HDTV

Sharp LC-60LE835U 60" LED LCD 3D HDTV

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Setup of the Sharp LC-60LE835U 60” LED LCD 3D HDTV

Setup for the LC-60LE835U is relatively painless due to the intuitive interface and very thorough manual included. With easy to use controls, it’s up to the user as to how much time they will spend in fine tuning the picture.

Since this panel is so thin, it would look excellent wall mounted, and many choices for wall mounts are available including the ones that Sharp sells on their website manufactured by Peerless. The panel can be set up on its base in a few minutes if you choose to use the included stand instead.

The LC-60LE835U’s user allows audio, picture, power, setup, and network options to be adjusted while the content is displayed on the screen. Picture settings can be changed while results are scaled to fit the preview window or in actual size if you select the control individually.

Audio choices include treble, bass, balance, auto volume, bass enhancer, and clear voice. The LC-60LE835U has a 3D sound mode that effectively gives the television’s audio a wider soundstage and a level of reverb that simulates a multi speaker setting.

The LC-60LE835U has several standard picture controls as well as some advanced controls. The backlight control gives the user the choice of how intense the LED backlighting can be and should be used to adjust overall brightness. In movie mode, with the warmer color temperature, a backlight setting of Max produced a suitable image for daytime viewing measuring 74.32 ft-lamberts. Settings of 0 to +5 of the backlight control would make a comfortable viewing experience for night time viewing measuring between 40 and 50 ft-lamberts. The other modes and color temperatures can yield far brighter results if desired. OPC is Sharp’s automatic light sensor that will adjust the level of the backlighting to match the lighting in your room environment and it can be turned off for manual control of the backlighting. The range of OPC can be set in the menu to avoid having the screen get either brighter or darker than your preference however you’ll want to leave OPC on and alone if you want to see this panel perform up to its Energy Star rating.

Contrast settings on the LC-60LE835U could be maxed out without clipping white however the higher settings from 30 to 40 generated very minor color shifting. A setting of 32 was chosen as the reference point for the review model. I found the default brightness setting of 0 to be perfect for RGB and 4:4:4 reference black levels tested with a pluge, and hi-lo track pattern. The color and tint controls can be used for setting the color decoder however I’d recommend professional calibration and using the CMS system to obtain better results because the color on this panel is so specific. One thing I would like to see Sharp include on this panel is a color-only mode such as the ones that Samsung and LG include in their panel’s controls to produce blue, red, and green only modes that help with verifying the color decoder.

While most panel’s sharpness controls adds significant ghosting around lines to make them stand out more, the sharpness control on the LC-60LE835U acts more like an edge enhancement control, making lines and edges stand out without adding excessive white noise surrounding the lines. I found settings of 0, 1, and 2 to be the most that I would ever use. Higher levels of this control highlighted details in shadows far too much to be desirable.

The LC-60LE835U’s motion enhancement controls features Sharp’s 120 Hz frame interpolation technology as well as their backlight strobing technology that brings the refresh rate up to 240 Hz. Using AquoMotion 240 diminishes light output by at least 20 ft.-lumens so if it’s used, higher backlight and contrast settings may be preferred. Sharp gives the user the option to turn off most of their advanced features, so if they look undesirable, the user isn’t stuck with them. The LC-60LE835U’s film modes for example while providing excellent processing performance can create an undesirable “Soap Opera” smooth feel in their highest setting and thankfully there are three levels of this feature.

Active contrast on the LC-60LE835U will intensify darks and whites and unlike some sets that have multiple levels of the control, this panel only has on or off. I typically have these features turned off on a display because I prefer a photographic look that is balanced and neutral. These features also tend to change gamma output considerably. This feature when turned on will attract the eye to the brighter portions of the screen and the highlights in the image which can make subjects in the screen pop out. This is definitely a preference feature.

The LC-60LE835U has several picture modes available. They are Dynamic, Dynamic (Fixed), Auto, Standard, Movie, PC, Game, and User. Most of these settings feature an extended color gamut that is exaggerated in its reproduction of color (See Benchmark Results) when compared to the Rec. 709 standard. In addition, most of these settings have colder (bluish) color temperatures that range from 9000 Kelvin to 13000 Kelvin. Dynamic is the brightest of these modes and measured at a very bright 138.3 ft-lamberts in full field 100 IRE.  To get the closest to the Rec. 709 standard, the Movie mode is the best choice because it has the option of toning down the color gamut by changing the advanced settings for color gamut from extended to standard. By changing the color gamut to standard and by using the white balance controls, an image that is much closer to what the director has intended can be achieved. The other picture modes have the option of using white balance controls to achieve a white balance of D65 as well, however once balanced, the colors are still very vibrant and an adjustment of the color decoder is desirable. Sharp says “Caribbean” blues, I say “Kool Aid” blues.

A first stop with calibrating this set after setting contrast, brightness, and gamma settings would be dialing in the primaries in the CMS system. The LC-60LE835U’s CMS system is a HSV (Hue, Saturation, Value) system where the hue control can be used to dial in the blends of the colors, saturation can be used to adjust the colorfulness, and value can be used to fine tune the luminosity. I was able to get adequate results by adjusting the saturation and luminosity of the primary colors and then doing an initial white balance. White balance controls include both two point and 10 point settings which include gains and cuts for red, green, and blue. I was able to get adequate results with the two point curve with my medium values being very close to spec and my highest values being slightly cooler. After an initial white balance, the next step was going back into the CMS and fine tuning both the primaries and the secondary’s, and then finally going back to the white balance controls to check for any changes. In this case, after setting the color gamut to standard, blue and green were still over saturated while red was very close to reference. All of the secondary’s required hue and luminosity changes. After all was said and done, I was able to dial in the primaries and secondary’s fairly close in saturation, hue, and luminosity to the Rec. 709 standard. Probably after spending even more time with it, I could get even better results. In summary, the CMS system and white balance controls of the LC-60LE835U are capable of dialing in color closer to the Rec. 709 standard but for the average consumer it would require professional calibration that manipulates CMS systems to get good results.