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Written by Matt Williams - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 08 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Olevia/Syntax 242T FHD 42-Inch LCD 1080p HDTV
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: Olevia 42" HDTV
Olevia 242T FHD Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: Olevia 42" HDTV

The first thing I noticed upon receiving the Olevia, was the size of the box; it was huge! If you think you're going to cart this thing home in that hot little coupe of yours, you'll be sorely disappointed. Even a moderately sized sedan might give you trouble. After inspecting the packaging, however, the reason for such a large container was clear. I discovered a baseball-sized hole in the side of the box. Lucky for me, the extra 5-inches of dead space between the box and the TV kept it safe from whatever shipping hazard it had encountered.

Olevia 242T FHD 1080P LCD HDTV Review

With the Olevia safely unboxed, I was immediately impressed by its modesty. No pretentious high-gloss finish here, just a beautiful screen housed in a flat black bezel. After all, there's no need for a flashy frame competing for your attention.

Olevia 242T FHD 1080P LCD HDTV Review

Here you can see the standard logo set. If you've been keeping up with HDTVs, you might notice one common logo is missing: HDCP. This TV is in fact HDCP capable, but it has become so common Olevia probably didn't see a need for it. A careful eye might also catch the small strip of glossy trim just under the logos. This spans the length of the unit and adds a nice aesthetic touch without being too distracting.

Olevia 242T FHD 1080P LCD HDTV Review

In this shot, you can see the button set. All of the usual suspects are there and should provide enough functionality should you misplace the remote. Just left of the power button is the power LED, which illuminates blue when the set is turned off. This can be changed within the menu system, a feature not often found on sub-$1000 TVs.

Olevia 242T FHD 1080P LCD HDTV Review

On the back side, are the standard VESA mounts and two hand-holds for easy lifting. The L-shaped cut-out is where the digital and analog outputs are located. This is a great feature for those who plan to mount the TV, as it will make routing the cables through the mounting hardware much easier. And, if you guessed that that's speaker wire running across the back, your are correct. This TV features detachable speakers, which I'll cover below.

Olevia 242T FHD 1080P LCD HDTV Review

At 15W each, the speakers on this TV are actually quite good. A volume level of about 50% will fill an average size living room. With a screw driver and a few minute of your time, the speakers on this TV are also detachable. This is particularly useful if you plan on mounting the TV, as you can detach the speakers to cut down on some of the bulk. You may also consider removing them if you plan to run a separate audio receiver. Most people, however, will get by quite nicely with just the way they are.



# codekenny 2010-06-11 15:47
tv is great but cant find the code for a universal remote. Can someone help me? Thanks
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# olevia can't turn on no morejuan ramirez 2010-08-04 13:38
i just wondering if is any good technician to fix my problem. well, my 42 inches is damage, when you tried to turn on the tv does not turn on any more but the blue light does. so i wondering if is any one to know how to fix it and fix it for me.
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# Olivia 42 inch LCD ownerrichard baker 2011-02-11 13:18
Juan did you find anyone to fix your Olivia Mine is doing the same thing...Best Regards Rick
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# Merchandise supervisorJorge Damiani 2012-09-18 22:51
Go to Amazon and buy the kit is 18.0 usd, and fix the problem
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# Two thingsPriscilla 2011-04-16 12:17
Juan- the blue light comes on when the TV is off (Odd, I know...) It's like a stand-by light.

My problem- I figured the TV is HDCP capable, but the TV and my cable box won't agree on it, so I get an error (once I hook up the HDMI cord) saying the TV doesn't support HDCP and to use the RGB individual component cords. Any help on that?
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# RE: Two thingsOlin Coles 2011-04-16 13:57
HDCP is a digital copyright protection technology, which requires digital cable connections. You must use DVI, HDMI, or some other digital cable interface.
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# Oh!Priscilla 2011-04-16 12:20
Also, I am figuring you mean the LCD bulb gets power but the TV gets no signal? Perhaps there's a problem with the component cords? I don't think it'd be the main power supply... good luck guys!
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# Mr.Charles 2012-10-11 09:43
My Olivia 42 inch TV will not come on. Is it the power supply system.
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# RE: Mr.David Ramsey 2012-10-11 10:24
Have you considered...I dunno...maybe contacting Olevia?
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# Olivea Power FailureBob 2013-08-20 21:41
The biggest problem with the 42" Olivea is the power board inside. They have used cheap capacitors on the set. search E-bay for the repair kit, which is a whole new set of capacitors, and unsolder/resolder the set.

It's really easy to do and would take a novice about 3 hours to do. Someone experienced, about an hour.

I've done it and the set works great again.
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