First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED TV
Sharp LC60LE925X review: This Sharp 3D LED TV has excellent contrast
- Excellent contrast levels, good motion control
- Isn't as modern-looking as competitors, additional 3D glasses are expensive, much more expensive than the 60in LG 60PX950
The Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED TV has excellent picture quality, with a clean and detailed picture that has a wide range of contrast. It doesn't have the same modern styling as Samsung's Series 7 3D LED TVs, but it's definitely not ugly. It is expensive when compared to LG's PX950 plasma screen, which is the same size.
Price$ 5,999.00 (AUD)
The Sharp LC60LE925X is a 60in, 3D TV with full LED backlighting, a thin chassis and excellent picture quality. Its 3D abilities are as good as competing LED TVs from Samsung, Sony, LG and Panasonic, but buying additional pairs of 3D glasses is expensive.
Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED TV: Design, setup and included accessories
The Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television has a 60in screen, sitting in between the more common 55in and 65in screen sizes of competitors like the 55in Samsung Series 7 (UA55C7000) 3D LED TV and the 65in model of the Panasonic TH-P65VT20A 3D plasma TV. It has a high price — at $5999 it costs as much as the 65in Panasonic plasma television, and it is considerably more expensive than the $4499 Samsung. It's also almost double the price of another 60in screen, the $2799 60in LG 60PX950 3D plasma television.
While the Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television isn't ugly — it has a single-piece glass front like the LG 47LX9500 3D LED television, and is less than 40mm thick — it doesn't have the same striking presence of the afore-mentioned LG and Samsung TVs.
The Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television ships with a set of active shutter 3D glasses. They're no less '80s-looking than similar products from Samsung and Panasonic, but we baulked at the $199 price of each pair. The remote control that is included with the Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television is simple and easy to operate, with logically laid out buttons.
Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED TV: Picture quality and power consumption
The Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television is similar to the Sharp LC52LE820X, which lacks 3D processing but has the same LED backlight. We thought the picture quality of that set was excellent, and it is a similar story with the LC60LE925X. Sharp doesn't quote a contrast ratio but during our viewing of The Dark Knight's opening scene, which has pinpricks of bright light against a deep black background, we didn't see any loss of detail in either dark or bright areas of the screen.
Even in the default Movie picture setting, which sacrifices a small amount of brightness for colour depth and contrast, we found the picture of the Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television to be bright and clear, with vibrant colours that were reasonably accurate. Sharpness and clarity levels were high, as we've come to expect from Sharp's LED televisions. However, the four-colour Quattron system, adding yellow to the usual red-green-blue of each LCD pixel design, didn't make a perceptible difference in our testing.
The Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television has a six-star energy rating, consuming an average of 235 Watts according to Sharp's figures. This is higher than competitors like the Samsung Series 7 due to the differences in backlighting — whereas the Sharp television has to power an entire sheet of LED lights behind the LCD screen, Samsung's TV has LED lights arranged around the screen's edge. Surprisingly, this 235W figure isn't far off the quoted 253W power consumption of the behemoth Panasonic 65in TH-P65VT20A plasma television.
Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED TV: Conclusion
The Sharp LC60LE925X 3D LED television is impressive in terms of its picture quality, but we were less sure of its high price tag and the high price of accessories. If you like the simple design and styling then it's a fine choice for anyone looking to buy a 3D-ready LED television.
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