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Sharp LC-42SB45UT 42" 1080p LCD TV
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|Connectivity Technology||hdmi||Built-in Wi-Fi||mhl, hdmi1, hdmi||No||radio frequency, hdmi||usb, hdmi|
|Screen Size||42 in||40 in||43 in||40 in||40 in||39 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.9 x 39.76 x 25.35 in||36.3 x 7.8 x 23.4 in||21.97 x 38.01 x 3.5 in||22.8 x 35.9 x 10 in||8.66 x 35.94 x 22.79 in||2.91 x 34.72 x 20.47 in|
|Item Weight||43.84 lbs||14.6 lbs||15.2 lbs||18.9 lbs||15.21 lbs||13.67 lbs|
|Refresh Rate||—||120 hertz||60 hertz||60 Hz||—||60 hertz|
|Total HDMI Ports||—||3||3||3||3||—|
The 42" Class (42-1/64" Diagonal) LC-42SB45UT, with full HD Spec 1080p resolution and an elegant new glossy black design, produces superb picture quality. The LC-42SB45UT features high contrast, fast response time and wide viewing angles. The LC-42SB45UT includes built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners, three HDMI™ inputs, is compatible with 1080p signals and has 2 HD component video inputs. The LC-42SB45UT features a sleek piano black cabinet with subtle, recessed bottom-mounted speakers, and the included table stand easily removes for wall mounting applications.
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Even though this is not an Aquos model, I wanted over 40" and a good price. I found both of those in this TV.
The HD is awesome, regular TV okay, because it's hard to go back to non-HD. I've hooked up a Blue-Ray player from Sony and my old DVD's are really good. I may not even have to rent the blue-ray discs to be happy.
I'd buy this TV again! Delivery was quick. I ordered on Cyber Monday (from TN) and it arrived in Marin County, CA on Thursday, which I picked up from FedEx because I couldn't wait for delivery on Friday.
TV was easy to set-up. I've hooked up to a digital cable box for the HD with an HDMI cable (bought on eBay) and the massive colored cables from the cable company to compare. I can switch inputs, but the HDMI cable is better. Get this TV and you will love watching HD in 1080p.
I struggled between giving this a 4-star vs. a 5-star rating. I'll explain. Picture quality-wise, it's excellent at 1080p -- I use it with my 60GB PS3 (which upconverts DVDs) -- with great contrast, smooth graphics and vibrant color (Sharp is best at color reproduction on LCD panels). The response time is 6 ms, and the viewing angle is an astonishing 176 degrees, both horizontally and vertidcally. (A flat surface has 180 degrees.) The maximum brightness is sufficient to allow you to use this set outdoors, on a patio, for example. (My old LCD TVs could not do this.)
I'm a movie buff so I watch a lot of Blu-rays and DVDs and have been very happy. (Tip: when using PS3's upscaling, set it to Normal, not Double Scale.) The built-in speakers (non-detachable) are passable for a small living room; you might want to use a home theater for hi-fi sound anyway.
When playing non-HDMI input materials -- e.g., from a traditional non-upconverting DVD player, an old VCR or non-HD cable content -- the picture quality is only average, hence my originally hesitation at giving this set a full 5-star endorsement. My guess is for this "traditional" (i.e., value) line, Sharp does not have a good non-HD upscaling engine that can improve the quality of non-HD images, or maybe it doesn't have one such engine at all. You'll notice aliasing artifacts that are absent from upconverted and native 1080 materials. (The Aquos models, on the other hand, excel at non-HD images as well.)
In the end, given the price I paid and given the solid build of the set, I feel I got a really good value, and when used with a PS3, this inexpensive 42" (actually 42 1/64" diagonally) 1080p LCD HDTV is terrific. Since I use it pretty much exclusively with my PS3, I'm very happy. Of course, you should be aware of its middling performance with non-HD content.
Motorola HD-PVR for cable
Magnavox Blu-ray Player
Wii game system
I may eventually run a cable to my PC as well for steaming video. The video quality is really good, especially at the 1080i/p range. SD looks pretty good and standard TV signals aren't bad but noticeably inferior to HD or SD. This is just something you have to tolerate in this price range as the TVs with really good native HD upconversion are still pretty expensive.
The only negatives that I've really found are:
1. The built-in speakers are pretty cheap sounding but would probably be adequate for a small room. This is a non-issue for me since everything goes through my surround receiver anyway. My TV's volume is always set at "0" even before this TV.
2. There is noticeable light in the corners which is obvious when you have the lights turned down and the corners are showing black - such as watching a movie with a high aspect ratio. Not a deal-breaker by any means but just a minor irritation for me.
3. Not really a fault of the TV (more of a compatibility issue with a third party remote), but when using a Harmony remote, only a few of the direct input buttons work. The TV's remote uses multiple "input" button presses to change the input. The Harmony database for this TV came up with direct input buttons so it doesn't have to scroll but only three of them work. These are (1) set of standard RCA inputs and (2) HDMI inputs. This worked out fine for me because my PVR and Blu-ray are hooked up through HDMI and my Wii is using the RCA inputs (I had to scrap my component Wii cable in the name of simplicity). Of course I could upgrade my surround receiver but it's not worth all that ;-)
The first two issues are why I give the set only four stars instead of five. Like I said, the third issue is more of an issue with the remote and the fact that the Harmony still gives more functionality than the original remote kind of nullifies this complaint.
Overall, for the money, this is a great TV and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.