HDTV

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

ARTICLE INDEX

The Sharp LC-60LE835U 60” LED LCD 3D HDTV In Use

Audio

Sound from the television’s two 10 watt speakers and 15 watt subwoofer was quite good and was sufficient to fill a living room with sound. The sound quality was desirable with clean treble, and sufficient bass even at louder volumes. The 3D modes are a bit of a novelty that adds some reverb, but they do effectively change the sense of spaciousness that the sound occupies. Treble and bass controls can be used to further dial in the sound to a preference.

2D

“This one goes up to eleven”. The default color gamut that’s present in the dynamic, auto, standard, game, and pc picture modes has a distinctive look that creates images with ultra vibrant colors. When watching a Texas Rangers baseball game for example, reds in the Ranger’s jerseys are ultra deep and powerful, yellows in the Sonic and Dewalt logos are bright and vivid, and greens stick out like a sore thumb and at times take on an almost neon glow.  At the same time the colder 13,000 Kelvin color temperature makes white highlights extremely bright, white tones overly bluish, and skin tones lack warmth and depth. Blues are exceptionally strong in the image. The color quality looks excellent, but their intensity borders on garish depending on what the content is. On some media such as on the Alice in Wonderland Blu-ray

The extended color gamut was desirable and made Tim Burton’s world stand out that much more, but on a drama movie with a more serious tone such as The Horse Whisperer

they strayed too far from what the director intended. I know folks who would look at the amount of color saturation in the image and very much like the amount of pop they give. I, on the other hand prefer a natural true to life look which on this panel is only available after calibration. It is far better to have a panel with a wider color gamut that can be toned down, then have a panel that is under saturated. In summary, the default color on this television is very striking and its desirableness will come down to being preference based, however the capability to get it to a reference point lies in the controls and a skilled calibrator. After calibration the LC-60LE835U produced a truer to life, natural image in direct viewing conditions.

    

All LCD televisions when watched off angle will have some degree of contrast changes but the amount that is present on this panel is strong enough that I would not recommend this panel for anybody that has a wide angle seating arrangement. Viewing angles less than thirty degrees are fine but anything over that will progressively create an image that gets faded and washed out.

Blu-ray movies looked excellent and left nothing to be desired. Titles like the new Karate Kid

Starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan looked terrific with good black levels and contrast, rich color presentations, and exceptional levels of detail. Motion on the panel was excellent with the 120 Hz and AquoMotion 240Hz technologies smoothing out the effects of judder.  A combination of the film modes and motion enhancement can be selected to get the preferable viewing experience.

3D
 

3D performance on the LC-60LE835U was very good and much better than what you would find on first generation 3D televisions. Crosstalk has been significantly reduced but is still slightly there. It has been reduced enough to make it a non issue, but it will be present if it’s a problem on the media. For example, in the recent 3D movie Mars needs Moms, in the scene

where Gribble is by his computers a faint ghosting can be seen on the outlines of the images on the computer displays. While watching 3D on most LED displays is a dimmer experience through active glasses, the maximum brightness that this panel can achieve is a strong benefit for watching 3D Blu-rays. There are three levels of brightness boost and the maximum choice was my favorite as it made the screen almost as bright as if I wasn’t wearing any glasses. The feature to switch from 3D to 2D mode on the glasses worked without a hitch and is an excellent feature.  The user can simply push the power button twice on the glasses and the 3D movie would then be seen in 2D. The LC-60LE835U also has a 2D to 3D mode that I found to be very enjoyable with sports broadcasts like football games. I don’t expect much when it comes to this kind of mode, but I found that the effect was barely enough to give some sense of depth. The LC-60LE835U includes a timer that lets you know how long you have been watching in 3D for which is a considerate feature given that long periods of viewing will strain the eyes from making them switch focus so many times.

Network Features

The LC-60LE835U has only a few internet features when compared to other offerings like Samsung’s displays that feature their own app collections like the Smart Hub. While many manufacturers require a separate USB adapter purchase, the LC-60LE835U’s can be accessed by connecting to the television’s Ethernet port or using the built in Wi-Fi adapter that has support for both the G and N wireless protocols. To setup the Wi-Fi connection, one can choose between using the WPS push button or pin method, searching for the access point, or manually entering in the network settings. Connection was fairly straight forward in my case and the television made a successful connection on the first try with my WPA2 encrypted N network. In my network setup even though my Netgear N router is in the next room over, the television was reporting only two out of a five possible bars of signal strength. Although the reported signal strength was low, the internet connection seemed to be good and apps and features responded briskly. Once the LC-60LE835U has established an internet connection firmware updates can also be accessed. For this review the LC-60LE835U was updated to firmware version 300U1107201. The LC-60LE835U includes a modest collection of some of the more popular internet apps including Vudu, Netflix, CinemaNow, Blockbuster, Alphaline Entertainment, and Napster. The television also features Aquos Net (A collection of internet news blurbs about sport, traffic, stock quotes, weather, etc.), Aquos Advantage (Sharp’s interactive internet based customer support system), and DLNA support. DLNA functionality worked very well on this television. With Windows 7 computers that are appropriately set up for file and media sharing, the LC-60LE835U’s simple interface makes it very easy to find computers and browse through the media. Photos are shown by thumbnail and a simple slide show can be set up with 5,10,30, and 60 second intervals.  Video playback was smooth, had good visual quality, and was free from any buffering glitches or downloading interruptions. Although DLNA playback worked very well the TV locked up a couple times when exiting video playback and the TV had to be completely shut off to get it back to operational. Since, Sharp has already addressed DLNA playback in their latest version of firmware, frequently updating firmware on this model would be recommended. The LC-60LE835U’s Netflix interface is similar to what you find on video game consoles and features rows of thumbnails of titles in several categories such as TV Shows, Drama, Sci-Fi, etc. There is a search function that allows one to look for a specific title but the ability to search by category, actor, director, or any other search field is absent. I find this interface to be far too slow and not flexible enough for looking for something interesting to watch. One handy feature that sets this display apart from others is that the picture modes that have already been set up or calibrated can be directly applied to the internet content. Sometimes you’ll find displays have their own set of display controls for internet content or none at all, so this is a welcome addition. Sharp’s Film mode as well as 120 and 240hz frame interpolation effects can dramatically affect the content giving it a “too real” or soap opera look with the internet features so it’s recommended to try the variations of using one, both, or none of these features.