"Phenomenal Picture Quality"4.5 starson by RaptorBait
Pros: Infinitely customizable settings, easy to use menu system, plenty of ports, great out of box experience
Cons: Tight fit on some ports, initial settings for energy efficiency detract from overall picture quality
Summary: First review of the LC-46LE810UN - First some disclaimers for those who don't know me: 1. I spend every day working around HDTV's. 2. I am biased in favor of plasma. 3. I am using a 3 year old Toshiba 32" and a 50" Pioneer Kuro as my baselines.
Less than a week in, I am amazed at the video quality. Right out of the box, two colors are almost overwhelmingly powerful. Red and Yellow. Both of those just POP. I mean, when you see anything with those colors, they are vivid, and almost surreal compared to anything else. Then, the edge LED backlighting, works in its favor. At the center of the screen, blacks are almost on par with a plasma.
Regarding the menu system, it is nearly intuitive. Right out of the box, you can set this beast up in under 10 minutes. The Netflix integration is a nice touch.
Ports are well placed and easy to access. 4 HDMI (1 is 1.4), 2 USB, 2 PC, 1 Ethernet. Plus, once a device is connected, the system detects the device and names it according to what it is automatically.
After over 2 weeks of use, I am still for the most part impressed with this TV. The biggest difference is that I calibrated it. And let me tell you, calibration makes a HUGE difference in the viewing experience with this TV or any other TV.
Since the calibration, all the colors are realistically vivid, but as with all LCD's the blacks still look slightly gray. Additionally, though I really shouldn't have a reason to watch TV any more than I already do, the brightness and contrast adjustments, and better yet, the ability to adjust individual colors makes the TV so much easier to watch for hours on end.
There is one thing I find unnerving about this TV. That detractor is the motion blur tech that went into it. Never before in my life have I needed Dramamine when I watch certain programs. At least once per hour, if a camera is moving from one position to another (movie, TV show, sporting event), the TV delivers the motion blur in such a way as to make one feel like they are behind the camera, so that as the camera moves so do you.
Still, Sharp has officially given people a reason to look at LED/LCD panels versus Plasma. They have also given people a reason to reconsider whether or not the extra money for a 3D panel is worth it. Dollar for dollar, it is a great TV, and a reason to not spend the extra money on 3D until it gets competitive with current 2D prices.