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AQUOS Goes Gaming In Las Vegas

Sharp will show here three new AQUOS LCD TV product series, including new models designed for video game players and a pair of compact 720p high-definition DLP front projectors.

Among new AQUOS offerings is the company’s D92U series, featuring full 1,920-by-1,080p resolution. Screen sizes include 42W inches (shipping in March at a suggested retail to be determined), 46W inches (January, $4,199) and 52W inches (January, $5,299), all using panels manufactured at the company’s eighth-generation LCD panel plant in Kameyama, Japan.

The top-of-the-line TVs use Sharp’s proprietary Advanced Super View panel, which is said to produce a 15,000:1 “Dynamic contrast ratio,” which allows for deeper black levels and sharper picture clarity, Sharp said.

Also included is the company’s Fine Motion Advanced and Quick Shoot video circuitry to produce 120Hz frame rate conversion, for an expanded 4ms response time.

A proprietary five-wavelength backlight system is added to deliver a wider color spectrum for more vivid reds and greens than was previously possible, Sharp said.

Inputs include three HDMI, two HD component terminals and one DVI-I input, all of which are compatible with 1,080p signals from Blu-ray and other new devices, in addition to RS-232C for custom installations.

Two models will be presented from the D82U AQUOS series. The 52W-inch LC-52D82U and 46W-inch LC-46D82U will ship in March at prices to be determined later. Both produce 1,080p resolution, and 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios. A 120Hz frame rate converter improves response time to 4ms.

The D82 models also include Sharp’s proprietary four-wavelength backlight system that provides a wider color spectrum than previously possible. Inputs include three HDMI/HDCP and two HD component terminals, all of which are compatible with 1,080p signals from Blu-ray and other new devices.

Four models in the 42W-inch (price to be determined), 37W-inch ($1,699), 32W-inch ($1,399) and 26W-inch (price to be determined) screen sizes will be offered in the D42U AQUOS Series. All feature 1,366 by 768 resolution and include the Advanced Super View panels with a Dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000:1. The included enhanced Quick Shoot video circuitry produces a 6ms response time.

New this year is an AQUOS HDTV Game Player Series (GP1U), including models in the 37W-inch and 32W-inch screen sizes. Both will ship in March at prices to be determined later.

New features, including “game mode,” were added to optimize picture quality for video game playing, Sharp said. In addition a custom-designed remote control is added to allow users to quickly “jump” into the game mode, and access the side-placed terminals for easy connections to video games.

Game mode includes a newly developed “Vyper Drive” game reaction speed that is said to reduce lag time between the game console and the TV to be virtually imperceptible. Both panels offer full 1,080p resolution, 10,000:1 contrast ratios, 176-degree viewing angles and 4ms response times. A four-wavelength backlight system is also added to produce a wider color gamut.

Inputs include three HDMI/HDCP (with one mounted on the side), and two HD component terminals (one on the side), all of which are compatible with 1,080p signals.

In front projection, Sharp will show three DLP models including the DT-510 (shipping in January at a $2,499 suggested retail). The compact unit is offered in a gloss-white cabinet and weighs 8.8 pounds.

Resolution is listed as 1,280 by 720p. Contrast is 4,000:1 and brightness is 1,000 ANSI lumens. A powered optical iris system changes brightness and contrast settings for placement flexibility. A six-segment, 5x speed color wheel reduces flicker and color accuracy, Sharp said. Video processing includes 3:2 pull down, color management, three-step Bright Boost and an HDMI interface.

Also being shown is the XV-Z3100 (shipping in January at a $2,699 suggested retail) portable DLP projector with 720p resolution. The unit lists a brightness level of 1,000 ANSI Lumens, and a 6,500:1 contrast ratio. Other features include I/P conversion, 3:2 pull down, color management, three-step Bright Boost and HDMI interface.

Sharp will also show its currently shipping flagship 1,080p projector XV-Z20000 ($11,999), which was previously introduced at CEDIA Expo.