If you've been wowed by Sharp's LC-52XS1E LED TV then its refreshed Aquos range might not seem quite as enthralling; but it's worthy of consideration nonetheless. For a start, not only has sharp introduced a whole new size of TV (60in as it happens) but it's also introduced its first line-up of LED-backlit sets.
On the vanilla LCD, E77-series front Sharp reckons it two top-end models should bring large screen TVs to a greater number of consumers, without slacking on performance. The 65in LC-65E77UM and 60in LC-60E77UN both come equipped with a 1080p, Advanced Super View Superlucent Panel, apparently providing "an ultra-smooth finish that minimizes haze while intensifying panel brightness and contrast." Sharp's Super Fine Motion Enhanced '120Hz' processing (that's 100Hz to us Brits) and Spectral Contrast Engine XD are also on board.
The 52in LC-52E77UN, 46in LC-46E77UN and 40in LC-40E77UN also have 1080p panels and join the 60in and 65in E77s in offering four HDMI ports and two Component inputs, all of course able to accept 1080p video. No UK pricing or availability, yet.
Sharps first foray into LED-backlit TVs - the LE700 series - brings with it the 52in LC-52LE700UN (pictured above), 46in LC-46LE700UN, 40in LC-40LE700UN and 32in LC-32LE700UN. All have 1080p 'X-Gen' LCD panels with what Sharp calls UltraBrilliant Led backlight technology; in layman's terms an array of LEDs behind the LCD panel, rather than edge-lighting as seen on some LED-backlit TVs - the result is dynamic contrast ratios of 2,000,000:1 being touted.
120Hz Frame Rate Conversion (which will, again, translate to 100Hz in the UK) is present on all the TVs and the 52in ad 46in sets also boast "a special dejuder feature." All of the LE700s provide four HDMI ports and two Component inputs.
The LE700-series also comes with Sharp's Aquos Net internet-based service, which like just about every manufacture's gives quick access to information such as weather, traffic reports and games like blackjack and Sudoku.
Again, no UK pricing or release information.