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Sharp Elite LCD TVs Arrive

By August 5, 2011

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Previously, I reported that Sharp had acquired the use of Pioneer's Elite brand name for a proposed high-end LCD TV line. Now, after several months, Sharp has taken the lid of its new Elite TV line, starting with its 60-inch PRO-60X5FD and 70-inch PRO-70X5FD models. Just as with Pioneer's now discontinued famed KURO Plasma TVs, Sharp is claiming superior black level performance from those news sets. However, since these are LCD TVs and not Plasma TVs, it will be interesting to see how they compare in real-world tests, as up to this point, no LCD TV has been able to match the black level performance of most Plasma TVs, let alone the now legendary Pioneer Kuro Plasma technology.

On the other hand, besides black level performance claims, these sets do offer a lot of high-end features that make them worth consideration. Both sets in the new line-up utilize full array LED backlighting with local dimming and 240Hz effect scanning backlight. Also included, Sharp's Quattron 4-color technology, THX certification for both 2D and 3D performance, and ISF calibration setting provisions. In addition, the built-in WiFi capability on both sets provides easy connection to home network for access to a host of internet streaming content (such as Netflix, CinemaNow, Blockbuster-on-demand, Napster, and Pandora) as well as content stored on network connected PCs and media servers. Another exciting feature is Elite Advantage Live which allows users to connect to Sharp Elite tech support directly through the TV's network connection. A technical staff member can actually take control of your TV to assist in troubleshooting any connection problems or tweak settings.

The PRO-60X5FD has a suggested price of 5,999.99, while the PRO-70X5FD has a suggested price of $8,499.99.

For more detail on additional features and connectivity, as well as downloadable documentation, check out Sharp's Elite Specifications and Download Page. Stay tuned as more about these sets are revealed in real-world operation. Photo (c) Sharp USA

Update 5/13/13: Sharp Announces Suspension of Elite-Branded LCD TV Production (TWICE).

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