTV on one side of the screen and the VCR Tape on the other side of the screen? If so, do anyone know how to set this up? Thanks


That should work fine. Just pick one of them as the input, then hit the View button on the remote until you get Split Screen, then hit the arrow to get the pink rectangle on the half that you want to show the other input, then hit Source until you get it (assuming you connect the VCR using Composite or SVideo), or change to channel 3 if that's you you have it setup.
post #42 of 1301
So...chances of CC having this set go on sale again?
post #43 of 1301
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Originally Posted by TurboWells View Post

I checked my set. Analog stations via the NTSC tuner are about 1.5:1 and Digital stations via the QAM tuner are 1.33:1. This certainly seems to be a defect.

I thought those black side bars looked a little narrow.

Edit: I noticed one more thing. If the 4:3 digital content is 480i, the picture is also squashed. If the 4:3 digital content is 720p or 1080i, the aspect ratio is correct at 1.33:1. It seems it's a 480i issue, not an analog/digital issue.

-TurboWells

That doesn't match what I'm seeing.

I tune to a 4:3 program on a 480i SD digital channel and it's showing properly at 1.33:1.

I switch to a 4:3 program on a 480p SD analog component connection to my ReplayTV and it's showing incorrectly at 1.5:1.

So at least on my TV and my inputs, it's still an analog-only issue.

I'll have to look more carefully at my DVD player's output over SVideo (which is set for "widescreen" output rather than 4:3).
post #44 of 1301
So in the setup it recommends using 6500 or 65000 i forget which one color temperature. After setting that motion blur pretty much dissapeared, and the picture looked so much better. Try it out!
post #45 of 1301
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Originally Posted by rick4him View Post

On mine when I'm watching some in wide screen and I have the black bars on top and bottom I am seeing what looks like some sort of light in the top conners of the screen in the black area. It looks like it goes away when I watch stuff in full screen. Is this normal? Or should it be completely dark black all the way?

The light you see is called "backlight bleed" here is any explanation.

A contrast ratio is the difference between a completely on (white) and off (black) pixel, and LCDs can have "backlight bleed" where light (usually seen around corners of the screen) leaks out and turns black into gray.

Taken from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_crystal_display

Also, this can happen with any manufacturer of LCDs, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, etc. Take a look at these pics.
http://images.google.com/images?svnu...=Search+Images

I think it really depends on if its acceptable to you. I see it sometimes on my TV, but it depends on where I am sitting on my sofa. I also notice it more on SD content like DVDs more than HD.

Can anyone else chime in on the backlight bleed issue with LCD screens? Is it worth exchanging the TV for another?
post #46 of 1301
unless it affects your overall picture quality and viewing experience, i wouldn't say it's worth it. you gotta consider the fact that even if you exchange it, you could get one that's worse, exchange again, have the same problem and so on. if you keep this up, at some point, the store is gonna say enough is enough and you'll be stuck with a purchase you're not happy with, with no way of exchanging or returning it anymore. so in another words, if you're happy with your set as of now, just keep it. unless, of course, you want to take the chance. i have slight backlight bleeding on the upper left corner of my set, but it doesn't affect my viewing so not a problem with me.

also, for those who are having problems with their set, if you can, it would be helpful to post pictures of the problem/s so that others who are having the same problem/s can see it as well.
post #47 of 1301
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Originally Posted by vidiot1985 View Post

That doesn't match what I'm seeing.

I tune to a 4:3 program on a 480i SD digital channel and it's showing properly at 1.33:1.

I switch to a 4:3 program on a 480p SD analog component connection to my ReplayTV and it's showing incorrectly at 1.5:1.

So at least on my TV and my inputs, it's still an analog-only issue.

I'll have to look more carefully at my DVD player's output over SVideo (which is set for "widescreen" output rather than 4:3).

I watched part of The Incredibles again via SD-DVD (the anamorphic widescreen version) over SVideo and the aspect ratio issue is different yet again. With my DVD player set to output a Widescreen picture, I have to set the aspect ratio on the TV to Fullscreen mode to look right (verified with the aspect ratio test on the THX Optimizer). This one actually kinda makes sense to me since over SVideo, the DVD player is sending a 16:9 picture squashed into 4:3 and the Fullscreen mode is unsquashing it.

One other thing I'm going to test--I think it's called the Mode that you can set per input. I don't know what it's supposed to do, but for each input, you specify whether your source is a progressive dvd, interlaced dvd, high def tv, std def tv, etc. I wonder if the problem is because I set the inputs as a dvd source (as suggesed in the manual I think). Maybe it's interpreting everything as having a 720x480 (1.5:1) resolution DVD picture???
post #48 of 1301
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Originally Posted by trluser View Post

Has anyone figured out how to get Digital 5.1 from the coax or optical digital audio outputs? I am trying to get ATSC tuner feeds that are transmitting 5.1 signals and my receiver keeps showing PCM stereo. ...

