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Sharp Aquos LC-19D1E 19in LCD TV review

John Archer



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Sharp Aquos LC-19D1E 19in LCD TV


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My back loves me today. For just for once I've decided to give my aching spine a break by turning my critical attentions to something that isn't massive, namely Sharp's brand new 19in HD Ready LCD TV, the LC-19D1E.

After the glut of monster screens that have come my way in recent times, the 19D1E really does look tiny. Partly because of the sheer smallness of its 19in, 16:9-ratio screen and partly because of the unusual - and very likeable - slenderness of its glossy black (a white version - the LC19D1EWH - is also available) bezel. It's really nice to see Sharp working so hard to carry the style of its bigger screens through to the 19D1E's relatively ‘low-rent' end of the TV market.

Connectivity on the little chap is OK, in that there's a D-Sub PC port, an HDMI, a component video input, a SCART, an S-Video jack and a composite video jack, with all the necessary audio line-ins to keep them company.

In an ideal world Sharp might have run to a second HDMI and gone for v1.3 HDMI specification rather than v1.2. But heck; we are only talking about a second-room, 19in TV here after all, not some mega-huge home cinema centrepiece.

Not surprisingly for such a diminutive screen, the 19D1E does not have a Full HD resolution. But its 1,366 x 768 pixel count - along with its HDMI and component inputs - ensure that it's HD Ready.

Its most intriguing AV specification credential, though, is its claimed 7,500:1 contrast ratio. Inevitably, given the 19D1E's LCD nature, this contrast ratio figure is dependent on a dynamic backlight arrangement, where the image brightness is dimmed during dark scenes to improve black level response. Such dynamic contrast systems when done well are actually anything but bad news - yet they are really quite rare on small LCD TVs.

Even without the dynamic contrast system in play the 19D1E claims a native contrast ratio of 1,500:1, which again compares very well to the figures of rival 19in screens.

Comparing rather less well with its peers, though, is the 19D1E's claimed maximum brightness output of 300cd/m2. This is one of the lowest brightness figures we've seen on a TV, although it's not unheard of in the standard LCD monitor world.

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Derek Martin

July 30, 2008, 7:00 pm


This sounds just what I'm looking for to use in my kitchen but....the biggest problem I find with my current - pretty naff - screen is very poor viewing angles. I've got it wall mounted and inevitably as you move around in a kitchen quite a lot, this is quite important. Can you tell us what this one is like?


July 31, 2008, 12:46 am

who is buying 19" nowdays? I even will not buy that small for the closet...

Ah! Maybe for the bike?


August 22, 2008, 11:57 am


......Im about to buy the Dell Insiron 1525 notebook for my son to go to University with.I also want to get him a TV which he can hook up the laptop to.

Which of these is best

Sharp Aquos 19 DIE

Toshiba 19 AV 505 d

Toshiba 20 W330 db ?

I dont eant to spend more than 𧶲 ...............any thoughts or alternatives ?



November 19, 2008, 1:06 pm

You can pick this set up at Richer Sounds now for 𧵫.95


December 29, 2008, 8:25 pm

John, I'm looking for a tv for the kitchen but i'll only have freeview there. Does this tv have a good freeview picture or can you recomend one that does?



January 7, 2009, 3:53 am

I've just bought this tv and I agree about the picture quality but strewth the audio lip synch is rubbish. Some channels are unwatchable due to the delay. I have not come across this before on my other lcd tv's. And watching through a PVR is OK. If it's like this on a 19" what is it like on a 42? My last crt tv was a Sharp and it was OK (no I'm not comparing picture quality or audio/video synch, just saying) but this will be the last. Shame really.


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