|Sharp Aquos LC-30HV6U 30-inch LCD HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Bryan Southard|
|Saturday, 01 May 2004|
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As cool as flat displays are, they are also very expensive. In nearly all cases, they have reduced performance over direct-view CRTs, such as the Sony XBR. The reason that you buy a LCD or plasma display is not for the ultimate in performance, but rather for the coolness factor and convenience of a flat screen.
The Sharp LC-30HV6U comes with the separate A/V hub with umbilical that makes installation and cable management much more convenient, yet this display is best installed by a professional who can run the cables through the wall. It comes with a table stand but, in my eyes, if you have a table to stand it on, you have room for a larger non-wall-mounting display that is cheaper and could perform near or equal to the Sharp display. I recommend wall-mounting, thus taking full advantage of the sheer bitchin’-ness this display offers.
The Sharp display does not yet come with the HDMI connectivity that makes A/V connections a breeze. This feature will be available from Sharp later this year; however, I don’t find this feature worth waiting for. Once installed, this becomes a non-issue.
The flat panel displays are the best thing to happen to video in many years. As a kid, I dreamed that someday this would be possible. Although LCD is not available in the largest sizes offered by Plasma technology, LCD is better. The images are brighter, the displays are more reliable and Sharp offers one of the best the industry has to offer. Although 30 inches seems small, you must remember that this display gives you nearly 30 inches of horizontal viewing rather than older 4:3 displays that are measured diagonally. This display gives you more viewing area than my older 35-inch Mitsubishi 4:3 CRT display and many more features. This display is HD-compatible and can replace your aging painting that hangs above the fireplace. The Sharp LC-30HV6U offers tomorrow’s technology today, which makes it a solid buy. I loved this display and would someday like to put one in my home. If you own a non-HD set and want to update your décor and performance, you can do no better in value vs. performance than the Sharp LC-30HV6U. It could easily be the cornerstone of your updated entertainment world.