|Olevia/Syntax 242T FHD 42-Inch LCD 1080p HDTV|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Monitor | HDTV|
|Written by Matt Williams - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 08 October 2008|
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Olevia 242T FHD 42" HDTV
With analog broadcasts terminating in February, you can bet HDTVs will be a hot item this holiday season. What was once considered a luxury, is now becoming mainstream as many HDTVs are approaching the price points of their standard definition counterparts. Olevia is one such company making this a possibility. With their 2-series HDTVs, Olevia is bringing the award-winning technology of their high-end televisions to the average consumer. Today, Benchmark Reviews looks at the Olevia 242T FHD 42" HDTV. Believe it or not, this fully featured, 42" 1080p HDTV can be had for just $849.99.
Of course, price isn't everything. Most consumers want to know what they're getting for their money. That's where Benchmark Reviews has you covered. Today we'll examine the features of this TV that matter most: functionality, capability, and picture quality. In other words, what this TV can do and how well it does it.
The interesting thing about TV and monitor reviews is there are only a handful of objective tests that can be performed. We can check heat output, power consumption, and color accuracy; but at the end of the day it really comes down to someone's subjective opinion. With that in mind, we'll include several photos throughout the review to supplement our opinions. It can't quite replace seeing the TV in person, but should give you an idea of what we're talking about.
About the company: Olevia
The Olevia brand is manufactured and distributed by the Syntax-Brillian Corporation. Here is what they have to say on their website:
"On November 30, 2005, privately held Syntax Groups Corporation and publicly held Brillian Corporation merged to form Syntax-Brillian Corporation. The company has a commanding presence in the future of high-definition TV: thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) for 65-inch and smaller HDTVs for home theater and commercial HDTV applications. On November 21, 2006, Syntax-Brillian further broadened its product portfolio and distribution network with the acquisition of imaging technology pioneer, Vivitar Corporation.
Today, the company's lead products include its Olevia brand of widescreen HDTV-ready and HD built-in LCD TVs - one of the fastest growing global TV brands; and its Vivitar brand of digital still and video cameras. As a result of its award-winning products, broad sales channels, growing brand recognition and extensive patent portfolio, Syntax-Brillian is uniquely positioned to deliver quality digital entertainment and consumer electronics products to the world market. The U.S.-based company has strong Asian partnerships, well-established, global retail and distributor sales channels, and a worldwide supply chain that allows it to leverage economies of scale to deliver both outstanding quality and value."
There is one other important piece of information that you'll find on their website: Syntax-Brillian recently filed for bankruptcy. While they appear to be making every effort to keep the Olevia brand up and running, you may want to opt for that extended warranty through your retailer.