please specify (technical) reasons for the Vizio hate...
by shawnlin - 1/22/07 6:28 PM
please specify technical reasons for the Vizio hate...
and is it hate...or disappointment?
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by: shawnlin January 22, 2007 6:28 PM PST
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Please give us the code for your Olevia TV to use with Comcast remote control. I have 337H model.
AS THEY IN IRELAND, SHITE IS SHITE...........
YOU CAN'T SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.
I have a 27" LCD and a 36" LCD by Olevia and have them connected to a satellite HDTV receiver and personally the picture is incrediblely good... I have no complaints
Living it up in Georgia
another happy costomer with Olevia
I bought mine last summer. A 37" LCD Flat TV (High Definition), including its HD tuner and after almost a year I still think I made a great choice.
I did compare it with major brands before I bought it, and of course, the saving was big enough to convince me to go with (for me, then) an unknown brand.
The only thing I'm not sure about it is its tuner. I have a simple indoor antenna and I don't get good signal with it, but since I had just moved here when I bought this TV set, I don't have a reference to compare so I don't know if the signal is too week in my TV room in general, or if it is a thing with my TV set in particular.
Other than that, HD signal looks really beautiful, and regular programming could look good or not, depending on the channel broadcasting quality. I have an HD package from Dish Network, so I try to enjoy as much HD programming as possible.
After months of use, I have realized that there are noticeable picture quality differences between HD broadcastings, but when they are broadcasting "first class HD" like Discovery HD, or some sports, and sometimes some movie channels, the image is astonishing.
Home audio & video: please specify (technical) reasons
ABOUT A YEAR AGO I PURCHASED TWO OLEVIA FLAT SCREEN LCD TVS, one for me and one for my son. THEY REALLY ARE GREAT. THE ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE IS THE REMOTE. It Has some smaller buttons in the hidden access that are hard for me to press and gain access to the respective features.
Other than that the picture quality is wonderful, color and contrast wonderful. I can't say enough. I guess my question is what other "name brand" company (ies) does OLEVIA also make flat screen lcd tvs for? MAny times the manufacturer of a brand also makes other products for several different named companies- each selling at different price points but all with the same quality.
ANYway, A great TV, A really great price!!
Olevia = bestbuy's insignia
by caymanjeff - 2/14/07 12:20 AM
In Reply to: Home audio & video: please specify (technical) reasons by rose rogan
Olevia makes insignia for bestbuy
I bought two insignia and although good value they are not as good as my large Sony: 1) menus are not as intuitive (you cannot jump directly to a single one of the seven feeds/connections, you have to cycle through them all; on sony you can select a feed or even disable unused connections),
2) although they advertise a high resolution, when you connect to a computer it refuses to work on anything but a lower resolution 1024x768
3) it does not autodetect widescreen dvds, you have to select it yourself (again cycling through every other option), and even when you do, there is no mode that does not either distort the picture aspect ratio OR cut off part of the picture. The sony auto-detects, and fills the screen perfectly without any lost picture.
by ptfitzy - 2/14/07 2:43 PM
In Reply to: Home audio & video: please specify (technical) reasons by rose rogan
One thing that people must be aware of is where the HDTV is made. In speaking with those who repair them, they say those that are made in "China" are nearly impossible to repair when they go out. They have not only run into problems with parts, but they just can't figure out why they don't work when they go out. I spoke with two Repair people here in KC.
They have a room full of HDTV's made in China that don't work and the owners no longer wanted them. Those made in Japan are much better made and easily repairable.
Excellent set. I bought a 32 inch for $500 at Circuit City during the Xmas rush of 2006. No regrets.
bought at day after thanksgiving sale stood in line 3 hrs that morning. got set for $499.99 great deal great tv. mother in law got a sony same size for $1299.99 picture is no better than the olevia. but was $800 more would highly recommend the olevia will get another when my samsung dlp in living room goes out
another rave for Olevia
We have the Olevia 37 inch flat panel Tv and we love it!
We have had it for 8 months now, and the picture quality is excellent. We haven't had any issues and it is a stylish design that adds to our living space. We did get an extended warranty, but haven't needed it. And even with the warranty, the TV was priced well below Sony et al. And to our eyes the visual clarity, contrast, etc. is as good or better than some of the expensive models.
I have heard complaints about the remote control seeming so cheap quality but given the price difference in flat panel HDTVs, a not-so-chic remote is a small price to pay. [And we use the Tivo remote more than the tv remote anyhow.]
