Sharp LC-LE732U series
What makes it important: Elite notwithstanding, Sharp seems to offer more square inches of flat-panel screen for the buck than any manufacturer, and its 70-inch model was a surprisingly good performer. It's also surprisingly popular, perhaps because of its relatively affordable price tag. Bigger is better among HDTVs, and I expect even more extra-large-screen options from Sharp and others in 2012.
- Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 14 user reviews
Starting at: $1,575.00
The good: The Sharp LC-70LE73U is bigger than just about any other mainstream flat-panel TV, and a strong overall value. It delivers solid picture quality, with better screen uniformity than an edge-lit LED-based LCD, while its matte screen and high potential light output make its bright-room picture quality superior to that of a large plasma. It comes with excellent help and support options and built-in Wi-Fi, and consumes less power than plasma models.
The bad: This 70-inch LED-based LCD is too large to fit in many living rooms and too expensive for most buyers' TV budgets. Its black levels, uniformity, and off-angle picture quality aren't as good as those of many large-screen plasmas. Its separate interfaces for apps and widgets can be confusing and its exterior styling is somewhat generic.
The bottom line: For people craving a colossal flat-screen TV who don't want a plasma or a projector, the 70-inch Sharp LC-70LE73U series LED-based LCD offers very good picture quality, especially in bright rooms.
December 14, 2011 9:08 AM PST
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| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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