Back in early 2000, 1080p resolutions is a serious specification if you want to have the top cinema experience. But now with many displays greater than 30 inches now having the 1080p spec, more effort is poured on to the image quality, brightness, energy efficiency and other extra features that help the display stand a chance against the growing competition. It started early when plasma and LCD displays sparked as the early choices and now LED displays are entering the fray showing their superiority. Many familiar brands including Sharp are taking the LED plunge while adding some unique Sharp touches as well. The Sharp LC-46LE820 is one display that you can get if want a fairly large screen with some neat bells and whistles.
In the LE820 series, this Sharp display is the second smallest of the bunch and that is nothing to worry about since the slim and large design with thin bezel looks great in the living room. Its 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio is excellent for even enthusiasts to get excited over and gives it a slight advantage over the similar Sharp LC-46LE810.
You can also plug in a bunch of other equipment to your display providing that they use HDMI. With 4 HDMI ports available, you can hook up a couple of gaming consoles and a Blu-ray player without a need for unplugging them ever again. It always helps to leave one HDMI port free in case you wish to plug in a laptop or any portable device that allows an HDMI connection. You can also take advantage of the ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners that are built-in to access any DTV channels or analog TV content.
You should be able to position the LC-46LE820 just about anywhere in the room without worrying about the display quality. Even the ambient lighting does not affect the visibility of the screen since the Optical Picture Control function constantly adjusts the display intensity so you never have to make it match your ambient lighting for optimal viewing. This also helps save energy during the day and contributes to its Energy Star compliance.
“I recently bought this TV from Amazon after having done a lot of research, and viewing different TVs in the store. For its price range this TV offers the best picture and depth of colors of all of the TVs I compared. The main decision I had to make was between this and the Samsung 46UNC6500, which when I did a side by side of them, the colors and picture looked much richer on the 820UN.
For those wondering, the difference between the 820 and 810UN is a glass screen on the 820, which gives a “better” contrast ratio and adds about 15 lbs to the weight. Regardless, the TV is not particularly heavy and I set it up, lifted it out of the box, walked about 40ft, and put it on a TV stand at belly button height, with relative ease. “– D. Maerz (USA)
The unique X-Gen LCD panel also helps with the eco-friendliness factor further improving the edge-lit LED technology. But the real highlight of the image quality rests on the Quattron Quad Pixel Technology. It primarily focuses on color accuracy by adding the yellow color to the existing combination of red, green, and blue colors to effectively widen the color gamut.
The other main technology is more common but still significant. Viewing high-speed scenes can cause a lot of blurring but the 120 Hz Fine Motion Advanced technology eliminates that so any sports programs, action segments, and many games look better on the screen.
You can also go online with the Sharp LC-46LE820 and it does not involve hooking up any other devices either. The AQUOS Net interface is built right into the display so you can access it any time using your remote. As long as the Ethernet cable is hooked up to your network, you can access Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, and several other sites for a seamless video streaming experience. You can also utilize your large display to check out various news sources and weather reports.
While you can hook up any Blu-ray player to any of the LC-46LE820′s HDMI ports, it is recommended to use an AQUOS Blu-ray player so you can use the AQUOS Link feature which makes it easier for you to switch between devices. You only need the TV remote to operate both devices so it greatly reduces confusion.
If you have a spare flash drive, you can also fill that drive up with images and MP3 or WMA files because the Sharp LC-46LE820 can read them using its built-in USB port and Photo & Music Viewer feature. With its LED enhancements, images look far better on the big screen than any monitor. The sound system consists of a standard pair of speakers as well as a subwoofer so playing back MP3 or WMA files is a nice experience as well.
The $2,500 price tag can be intimidated since there are 55-inch models that are quite impressive as well. But if you compare the two screen sizes, 46 inches still looks big and you get so much more in terms of image quality and extra features. The connection options even make it more valuable and you enjoy reduced energy consumption compared to larger non-LED models. For its price and the likelihood of discounts, the Sharp LC-46LE820 is a good pick.
Actual User Reviews:
• “This t.v. is some serious tech. I actually have a 65″ sharp as my t.v., so i use the 46″ quattron as my computer monitor (you think i am crazy right, but you would be amazed what screen size you can get away with once you get the screen suited to your eyes after tweaking the settings). first, the screen is incredibly thin. absurdly thin is a more accurate description. it puts out next to zero heat, i mean none. it also sucks very little power and the screen instantly achieves full brightness when it’s turned on. the controls on the front of the television are actually touch sensitive, though it took me days to realize this. stupid i know. it also comes with a very capable video controller.
the picture is truly amazing. the fourth color being added to the gambit actually makes a noticeable difference. you will definitely notice more vibrant colors from standard 3 color pixel sets. the contrast ratio is blindingly high with these LED back lit sets. this set blows my 65″ sets contrast ratio out of the water, but the 65″ is fluorescent back lit, so it’s inferior tech because it’s older.”– Jake (CA, USA)
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