So let’s see. Full HD resolution? Check. 100Hz processing to fight LCD’s traditional response time problems and make motion look clearer? Check. Tasteful, space saving design? Check. v1.3 HDMI sockets? Check. Deep Color and 1080p/24 compatibility? Check.
So far, Sharp’s LC-37XL8E is looking pretty darned good. It really looks like it’s got everything a reasonably demanding TV buyer could want from a new LCD TV. Heck, even its 37in screen size seems ideally suited to the average living room environment. But of course, on-paper specifications are actually only ever a small part of a flat TV’s ‘personality’. For all the fine numbers, cutting edge connections and fancy features amount to precious little if a TV can’t also cut it in the sound and especially picture departments. So let’s hope the 37XL8E’s talents extend there, too. Before we find out, though, let’s put some more meat on the bones laid out in our opening paragraph.
Regarding the design, it’s a typical Sharp affair, with a thin glossy black bezel contrasting reasonably attractively with a little ‘wave’ of silver along the bottom edge. The only downer is that while the design looks quite pretty, it also feels a touch cheaply made once you get your hands on it.
Connections are pretty much up to speed, thanks chiefly to the three HDMI jacks referred to earlier. Admittedly there are rival TVs which now employ four HDMIs, but these are still very much in the minority.
The 37LX8E also sports a dedicated PC port, plus there’s an RS-232 control port for system builders to use, while one other point of interest is an optical digital audio output for passing on multi-channel audio signals to external AV receivers.