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June 11, 2009

Sharp LC46D85U 46-inch LCD HDTV

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by Franz Bicar

TV programs are mostly filmed at 30fps while movies on Blu-rays or DVDs is filmed at 24fps. Televisions today are usually designed to reproduce 30fps videos. When it comes time to watch a film-based movie, then, these TVs have to use special processing (known as 3:2 pulldown) to stretch out the 24fps video to fit into the 30fps display. This process involves adding in frames that weren’t originally in the video, often resulting in a less-than-cinematically smooth picture. However, with the advancement of today’s technology, this problem is slowly being averted.

Sharp’s LC46D85U LCD HDTV features 120Hz Fine Motion frame-rate-conversion technology. By reproducing all video sources at a rate compatible with both TV and film-based video, 120Hz Fine Motion technology is able to bring you smooth, accurate playback of all your favorite movies. 120Hz processing delivers a truly cinematic home theater experience.

This is one of the main selling points of the LC46D85U. Another is its array of connectivity options. Geared up and ready for the up-and-coming digital transition, the Sharp LC46D85U comes equipped with digital ATSC and QAM tuners. These digital tuners make receiving and enjoying digitally broadcast content — whether from the air or from cable or satellite — easy and worry-free.

For seamless setup and integration into any system, the Sharp LC46D85U features a wide variety of connectivity options. First, five HDMI inputs deliver an abundance of the most advanced HD audio/video connection available. For further HD connectivity, this LCD offers two HD component-video inputs with 1080p compatibility. Finally, two composite-video and one S-video input serve up versatile standard definition audio and video, while four L/R audio inputs offer multiple audio connections.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both uncompressed high-definition (HD) video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and even 1080p.

Incoming media content comes in a variety of sizes, resolutions and formats, and with that in mind, HDMI systems automatically configure to display that content in the most effective format. Since HDMI carries all channels on video and audio, there is only one cable to plug into any HDMI-enabled source and display device. No more complicated cable set-up when installing your home theater system, and no more ugly cable mess behind your components. HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on this single cable. Also, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI.

It’s one thing to say that the LC46D85U is a Sharp LCD panel. It’s something wholly more, however, to say that this 46-inch HDTV is an AQUOS LCD panel. The reproduction of stunning, lifelike high definition video is the mark of an AQUOS LCD panel. Mastering this craft, the LC46D85U fuels its full HD 1080p, 16:9 widescreen panel with a diverse repertoire of design features.

First, an 10-bit ASV LCD panel with Active Color capability combines with a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio to deliver deep blacks and vivid colors for a natural, impacting picture. Second, a super-fast 4ms pixel-response time keeps pace with fast action scenes, while a high 450 cd/m² brightness level lets you enjoy a clear, crisp picture even when there are higher levels of ambient light. Finally, a wide 176° x 176° viewing angle makes sure that everyone has a clear view of the main feature, regardless of where they’re sitting.

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