To check the system’s audio credentials, we loaded up the tried and trusted Omaha Beach landing scene from ”Saving Private Ryan” and were pleasantly surprised by its blistering reproduction of this scene. It delivers the sort of robust, room-filling sound that you don’t get from most budget systems, let alone TV stands.
Loud, fiery bass grabs you from the get-go, with the relentless explosions shaking you to your very core, while the crisp, well-controlled treble lends real snap to the bullets that fire around the soundstage. Dialogue has no trouble cutting through the cacophony, and what’s really pleasing is that the rack’s sturdy build quality doesn’t allow for any rattling or flabbiness when the going gets really tough at the bottom end.
The only real flaw is its inability to deliver a wide-reaching soundstage – all of the action seems confined to the space in between the speakers with no real sense that the surround effects are being projected far enough. There is some width but not enough to make this a viable substitute for true surround sound.
As for picture quality, the Sharp does a reasonable job with a good quality transfer like ”Gladiator” but can’t keep noise completely at bay, which can be seen fidgeting around in large patches of colour. However, colour saturation is strong, skin tones look natural and there’s a fair amount of detail in the picture.
The AN-PR1500H is a clever concept well executed, allowing people looking for a TV stand and home cinema system to kill two birds with one stone and cut out all the hassle. Although the chunky design won’t be to everyone’s taste, the excellent sound quality certainly will be, plus there’s a decent range of features and extensive connections. On the downside, the remote is shocking and its upscaling limitations are a turn-off, but on the whole Sharp has done a good job.
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