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Sharp Aquos LC-37LE320E - Picture Positives and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer

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Summary

Our Score:

6

User Score:

These fairly considerable picture issues do, thankfully, sit opposite a couple of notable 37LE320E strengths. Colours, while not always looking perfectly natural, are at least very dynamically and vividly portrayed, giving images a pleasing sense of punch (so long as they don’t contain too many dark bits).

Coupled with some quite intense brightness, the rich colours help pictures look impressively solid and as three-dimensional as they could reasonably get without actually being 3D. If you see what we mean.

HD pictures, meanwhile, look quite detailed and sharp when there’s not much motion to handle, revelling in the screen’s full HD resolution.

We’re quickly propelled back into negative territory, though, by the 37LE320E’s sound. For as with too many slim Sharp TVs in the past year or two, its speakers don’t have nearly enough dynamic range or raw power handling to sound remotely convincing with anything resembling an action sequence. The only small plus point sonically is that the set apparently acknowledges the limitations of its speakers, and so seldom if ever succumbs to actual distortion, even if you crank the volume almost to maximum.

Verdict

The 37LE320E’s distinctive design is sure to win it admiring looks from many a prospective TV buyer. But unfortunately this is one glamorous TV model you shouldn’t be seduced by, for sadly it doesn’t deliver nearly enough features or picture quality to justify its mid-range price.

Jaap van Oosten

December 18, 2012, 8:30 pm

Audio is poor and the external audio connections do not function when using HDMI as signal source! Booting the TV with HDMI source connected i.e. HDMI SAT-tuner the audio is missing. Needs re-plugging to HDMI 2 and change the source to get audio after boot. Next boot same procedure back to HDMI1
Contacted SHARP.EU service confirmed this no new firmware or solution offered

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