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Sharp Aquos LC-60LE925E - Contrast, Standard Def and Verdict
A really pleasant surprise, meanwhile, comes from the 60LE925E’s black level response. We’d expected to feel a bit disappointed by this based on our experience of the 46LE821E. But in fact, while black colours do have a greyer look to them than you might expect from the very best direct LED and plasma TVs, they also look deeper and, above all, more consistent than they do from the majority of edge LED screens. This latter consistency issue is particularly welcome given how many edge LED TVs we’ve seen recently have distracted us by throwing up clumsy patches of extra brightness during dark scenes.
Aside from urging caution with some of the 60LE925E’s picture processing tools, our only significant problems with the 60LE925E’s 2D pictures are reserved for standard definition playback. For here we find all but the very highest quality standard def sources looking rather soft and noisy, and colour tones occasionally losing a little of their naturalism as well.
The soundstage the 60LE925E produces to keep its king-sized pictures company is best described as fair to middling. There’s a reasonable stab at picking out treble detail, and the mid-range is potent enough to cope with normal TV fare and undemanding movie scenes. But the lack of any bass worthy of the name leaves action scenes sounding thin and unconvincing.
One final performance part of the 60LE925E we haven’t covered yet is its ‘AQUOSNet’ online capabilities. On the one hand these prove quite interesting, as an obvious ‘hook up’ with Philips’ Net TV platform has resulted in the 60LE925E being able to surf the Internet at large via an integrated Opera browser.
But the system is let down by the current dearth of specially formatted, ‘ring-fenced’ content. All we could see at the time of writing was ScreenDreams, myalbum.com, MeteoConsult, Funspot and Daily Motion. This leaves the 60LE925E’s online business feeling a touch unfinished, so hopefully this list of content providers will increase soon.
We’re finding it increasingly hard to give any 3D TV that clearly suffers with crosstalk a 9 or 10 overall score, and that unfortunately has to remain the case with the 60LE925E. Especially given that the TV also struggles rather with standard definition 2D pictures.
That said, for the most part we were very impressed by the 60LE925E. The benefits to colours of its Quattron technology are even more apparent than they were on the original LE821 Quattron model, and make a difference to 3D as well as 2D material. The set’s use of edge LED backlighting is also exemplary for such a large screen, especially in terms of backlight consistency, and its 3D images are among the brightest, most vibrant and sharpest around.