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9 Series
Quattron Quad Pixel Plus II
Local dimming
3D 240Hz
LC-60LE945U; LC-70LE945U
Available this Summer

8 Series
3D 240Hz
LC-60LE847U, $3,199; LC-70LE847U, $4,199; LC-80LE844U, $6,499
Available in April


7 Series
3D 120Hz
LC-60LE745U, $2,699; LC-70LE745U, $3,599
Available in March

5/6 Series
No 3D 120Hz
LC-52LE640U, $1,699; LC-60LE640U, $2,699; LC-70LE640U, $3,299
Available in March




SHARP® MAKES BIGGER, BETTER WITH A NEW LARGE-SCREEN LED TV LINE-UP,
SMART FEATURES AND ENHANCED PICTURE QUALITY

Innovative New Technologies Include SmartCentral™, AQUOS Advantage LIVE℠, Quad Pixel Plus II, Full-Array LED Backlighting with Local Dimming and Sharp's First Quattron™ 80-inch Class 3D LED TV


Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2012 – Introducing more than 20 large screen 60-inch plus class TVs, Sharp today announced its new line of AQUOS® LED TVs, featuring picture quality enhancements, advanced smart connectivity and new designs. Serving as its flagship model, Sharp unveiled the first 80-inch (80" diagonal) screen size class Quattron™ 3D LED TV, available in April 2012.

"As the number one market share leader in the large screen television market, we're excited to provide consumers with more choices, better designs and innovative features," said John Herrington, president of Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation. "It's clear that consumers are looking for the biggest television experience coupled with the highest picture quality possible, which is exactly what Sharp is delivering in 2012."

The New 2012 Line-Up
Sharp will expand upon its market-leading selection of large-screen LED TVs in 2012 by offering a wider array of choices to consumers, including more than 20 models in screen size classes of 60-inches or larger, many featuring 3D in 120Hz or 240Hz panel options. The AQUOS Quattron models will feature the new Quad Pixel Plus II technology. All Sharp AQUOS LED TVs meet or exceed ENERGY STAR® version 5.3 standards, drawing a relatively small amount of power for their screen sizes. The 80" class LC-80LE632U is the most energy-efficient flat-panel TV available today, as measured by power consumption per square inch. On average, it costs just $22 per year in electricity use to operate.

Taking the 80-inch Class to a New Dimension
In September 2011, Sharp launched the industry's largest LED TV with its 80-inch class LC-80LE632U, providing more than twice the screen area of a 55-inch TV. Today, Sharp is taking the 80-inch class TV to a new dimension with the launch of the new LC-80LE844U. Available in April, the full HD 1080p LC-80LE844U features a vivid 3D image, employing Sharp's Quattron technology with full array LED backlighting and a newly developed 240Hz AQUOS LCD panel to virtually eliminate blur during fast-moving video. The LC-80LE844U also boasts built-in WiFi, 4 HDMI® inputs and the new SmartCentral user interface.

Enhanced Picture Quality
Sharp is introducing Quad Pixel Plus II, the latest innovation for its exclusive Quattron technology. Quad Pixel Plus II, available on the 60-inch (60 1/32" diagonal) and 70-inch (69 ½" diagonal) classes Sharp AQUOS Quattron 8 and 9 series LED TVs, offers even greater detail, smoother lines and color transitions. Sharp is improving picture quality even more in the 9 Series with the introduction of full array LED backlighting with local dimming, which provides deep black levels and an optimal contrast ratio, while reducing energy consumption. Local dimming allows specific groups of LEDs to be dimmed for greater control of brightness and darkness in different areas of the screen for outstanding black levels.

Ownership Experience
AQUOS connected TV owners have access to AQUOS Advantage LIVE℠, Sharp's unique, complimentary customer support program. AQUOS Advantage Live allows trained advisors to remotely connect via the Internet to AQUOS TVs to assist with setup, troubleshooting and picture optimization. And with LIVE answer, Sharp's experts are available to customers through a dedicated line, 1-87-SEE-AQUOS, providing instantaneous, remote access to representatives. SmartCentral will be integrated in most of Sharp's new 2012 LED TVs, including the 6, 7, 8 and 9 Series.

