September 19, 2008
If you are like me, deciding how to use your limited A/V budget is a constant battle. On one hand you have your home theater and you want the absolute best gear you can afford in that room. However, if, like me, you also have a wife and kids, having a second television/movie viewing area can be a huge plus. Well, we’re in luck. With a street price of around $600, the Olevia 232V entry-level 32-inch LCD display makes it is possible to get a display that offers pretty impressive performance for very little money.
The Olevia 232V comes in a pretty standard rectangular cardboard box. While a removable lid would have made getting the display out a bit easier, I was able to get it out easy enough with a little help from my wife. Because this display was purchased and would be staying in my house permanently, we installed it in the recessed area over our fireplace.
The outer frame of the 232V is made of black plastic with a recessed black plastic frame around the 32-inch diagonal thin film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD). On power up, a bright blue LED light comes on indicating that the display is receiving power. For those who find these lights to be irritating, the user menu will allow you to disable this light. The front of the display includes buttons along the bottom right that include: Power, Menu, Channel up and down, Volume up and down, and Source. The Olevia emblem is in raised silver on the bottom middle of the black plastic frame. The stand is also made of black plastic. Each of the two speakers are approximately 3 inches wide and run vertically along the left and right side of the display. Over all the build quality of the 232V seems very solid with a pleasant enough aesthetic.
The video and audio inputs are all located on the back panel of the television. They are set up in a down facing configuration and were fairly easy to access during my set up.
Read the complete review at Audioholics.com