Pros Excellent picture quality, Great Upscale, Tons of Connection Options, and all at an Amazing Price
Cons None from me
Summary The picture is amazing, and that's the most important factor when buying a tv, right? There is no difference in resolution or contrast to the more expensive Samsung and Sony models. I have no problems with the brightness or with watching dark scenes, which seemed to be a problem with last years model. The picture quality when watching HD dvds and HD digital cable in 1080p is absolutely amazing. It almost makes me cry, I'm so happy.
Another great feature is the connection options. 3 HDMI inputs and 2 component inputs means every HD peripheral will have a dedicated input. The upgrade over last year, aside from the extra HDMI input, is the VGA input. This comes in very handy for Xbox 360 owners, since the VGA input is superior to component. Console and pc gamers, this is the tv for you.
The tv automatically adjusts to whatever resolution the source is sending the tv, so you don't have to manually change it if you're signal is 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. The new casing is gorgeous. One thing I always thought was lacking with the Sharp Aquos line was the shell, but the new streamlined look makes you want to display this tv as the centerpiece of any room.
I could go on and on about how great this tv is... superb viewing angles, light weight and super thin. I'm sure I should have something negative to say, but I don't. The only thing lacking with this tv are the speakers. But if you're watching a 42in 1080p HD LCD TV, go out and get a surround sound system to go with it.
Pros Nice design
Cons Banding as mentioned on Cnet review
Summary When I purchased this TV at a warehouse sale I questioned the sales person regarding the banding mentioned on the Cnet review. He said it was an old concern with the early models produced and it wasn't the case any more. HE LIED. At times it is a distraction.
Pros True HD 1080P, 3 HDMI inputs, Beautful Design
Cons poor 480i picture & horrible prefactory settings
Summary I bought this TV to replace my sony wega 32inch LCD flat panel.
1. Excellent 1080P picture quality
2. Three HDMI inputs and two component inputs to connect all of your HD goodies.
3. The design is truely one of the best looking LCD TV's on the market.
4. One of the best values for the amount of money you're going to spend on a 42" 1080P TV on the market.
CONS: Please Read
1. My biggest gripe about this TV is the fact that the prefactory setting are horrible. I promise you will think you have bought a lemon when you watch this TV for the first time. If you know nothing about picture settings such as contrast, tint, color, backlight, then please have someone who does adjust the settings on your TV.
2. Unlike my previous Sony LCD, 480i dvds look like pure garbage on this TV. I ended up buying an upscale DVD player for about $85 and an additional HDMI cable for $50 just to upgrade the quality of my 480i dvds. 480i dvds (standard dvds) look awesome on my Sony which is why I couldn't believe how much of a downgrade they looked on my new Sharp. Please buy an upscale dvd player when buying this TV. I am one who is neither sold on HD or Blue Ray yet so I plan to wait to see who will win the battle before investing in an HD player.
3. If you watch any 480i movies on this TV they should be viewed around 6 to 8 ft from the screen as anything closer and the image appears very pixelated.
4. The power cord is very short on this TV making it difficult to conceal.
5. Although the TV has plenty of HD connections the location of the HDMI inputs are not very friendly for hiding the cords especially the 3rd HDMI connection which is located on the right side of the TV frame if you're facing it.
Overall I'm very satisfied with this TV but if you have the money and are not looking for a bargain then go with a Sony 42 1080P LCD. If you're looking for a bargain than go with this Sharp as will be just as suitable as one of the more expensive LCD out there.
Pros Very well written user friendly owner's manual, set up was easy, plenty of options for fine tuning all viewing parameters, beautiful picture, good sound!
Cons Some channels require color re-tuning.
Summary I did a LOT of research. LCD clearly showed many advantages over plasma. Sharp is the LCD TV leader so it made sense to buy their product. One key advantage for the Sharp LCD TV is the backlight bulbs can be changed by the owner. Prospective buyers should pay attention to this factor while doing your research. The picture, sound, ease of set up, user's manual, etc., is first rate! Just buy it from someone other than Abe's of Maine. Their customer service is POOR. Don't be taken in by price alone.
Pros excellent at std def and especially HD
Cons I can't think of any noteworthy cons
Summary I was surprised at the CNET article talking about banding. The screen looks great. And it only uses 215 watts of power - awesome.