We preview the Sharp LC-D62U series, the company's 2006 high-end line of 1080p flat-panel LCDs.
While we have not reviewed the 52-inch LC-52D62U, we believe the performance of the LC-46D62U is a good indicator of its image quality. However, the quoted specs for the 42-inch LC-42D62U are slightly less than those of the larger models, claiming only 1,200:1 contrast ratio and a 6 millisecond response time. In other words, we're not sure whether the 42-inch model will exhibit the same sorts of performance characteristics as the 46-incher that we tested.
In terms of features, all sets feature a built-in HDTV tuner which means you won't need an external set-top box to pull in over-the-air HDTV signals. The sets also lack a CableCard slot, and though that means you're out of luck if you want to ditch your cable box, we don't consider it a serious omission. In terms of connectivity, all the sets are highlighted by two HDMI inputs, two component-video inputs, and three A/V inputs (one with S-Video). While they lack dedicated PC inputs, you can sacrifice one of the HDMI inputs to connect a computer that has a DVI output, using a DVI-to-HDMI adapter. The Sharp LC-42D62U, the Sharp LC-46D62U, and the Sharp LC-52D62U are all currently available with list prices of $2,300, $3,300 and $4,500, respectively.