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Sharp Aquos LC46X20E 46in LCD TV review

John Archer



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Sharp Aquos LC46X20E 46in LCD TV


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The world of AV technology is never standing still. It’s always innovating and changing. And that process of innovation and change seems to have kicked into overdrive at the moment - with two rather pleasing results.

First, of course, there always seems to be some weird and occasionally wonderful new technology around to give us journalist types plenty to write about. And second, products seem to be going through some really quite dramatic price cuts in the course of their increasingly short lifespans, as replacement models almost continually loom on the horizon.

This latter phenomenon can certainly be seen at work with Sharp’s 46X20E. This 46in LCD TV started out life at around the £1,300 mark only a few months ago, but incredibly we’ve just found it selling online today for under £730. Let’s just repeat that: 46in of LCD pictures from a respected brand for less than £730.

Needless to say, this sort of value equation gets the 46X20E off to a great start as far as this review is concerned. But with Sharp TVs proving a little hit and miss of late, is its price the only thing the 46X20E has in its favour?

Nope. For if nothing else it’s quite an attractive TV thanks to its slender, gloss-black bezel and silver ‘wave’ along the bottom edge. We’re a bit peeved to find Sharp calling the 46X20E ‘Slim Line’ when in fact it’s nothing like as skinny round the back as true ‘ultra slim’ sets such as Hitachi’s UT32MH70U and JVC’s 42DS9. But at least its bezel width is genuinely narrow, enabling the 46X20E to potentially fit in a space where you might have imagined only a 42in TV could reside.

In terms of connections, the 46X20E passes muster without exactly blowing us away. Which is to say that it manages three HDMIs built to the v1.3 specification, as well as a dedicated D-Sub PC port, an RS232 control jack for easy integration into a wider home cinema system, and a digital audio output. In an ideal world some sort of multimedia port – SD card slot, USB input – might have been nice, too. But the 46X20E’s lowly price makes this pretty easy to forgive and forget.

As with pretty much every screen bigger than 42in we’re seeing these days, the 46X20E sports a Full HD resolution for scaling-free HD playback. It’s also got a fast 4ms response time, and a handy-looking 10,000:1 contrast ratio achieved via a dynamic backlight system that dims the screen’s light output during dark scenes to boost black levels.

There are a number of LCD screens around quoting higher dynamic contrast ratios, but the 46X20E’s key ‘native’ (achieved with no dynamic backlight) contrast ratio of 2,000:1 is actually up there with the best.

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September 16, 2008, 7:43 pm

I just bought this TV last week and yep its awesome for the cash extremely pleased with it :-)


October 23, 2008, 1:07 am

My original requirment was for the largest screen size in the smallest possible package. The solution was the Toshiba FX355DB, so off to PC World I went but could find no demonstrator. I next went to Curry's but again no Toshiba, the lighting in Curry's together with an uninterested member of staff saw me return to PC World for a browse. There before me was the Sharp LC46X20E the tv had a slim bezel a little wider than that of the Toshiba but in effect much better proportioned and at a total width of 1010 mm, not much wider than other manufacturers 42 inch models. The Sharp is stunningly elegant and one of the prettiest Tv's I have come accross. The price Was 𧾑 was this a mistake? I confirmed the price and rushed home to research any reviews available. The reviews found were not overflattering but not bad either so I returned to PC World to make a purchase. The final deal of 𧿃 which included a black glass stand was unbelievable and I had thoughts that they must be having trouble selling the model. I returned home with the package and began to set up the TV. I will not attempt to break down the features or charcteristics of this tv but describe my experience of the tv as a package, furthermore I have have no experience of other models so here we go. To say I am pleased with this purchase would be an understatement, I am absolutely in awe of the beauty and elegance of this tv. The picture and sound experience is fantastic and I am excited in anticipation of viewing my favourite programs. I can honestly say that my viewing experience has been transformed by this purchase. Well done Sharp and well done PC World. 100% satisfied.

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