The Smarter TV -- SmartCentral
The TV is the entertainment hub of the home with consumers demanding the ability to easily access more types of content directly from their TV. Sharp is answering this demand with SmartCentral, a newly designed easy to use, intuitive and customizable user interface. Select models give consumers the ability to search for content, browse the web and access many of the most popular applications, including Netflix®, Hulu™, Facebook®, CinemaNow® and YouTube™ among others. Users can customize their experience with personalized settings, including selecting favorite apps, and choosing from multiple wallpapers and with select models, two viewing formats – full screen or dock.

Another smart feature is Sharp AQUOS Beamzit™, a free media-sharing app that allows users to wirelessly send photos, music and video to a Sharp AQUOS Wi-Fi enabled television from their IOS® or Android™ smart phone or tablet.*

Sharp AQUOS Quattron 9 Series 3D LED TVs
Sharp's full HD 1080p 9 Series AQUOS Quattron 3D LED TVs in screen size classes of 60- and 70-inches (LC-60LE945U and LC-70LE945U) offer advanced LED technology with Sharp's brightest Full HD Active 3D panel. They incorporate Quattron Quad Pixel Plus II and full array LED backlighting with local dimming to improve picture quality and deliver a superior viewing experience. The 240Hz panel improves picture quality further by virtually eliminating blur and artifacts from fast-moving video.

The 9 Series features Sharp's new SmartCentral and built-in WiFi. With five HDMI® inputs, consumers will be able to connect a variety of devices – including computers, to Blu-ray Disc™ players, DVRs, camcorders, sound bar systems and video game consoles – directly to their TV.

Introduction: Summer

Sharp AQUOS Quattron 8 Series 3D LED TVs
Sharp's 8 Series AQUOS Quattron 3D LED TVs in screen size classes of 60-, 70- and 80-inches (LC-60LE847U, LC-70LE847U and LC-80LE844U) offer a sleeker look with a newly designed ultra-slim bezel with a black brushed aluminum finish. The 80-inch class model features full array LED, and the 60- and 70-inch class models are edge-lit LED, all with Quattron Quad Pixel Plus II technology and 240Hz.

Like the 9 Series, the 8 series offers full HD 1080p with built-in WiFi and SmartCentral. The 8 Series includes four HDMI inputs.

Introduction: April
MSRP: LC-60LE847U, $3,199; LC-70LE847U, $4,199; LC-80LE844U, $6,499

Sharp AQUOS 7 Series 3D LED TVs
Sharp's new 7 Series AQUOS 3D TVs models in screen size classes of 60- and 70-inches (LC-60LE745U and LC-70LE745U) also feature a newly designed ultra-slim bezel design with a rich black-brushed aluminum finish. These Full HD Active 3D edge-lit LED TVs feature Sharp's high-performance AQUOS LCD Panel, full HD 1080p and 120Hz refresh rate. The 7 Series also features built-in WiFi, SmartCentral and four HDMI inputs.

Introduction: March
MSRP: LC-60LE745U, $2,699; LC-70LE745U, $3,599

Sharp AQUOS 6/5 Series LED TVs
Sharp's 6/5 series comprises five different models in screen size classes of 42-, 46-, 52-, 60- and 70-inches (LC-42LE540U, LC-46LE540U, LC-52LE640U, LC-60LE640U, LC-70LE640U) and includes a high-performance AQUOS LCD Panel, edge lit LED backlighting, 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced, and a new narrow bezel design. Like other Sharp series, these models offer built-in WiFi and access to Sharp's newly designed SmartCentral user interface (docking layout), access to the most popular apps and AQUOS Advantage Live (LE640 Series only). Four HDMI inputs offer multiple ports to connect to your favorite devices.

Introduction: LE640 February; LE540 March
MSRP: LC-52LE640U, $1,699; LC-60LE640U, $2,699; LC-70LE640U, $3,299
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The new 80", though not local dimming (sob) *is* described as coming from a new 240 panel. Is it fair to assume this is actually a 240 native panel, as opposed to the processing derived 240 mode of the 2011 735 series?

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2012 new model 70" LE640 and 70" LE745 price difference only $300,

right now 70" LE632 and 70" LE735 price is difference $800-$1000

no 90" models

interesting
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The new 80", though not local dimming (sob) *is* described as coming from a new 240 panel. Is it fair to assume this is actually a 240 native panel, as opposed to the processing derived 240 mode of the 2011 735 series?

I'm thinking 80LE844U could replace my Sony R70XBR2 becoming greener (and I don't mean energy efficient) everyday. If the size is same as the current 80 model it should fit in my cabinet perfectly.
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I just bought my 70" 734 and it absolutely kicks ass, calibrated.
Bought it over a 65" Panny VT, if you can believe it.

