Sharp has announced the addition of eight HD-ready models to its Aquos range of LCD TVs, four with integrated digital Freeview (GD models), while two have been awarded the EU Eco-label for low energy consumption and ecologically-friendly design (GA9 models).
All the new models come with a low-reflection Advanced Super View Black TFT LCD panel, with brightness at 450cd/m2, along with a contrast ratio of 1200:1, plus 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution and 6ms response time for viewing fast-moving images. There's also a viewing angle of 176 degrees, horizontally and vertically, plus integrated "cinematic sound" speakers, Auto Volume Control for consistent levels during ad breaks and Sharp's Clear Voice Function, which improves on-screen dialogue.
The Aquos LC-32GA9E and LC-37GA9E (32" and 37" widescreen analogue models) and the LC-32GD9E and LC-37GD9E (32" and 37" widescreen digital models) feature Sharp's TruD anti-judder technology, which is claimed to boost picture, contrast and sharpness, as well as producing smoother playback from DVDs. The Aquos LC-32GD8E and LC-37GD8E are widescreen 32" and 37" models with an integrated digital DVB-T tuner, while the Aquos LC-32GA8E and LC-37GA8E have analogue tuners.
All models feature HDMI with HDCP support, two Scart connections, AV/S-Video In, Audio Out, PC In and headphone sockets as standard, with the GA9/GD9 series, you have the benefit of two HDMI inputs.
The new Sharp Aquos models will be available in the UK from the end of June 2006. Prices to be confirmed.