Pros Great TV for price
Cons Sharp Warranty service take 7+ weeks for repair
Summary This is a friendly warning before purchasing Sharp Flat-Panel TVs, they’re nice TVs but the warranty service is poor.
Sharp USA still has our TV LC32-41U in warranty repair after 6 weeks and we have no fixed date for its replacement (promised by Sharp as they couldn’t affect repairs within 3 weeks).
I recommend you call Sharps Customer Service daily. We got its standard answers “we don’t give exact dates, it takes up to 10 days for the agent to fix it, and then they will contact you”, to post 10 days “sorry, the agent needs another part” then finally 2-3 weeks later “the new TV takes 10 days to reach our agents who will contact you”.
Watch the last one. They told us it shipped, but the Agent never got it. Sharp then told us it was never sent due to the universal “we had a computer problem”. My answer to Sharp Management, get your own industrial consulting & computing teams to propose upgrades to your computer systems they obviously need it or be honest.
Apologies for the rant, however I hope you understand the frustration & you need to be aware of this when considering these TVs. In defence of the Sharp CS staff, they appear to follow management rules, so this is a management and service policy issue.
Pros Incredibly clear picture, Optical digital sound output, 2 HDMI, 2 component, can pickup local digital HD channels,
Cons Cant (figure out how to) turn off optical output.
Summary I use this tv in my bedroom. I have it connected to cable, my Xbox 360, n64, psx, and Surround sound system.
Looks: The tv is a work of art in itself. It is beautiful sitting on the shelf. It is clean and low profile for being so big.
Sound: I have it hooked up to my 5.1 surround system through digital optical connection. I cannot figure out if I can turn it off for when I have my xbox connected through a splitter but I cannot comment on the default speakers
Picture: Incredible clarity. I have a Hitachi 32 HDTV in the family room that cost me 2x as much 2 years ago and this tv looks even better. There are no dead pixels, the blacks are black and the colors are very accurate. I didnt even need to adjust it from the default factory settings.
Gaming: I have my xbox hooked up through component and there is no video lag. It looks beautiful on 720p and it is a visual delight. My n64 and psx look like... well... they should.
Menu: a little lacking but it gets the job done
TV: I get all the basic analog channels but a little bonus is inbetween those channels. This tv picks up digital as well and some of my local stations put out HD over those digital channels which looks beautiful, crisp and clear. The channels do change a little slow but the remote has 4 favorite buttons which can each hold 4 channels which is great. No PiP
I would definitely recommend this tv to anyone looking for a 32 inch TV for anywhere in the house.
Pros By far the best picture quality of all the major brands
Cons No menu button on the LCD panel itself limiting control without the remote. 10 watt speakers are not loud enough for viewing in areas with other ambient sound. Price is a little high.
Summary After many hours of online research and viewing various sets in retail stores, I decided on the Sharp Aquos LC-32D43U. I actually hadn't even considered Sharp through most of my online research and instead focused on Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, LG and a few others. I went to the store to buy a Samsung but changed my mind once compared the picture quality of it with the Sharp unit. If picture quality is the most important consideration, go to your local retailer and see for yourself. The difference is surprising. The picture quality seemed pretty similar between most major brands with fairly subtle differences among sets in the same price range. The Sharp Aquos is the exception to this. The image is far crisper and shows much more detail overall, but especially in the shadows or low lit areas. For movies like the Matrix or other dark settings this can make a huge difference. I'm not sure how Sharp managed to have such a profound advantage since I've never really considered them to be a player in high end equipment.
The Samsung LND3252D that I had planned on buying lost way to much detail in the shaded areas and seemed to fade to black instead of shades of dark colors. Most other brands had the same problem with the exception of the Toshiba units, but the overall clarity and sharpness still suffered in those as well. The retail clerk and I tried adjusting the contrast, brightness, backlight, and a few other settings to solve this but to no avail.
Having said all that, there are a few of drawbacks to the sharp LC-32D43U. There is no menu button on the set itself, only power, volume and channel buttons meaning that if you can't find your remote control you can't adjust much. Also, the buttons are on the top of the unit, so if you have the set up on a wall or any elevated location, using the buttons is almost impossible. Again, only an issue if you can't find the remote. Samsung puts the buttons on the side of the unit, a better choice in my opinion.
Another weakness is the volume of this set. I have the volume set to about 60% of its max output for normal viewing at fairly close range and have it nearly maxed out if I'm on my exercise equipment. If you use this set in an area with other ambient noise, this could be a problem. The final complaint I have about this unit is the price. I could have had my choice of many other LCD's for about half the price. If budget is a big concern, this unit may not be for you.
All in all, I'm very happy with this unit and although it’s a bit pricey, I'm convinced that it has by far the best LCD picture in the industry.
Pros Natural colors. Backlight control. Detail in blacks. Stylish looks.
Cons Mediocre speakers. Unresolved HDMI audio problem.
Summary I did an enormous amount of research before buying this particular LCD HDTV. One of the resources I used was cnet, so I thought I'd give back a little by writing my own review. I got a great deal on this TV at BestBuy during a pre-black Friday sale. $649! I was also considering comparable units by Samsung (53) Sony (S). Didn't even consider the cheapies. In my opinion, the Samsung had a slightly better picture, and the Sony was noticeably better, but both were several hundred dollars more. Bang for buck, this Sharp was the clear winner. Skintones are very natural on the lowest color temperature setting in movie mode. Great detail in the darkest part of images. Be sure to turn the sharpness way down to get a smoother, less blocky image. DVDs look great at 720p from my upconverting (via HDMI) DVD player. Over the air digital HDTV images look excellent. 720p/1080i is plenty for a TV this size when viewed from about 10 feet away. (Full disclosure: we had been watching TV on a 20-inch CRT for years. Watching my old DVDs now is like seeing them for the first time!) Regarding the mediocre speakers, I really don't mind, because I use our HT system most of the time anyway. One problem I have yet to solve is getting the digital audio to come from my DVD player via HDMI to the TV. At this point I just use external speakers for DVDs, but this still bothers me a bit, although not enough to return it. Besides, we already sold our old 20 incher!
Pros Nice array of menu options,beautiful picture,brilliant colours...
Cons No pip,sometimes images look really grainy and fuzzy,the remote is an ugly design in my opinion and sucks as a universal remote...
Summary This is a great buy. I have this device in my bedroom and my daughter and I have a great time watching cartoons on this device. She loves it and so do I. Family that I haven't seen in months mysteriously call and want to visit with me and my daughter and join us on our movie nights. This particular tv works wonders in my life. It's an excellent tool that I use to ignore my baby momma when sports are on and it keeps my daughter occupied when I need to get some things done around the house. I haven't used it for it's pc connectivity or it's hdmi inputs because I've been a little busy...but it is has an excellent display of colours and detail when playing video games that leaves the user in awe.