The only bad thing is... now we watch more TV than ever!
Vizio branded products
Often products are made in the same factory and then the brand decol is added, therefore although you pay $XX for a product you could buy the same item with a different name much cheaper. This applies to white appliances as well, the guts of most extractor fans are all made at the same place and then added to the outer covers, why pay extra just for a name. Big companies started as small unknown companies, would you have invested in a group of hippies back in the '70's, they could be Microsoft now!
I think I have seen that Vizio is made by Sanyo on a box in Wal-Mart.
Vizio = wonderful!
Both I and my son have Vizio 52" plasma monitors. Now for nearly 12 months. Quality is very good (not the very best out there, but very close according to many reviews I have read, e.g. Sound & Vision, PCMAG Best of 2006 edition,etc.) and for the price the best value for money I have found. I took out their 5 year in home warranty service for $250 as insurance as together with the initial cost still well below competition. I haven't needed to use it but my son had one of the first to ship and had an intermittent problem, called Vizio and a tech arrived at his home next day and replaced a module. No problems since. Excellent fixed and customizable display settings, HDMI, many other optional inputs.
I've had a Vizio 37" for about 8 months, and have not experienced any problems with it. Hanging it on the wall was a challenge for me (I had trouble finding the studs), but other than that it's been smooth sailing. I'm not an audiophile or a videophile, I just like to watch DVD's and some TV programs now and then. Picture is stunning, and the sound is acceptable (I don't have a home theatre system).
I especially like watching Sunrise Earth on Discovery HD - gorgeous sunrises and high-definition nature photography from around the world. I enjoyed seeing the natural green turf in Comerica Park, when the Tigers won the American League pennant this year: the action was probably better than being there.
I saved several hundred dollars over the big-ticket brands, and have no regrets thus far.
Off Brands can become Name brands
In 1972, my husband bought a new tv for a really good price. We had never heard of the brand before, but the picture was better than RCA or any other name brand. That tv lasted 20 years. It was a Sanyo!
So, off-brands can become name brands, if they maintain their quality.
Thoughts on any and all LCD's, DLP's, Plasma's!
I've been in the TV repair business for over 40 years and have seen it all. This new crap thats hot now will remain hot until you get a
repair bill which will probably amount to more than 50 to 70 percent
of the purchase price. Plasma being the most costly to repair if it can even be repaired. Have a nice day: Edoid
After extensive research on lcd's I finally bought a 27 inch Olevia and I love it because I saved a boat load of money and the unit has a great hd picture.
Syntax merge with Brillion. LG Phillips makes the panels for Syntax Brillion. Brillion managed of Sony's lcd production.
Another plus is that Syntax Brillion is located in Arizona.
I just purchased a 32 and 37 inch Olevia 3 series for $499.99 and $599.99 respectively. The hd pictures are awesome. Why spend hundreds if not a thousand more for a name brand.
Olevia also has a one year in home warranty. I just hope that the company keeps their prices low so I can buy their 1080p 7 series in the future.
I bought a Visio 37" LCD from Sam's Club about a month ago to use in my bedroom. It is an awesome television for the price. Contrary to some reports I've heard, the picture and sound are great. The connectivity is incredible - 2 HDMI and 2 component video, plus VGA - WOW! And the price - unbeatable! I have a 55" Sony in my living room. It's a great set. But if I had known about Visio two years ago when I purchased the Sony, I'd probably have 2 Visio TVs in my house now. I have connected my laptop to the VGA port. It is a better computer monitor than the Sony is. I don't have a cable box for the Visio set yet. But the SD picture is very, very good. The one HD channel I get OTA is fantastic. I can't say enough good things about this Visio set. I am telling all of my friends that they should strongly consider Visio for their next television purchase. I think I should work for Sam's or Costco - I could sell these things with absolutely no reservation.
