September 27, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
First the 70-inch LED LCD TV was a big deal (stay tuned for the Electronic House review), but now the company has gone and come out with an even bigger one, an 80-inch model will be available next month for $5,499.
The LC-80LE632U includes most of the features of Sharp’s other premium TVs including 1080p resolution, built-in Wi-Fi, media apps and Aquous Advantage Live online support. This model is not 3D-enabled.
Sharp says the 80-inch TV delivers more than double the screen area of a 55-inch TV. Even at that size, the unit is only 4-inches deep (the same as my several-years-old 50-inch plasma).
The LC-80LE632U is based on a full-array backlit panel with local dimming. It boasts a dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000,000:1 (no word on the standard contrast ratio), 120 Hz refresh rate, 10-bit video processing and advanced pixel control to minimize light leakage.
Among the media apps built into the TV are Netflix, Vudu and CinemaNow. The Aquous Advantage Live feature allows live online customer service directly through the TV.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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