Sharp Adds Two 80'' LCDs

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Sharp Electronics will use International CES to continue its expansion into 80-inch class large-screen LCD TVs with more advanced feature sets, and will introduce a revamped connected TV interface.

The company will show two new 80-inch Aquos sets that will step up from the LC-80LE632U ($5,499 suggested retail) introduced in October. Both add 3D capability, full-array LED backlighting, and a new Smart Central advanced smart-TV user interface that will be a key part of Sharp’s 2012 TV and Blu-ray Disc player lines.

The LC-80LE645U adds 3D capability, using Sharp’s 80-inch FullHD 1080p 3D 120Hz X-Gen panel with more than twice the screen area of 55- inch sets, Sharp said.

The monster set, which will ship in April at a price to be announced, employs built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and the aforementioned Smart Central user interface for smart-TV features that offers full-screen and dock views and enables full web browsing and search functionality.

The smart-TV system now includes more than 100 apps, such as: CinemaNow, Netflix, Vudu, DLNA PC, network-attached storage device linking, and Aquos Advantage Live remote service.

Also slated for introduction is the 80-inch FullHD 1080p 3D-ready LC-80LE844, which will ship at date and price to be announced later. It includes a bright 3D X-Gen panel with Sharp’s advanced Quattron (Quad Pixel) technology, a 240Hz refresh rate, full-array LED backlighting, and smart-TV functions powered by the new Smart Central user interface.

In other offerings, the company will present two 945-series FullHD 1080p TVs in the 70- and 60- inch screen sizes.

Both models are 3D capable, and use Sharp’s 3D X-Gen Panel with improved Quattron Pixel Plus II technology that offers new levels of 3D depth enhancement.

Both have 240Hz refresh rates, and full-array LED backlighting with local dimming technology, smart- TV and Smart Central user interface, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and five HDMI inputs.

The LC-70LE945U and C-60LE945U will ship in June at prices to be announced.

Sharp will also offer 70- and 60-inch models in the 3D-capable 847 series. Both the LC-70LE847U and LC-60LE847U will ship in April at prices to be announced, and include 3D X-Gen panel with Quattron Quad Pixel technology, 240Hz refresh rates, LED edge-lighting system, and an ultra-slim, narrow bezel design with brushed-aluminum finish.

They include built-in Wi-Fi, smart-TV functions with the Smart Central user interface and four HDMI inputs.

The 70- and 60-inch screen sizes will also be offered in the new 745 series. Both the LC-70LE745U and LC-60LE745U will ship in March at pricing to be announced and offer FullHD 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rates, 3D capability, LED edge lighting, an ultra-slim narrow bezel design, built-in Wi-Fi, smart-TV features with the Smart Central interface, and four HDMI inputs.

The 640 series ships in March and includes three screen sizes: 70, 60 and 52 inches.

All include FullHD 1080p X-Gen panels with LED edge lighting, 120Hz refresh rates, ultra-slim and narrow bezel designs, built-in Wi-Fi, smart TV with the Smart Central user interface and four HDMI inputs.

The 540 series also ships in March and includes a similar feature package in the 46- and 42-inch screen sizes.

Sharp will also present a new 3D-capable FullHD DLP projector in the XV-Z30000, which ships in February at a price to be announced.

Sharp said the SharpVision-branded projector will be sold through the Elite distribution base of A/V specialty dealers and custom installers.

The XV-Z30000 is a center-lens model with horizontal and vertical lens-shift control for more accurate and flexible setup, two pairs of active-3D glasses that include both 3D and 2D selection modes, and a built-in IR emitter.

The projector’s contrast ratio is listed at 50,000:1 and brightness is listed at 1,600 ANSI lumens. It includes two iris modes, brightness/contrast, six speed/six primary RGB color wheel for natural color reproduction, a 2.35:1 cinema scope vertical stretch mode, dual HDMI terminals, and component, S-video and PC inputs. An HQV Reon VX-210 chip handles image processing along with a gamma adjustment and color management system.

Both an RS-232 Control Port with 12-volt trigger and RJ45 LAN are included.


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