Having tried its hand at full HD with some success with the XD1E models, Sharp is now having its first stab at another en vogue picture-boosting technology: 100Hz.
As you may recall from reviews we’ve carried of other TVs carrying this technology, such as Toshiba’s WLT68 models and Panasonic’s new LXD70 LCDs, 100Hz uses processing to double the picture’s refresh rate. Originally designed to counter flicker with old CRT technology, it’s now used in the LCD world in a bid to tackle problems with motion blur, where difficulties in making LCD pixels cycle fast enough can cause moving objects to lose resolution as they pass across the screen.
So far, we’re pleased to say, we’ve found the 100Hz approach to work pretty well, making moving objects look clearer without throwing up the sort of processing side effects that used to plague some CRT 100Hz incarnations.
So with motion blur being one of the few issues we had with Sharp’s XD1E Full HD TVs, we have high hopes that the addition of 100Hz to the 32in LC32RD2E will make it truly special.
As with the XD1E range, the 32RD2E starts well by ditching Sharp’s old Titanium finish – which was, truth be told, starting to look a little dull – in favour of a glistening high-gloss black finish wrapped around a tasteful combination of curves and angles, all offset by some sweet silver trim.
Connectivity is mostly good with one niggly shortcoming. In the good column sits the provision of twin HDMIs, Scarts, a D-Sub PC port and support for a digital tuner, with the niggle being the lack of any dedicated component video input. You can get component video signals into the TV via a provided adaptor and the D-Sub port (the set couldn’t call itself HD Ready if it didn’t support component feeds at all), but this approach does, of course, mean you can’t leave component video and PC sources connected simultaneously.