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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 10, 2008 0 comments
Now that energy savings are as prominent on consumer radar screens as flat-panel TVs, a set combining both concerns has become inevitable. This week, at a Japanese trade event, Sharp showed the first solar-powered LCD TV. Nope, no U.S. details yet.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 04, 2011 12 comments
The Pioneer Elite TV brand is becoming Sharp Elite for a new line of LED-backlit LCD TVs. Sharp took the wraps off the first two models, 70 and 60 inches, today at a New York press event. At first glimpse they were dazzling.

Some background: The Pioneer Elite Kuro plasmas were widely regarded as among the best HDTVs ever made. They were a high-end, premium-priced product. But though they wowed critics, they didn't sell enough for the line to survive. Two years ago Pioneer exited the TV business, though it continues to use the Elite brand for its higher-end audio components. Earlier this year Pioneer licensed the Elite name to Sharp for use as a TV brand, a logical move given that Sharp is Pioneer's largest shareholder. And so the LCD phoenix rises from the plasma ashes.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 01, 2009 0 comments
Sharp has developed a new five-color LCD that, according to the company, "faithfully reproduces the real surface colors that humans are capable of perceiving."
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 29, 2010 5 comments
Just when I was about to ship my four-year-old Sharp LC-32D4U to my parents, who are still using an analog TV, the 32-inch TV's speakers went silent. According to this guy, the problem is "a design flaw by Sharp in which the silicon grease they used to cool the audio IC tends to break down and melt after a couple years, shorting out the audio." I've spent this week reviewing a JVC sound bar, so at least I didn't have to do without my local 10 o'clock newscast--the TV's analog line output still worked well enough to feed a signal to the bar. But I wanted to fix the TV before it went off to its new home. My parents have been good to me. I didn't want to send them a less than fully functional TV.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 20, 2011 0 comments
Hankering for an HDTV with 16 times the total resolution of 1080p, currently the consumer TV industry's gold standard? Sharp offers for your consideration the Super Hi-Vision set, currently in prototype.

Resolution of the 85-inch panel is 7680 by 4320 pixels, definitely an increase over the 1920 by 1080 pixels available in today's best sets at the consumer retail level. That's 103 pixels per inch, versus the 36 pixels per inch of a 60-inch 1080p set, or 33 megapixels, versus the 2 megapixels of current HDTV.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 18, 2011 0 comments
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is awarding Sharp the Excellence in Energy Efficient Product Design Award for 2011. The award ceremony will take place in Washington, DC on April 11.

Sharp Aquos Quattron TVs beat the voluntary Energy Star efficiency standards by 67 percent. Fifty-one Sharp LCD TVs are Energy Star certified along with all of its Blu-ray players.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 09, 2007 0 comments
Just when you thought HDTV prices couldn't go any lower, Sharp is forecasting a 25 percent drop for larger LCD-based flat panels.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 24, 2010 0 comments
A week after they went on sale, Panasonic's 3D TVs have sold out. Early adopters love 'em.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 03, 2009 0 comments
Looking for sweet a/v receiver deals on the internet? You'll find some, but the Sherwood R-972 and R-904N won't be among them.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 07, 2010 0 comments
Surround sound reaches a new and more affordable price point with the Sherwood RD-5405 a/v receiver, just $149 list. You get five channels of 70 watts each and HDMI connectivity. The step-up model, the RS-7405, may be available with or without HD Radio. Our poster boy is a prototype of the iNet 2.0 which offers iPod, USB, ethernet, and wi-fi connectivity plus internet and FM radio -- and it's a photo frame.