Sharp Aquos LC46X20E 46in LCD TV - Sharp Aquos LC46X20E

John Archer

By John Archer

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Sharp Aquos LC46X20E 46in LCD TV

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

While generally good, though, the 46X20E’s HD performance certainly isn’t perfect. Colours, for instance, can look a touch unnatural during dark scenes. Also, the lack of 100Hz means that while relatively static HD images look exceptionally sharp, things do soften up rather during NT2’s action sequences.

To be fair, the Action mode can, as billed, help reduce this motion blur. But the mode also causes the TV to flicker in a way not dissimilar to that seen with old 50Hz CRTs, and so I preferred to leave it set to off.

The bad news continues with the 46X20E’s standard definition performance, which is at best fair to middling. Standard def images tend to look rather soft for a start, especially where skin tones are concerned, meaning that people can look really quite mannequin-like at times.

The colour toning flaws noted on occasion during HD viewing are exacerbated with standard def fare too, and there’s a tendency for edges in standard def images to look rather jagged and over-stressed. Oh well; at least the 46X20E’s smaller screen size means that it doesn’t tend to expose its standard def shortcomings quite as ruthlessly as its bigger, 52in sibling.

The 46X20E’s sound, meanwhile, follows the trend of many other Sharp TVs we’ve seen recently in sounding OK with untesting material like a normal day-time TV-style show, but short of power and dynamic range when watching an action film.

Verdict

There’s no hiding the fact that the 46X20E’s performance is something of a mixed bag, especially with standard definition. But it’s also impossible to ignore the set’s new, remarkably low price. In fact, in the end the price wins the day with us, as we just can’t stop feeling that getting hold of 46 inches of always decent, sometimes outstanding LCD pictures for under £730 really does look like an opportunity too good to pass up.

markypants

September 16, 2008, 7:43 pm

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

silkworm

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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