When Sharp first let us get our hands on the 46LE821E TV with its new Quattron technology - which adds an extra yellow sub-pixel to the usual red, green and blue ones - we were rather impressed. In fact, since then Quattron technology has bagged the 2010/11 best TV innovation award from the European Imaging & Sound Association (EISA).
The only philosophical problem we had with the 46LE821E was that it lacked 3D, thus forcing you to choose between Sharp’s unique Quattron innovation and the 3D innovation everyone else was into. Thankfully this unfortunate situation will change from early October, once Sharp rolls its new LC-60LE925E into the UK. For this TV puts Quattron and 3D together for the first time, in a match we can only hope is made in heaven.
As with all modern 3D TVs we’ve seen to date bar LG’s 47LD950, the 60LE925E adopts the so-called active, Full HD 3D approach, complete with electronic shuttering glasses.
As its name suggests, it’s a massive – and therefore better for 3D – 60in across, and it ships with a single pair of Sharp’s glasses thrown in. Extra pairs will cost around £100 each. The TV itself will cost £3,500, which actually looks pretty competitive versus the equivalent 3D models available from Sony and Panasonic.
It’s nice to see that the 3D emitter is built into the TV rather than being an external unit, and we noted during our first look at the TV that it was being powered by a new Sharp 3D Blu-ray player, the BD-HP90S.
The design of the 3D Quattron set follows the template of the original Quattron models, which means it’s slim, minimalistic and actually very attractive.
The 3D Quattron differs from the original model, though, in offering online functionality, complete with open Internet access like Philips (with whom Sharp has entered into a content-sharing deal, in fact). It also differs from the original Quattron model in a negative way, though, in that oddly, it doesn’t have a Freeview HD tuner.