I can confirm that this also occurs for 5.1 QAM tuner feeds over the coax digital audio out :-(.

It seems like they have to be actively doing something to have this happen, so I would hope it's fixable.
post #49 of 1301
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Originally Posted by gsuhr03 View Post

So in the setup it recommends using 6500 or 65000 i forget which one color temperature. After setting that motion blur pretty much dissapeared, and the picture looked so much better. Try it out!

That's what I read also, but I liked the brightness/look of the Native mode. So far I haven't noticed any motion blur or anything.
post #50 of 1301
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That's what I read also, but I liked the brightness/look of the Native mode. So far I haven't noticed any motion blur or anything.

So, I dont know if I like native mode better or not. We watched chuck and larry last night on 480i (junky dvd player), and paused it. We then tried the different color temperatures, and the native seemed to wash out adam sandlers face a little bit (too bright). I haven't tested between the 2 on other movies this will probably get done this weekend. Got my HD box, but I don't have any hdmi or component untill.... friday, thursday if we get a miracle shipment from ups. I get my av receiver today or tomorrow but I still won't have cables to get everything working so so so so depressing since this is my first plunge into hd. And chuck and larry in SD looked so good.
post #51 of 1301
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Originally Posted by gsuhr03 View Post

So, I dont know if I like native mode better or not. We watched chuck and larry last night on 480i (junky dvd player), and paused it. We then tried the different color temperatures, and the native seemed to wash out adam sandlers face a little bit (too bright). I haven't tested between the 2 on other movies this will probably get done this weekend. Got my HD box, but I don't have any hdmi or component untill.... friday, thursday if we get a miracle shipment from ups. I get my av receiver today or tomorrow but I still won't have cables to get everything working so so so so depressing since this is my first plunge into hd. And chuck and larry in SD looked so good.

What speaker setup are you getting? This also is my first setup and I'm looking for a sound system to hook up with it.
post #52 of 1301
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What speaker setup are you getting? This also is my first setup and I'm looking for a sound system to hook up with it.

I live in a thin walled apartment so I went with a small HTB (Sony HT-DDW995). I ended up paying about $310 total for it after discounts and it ended up being a christmas present from my whole family yayyy.

Don't make fun of me for a HTB. I didn't have much money and my family doesn't spend much on me so i'll take what I can get. The biggest thing about this is it has active hdmi switching (no extra audio cable), because we won't have surround sound on 24/7. I couldn't find many active hdmi switching receivers for under $300-400. What cha'll think about that system? Should be good in a small apartment.

PS Can't post links yet!

Now I can:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/Searc...rchSection=All
post #53 of 1301
Being I too picked this up at BJ's Friday morn for $999, been reading the original and new thread(s) to gain some insight. Haven't set mine up yet, as I'm preparing the room it's going in. Will lend my .02 when up and running, but I have no doubts I'll be pleased.

I need to post a few times before they let me post links...

 

RepairMaster Plan_06.01.06.pdf 55.71875k . file
post #54 of 1301
FYI I have removed the stand and speakers and wall mounted my 247 now!

The stand is removed by unscrewing the black plastic cover, which will reveal the actual metal stand behind it which is secured by much beefier screws. Next, the speakers can be unscrewed and removed after disconnecting a small connection to the TV on each side. Now you can unscrew the metal mount and then she's free!

I went with a Peerless ONE-TP modular mount for my set, which is a good bit of overkill but I needed the ability to span studs that were spaced very far apart to mount above our fireplace. The wall mount supports my full weight so I wasn't squeamish about mounting the TV to it In the end, by the hand of god or something (maybe measuring 52 times,) the bottom TV is about 1/2" above the mantle when tilted down about 10 degrees and is perfectly level. Woohoo!

I will snap some pictures after I get home from work today.
post #55 of 1301
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Originally Posted by vidiot1985 View Post

At the very least, Olevia is outwardly supportive of fixing issues via firmware updates. Their manual specifically mentions updates, pointing to the web page for it, and they even have a "FutureProof(TM) Your TV" link that highlights the firmware upgradeability as a trademarked feature.

Let's hope it's not just empty hype. Since they require a serial# to get to their firmware downloads, it's hard to see how they've been with older models.

