If you are looking for a display that is greater than 50-inches, you will be faced with a challenge in sifting through the different manufacturers and models that each manufacturer makes. You can expect a lot of variety since manufacturers often put all of the nice features such as Internet access and 3D features to add value to these massive displays. There are also some large designs that do not have any bells and whistles but come with a more attractive price tag. You can also go down the middle which is even more difficult considering all the competition frequent price drops that take place throughout the year. If you want a nice balance of features on a fairly large display, the Sharp LC-52LE810 is a pretty good choice.
Many of the largest LCD (non-LED) displays usually max out at 55-inches. When you compare one of these ordinary with this 52-inch LED display by Sharp, it is easy to tell that both displays are still large enough for 1080p resolutions and look very impressive in the living room. The Sharp LC-52LE810 is more attractive since it is slim and has a stable stand.
You can also hook up a lot of different hardware components to the display. If you have any gaming consoles, Blu-ray or DVD players, or other things that use the HDMI, you can take advantage of the 4 HDMI ports that are freely available. If you need to plug in more devices or wish to leave one HDMI port free for portable gadgets, you can always use the older connection jacks like the HD component and composite inputs.
No matter what you hook up to the display, you will be greeted with a brilliant 4,000,000:1 contrast ratio so you can set aside your concerns regarding deep black performance. You can also worry less about how where you wish to place the display because you can see the picture clearly even if there is lots of ambient light. The secret is behind the Optical Picture Control feature which cleverly adjusts the brightness levels depending on the ambient light so you are sure to get a better viewing experience even when lighting conditions change on the fly.
“I did a ton of research on all the reviews for this and other TV’s, which focused on the expert sites like AVS Forum. After all the research, I was actually a little hesitant on this purchase with the ‘Yellow’ being possibly a little bit of a marketing gimmick. However the plunge was made and ‘WOW’ at times it feels like a 3D TV and my wife still is amazed and she doesn’t get into technology. I would give this TV a Solid A+.” – Tech Guy (Minneapolis, MN)
The Sharp LC-52LE810 shows 1080p visuals with excellent color accuracy because it uses a unique technology called Quattron Quad Pixel. Rather than using the red, blue, and green colors for the usual color gamut, a yellow color is added to increase the possibilities in reproducing better colors.
This technology functions behind the X-Gen LCD panel which is specifically designed to make the Sharp LC-52LE810 more energy efficient. Combined with the convenient Optical Picture Control feature, the LC-52LE810 gets the Energy Star certification. The last major enhancement falls on the frame rate performance where highly-animated visuals no longer produce blurring because of the 120 Hz Fine Motion Advanced technology which intelligently fills in those gaps so you get a more fluid experience whether you are watching movies or sports programs or playing video games.
With the Sharp LC-52LE810, you can connect to the Internet without hooking up a capable Blu-ray player or A/V receiver. It uses the friendly AQUOS Net service as its interface so you can access all of your favorite sites from the home screen. Popular sites available for access include Netflix, YouTube, and Vudu where the streaming experience is smooth. Other sites that you can visit include news sites, sports sites, weather sites, and social networking sites.
You can also use the connection to register in the AQUOS Advantage Live service which helps you configure your display and connections as well as give you support and warranty bonuses. This service is free so it won’t hurt at all to give this service a try.
The USB port can accept any USB flash drive as long as there are JPEG, WMA, and/or MP3 files present. Once you plug it in, you can simply launch the Photo & Music Viewer so you can see the nice images that you have on the LED display or hear your favorite tracks with crisp sound.
If you have around $2,000, you should be able to purchase the Sharp LC-52LE810. This is actually a good deal because there are more expensive 55-inch models that do not weigh well against the LC-52LE810 when you consider the all the image enhancements and extras. As long as you do not plan on going the 3D route, the LC-52LE810 should last you for a long while.
Actual User Reviews:
• “Just bought this TV about a week ago.Am still absolutely floored by the picture quality, clarity, and the crisp colors. As written in previous reviews, first thing that needs to be done is TURN THE FILM MODE OFF. First movie we watched was Avatar, and yes, even with Film Mode on, the movie looked jaw-droppingly good. But the longer you sat and watched, the more you realize that Film Mode gives it a “soap opera” look. That’s the best I can describe it, you will have to see to understand. My eyes were becoming fatigued because everything was SO crisp and detailed, and so clean, it looked fake. Turning it off alleviated all the problems.
Even in “The Blind Side”, I popped film mode back on and couldnt take it for a second. My guess is Film Mode is for upscaling Standard Def DVDs, for with BluRay it is just TOO much.
In terms of overall picture quality, as expected, right out of the box some additional tweaking had to be done. I have everything almost perfect, and again, I couldn’t be happier. I did get a great deal on Geek Squad Calibration, and that will take place after 100 hrs get put on the TV. From everything I’ve heard, for a TV of this quality, professional calibration is worth every penney. Looking forward to it.” – Dean Mitchell (Kansas)
• “I waited, debated, compared, read reviews, etc, etc, before buying this TV.I set it up, plugged it in, and all I can say is that it is unbelievable. At first I just had standard def, and I thought that that was great. I just upgraded to DirectTV HD, and now the picture is so vivid, it feels as if the actors are right in the room. Actually for news and sitcoms, I prefer standard def. Sports and movies are just perfect – if anything is more realistic than this TV, I doubt if I would want it in my house. The comments made concerning the Film Mode are true – turn it off, it makes everything look like a soap opera. I haven’t gotten into doing much adjustment yet, so I can’t comment on that. I do wish I had gotten the 46″ rather than the 52″, even in a big room, everything is perfectly clear. ” – Pianodude (Miami, FL)
• “1. If you get this tv, do yourself a favor and turn off film mode. Somehow it removes all semblance of depth-of-field and makes everything look like it was shot on a soap-opera set.
2. There are setting to directly effect the color decoder, so image calibration should be easy. Unfortunately I think the yellow pixel makes the Avia color decoder patterns useless for this. Adjusting (the rgb) color levels to accurate made the picture laughable. Stick with just tint/saturation controls until someone figures out how to actually calibrate an rgb+y display.
Overall, a few tweaks made the PQ pretty good. The defaults don’t seem to have any red or green push evident in the picture, even though the avia decoder patterns has them at > -25% off. I assume that’s due to the yellow LCD pixel. The blacks on the picture are black, but there aren’t any surprises here with LCD and shadow detail. You’ll have to crank brightness up a bit to see any shadow detail, which will lighten up the blacks. Plasma is still king here. ” – M. Jones (Madison, WI United States)
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