Sharp LC-46XL2E 46in LCD TV Review - Sharp LC-46XL2E Review


Aside from its 100Hz engine, the 46LX2E’s main specifications find a full HD resolution, and a claimed maximum contrast ratio of 10000:1. This latter figure is, of course, very high by LCD standards. Though it is, as ever, only possible via a dynamic backlight system that reduces the picture’s brightness during dark scenes to limit the amount of greyness that can ‘infiltrate’ the picture’s darkest areas.

Also significant to the 46LX2E’s picture performance is some dedicated anti-judder technology for making motion pass across the screen more smoothly; a Film Mode which tweaks the set’s progressive scan processing to better suit movie as opposed to video sources; and a sensor on the TV that works with on-board processing to adjust the pictures to suit the current ambient light conditions of your living room.

Given that we’re unabashed HD gaming fanatics here at TrustedReviews, we were pleased too to find a dedicated Game preset that keeps the image processing to a minimum to minimise the potential for ‘screen lag’. And finally audio has certainly not been forgotten, with the inclusion of the SRS TruSurround pseudo surround sound system together with a Clear Voice element designed to keep vocals clear even when there’s a maelstrom going on in the rest of the soundstage.

How well the 46LX2E performs depends very much on what you feed it. Which is to say that it’s quite superb as an HD monitor, but only solid as a standard-def TV.

Starting with that HD performance, the Blu-ray of Casino Royale has seldom looked better. For starters the image is pin-sharp, especially if you call in the provided ‘Dot by Dot’ mode which removes all overscanning from the image. You can see individual details in the stone work of St Mark’s Square in Venice, for instance, that just don’t show up on lesser LCD TVs.

Significantly the sort of clarity and texturing just described only drops off a little during action scenes like the opening Free Running sequence, too. This relative freedom from LCD blurring has to be down at least in part to the 46LX2E’s 100Hz engine. What’s more, the 100Hz effect here is for the most part both natural and artefact free, marking a massive improvement over Sharp’s previous OTT 100Hz LCD efforts. Phew!

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