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Olevia 542i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 76 reviews of Olevia 542i. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other TVs for all reviews. Reviewers really like the tuner and sound. The usability and price also get good opinions, whereas there are some critical views about the remote control. The reliability and glare get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Olevia 542i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Tom Andry (

Olevia 542i LCD Television Review


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Lots of configuration options ; Fantastic colors and detail ; Respectable scaling and deinterlacing results ; Removable/repositionable speakers can fit anyone’s style/preference

Not all those configuration options seem to actually do anything ; Menu not as intuitive as it could be

Dec, 2007

Consumer review by: mglou1 (

buy Olevia at your own risk!!!


nice picture, while it was working

After 16 months the TV went out. Parts/service are virtually impossible to obtain. Don't let the low price temp you. Spend a few extra dollars and buy from a reputable company

Nov, 2008

Consumer review by: shabdar (

Exellent product for this price


I bought this item from at a price of CAD $849.99. Very low price for the range of 42" LCD tvs. If you compare it with other brands like PHILIPS/SONY, price is almost half. And you get all the features that those brand provides.

Display is awesome. Very low price

Heavier than expected

Mar, 2008

Consumer review by: larryhoffman (

the case of the undividable speakers


I bought this tv from one of the shopping channels in toronto. One of the features was that the speakers could be removed to allow placing of dvd and other equipment under the tv screen.

Built like a brick s-house. extra heavy metal mounting material

smtv cable cannot be attached to tv, manual has no info about the speaker removal

Sep, 2007

Consumer review by: Iblitsz (

\Excellant picture, good value for the buck.


Would not be afraid to recomend, exceptional value when compared to other 42 in.LCD sets.

A lot of product for the money, very nice picture

Very poor remote, codes are limited . Get A Harmony

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: Linda5186 (



Purchased this TV December 10, after much research. Unfortunately for me the TV was defective on arrival!

Picture was great

Customer service is the WORST

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: SFTekStar12 (

Simply Amazing


This TV is amazing. Syntax-Brillian has done it - crushed the competition with a best in class display at a price nobody can resist. This HDTV has everything you need and then some at a great price.

Awesome picture, incredible HD

A bit heavy

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: (

Olevia 542i


Consumer review by: N/A (

Works - Some of the time


Well, at least I didn't spend much. It does have a lot of connection options. However, only some of them will deliver a stable signal

Stated to turn off (possible over heat) with in two months. Just out-side of the warranty period. Will work great for about an hour and a half and then it just turns off. When I turn it back on the speakers make a high pitched sound and the screen...

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: N/A (

I like it.


Shipping took a week, and then I called, found out it was sitting in a distribution center 3 hours away, instead of waiting through the weekend I opted to take the drive and pick it up. Must call the shipper to get actual tracking information. Unit is...

42", HDMI, Can remove the speakers for a cleaner look. Plenty of adjustment options. Shipping was expensive but the box didn't even have a scratch on it. Standard Def DVD's through an s-vid cable look good. Wii looks good on this, good upscaling of Wii...

Using the D sub connection I get some waves on the screen on certain resolutions until the TV has been on for about ten minutes. Again only happens on some resolutions and not the standard ones. D-Sub and HDMI connections are at the top of the...

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

If you're ready to move up to high-definition TV, the 42-inch Olevia 542i HDTV is the ideal choice for home or office - packed with the industry's top technology and innovative Olevia-first features. Delivering best-in-class video and audio, it is powered by MTK's state-of-the-art MDDI video processor technology, and features a dual ATSC/NTSC tuner, super-wide 178-degree viewing angle, 1600: 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, and fast response time. Its rich set of video and audio connectors enable the Olevia 542i to display everything - high-definition digital TV and widescreen movies (up to 1080i resolution), standard analog TV, action sports, video games, and home videos - with stunningly crisp, vibrant imagery and realistic, immersive sound. This 42-inch HDTV can even double as a computer display with support for resolutions up to 1360 x 768 through HDMI and VGA. The 542i's bottom mounted speakers complement its surround sound audio processor, making digital (SPDIF) theater-quality audio part of this outstanding new entertainment experience - all thanks to Olevia.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Product Line:Syntax Olevia


Diagonal Size:42in
Diagonal Size (cm):106.7cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:720p
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:1600:1
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:1
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:TFT active matrix
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video
Viewing Angle:178 degrees

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC / QAM
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP) / Split screen
TV Tuner Presence: Yes