I can't imagine these things getting better - should be some great sets.
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Will Elite models come in a separate announcement?
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I hope the 2011 models get smart central!!!

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Will Elite models come in a separate announcement?

They were never promo'd last year and didn't debut until fall 2011. I suspect they don't want Elite having to compete with a future event 9-10 months away and besides we're also likely to have separate announcements for Apple TV later this month since Apple purchased a portion of the Saiki plant to dedicate to their new Line.

A number of Sharp models were never publicized in CES 2011 until they were brought to market and were ID'd about a month in advance.

Sharp appears will dominate the large panel market easily since Sony now has nothing bigger than 55" for 2012 and I've seen no one bringing forward anything to compete with Sharps 70/80" panels. OLED may wind up fantastic but you do notice they are hiding the MSRP for obvious reasons.

I'll likely add the 80" 3D when I finsh my basement HT area in the spring.

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So what happened to the 90" Sharp ????

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Well see what happens tomorrow at CES Then we will have to wait to see what actually shows up In the past 2 years LG, Samsung, and Vizio have been trying to bring out a 70" + set and it has not happened........
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Well see what happens tomorrow at CES Then we will have to wait to see what actually shows up In the past 2 years LG, Samsung, and Vizio have been trying to bring out a 70" + set and it has not happened........

Have you heard anything from your rep regarding a 80" local dim model? I know Sharp actually doesn't announce many of their top models at CES so I'm still hoping there will be a local dim 80 this year.
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[ grumble]

Summer.

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There is no difference in HDMI cables. If you can see the picture without visible dropouts or sparklies, the cable is working at 100%. No other cable will display a better version of that picture. You're simply wrong if you think there is a better digital cable than one that is already working.
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So what happened to the 90" Sharp ????
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The 90" could be virtual strategic deterrent against those who try encroach on the exclusive strategic 70"+ Sharp territory . Though it can materialize if others will still be making noise about their monster sets. Anyway, considering bleak offerings from Sony, Samsung and plenty of LG vapor, Sharp is The No.1 sovereign high-end ruler. Still in the wings might be 2012 Elite sets. If so then Sharp will degrade others to a ghetto of bloody fighting cheapy brands.

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I'm very happy with the announcements from Panasonic and Sharp this year. Even sharp's design looks improved. If I end up replacing my TV this year, it's probably going to come down between and 60" LE945 or a 60" ST or GT50...decisions, decisions...

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Sharp will be hard pressed to make me want to upgrade my 70le732. Still quite happy with my purchase last summer.

A 90" model might do it, but I can't imagine it will be cost effective.

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Sharp will be hard pressed to make me want to upgrade my 70le732. Still quite happy with my purchase last summer.

A 90" model might do it, but I can't imagine it will be cost effective.

I was still happy with my 70" Sharp untill I went into my local BB and saw the 70 incher and the 80 incher sitting right next to each other.

The 80" Sharp truely does dwarf the 70 incher (in my opinion),,,,, I currently have a buyer for my 70 incher so we can see were this is going to end up going for me

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CES starts tomorrow I am here in Vegas now holding the fort down LOL.

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I was still happy with my 70" Sharp untill I went into my local BB and saw the 70 incher and the 80 incher sitting right next to each other.

The 80" Sharp truely does dwarf the 70 incher (in my opinion),,,,, I currently have a buyer for my 70 incher so we can see were this is going to end up going for me

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I still like my 732 as well, but it now sits in my living room. The 80 took it's place in the mancave. Your're right, the 80 dwarfs the 70 as incredible as that may sound.
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I'm curious how far you guys sit from your 70" and 80". Those are just HUGE. I just ordered a 55HX929 and while waiting for them to have it in stock again, still think it might be a bit big at 9feet.

I mean, on a 80" or 70" at less than 10feet, you are bound to start noticing the pixel right?

I am a bit suprised, well maybe not that much, that Sharp are only doing 52" and 46" size on their lower end model.
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I sit about 10 ft away from the 80. I sat the same distance with the 70. When I bought the 80 I thought I would have to move my couch back, but found there was no need to. I was a little suprised to find out that Sharp recommends 10 ft.
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I was worried about viewing distance a little bit, but realized at 12 ft., I shoulda went with the 80 vs the 70 I just bought, LOL. I kinda knew in the back of my mind, but something tells me the wife would have a problem with an 80 incher in our living room. It's fine, because the next one will be 80+ If I jumped to 80 right from a 61" that I had, there'd be no ammunition to upgrade next time.

