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Sharp Aquos LC-60LE925E - Screen Tech and 3D First Impressions
Focusing next on the technology driving the 60LE925E’s screen, we find it using edge LED lighting, a full HD resolution, and a potentially important 200Hz system - which actually comprises 100Hz working with a scanning backlight.
The Quattron technology itself has the potential to produce a number of improvements. The most obvious of these is that yellow and gold colours should look more natural and believable, as they no longer have to be conjured up by blending red, green and blue. But actually, adding yellow to a TV screen’s ‘mixing pot’ should also lead to more natural and subtly different tones with other colors.
Yellow is a relatively bright, transmissive colour compared with red, green and blue, too, so adding a yellow sub-pixel should also make the screen more transmissive of light, delivering brightness and shadow detail benefits. There are even potential energy saving benefits, since the transmissive yellow pixel allows you to generate normal LCD brightness levels without using as much power.
Backing up all this promising tech are plenty of calibration aids for getting the best out of it, including gamma controls and a reasonably flexible colour management system. What’s more, setting the TV up is made exceptionally easy thanks to a superb onscreen menu system that allows you to keep a slightly reduced version of the picture onscreen while you make your adjustments, with the menus appearing along the edges of the reduced picture rather than on top of it.
Starting our main testing phase with, of course, 3D, it’s nice to find that the Sharp’s 3D transmitter is built into the screen, and that you get a pair of active shutter glasses included for free. Obviously, families will still have to cough up around £100 a pop for other glasses, but at least one person can enjoy 3D straight out of the box!
The 60LE925E’s 3D performance is simultaneously fresh and old-school. The fresh bit includes the terrific colour response and high brightness level the screen manages to resolve when showing 3D material. It certainly outguns plasma in this respect, and the yellow pixel also helps it deliver a cannier colour compensation for the effects of the 3D glasses than rival LCD screens.
The 60LE925E’s 3D pictures look very sharp and detailed with 3D Blu-ray sources too - a situation helped by the set’s pretty effective suppression of LCD technology’s blurring problems.
The ‘old school’ bit finds the 60LE925E’s pictures clearly suffering with crosstalk noise, where some objects in 3D images appear with double ghosting around them. This inevitably reduces the clarity and believability of the 3D image, and in our opinion greatly reduces the amount of time you can watch 3D for before it starts to become tiring.
Turning to 2D material, there’s another mix of good and bad news, with HD looking good and standard def looking not so hot.
HD 2D sources are portrayed with exemplary sharpness and detailing, and provide a great forum for Quattron technology to shine, as the screen portrays colours across the spectrum - especially but certainly not exclusively yellow - with mesmerising vibrancy and startlingly accuracy. It’s noticeable, too, that the 60LE925E’s colours enjoy remarkably deft blends and tonal shifts, helping pictures look unusually solid and layered.