Updating olevia firmware
This effectively disabled most of the set-up and calibration menus.
This mode is included in order to protect the TV settings from the curious prodding of the general public in an electronics store.
But can they compete with the more established brands in design and picture quality?
To find that out, we've put one of their more popular new models, the Olevia 542i 42-inch LCD flat panel HDTV through its paces, and, for the most part, it has fared well, but not without some caveats.
And if you don't like the speaker placement on the bottom of the unit, you can move them to the sides (with an optional mount) or remove them entirely leaving just a sleek black flat panel, with a fairly thin frame, ready for wall-mounting or in-cabinet installation.
I tested the same antenna feed into two other HD tuners (Samsung and Sony ATSC tuners) and these both had no problems tuning in the channels.For audio connections, the unit features line-level audio outputs and a headphone mini-jack output, plus a subwoofer output in case you'd like to use a powered sub to supplement the bass output of the built-in speakers.The jack-pack features S/PDIF fiber-optic and coax digital audio outputs for the built-in tuner.The Syntax folks describe the GUI OSD (On-Screen Display) menu as "easy to use," but I found it anything but.The menu does include a cool visual effect of a rotating 3-dimensional icon that changes as you scroll through item menus, but I found it very difficult to navigate and to get used to, particularly since there is only one option on the screen at any one time, instead of multiple choices as you'd see in standard menus.