That said, this 734 is still making me grin ear to ear after 3 weeks - that's not easy for a tv to do. Out of the box, I was horrified and even in the store I was not as impressed - once you dial in these things, they are truly amazing. I'm a believer. And yes, size is king.
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...on a 80" or 70" at less than 10feet, you are bound to start noticing the pixel right?...

The latest TVs are getting better at hiding the boundary between pixels with various refinements to panel design. A few years ago that would have been more of a problem than now.

For most people, the issue with viewing a large screen close up is two-fold. 1) the immersion effect, whereby your eyes have to continually move back and forth and b) signal limitations on SD material, poor quality HD and old historical material never originally made in HD.

What you prefer depends entirely on your tastes and your choice of viewing material. Personally, I prefer to watch TV rather be immersed in it, and I like historical documentaries, so I like to sit at least twice the screen diagonal from the image.
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I'm curious how far you guys sit from your 70" and 80". Those are just HUGE. I just ordered a 55HX929 and while waiting for them to have it in stock again, still think it might be a bit big at 9feet.

I mean, on a 80" or 70" at less than 10feet, you are bound to start noticing the pixel right?

I am a bit suprised, well maybe not that much, that Sharp are only doing 52" and 46" size on their lower end model.

I know you might not believe this or want to hear this but that 55" picture is going to shrink really really really FAST,,,,, you really need to think about that small of a screen size, buyers remorse a few months down the road after your 55" screen size shrinks is not going to be fun.

Im 9 feet from my 70" and have no problem at all,,, just love for the huge killer picture !!!

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I sit about 10 ft away from the 80. I sat the same distance with the 70. When I bought the 80 I thought I would have to move my couch back, but found there was no need to. I was a little suprised to find out that Sharp recommends 10 ft.

Agreed,,, the 70 incher looks great at 10 feet or 9 feet in my case,,,, I plan on staying at 9 feet when I get my 80 incher.

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I know you might not believe this or want to hear this but that 55" picture is going to shrink really really really FAST,,,,, you really need to think about that small of a screen size, buyers remorse a few months down the road after your 55" screen size shrinks is not going to be fun.

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I'm currently using a 32" at the same distance, I think the 55" won't shrink "this" fast
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so I like to sit at least twice the screen diagonal from the image.

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Nice to read a nice sensible post around here. I remember when I first got my 46" I felt I could have gone bigger but as time went on I became unhappy with my 46" at ~7.5' until I re-arranged things to accommodate a distance of ~9'. At ~7' the reaction from most of my guests was wow that's a huge TV. Sitting at that distance to a 55+" is on a whole other level. Personally I like to watch TV and not feel like I am sitting in the front row of a movie theater.
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I was worried about viewing distance a little bit, but realized at 12 ft., I shoulda went with the 80 vs the 70 I just bought, LOL. I kinda knew in the back of my mind, but something tells me the wife would have a problem with an 80 incher in our living room. It's fine, because the next one will be 80+ If I jumped to 80 right from a 61" that I had, there'd be no ammunition to upgrade next time.

That said, this 734 is still making me grin ear to ear after 3 weeks - that's not easy for a tv to do. Out of the box, I was horrified and even in the store I was not as impressed - once you dial in these things, they are truly amazing. I'm a believer. And yes, size is king.

I feel the same way about the 70" 733. I would like to go bigger though, and that 80" would be just about perfect in my living room. I'm not a big fan of 3D, but I was thinking about getting the 80" 844 model to have that aluminum bezel, it looks so much better than the standard plastic.
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I'm currently using a 32" at the same distance, I think the 55" won't shrink "this" fast

Prepare to be shocked. They shrink in mere hours.


I agree that the 80 inch dwarfs the 70 inch, but I don't think that it is worth the price jump. If a tv doesn't have a size to pq to cost ratio that I agree with, I wont buy it.

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Originally Posted by Guibs View Post

I'm currently using a 32" at the same distance, I think the 55" won't shrink "this" fast

Ahhhh,,,, well a jump from a 32" set to a 55'er will be a very welcome upgrade,,, and if you have been ok with a 32 incher for this long in this day and age perhaps your one of the lucky ones that dont suffer from the screen size shrinkage curse that some of us suffer from,,,, lucky you

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