Pros 1920 x 1080 reslution, excelent computer monitor
Cons blurry blurry
Summary I really wanted to buy this TV. I was really excited to finally see a full 1080 picture, but after looking at 3 separate models, with 3 separate sources, I woke up out of a haze of denial and realized the 45 inch sharp just doesn't deliver the detail that one would expect given its resolution. I was stunned to see that cheaper, lower resolution plasmas sitting right next to the sharp - playing the same source - were sharper, more detailed, often with better color accuracy.
I went to 3 stores to check it out today.
the first store was playing regular old tv. The sharp looked a little blurry compared to an EDTV and HDTV on either side of the Sharp. But i chalked it up to the fact the Sharp has to scale up the 480i signal and wasn't doing a good job. The sales guy wouldn't let me adjust the picture settings so I went to another store.
In the second store my wife and I immediately noticed the blurriness versus cheaper, lower resolution plasmas. Turns out that the source this time was a progressive DVD so I reasoned that once again scaling up was the problem (this time from 480p). I wrestled away the remote from the sales man and adjusted the picture for some time. No luck, still blurry.
The third store I went to was playing a TimeWarner Cable 1080i HDTV channel, so I thought this would be the Sharp's chance to show its sharpness. Alas, the blur was still there. Once again, in a side by side comparison, the Sharp could not compare with the detail of a couple plasma displays next to it - even after extensive picture adjustments. The really disappointing thing was that the plasmas at the third store weren't even very expensive models and they still did a better job with the 1080i detail.
Up until that point, I was hoping the Sharps blurriness was due to scaling from 480i/480p to 1080. But that theory was put to sleep once I triple checked that I was viewing a 1080i source in the last store.
What I mean by blurry:
The blurring is most noticeable if you look at the wrinkles, pock-marks and pores on a close up of an actors face. Compared to the plasmas i saw, the Sharp makes it appear as if the actors are wearing a lot of makeup.
Bottom line: wait for the next round of full HD resolution LCDs before spending your money.
Pros Outstanding Picture with pretty much everything you want and need from a TV!
Cons I never knew what people talked about when they were reviewing LCDS and they talked about the "blacks" until now. Blacks dont look as good, but everything else is outstanding.
Pros Great quality of image, very flexible inputs, accepts Computer In through DVI
Cons Does not accept Computer in above 1280x1024 instead of full 1900x1080 resolution. Incomprehensible
"Remarkable TV"on by cnetsub
Pros AVC console allows easy connections
Cons Does not swivel more than about 30 degrees
Summary Remarkable colors, great picture and good menu options to manage viewing. I have it a fairly bright room and the picture is still outstanding. At night, the viewing is as close as it gets to seeing it in a movie theater. The proprietary cable which attaches to the AVC console allows for hassle-free connections. I have it an entertainment center which does not highlight its looks -- recommend on the wall or place in a room where it is readily noticeable
Pros 1080p, Great Picture
Cons Have to use Gefen switch to have PC access at the Panel's 1920x1080p native resolution. Should also have an extra RF Digital input