Originally Posted by Mr Willard
What is the consensus on the quality of this TV? Obviously it is a steal for the price, but price aside is it any good or is it a 'budget' tv and it shows?
Does anyone have any vertical banding issues?
What about the panel, is it 8 bit or 10 bit?
1. Quality: I have yet to find a quality issue with my 52" Sharp LCD. However, it may not be at par with some of the higher end models of the AQUOS line.
2. Verticle Banding: None to report. Though a few sets have been indicated as having banding and have been defective. If you have a set that is banding, it is still recommended that you try reseting the LCD before returning to see if that corrects the issue. (Has been known to correct banding issues for some, but not all.)
3. Panel: This was discussed briefly the other day. No one has been able to confirm whether the panel is 8 or 10 bit. It would appear to be 8 bit by assumption. I would assume that the panel is an older panel that was designed for the 2008 SB series, though the unit itself looks to have been upgraded to better components. (120Hz vs 60Hz processor... etc.) as there are specs that bring it up to par with Sharps higher end AQUOS models.
For a "Budget" entry level large screen LCD, I believe these Sharp models have a high level of performance on a $$$/performance ratio. May not have all the bells and whistles of some other models, but I wouldn't turn away from it on a "Budget Entry Level" consideration.
In the end, everyone has a different set of preferences they are looking for. I didn't even intend to buy this TV. I didn't even know there was a sale. I'm just one of those people who constantly watches the tech market like a hawk to see what is going on in tech-economy and be educated on things I may invest my hard earned cash into at some point in time. I just happened to be in Walmart the day of the sale and walked past a pallet holding 2 52" and 2 46" Sharp sets with impressive price tags. The 46" caught my eye first, then I came around to the 52" and I just made an impulse buy knowing that either one of them was a steal at the price they were selling the set.
I tried to even research the set to see if I could find reviews on it or basic information, and like you said, and as is the consensus, there hasn't been much reported about the set.
I believe in part, that is what this forum is about. Learning about this set and the purchases we made.
Thus far, I am not disappointed.
If I were you, I would open it up, set it up, play around with it, see what you think, and then make your own decision.
Walmart will accept the return whether you have opened the box and tested the set or not.
Certainly can't hurt to give it a go.