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Sharp Aquos LC-52D64U LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
ImageThe Basics:
Sharp’s D64U Series is also dubbed the Slim-line Series, as these LCDs have 25 percent less depth, 20 percent less weight and a thinner bezel surrounding the screen. Screen sizes range from 32 to 65 inches; the LC-52D64U is a 52-inch, 1080p model with a traditional CCFL backlight, gloss-black frame, and a thin silver speaker bar that runs discreetly along the bottom of the unit.

The TV has a healthy connection panel that includes three HDMI 1.3 inputs and two component video inputs, all of which accept 1080p/60 but not 1080p/24. Sharp kindly puts both an HDMI and a component video input on the side panel for easier access when the TV is wall-mounted. An RS-232 port is on board to integrate the TV into an advanced control system, and a USB port is available for software upgrades.

There’s a nice assortment of picture controls, including a Color Management System and an adjustable backlight that lets you tailor the TV’s light output and black level to your viewing conditions. The OPC feature automatically adjusts image brightness based on your room’s lighting conditions. Aspect ratio options include a Dot by Dot mode for viewing 1080i/1080p images with no overscan.

The Upside:
The LC-52D64U offers good detail and a pleasing color palette. The TV can accommodate a variety of viewing conditions: you can turn up the backlight and get a lot of brightness for a well-lit room or turn it down and get solid black levels for a darkened theater.

The Downside:
Sharp TVs can’t be calibrated, and the color temperature is somewhat uneven. This TV doesn’t produce quite as rich an image as you’ll find in higher-end flat panels, and it suffers from some common LCD issues, such as a limited viewing angle and motion blur with fast-moving images. It does not offer 120Hz technology.

The LC-52D64U is a solid everyday performer. Sharp’s Slim-line design lets you fit a larger screen size into a smaller space, and it carries with it a slightly higher price tag than other Sharp LCD lines. However, the LC-52D64U’s $2700 asking price is still competitive with other traditional LCDs that lack advanced features like 120Hz and LED backlighting.

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