"An absolutely beautiful 1080p television, amazing value"4.0 starson by shdowflare
Pros: -Stunningly clear, bright, and vivid HD picture
-Blu-Ray content looks absolutely incredible
-HUGE size makes it like a theater screen in your living room
-Very thin and fits well almost anywhere, including on a wall
Cons: -Known issues with main board and power board
-Low-quality SD content looks grainy(screen too large), average-quality SD is decent
-Uses lots of power (add $12/month to your electric bill)
-Gets extremely hot (not a big deal if you need a heater)
Summary: Overall, I am VERY happy with my decision to purchase this television 14 months ago. I really bought it because it was the only 65" flat panel 1080p HDTV that I could find below $4000. I was upgrading from a 60" Sony Grand Wega KDFE60A20 1080i rear-projection HDTV (which was really nice, BTW). Although I was pretty happy with the Sony, I wanted a true 1080p HDTV to fully enjoy my PS3/XB360 gaming and Blu-Ray experience. I also picked up a 7.1 Onkyo TX-SR806 and full Klipsch 7.1 speaker system to "complete" my home theater setup.
This TV blows the Sony away. Not only is the picture AMAZINGLY CLEAR and stunningly beautiful, it is also superbly backlit and thus the colors shine through incredibly. It's just so bright and accurate. When any of my friends or family come over to watch a game, movie, or play some HD video games, all of them are simply amazed at how great such a huge picture can look! In fact, I've inspired several of my friends to go out and upgrade their 32" HDTVs, just by inviting them over for some chillaxing! Up until a month or so ago, I thought this was absolutely the best HDTV you could get - especially in this price range. For the most part, I still feel that way.
But unfortunately, just before Christmas day, my TV stopped working - it simply wouldn't power on. I updated the firmware (Sharp released one back in October 2009), but that didn't fix the issue. It was dead - 13 months after the date of purchase. I was sick to my stomach, angrily thinking, "How could my $3500 TV die after one year!!!" Luckily, I got an extra 3 months tacked onto my 1-year factory warranty, when I signed up for the Aquos Advantage club just after purchasing the TV. I'm so thankful I did, because I called Sharp the day the TV broke, and no matter how much I begged and pleaded, they would simply not allow me to purchase their 3-year extended warranty because I was past the 12-month mark. However, I did get it fixed under warranty because of that 3-month extension, but that extended warranty expires in the next two weeks. :(
After searching some online forums and Google, I discovered this and some other large Sharp 1080p HDTVs suffer from problematic main circuit boards and power boards. Replacing either of these can oftentimes cost around $700-$800, or less, if you find used ones on eBay and try to do-it-yourself (which can be dangerous with high-voltage appliances). I'm very nervous about the fact that my amazing television will be without warranty soon, considering these "known issues". But there's nothing I can do now, other than warn all of you to ENSURE YOU GET THE 3-YEAR SHARP EXTENDED WARRANTY if you buy this television. You will thank me later, trust me. Many excellent consumer products are prone to manufacturing defects, and in this case there's a documented history of a potentially pricy problem surfacing, so this is a case where the extended warranty should be strongly considered.
In summary, this 1080p LCD HDTV can easily hang with and actually outperform other TVs at a much higher price point. And as of right now, I'm pretty sure you can't buy a larger LCD TV anywhere. So if you're looking for a superior flat-panel TV with a crisp HD picture, the largest possible screen size, an amazingly affordable price, and a superior value - then look no further. Do not hesitate to buy this television! Just BE SURE to get the 3-year manufacturer warranty. Regrettably, I wish I had - but don't make the same mistake I did! The main board replacement warranty service I had done is the only reason why I gave this TV 4 stars instead of 5. Apart from this known issue, this Sharp television is, in my opinion, very tough to beat.