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1.0 out of 5 stars Returned it, December 19, 2011
This review is from: Sharp Aquos Quattron LC70LE732U 70-Inch 1080P LCD TV (Electronics)
I bought the LC70LE733U (notice the 33 not 32) from Costco. Apparently these are the exact same TV, but the model number is different based on where they were sold from.

I returned it after about 2 weeks because I couldn't get the picture quality to meet my expectations after spending over 2 grand on the set. Sharp markets all the features on this set like 240hz, film mode, facebook and other apps, but my experience was that one of them worked very well. I contacted them specifically about film mode on bluray and the screen panning issues where portions of the screen would be distorted and their response was that "some people might not prefer to use film mode and you sound like someone who should disable it". Wait, what? I don't want to disable it, I want it to work. I then scoured forums to try to find the optimal settings, but none could resolve the picture quality I was experiencing (with or without film mode). All of the internet features on the Sharp were clunky and painful to use. Something else that really bothered me was even though it had 4 HDMI inputs, there was no way to actually label the inputs in the settings, it would only auto detect what the source was when that specific input was selected.

This was the first Sharp TV I bought and it will probably be the last.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2011 11:21:36 AM PST
Steve Austin says:
I believe the 732 model is "only" 120Hz, whereas the 733 model you bought was 240Hz.

This review highlights what I see as an ongoing and unpleasant trend -- manufacturers compete based on specs, when what really matters is user experience.

I obsessed a lot about details surrounding my purchase of this TV (the 732 model -- I couldn't see the advantage looking at the 240Hz models) -- and I hope I don't regret it. From what I saw in stores, this set will be great for our purposes. I honestly wish we could dump most of the features that these manufacturers use to one-up each other and focus on perfecting the display itself. Apps? 3D? Internet? No thanks, got all that I want already. I'll buy a 3D TV when holographic TV takes its first big price cut (or maybe much later?) LOL

I probably would have bought a 60Hz set if a 70" TV with a great picture was available.

Thanks for the review though, the inability to label HDMI inputs I hadn't gleaned before.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 1:51:28 PM PST
B. Forgeron says:
Ok I didn't realize the 732 didn't have 240Hz. The funny thing is all the professional calibrators say to avoid setting it to 240Hz and instead use 120 High. When I would try swapping between the two I didn't notice any difference, so I stuck with what the professionals recommended.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 5:46:38 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 19, 2011 5:50:39 PM PST
Just went shopping for the same TVs, the one at Costco was different in that it has a 240 refresh rate but not the Quattron feature. Settled for the 32 model paid under 2700. Installed replacing Sony 52 and first evening is great up to now :-)

Posted on May 12, 2012 6:21:09 AM PDT
electriccafe says:
We got the 733, 70" Quattron, 3 months ago.. it's been excellent all around. Only negative comments are that most of the apps aren't worth using (Netflix and wifi work well though). For whatever reason we don't see a difference when we set OFF/120/240. To us fast motion sports always looks good. Maybe it's stuck ON?

We were early adopters and this is probably our 7th LCD. Most of them are from Sharp and have been excellent. We did return a few early units that had smears or bands on the screen when lit.. but replaced them with the same model. I think anyone who rated this 1 star got a defective unit, we have seen it happen more than once. Our 733 was fine out of the box.

The 733 gets 5 stars from us and I think the 732 is probably as good when it's not a defective unit.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 6:19:20 AM PDT
W. Luzzi says:
From Download.com, here's the real story on the difference between this series' models:

'Beyond that the LC-70LE73U is outfitted like a typical midrange LCD TV. Again, the 732U model has a 120Hz refresh rate, while the 733 and 734 models get 240Hz (more info). That's the main difference between the three models, so we don't consider the 733 and 734 models worth the extra money. Active 3D is available on the company's step-up LC-70LE735U. All models aside from the 733 feature Quad Pixel Plus, another Quattron-derived mode said to improve apparent resolution and smooth diagonal lines."
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