Sharp has unveiled its first LED TVs in London today and about time too. From what I’ve seen this afternoon, though, they appear to be worth waiting for. There’s two ranges to choose from, the LE600 and LE700, both AQUOS sets, and they come in 32″, 40″ and 46″ sizes. There’s a bonus 52″ if you opt for the 700.
As you’d expect, the contrast is staggering compared to an LCD with hundreds of double-domed light amplifier lenses and multi-flourescents dotting bright colours against a very black background and little to no light spill at all.
The AQUOUS Colour Engine is designed to add richness to the palate and the Full HD 1080p X-Gen panel should allow for a clearer, uninterrupted transmission of the light. That’s the idea, anyway. I can certainly confirm that, on first look, the picture was a darn sight better than a standard LCD.
They start at £750 for the 32″ LE600 but that’s without the 100Hz frame rate and 4ms response time you get in the LE700 range. Expect to break well into the thousands if that’s a sticking point for you.
All models have two 10W speakers, four HDMI 1.3 ports and a USB socket as well. The green among you can also relax as they only use up 0.01W in standby mode and are said to consume around 40% less power than “traditional LCDs” whatever they are.
They’ll be appearing on the shelves any day now and certainly worth a look if you like your AV clean and crisp.