Internet service provider?
Playing some MP3 files did produce a fairly good sound – with more volume than last year’s model. However, the built-in 15W sub-woofer doesn’t seem to make a big impact on the sound, and higher frequencies tend to dominate as you crank up the volume.
I was also a little disappointed by the set’s on-line features. I liked having the wireless adaptor for connecting to my home network, but Sharp only offers a fairly routine selection of on-line services such as YouTube, Daily Motion and Twitter.
There’s no BBC iPlayer, and although the 40LE831E does include a full web browser I wasn’t able to access the iPlayer through the main BBC web site. Oddly, the manual refers to a ‘video store’ for film rentals, but that doesn’t seem to be available here in the UK.
Web TV offerings leave room for improvement, but the picture is a peach
One criticism I had of the original Quattron was of its power consumption, which peaked as high as 120W at times. Sharp now boasts a much lower power consumption of 67W – although I found that it occasionally fluctuated up into the mid-70s. Its Standby mode didn’t even register on my ammeter, so there’s clearly been quite an improvement in energy efficiency.
If you’re concerned about Internet connectivity, then rivals such as Samsung offer a more comprehensive range of on-line services. However, I remain a fan of the rich, vivid images produced by Sharp’s four-colour Quattron technology and reckon that it’s still well worth considering as long as you’ve got a Sky HD box or Blu-ray player that can feed it a nourishing diet of high-quality HD content. ®
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The entire broadcast system is set up to deliver a standardized signal to a television reproducing a specific colour space (Rec 709). This colour space can be completely covered using only red blue and green pixels. A Quattron system has to invent a signal to give the yellow pixels something to do, and in the process displays colours that were never there in the original broadcast.
I'm guessing you can figure out how well that works in colourimeter testing.
Yellow pixies will not save Sharp
I was watching some tests done by pro's using pro colorimeters and the Sharp sets were the worst of the bunch. Panasonic pretty much ruled the roost (Smug G20 owner here).
40in...LCD (LED backlit)...£1099.....WTF?
Unless the cost is $Aus - and it's still expensive.
Colour and Image Quality
Do we have anything better to go on other than the reviewer's subjective judgement?
Perhaps some colourimeter tests perhaps, I'm genuinely interested.