Ohki 42" LED TV

Ohki 42" review: This cheap LED TV doesn’t have any fancy features, but its picture quality is passable

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  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    5.00 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • Decent quality video from Blu-ray discs and DVDs

Cons

  • Digital TV is overly smooth, 100Hz mode is jumpy and unnatural

Bottom Line

The Ohki 42" LED TV is acceptable if you're mainly going to be watching Blu-ray and DVD movies, or viewing television through a PVR set-top box. The internal television tuner isn't great, we don't like the 100Hz motion processing mode and the styling isn't exactly inspirational. But as a budget LED TV competing with models from Kogan, it's not a bad choice.

Would you buy this?

The Ohki 42" LED TV is a 42in LED television with a 1080p LCD screen that has a 1400:1 contrast ratio. It doesn't have the advanced features that you get with television sets from big brands like Sharp, LG, Sony and Samsung. If you're watching Blu-ray and DVD movies through a Blu-ray player like the Sony BDP-S470, the Ohki 42" LED TV can display a good picture. It can also display good video if you're viewing digital television through a high quality PVR like the Panasonic DMR-XW480, but we found the television's internal tuner to be inferior to other TVs.

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Ohki 42" LED TV: Design and connectivity

The Ohki 42" LED TV has a very simple design. The television has thick bezels surrounding the LCD screen, but at around 40mm deep the chassis is quite thin. The plastic and glass bezel and base connect to the television with a dozen screws, but the setup process is easy and only takes a few minutes.

Buying a cheap LCD television often means you'll only get two HDMI ports, but the Ohki 42" LED TV’s three ports mean you can connect a Blu-ray player, set-top box and another device simultaneously. Older A/V devices are also supported thanks to the inclusion of component, composite, S-Video and VGA analog connectors.

The Ohki 42" LED TV also has a USB port that can be used to play back photo, audio and video files. We tested it with MP3s, JPGs and BMPs and found that all these loaded quickly. Video support was a mixed bag — we tried a range of downloaded files in MOV, AVI, MKV and MP4 formats and found that the high-definition MKV files would not play. The USB port also functions as a PVR, recording broadcast television to a USB memory stick.

Ohki 42" LED TV: Picture quality and motion control

The 1080P 42in LED edge-lit LCD panel of the Ohki 42" LED TV is produced by LG and has a 1400:1 native contrast ratio. It's on par with the Kogan ELITE LED32 and other budget LED televisions, with good picture quality when presented with a high resolution source like a Blu-ray movie. Similarly, DVD video looks clear. The Ohki 42" LED TV exhibits loss of detail in especially bright and dark areas of the screen — this is an area it's solidly outclassed by more expensive models from bigger brands. We also found the internal TV tuner to be slow at switching channels, and found that the picture it displayed was lacking detail.

The Ohki 42" LED TV has a 100Hz refresh rate which effectively doubles the frame rate of the content being viewed, theoretically smoothing fast on-screen motion. In practice we found the Ohki 42" LED TV’s 100Hz mode made video look unrealistic and too smooth, without removing the jumpiness of fast panning or on-screen movement. It can be disabled, thankfully.

Ohki 42" LED TV: Conclusion

The Ohki 42" LED TV will satisfy those looking for a cheap and thin LCD television. It doesn't have excellent picture quality but can display good detail from Full HD content.

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GregS

1

I've bought one of these, and I think this review is quite accurate. I have some further observations:

I think the problem with the "tuner" is really a problem with the unit's processor that processes digital video. I.e, the tuner itself is probably fine (the part that actually RECEIVES the digital TV video data), however I concur that the unit does not PROCESS this digital video data as well as it might. It has the same problems when displaying a pre-recorded program (from a USB disk), and of course the "tuner" per se is not used when playing pre-recorded material. So far, I've noticed two main problems with the video processing:

1. Artifacts (jerkiness, and blockiness)
Some of this may be due to the actual DVB broadcast itself, however I notice an improvement when I use a PC to display the same file, over HDMI. (still not perfect, but it's definitely better). I am using the VLC player with "post processing" disabled. (I haven't gone into every menu and ensured that it is not doing *some* kind of post processing, mind you) Now, having said this, sometimes I encounter a transmission that displays very well. So, perhaps the TV is not coping well with some kinds of transmissions, and/or marginal quality MPEG.

2. A clipping of shadow tones
This is probably the same problem that the reviewer observed. (lack of shadow tone detail) I was able to make an improvement by adjusting brightness and contrast, HOWEVER, the problem seems to disappear when I use my PC!

So, I concur with the reviewer that the screen itself is good, and the problems SEEM to be with the digital video processor in the TV. Hopefully OHKI can make some improvements with software updates.

A few other points:

1. Poor remote control range.
I am sitting 3 metres away, yet the remote has to be lined up quite directly with the receiver on the TV. I.e, if I move a bit to the side, I then have to lean forward, even though I am still aiming directly at the area of the TV which seems to have the receiver.

2. No support for large (> 4GB) video files
Despite the manual stating that the USB disk can be formatted with NTFS, I have not yet been able to get this to work. If I plug in an NTFS formatted disk, the TV pops up a message saying that the disk needs to be formatted, and it does not provide an NTFS option. The good news is that the TV automatically splits files into smaller chunks when IT is doing the recording, so at least it is possible to make long recordings with the TV.

3. Some HD video files DO work
Despite the reviewer stating that HD video files do not work, I have had some success, even with full HD files. I do have one that does not work, and this may be because it uses DTS audio. DTS is not listed as a supported audio format in the manual.

Greg.

GregS

2

It's looking like the reason the problematic video file is not working is at least partly due to the "cinematic" resolution of the file: 1920x816. (in an MKV container) I had to pad it out vertically to 1080 lines before I could get it to play. DTS audio may ALSO be a problem - the utility I am using to convert the video cannot output DTS audio, so I haven't yet been able to test a padded version of the file that has DTS audio. (I tested AC3 and MP3 - both worked fine)

It seems a bit silly to have to add the black borders just so it can play. Again, hopefully this can be fixed in software at some stage.

Greg.

GregS

3

I've now tried a 720p MKV that has DTS audio, and whilst the file does at least play, there is no audio at all. So, it appears that the manual is correct - DTS is not supported.

However, it appears that the reason my 1920x816 MKV (with DTS) did not play AT ALL was because of the non-standard(?) video resolution. This file produces an "unsupported format" error message. Had the resolution been standard, then I expect that it would have played, but with no audio.

Greg.

Pete

4

I bought one of these guys TV's just recently and i have found it to be a pretty good TV for what i paid, two points thoough, once they i uploaded the software it did make the picture better and being an LED the speakers are not that great. No problem though once i hook it up to my speaker system. I also use it with my PS3 with no issues. Overall im happy with OHKI and the service, and it only cost 799.

GregS

5

All my comments pertain to firmware file "BIN_MSD_309.bin", which is the current version at the time of writing, to the best of my knowledge.

I agree that the sound is lacking. (especially the bass response)

Greg.

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Morveen Mullins

5.0

1

Pros
Ohki 42" Led T.V
Cons
other t.vs
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have had my new ohki 42" LCD, LED T.V for one week. The service was wonderfull, ordered on the Friday received on the Tuesday and I live in rural n.s.w, could not be happier. Terrific Picture and wonderfull instruction book IN PLAIN ENGLISH, LOVE THERE PRODUCT. mORVEEN

Gavin Dunn

4.5

2

Pros
OHKI TV
Cons
OHKI TV
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I got this TV last week and it's FANTASTIC! Great picture and delivered 2 days after purchase.

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