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Sharp Aquos LC-46DH77E 46in LCD TV review

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Sharp Aquos LC-46DH77E 46in LCD TV
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  • Sharp Aquos LC-46DH77E 46in LCD TV
  • Sharp Aquos LC-46DH77E 46in LCD TV
  • Sharp Aquos LC-46DH77E 46in LCD TV
  • Sharp Aquos LC-46DH77E 46in LCD TV

Summary

Our Score:

7

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As I start this review today, it occurs to me that I really am turning into a cynical old git.

You see, all the press information Sharp has disseminated on the 46DH77E has made much of the TV's 'green' credentials, most notably the fact that it's the first TV ever to feature a dedicated 'Eco' button on the remote control. Yet I can't help but think every time I hear a TV brand pushing its planet-saving credentials that it almost always sounds more like a marketing exercise than a heart-felt plea on behalf of Mother Nature and her troubled ozone layer.

Also giving me an attack of the Victor Meldrews is that fact that the actual Eco button function isn't all that earth-shattering when you get down to it. For all it does is provide instant access to the set's Energy Save mode, which does nothing more profound than reduce the screen's backlight output by 20% or 30%, depending on whether you choose a Mid or High setting.

Then there's the fact that I can't help but wonder just how much - or more likely, how little - power this sort of subtle backlight reduction will really save. And finally in my cynical world, I find it a little hard to be completely convinced of Sharp's dedication to the green cause when the 46DH77E ships with one of the thickest multi-lingual paper manuals I've seen. Apparently, the green message doesn't extend to saving humble trees!

To be fair, as I openly admitted at the start of this review, I'm probably being harsh here. For I guess any TV that makes any moves in a green direction, however small, ought to be commended for its efforts rather than chastised. I guess it's only fair to recall, too, that Sharp has regularly set new standards for reduced TV power consumption; indeed, the brand was the first to earn the Euro Flower environmental commendation for a TV from the EU European Commission.

I also guess that while the energy saving efforts of just one TV might not amount to much in my miserable mind, add up the total energy saved by potentially millions of Eco TVs and you might actually achieve something significant.

Finally, I suppose it's feasible that the instant access to the backlight reduction system afforded by the Eco button might a) save valuable energy-consuming time as you avoid the usual trawl through the onscreen menus for the TV's Eco features and b) simply regularly remind you that you could be running your TV more efficiently.

Anyway, I'll quit my bitching now and leave you to make your own minds up about how much you care about the 46DH77E's Eco functionality. Though in true miserable bastard style, I'm determined to get the last word in by adding a parting shot. So, in the interests of reminding users of the green potential of the TV, it might have been nice if the all-important Eco button had been made more obvious on the remote, either by a clearer label or a more prominent position. Bah, humbug.

Techno22

March 20, 2009, 2:52 pm

Personally I think that you are not harsh enough!


To my mind, it is time that we stopped making excuses for flawed technology.


It is my belief that motion blur is unacceptable. Full stop.


Years ago, when technology was not so advanced, a TV would have been rejected for such a major flaw - given 0 out of 10.


And rightly so!


Also, over the years, the standard of sound reproduction seems to have dropped for some reason.


It is often flawed, as with the current model under review.


It is rare indeed to find a set getting top marks in both picture and sound.


Often one of these aspects is found wanting, more often the sound.


Finally, I have to say that, in general, I find the reviews on this site to be of a very high standard.


They are among the best around.


They are very much in depth reviews, which consumers need.


They might be a little bit generous on the markings at times, but that is just my view.


I honestly don't believe that a TV suffering motion blur should get an overall 8 or 9 out of ten - or anything like it.


Well done, in the present review, on making the point about the amount of paper needed to produce the instruction manual.


Sometimes you have to wonder how sincere manufacturer's are about their commitment to the environment.


Keep up the good work.


I always enjoy reading the reviews, and I appreciate the amount of work and research that goes into them.

Jamie 3

April 9, 2009, 10:24 pm

Dear John Archer/Trusted Review Team,





I just want the echo the above sentiments of ‘Techno22’.





I applaud your great attention to detail and please keep up the good work.





I wanted some advice regarding the above TV Sharp Aquos LC46DH77 LCD HD or Sony Bravia KDL46V4000 LCD both are priced the same and don’t know which one to purchase.





Please see link below:





http://www.johnlewis.com/Techn...





Look forward to your post





Many thanks








Jamie

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