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Sharp LC-52LE835U 3D LED LCD HDTV Reviewed

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Sharp_LC-52LE835U_3D_LED_HDTV_review.jpgThe LE835 Series is one of Sharp's top-shelf 2011 lines; as such, it's loaded with the company's most advanced performance technologies and features. The LE835 Series includes screen sizes of 60, 52, 46, and 40 inches. We have not performed a hands-on review of the 52-inch LC-52LE835U, but here is a more comprehensive look at its features. This 1080p LCD is an active 3DTV that employs frame-sequential 3D technology, in which the TV alternately flashes a full-resolution left-eye and right-eye image. To view the 3D image, you need special 3D glasses that contain shutters that open and close in sync with the signal to direct the appropriate image to each eye. Sharp doesn't include any 3D glasses in the package; each pair will currently cost between $70 and $100. The TV supports 2D-to-3D conversion to produce a simulated 3D image from standard 2D content. The Sharp 3D glasses include 3D-to-2D conversion, allowing different users to view the same source in 3D or 2D as desired.

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The LC-52LE835U employs Sharp's Quattron technology, which adds yellow to the standard red/green/blue color filter. The TV also uses Sharp's 10-bit X-Gen LCD panel and an edge LED lighting system, which allows for a slim depth (1.63 inches) and good energy efficiency (the TV has Energy Star certification). The LC-52LE835U does not include local dimming to more precisely adjust the LED zones to improve black level and contrast. Sharp's AquoMotion 240 technology is available to reduce motion blur. The TV features built-in WiFi and Sharp's Web platform, which includes Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, Pandora, Facebook, Web widgets, and the AQUOS Advantage Live program that provides instant access to live customer support. DLNA media streaming and IP control are also available.

The connection panel includes four HDMI inputs, as well as one component video input, one PC input, and one RF input to access the internal ATSC and Clear-QAM tuners. All four HDMI ports are side-facing for easy access. Dual USB ports are available for media playback, and an Ethernet port is available for a wired network connection. The LC-52LE835U offers RS-232 for integration into an advanced control system.

The TV includes a nice assortment of picture adjustments, including: nine picture modes; an adjustable backlight and an automatic brightness sensor called OPC; five color-temp presets, plus advanced white balance controls; a six-point color management system; gamma adjustment; and digital noise reduction. The LC-52LE835U doesn't have a true 240Hz refresh rate: It has a 120Hz refresh rate, and you can select between four Motion Enhancement options that affect the actual output. In the off mode, the TV duplicates frames to get to 120Hz. The "120Hz High" and "120Hz Low" modes add varying degrees of frame interpolation, which results in smoother movement. Finally, the AquoMotion 240 setting flashes the LEDs to create a 240Hz effect that's designed to more effectively reduce motion blur. In the 3D realm, adjustments include a 3D Brightness Boost function, with low, middle, and high options; the ability to adjust the depth of 3D still images and converted 2D-to-3D content; and the option to display the amount of time you've been watching 3D content. The TV has four aspect-ratio options for SD content and five options for HD, including a Dot by Dot mode for viewing 1080i/1080p images with no overscan.


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