Sharp Aquos LC-65D90U 65-inch LCD HDTV Page 2
The Short Form
|$21,000 / 61.9 x 46 x 17.1 IN / 174 LBS / AQUOS.COM / 800-237-4277|
|•Huge size for an LCD panel. •Doesn't crush whites. •Good color reproduction. •Full 1920 x 1080 resolution.|
|•Limited reproduction of blacks. •Poor shadow detail. •Can't accept native 1080p HDTV. •One too many zeros on the price tag.|
|•65-inch (diagonal) screen •LCD fixed-pixel display •Digital cable-ready tuner with CableCARD •rear inputs 1 HDMI, 1 DVI, 2 HDTV-compatible component video, 3 composite, 2 S-video, all with stereo audio; 2 Firewire; 3 RF antenna/cable; CableCARD slot •rear outputs 1 S-video; 1 composite-video; 1 stereo audio; optical digital audio|
|Color temperature (grayscale) was slightly cool out of the box with the Mid-Low color- temperature preset. For all but the HDMI input, this could be fully fixed in the service menu. For the most part, grayscale tracking was within ±150 K of the standard 6,500 K after calibration, though there were noticeable dips at 20, 40, and 70 IRE. Color decoding showed a +5% red error, which I was able to eliminate with the user menu controls. The Sharp Aquos LC-65D90U fully resolved a 1080i multiburst test pattern. Full Lab Results|
The TV also did great handling very bright scenes, where it maintained tons of picture detail, especially in the highlights- something LCDs also tend to do poorly. In Chapter 10, during a scene in which drug-company employees distribute pills, I was actually able to see the outlines of the lapels on their all-white lab coats, even when they were standing out in the glaring Kenyan sun. But it had a much harder time reproducing details in dark shadows. For instance, just prior to the morgue scene, three figures are seated in shadow on the wall outside the building as Quayle enters, but I couldn't detect any features on the men's faces. This and other dark scenes also suffered from some false contouring, in which transitions between light and dark exhibit subtle banding instead of a smooth ramp.
Switching to high-definition material really underscored this TV's ability to resolve tons of detail. The enormous 1920 x 1080-pixel screen delivered a super-sharp image- to the point that it quickly revealed the flaws in excessively compressed HDTV broadcasts. But on good source material, the picture looked great. Watching Corwin's Quest on Discovery HD Theater, for example, I was able to see tiny hairs and eyelashes on a giraffe's face, as well as the fine textures of an eagle's feathers.
Colors on HDTV were just as impressive as on DVD. The uniforms and court decorations in the basketball games I watched lit up the screen. And the Sharp Aquos LC-65D90U 65-inch LCD HDTV presented rock-solid action, with none of the ghost trails from fast-moving objects seen on a lot of earlier LCDs.
BOTTOM LINE Overall, Sharp's LC-65D90U is one of the best LCD TVs I've seen, though it's not without some of the flaws that have plagued LCD panels since their beginning. Still, it pushes the envelope of what an LCD can do, delivering impressive size, detail, and color accuracy. Serious movie watchers will find stronger options at this size at a fraction of its cost. But for the serious spender who's more interested in making a statement than getting a bargain, there's plenty here to crow about.