no name tv's
by ratty50 - 2/13/07 9:22 PM
I think you would be wise to buy brand name, the no name brands use cheaper parts and have reliability issues. Old saying you get what you pay for comes to mind. I avoid them cheap ones because I have seen people buy them and when they die service is a nightmare. You can't go wrong with Sony, Panasonic etc they stand behind what they sell and they test their components for long life. I am an electrical engineer and have supplied some of these companies with components and I know how strict they are when it comes to their selection process. Hopes this helps
First off let me say this. I agree totally that you get what u pay for. That being said here is what I paid for. I purchased the 42" Vizio flat plasma from costco last christmas (05) and paid 1399.00 (which was a great deal at the time) What I got was a 1080i t.v. that Cnet rated an 8 out of 10, a TWENTY year plasma life expectancy, a life time warranty from american express (since i used my amex for the purchase) and oh yea a lifetime warranty from costco. I could not even tell you what the warranty was from vizio (dont care). Now that being said, I am the less techy must have collector of my friends (who always have the latest and greatest, I can't afford to keep up) and they were amazed at the quality of picture (one friend so much so that he bought the 50" vizio for his Bar) In the 15 months that I have had my Vizio, I will honestly tell you that I did have a pixel go red about 6months into it. (Life time warranty thru costco no questions asked replacement.) Have had no problems with the replacement over the last 9months (and I have two children so that tv is always on!).(my buddy's 50" that has been hanging on a wall in a public bar for almost a year... looks as good as the day we hung it!) I have always tried to be smart with my money when I spend it, and in this case I believe I was. By the way, my other friend's sony plasma just took a dump (one month out of warranty) and it cost him almost 50% of the cost of the tv to have it repaired. Should have purchased that extended service plan but didn't because he felt it was too expensive. Oh yea that costco lifetime warranty... FREE
old school assessment - look at the warranty
The day's of assuming that quality is related to price is long gone.
If you look at the warranty and compare them between brands you will see that the name brands that sell of hundreds more do not offer a big difference in the warranty.
We have quite a few so called off brands at work and they rival the name brands in picture.
Regarding Vizo, it is high value and built by a company that has its roots in providing computer displays for large institutions.
Excellent points--I love my Vizio too
I bought a Philips 32 inch at Costco and took it back 9 months later to upgrade to a Vizio 37. We love the TV and it was $300 less than the Philips. Like the guy said, Costco took it back no questions asked. Just keep the box and the receipt and all of the manuals.
It may not be the best TV in the world, but it meets our needs and has a built in exit strategy.
Love that 37" LCD
I had done the research for most 37 inch LCD on the market and some 42" inch LCD/Plasma. For the money none of the name brand sets could touch it. I use air HD and it is perfect. The only model that I might have purchased would have been a panisonic 42 inch but the price and picture quality could not be beat. Love to what football on it in HD.
Polaroid Big Screen
We were at a store the other day and looking at the big screen, flat, digital, lcd's, etc. when we noticed a Polaroid. I have to tell you that we were very impressed by the picture, sound, contrast, color, etc. It was beautiful. It was a Polaroid 37" Widescreen LCD HDTV w/ Built-in Digital ATSC/NTSC Dual Tuner and cost $997. We wanted to buy it right then and there but we stopped and said we wanted to research it some more. Try to find anyone who might have one, check out consumer reports, etc. However, I still want to go back and get it.
If anyone has this or knows anyone who does, please let me know of your/their experience.
Thanks ever so much.
This is an Intriguing Question. I Have heard some of the major brands flat pannel tv's giving a lot of trouble & a great reluctance of the major manufacturers to repair them . My self I bought an unknown brand Digital Camera, Although it opperates well enough , is not user friendly & backup service non Existant. I would personally consider very carefully even among the big names. Hope this helps .... Les Hodgson
re: Polaroid Big Screen
I own one and love it! I made a post comment about it [somewhere in this thread] I gave alot of good points on the TV.
Polaroid at Circuit City
You can see my post on here not long before yours. I bought a 37" Polaroid flat screen at Circuit City (I'm in SOuth Carolina) about 11 months ago, at $999. I love it. Don't know iof they still have 'em.
I agree that name brand is no guarantee. My Samsung crashed three weeks out of warranty and the replacement cost was half the purchase price. Samsung did relent and pay for it but the fact remains it crashed at a high expense.
I agree 100% with your logic. With Costco's return policy, why would anyone choose to buy an expensive electronic item elsewhere?
Glad to hear you're happy with the Vizio unit. I'll likely be going with the same brand and size for my house in the next 4 to 6 months. I'm still going back and forth between plasma and LCD, however.
BACK IN THE 1960'S I BOUGHT A USED OFF BRAND "RICE BURNER" NAME DATSUN. IT RAN FOR OVER 15 YEARS BEFORE I SOLD IT TO SOME COLLEGE KIDS FOR ALMOST WHAT I HAD PAID FOR IT. PEOPLE HAD SMIRKS WHEN I BOUGHT AN ORANGE "HONDA" CAR IN THE LATE 1960'S