Electronics manufacturer Sharp sits atop the my HDTV is bigger than your HDTV mountain, offering a 70-inch LED LCD HDTV. However, not everyone has the means or the space to accommodate such a gargantuan display, for 70-inches equals over five feet of HDTV goodness - that's a lot. For the rest of us, thankfully, Sharp offers a few more manageable LED based HDTVs such as the LC-60LE831U (LC-60) reviewed here. The LC-60 retails for $2,099.99 and is a 60-inch, edge lit, LED LCD HDTV featuring Sharp's own Quattron technology.
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The LC-60 measures 55 inches wide by 33 inches tall and just under two inches deep without its included stand and 15 inches deep including the stand. The LC-60 weighs a surprising 68 pounds without its stand and 83 pounds with. I say surprising because many LED based HDTVs nowadays are not only razor thin but also ultra light. The LC-60 has four HDMI inputs (non 3D) as well as one HD component input, a composite input, two analog audio inputs, a PC input, RS-232 input and Ethernet port. The LC-60 also has built-in Wi-Fi so you can connect it to your home network without having to hardwire it through its Ethernet port if you wish. The LC-60's Internet connectivity not only aides in software updates but also allows for the streaming of content from the included Apps from Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, Alphaline Entertainment and Napster.
Behind the scenes, the LC-60 boasts a native resolution of 1920x1080 or 1080p using Sharp's X-Gen LCD panel technology which includes Quattron, meaning it adds yellow into the RGB mix for better color fidelity. Unlike its 70-inch sibling, the LC-60 utilizes LED edge lighting versus a full LED panel array. The LC-60 has a reported contrast ration of five million to one (dynamic) and boasts a response time of four milliseconds with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
From a performance standpoint the LC-60 is a nice all around display for the money. Its visual presentation doesn't bowl you over necessarily though it's never disappointing. Those of you with a large DVD collection will be pleased to know that the LC-60 does an excellent job presenting SD material even though it's a LED based HDTV, which sometimes is the kiss of death for a lot of SD content. SD tests such as The Rock (Criterion) on DVD showcased the LC-60's solid black levels and rich, warm colors, not to mention smooth motion and solid detail throughout. Though the LC-60 really begins to hit its stride when fed a steady diet of Blu-ray discs such as James Cameron's Avatar (20th Century Fox) or even David Fincher's Zodiac (Paramount). Both films showcase the LC-60's ability to render colors faithfully and brilliantly, whether those colors are the vibrant blues of Pandora or the earth tones of 1970's San Francisco. Regardless of the source material, the LC-60's motion is largely smooth and artifact free and its noise level is kept to a minimum despite its large screen size - this of course aids in the LC-60's overall rendering of detail and edge fidelity which is also quite good. I was pleased to find that the LC-60's edge lighting wasn't as apparent as most, resulting in nearly perfect uniform backlighting. Read about the high points and the low points of the Sharp LC-60LE831U on Page 2.