Olevia televisions are manufactured by SYNTAX, an American company that was founded in May 2003 and started shipping widescreen HDTV-ready LCD televisions in April 2004. This budget television coming out from this company made a particularly very good impression. The 37-inch LCD did particularly well in standard TV tests and excellently reproduced images without much pixelation and displays noteworthy color vividness.
High-definition sources are handled exceptionally well by the Olevia 537H. Color saturation, skin tones, and color detail all looked amzingly well. It showed pleasing natural skin tones and green tones seemed excellent. The 537H also handled DVD’s well reproducing good background detail and contrast in a several difficult dark scenes.
The Olevia 537H is a 37-inch LCD HDTV that includes fine RGB controls - something that more expensive models often lack. These color controls reside in the adjustment area related to color temperature. If you enter the “6500 user” or “9300 user” temperature settings, you’ll find red, green, and blue gain and offset controls. You can establish maximum and minimum values for the RGB colors the TV will display.
The television set’s menu is fairly easy with its “Icon wheel”-based navigation that helps you go through the TV’s OSD in an unusual but easy-to-use way. Pressing the menu button activates an icon of what appears to be a hexagonal cylinder in the upper right-hand corner of the screen; and this cylinder rotates when you press the up and down arrows. Each side of the cylinder contains a different menu item. Selecting one activates a sub cylinder as the main menu shrinks to about half its original size and moves farther up the corner of the screen. The process may sound complicated, but it isn’t in practice.
The set’s built-in speakers emits above-average high and satisfactory midrange audio.The strings and brass are nicely defined, as was the case with simultaneous dialogue. Sound effects though tend to get dull as expected from the built-in 10-watt speakers.Sound presets let you change the aural experience somewhat, so a setting such as “Rock” emphasizes voice, while “Hall” adjusts the speakers to produce a more enveloping, background-heavy sound.
The 537H sports an all-black cabinet and a simple, though unremarkable design. Connections reside within a narrow L-shaped space, just above the stand. Very thick cables, such as the HDMI cables, can be difficult to bend and insert into the narrow space. With luck, you’ won’t have to do this more than once. Otherwise, the color coding and labeling of the connections is helpful.
If you’re a thrifty TV shopper, Olevia’s 537H LCD HDTV deserves consideration. It’s put together well, carries a low price, and offers a pleasant viewing experience.