Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Glen Allen, VA, USA
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I returned this set to Costco the same day I purchased it.
I have 3 HDMI (Fios, PS3 & PC) and two component (XBOX 360 & Wii) input sources that I feed into a Onkyo AV receiver. From the receiver, I have simply one HDMI to the TV. This setup works flawless with my current 4 1/2 year old Mitsubishi 65" DLP. However, hooked to this Sharp TV, I got picture only from one of the 5 sources - the PC on HDMI. All the other 4 sources would black screen, flashing the source resolution off and on.
I called Sharp support and was told that "source ==> AV receiver ==> TV" is not recommended on any current day TV as it puts a load on the receiver and creates audio sync issues. I was told I must connect my sources directly to the TV and then RCA digital-out the audio from the TV to the AV receiver. I grant you that the images did show up in that configuration, but that left me short one component input (since it only has one). My receiver has 5 HDMI inputs, beating this set by 2.
Sharp's support response sounded like BS to me. I returned this Sharp to Costco and bought the Panasonic 60" ST30 plasma model they were selling. The Panasonic has no problem taking images passed through my Onkyo AV receiver and there were no audio sync issues. The Panasonic also allows control of my Onkyo receiver power and volume (over HMDI) with the TV remote.
The Panasonic has a much better picture than this Sharp model. This Sharp produces motion blockiness on the edges of a moving object which I don't see on the Panasonic. The Panasonic was more than worth the 3 extra bills for feature improvement - better image quality, AV receiver control and input compatability, 3D, internet apps, many wifi networking features, 1 SDHC/2 USB flash memory input, etc.