A 4SquareMedia Website

> Wearable Technology
> Appliances
> Automation
> Automotive
> Buyers Guide
> CEDIA 2010
> Comment
> Content & Downloads
> Digital Photography
> Gaming
> Green Energy
> HD
> Home Cinema
> Home Office
> How Stuff Works
> Installation
> Portable Players
> Media Centres
> Phones
> Real Sound
> Reviews
Content & Downloads
Digital Photography
Home Cinema
Home Office
iPods & Portable Players
Media Centres
Music & Movies
Real Hi Fi
TVs & Large Display
Wireless & Networking
> Smart Awards 2013
> Smart Ideas
> Trio Awards 08
> TVs & Large Display
> Wireless & Networking
> Featured Reviews
> Advertising
> Competitions
> Contact
> Disclaimer
> Signup
> Terms & Conditions
> Subscribe to Newsletter
> Subscribe to Magazine

Top 10 Viewed Articles
  1. Who Has The Best LCD TV: Sony, Toshiba Or Samsung?
  2. FIRST LCD TV REVIEW: LG Scarlet 60 Vs Samsung Series 6
  3. Sony PS4 Not Far Away
  4. The Humble PC Gets A Whopping Makeover
  5. Sony Bravia LCD TVs Vs Samsung LED HD TVs Which is Best?
  6. Toshiba Working With Microsoft On New Entertainment Xbox
  7. Blu-ray Xbox 360 Planned By Microsoft
  8. Massive Failure Rate For Xbox 360 Exposed
  9. Free Sony PS3 Con
  10. How To Build Your Own Digital Media Server: Part I
Top 10 Viewed Reviews
  1. First Review: Samsung Series 7 LED TV
  2. Movies On-The-Go With Teac DVD Boombox
  3. Who Has The Best 32-inch Screen: Panasonic, Samsung, or Sony?
  4. Who Has The Best Home Theatre Kit? Denon vs Bose
  5. Every Bit Of Defence Counts
  6. New Denon Home Theatre Makes Bose Look Like Yesterdays Technology
  7. Best Media Player On The Market
  8. At $1,499 The Aldi Medion 17-inch Notebook Is A Steal
  9. Affordable Noise Cancelling Headphones That Work
  10. B&W 600 Speaker Delivers Real Sound

Metz Caleo 47 LED 100 Twin R
Company: Metz

Pros: lots of input options; in-built PVR

Cons: Euro-centric function design; lack of HDMI menu support; high image noise; poor placement and labelling of inputs

Product Rating:

2 Star Rating: Recommended

Editor Rating 2

User Rating 0

Review: Luxury Metz TV Sports Redundant SCARTs

By Matthew Lentini | Thursday | 24/03/2011

The German-made Caleo 47 LED 100 Twin R from Metz is a 47 inch LCD screen that is obviously designed for Europe without too much consideration for the Asia Pacific market. As such, it sports three SCART ports and a menu that just doesn't get HDMI.

Attempting to plug in a Blu-ray player proved extremely difficult - not just for technical set up purposes, but physically. All the inputs are awkwardly located on a downward-facing panel on the bottom half of the back-end of the TV.

Not just that, but there's no labelling on the backside of the screen. As a result, you'll find yourself lying on the floor and looking up to find which port fits which cable.

When you find the right plugs and slots, you'll also notice the three SCART ports which have no real function for Australian TV owners. Used primarily in the European electronics market, Australian (and most of the world's) electronics favour HDMI. Thankfully, the Caleo 47 fits in three HDMI ports.

Getting the Caleo to recognise inputs in these HDMI ports is another struggle of its own. When a Blu-ray player was plugged in, there was no recognition by the TV or labelling in the menu for 'Blu-ray player' or even 'HDMI input' of any kind.

Users instead have to identify which numbered HDMI port they've plugged the media player into (back on the floor, you go) and then select either 'Other Device' 1, 2 or 3 from the AV menu accordingly. Looking in the manual doesn't help either as you'll be hard-pressed to find a reference to HDMI inputs.

There's no intuitive functionality in-built on the patchwork menu that is both poorly set out and is prone to lag.

Once the Blu-ray player was up and running, the default picture quality, which should have been 1080p Full HD, instead came out with a high level of visual noise. The Noise Reduction function partially improved the grainy image quality, but did not fully redeem the image quality.

The picture also occasionally switched its scaling to different resolutions without prompting.

On the plus side, an in-built PVR allows for programmable recording of TV on portable storage and the TV's 500GB storage, equating to around 100 hours of HD or 500 hours, of SD television.

The TV shapes up to 115.4x73.9x9.8 cm without the base - chunkier than your average flat panel. The brushed aluminium panel doesn't conform to the typically sleek, black finish of most LCDs. Two black columns adorn the sides of the screen while the top and bottom of the screen sport metallic grey.

It's unconventional and not very attractive, following suit with the on-screen menu, remote control and the miniature screen below the Metz logo that displays channel numbers in orange and yellow text.

For a brand that markets its TVs as luxury goods (not to mention the $5499) price tag, it's hard to find anything luxurious about this TV package, except perhaps the inbuilt PVR.

You can read International Dynamics' response to this review here.

Link this review:
Link this page to delicious Link this page to Digg Link this page to Furlit Link this page to News Vine Link this page to Reddit Link this page to Spurl Link this page to Yahoo My Web RSS this section

New LG 65   New LG 65" Ultra High Definition TV, Complete With Pop Down Speakers: REVIEW
LG Australia has finally rolled out their 65" Ultra High Definition TV offering in Australia and what you get is a TV that delivers a quantum leap in TV technology and surprisingly a significantly improved sound system that is delivered from pop down speakers but the big question is whether it is worth $6,999.
Product Rating 4.5

Westfield To Split   Westfield To Split
Shopping giant to separate ANZ, international operation
Product Rating 0

REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones   REVIEW:Note 3 Is The Best There Is In Phablet Smartphones
If you are one of those people who love technology but struggle to manage the hundreds of apps and the endless capabilities that today's smartphones are capable of delivering then the new Samsung Note 3 is not for you.
Product Rating 5

Get the latest news
Subscribe today for your daily news of consumer electronic news...
Get the latest news

reaches over 2 million consumers a year. Contact us today about special deals..

For more information ...

Apr/May 2011 issue

reviews the hot new iPhone attach device, the Zeppelin Air. And we look at what's going on in the tablet space...

Metz Caleo 47 LED 100 Twin R Reviewed by Matthew Lentini Rating: 2