The Olevia 747i is the first consumer TV to incorporate Silicon Optix’s Realta HQV video-processing chip. Why is this important, you ask? All TVs have a video processor that performs essential tasks such as upscaling a standard-def signal to the TV’s much higher native resolution, and HQV does as good a job as any processor on the market. Even better, the 747i excels in just about every other area.
|Eye-popping; LA skyline razor sharp; picture had a depth I’ve rarely seen.||Sensational; colorful urban graffiti artfully rendered.||Not great; letterbox bars always apparent.||Somewhat lacking; some detail lost in dark tunnel.||Slight banding in opening sunrise, but otherwise no problems.|
(Star Wars V)
|Spectacular; minute details on spaceships clear as can be.||Gorgeous; skin tones natural, subtle variations in white on ice planet clearly apparent.||Washed out, flat; letterbox bars always apparent.||Good, but not the best I’ve seen; differences in blacks very good in scenes of Darth Vader against dark background.||Noise virtually non-existent, no other problems noted.|
Very few high-definition TVs achieve that elusive sense of looking out a window, but the Olevia 747i is one of them, delivering some of the best video images I’ve seen in a while. Granted, its blacks are not as deep as I’d like, and the shadow detail is less than stellar, but these shortcomings pale in comparison to the vivid color and breathtaking detail produced by this set. If you can get past the clumsy user interface and tolerate washed-out blacks, you’ll be rewarded with an otherwise gorgeous picture. Even better, the list price is now less than half what it was when the TV was first introduced.