I just picked up the 247 last night. I bought a 537H last year on Black Friday. Olevia released at least 3 firmware upgrades for the 537 since I bought it, and it seemed that they were aggressive about fixing common complaints/issues. For example, the ability to discretely select inputs on the 537 was added through a firmware update. Also the ability to turn off the blue LED was added through firmware upgrades for most models (unfortunately not the 537), and is now standard on the 247. FYI, they're a little slow in adding the firmware upgrades to the official support site, but there is an alternate site that is publicly accessible that is more frequently updated. They even have beta versions of firmware up there sometimes. The address is:

http://64.168.125.230/support/Syntax/Television/
post #56 of 1301
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Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post

Being I too picked this up at BJ's Friday morn for $999, been reading the original and new thread(s) to gain some insight. Haven't set mine up yet, as I'm preparing the room it's going in. Will lend my .02 when up and running, but I have no doubts I'll be pleased.

I need to post a few times before they let me post links...

Thought I'd chime-in on extended warranties though. This should be GOOD news for the majority of you and give you long-term piece of mind.

For those who don't know, forget the store (CC, Best Buy, etc.) warranties, as well as Olevia's over-priced direct one. First off, aftermarket extended warranties ALL have limitations. I know there has been much debate online, as well as this forum, regarding these plans and the good/bad. Just remember, better to have some insurance than none at all. So, with that disclaimer having been said, always read the fine print to see what exclusions exist.
post #57 of 1301
See my prior posts, as well as the one which follows:

There are several aftermarket warranties that can be had (Mack, etc.). I happen to prefer RepairMaster by Warrantech, as they've been around for 20+ years. Considering I've never had to file a claim, I can't say how good or bad the process is, but the piece of mind has always come at a very reasonable price. I welcome past experiences, but let's not turn this thread into one about warranties.

RepairMaster extended warranties "must be purchased 90 days prior to the shortest portion of the original manufacturers warranty ending." Which means since the 247 has "One year parts and labor warranty with On-Site", you have approx. 9-months from date of purchase before having to purchase an extended warranty (obviously you'll not want to wait until the last minute). They have many plans available and various price points. For the 247, you can get the 3-year for $76.99 or the 5-year for $114.99 - and mind you, this is an "In-Home" warranty.

Links to follow...
post #58 of 1301
Sorry for the multi-thread, but needed 3 posts before links would go through.

Here's some good info and links:

Extended Warranties for LCD Television What you Need to Know:
http://www.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/lcdt...warranty.shtml

3-Year (Under $1500) Warranty:
http://cgi.*********/3-Year-Extended...QQcmdZViewItem

5-Year (Under $1500) Warranty:
http://cgi.*********/5-Year-Extended...QQcmdZViewItem

I've attached a PDF copy of the actual RepairMaster Service Contract for everyone's review.

I hope this will be viewed as valuable info to most of you with this TV, not to mention any others that you may wish to cover.

Enjoy your LCD's!

 

RepairMaster Plan_06.01.06.pdf 55.71875k . file
post #59 of 1301
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Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post

See my prior posts, as well as the one which follows:

There are several aftermarket warranties that can be had (Mack, etc.). I happen to prefer RepairMaster by Warrantech, as they've been around for 20+ years. Considering I've never had to file a claim, I can't say how good or bad the process is, but the piece of mind has always come at a very reasonable price. I welcome past experiences, but let's not turn this thread into one about warranties.

RepairMaster extended warranties "must be purchased 90 days prior to the shortest portion of the original manufacturers warranty ending." Which means since the 247 has "One year parts and labor warranty with On-Site", you have approx. 9-months from date of purchase before having to purchase an extended warranty (obviously you'll not want to wait until the last minute). They have many plans available and various price points. For the 247, you can get the 3-year for $76.99 or the 5-year for $114.99 - and mind you, this is an "In-Home" warranty.

Links to follow...

Keep chiming, keep chiming, I'm quite interested
post #60 of 1301
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Originally Posted by EricRP View Post

FYI I have removed the stand and speakers and wall mounted my 247 now!

The stand is removed by unscrewing the black plastic cover, which will reveal the actual metal stand behind it which is secured by much beefier screws. Next, the speakers can be unscrewed and removed after disconnecting a small connection to the TV on each side. Now you can unscrew the metal mount and then she's free!

I went with a Peerless ONE-TP modular mount for my set, which is a good bit of overkill but I needed the ability to span studs that were spaced very far apart to mount above our fireplace. The wall mount supports my full weight so I wasn't squeamish about mounting the TV to it In the end, by the hand of god or something (maybe measuring 52 times,) the bottom TV is about 1/2" above the mantle when tilted down about 10 degrees and is perfectly level. Woohoo!

I will snap some pictures after I get home from work today.

I will be interested in your pictures as we are wondering about putting the TV above the fireplace. Wondering if it will be too high, etc. etc. I am assuming you ran the cables in-wall? or just run them along the fireplace?
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