Originally Posted by Roberyu
Okay, got the set. Initial impressions...
Cliff Notes: It's going back. Just wanted to get that out of the way.
The duobass is a total WAF death-blow right off the bat. That stupid MASSIVE HUMP in nearly the worst possible place in the back of the TV makes me think the Sharp engineers really wracked their brains on how to make this the worst wall-mount set EVAR! They succeeded in this stunningly successful realization of their dream.. Ultra-thin design that demands you mount the back of it 3" out from the wall no matter what mount you have, just like that vintage plasma your ancestors hung on their cave wall. Awesome. My wife, who is not tech-savvy, immediately picked up on it when mounted and said... Eewww. Out loud, really.
I had to rip the new wall-mount off the wall (You know, the nice articulating, yet low-profile that worked so well on this set's lower-line cousin Q+ that this set is replacing. I had to dig out my older wall-mount that held my 65" Panny Plasma to the wall. Could not even use the lower profile brackets, and had the bust out the tilt brackets so I had the clearance for that duobass hump of death. No bid deal, I swapped the mounts in minutes.
Duobass, sound. Not only is this a shockingly gangly contraption, it CANNOT be removed as its housing is molded into the overall back plastic panel of the set. It also manages to offer NOTHING to the sound, which is worse than the Sammy 56” 8-series flush-mounted on my office wall. This only serves to apply some passion to my hatred for the lump that shall forever be known as “Quasimodo”.
Picture Turned it on, went to THX settings, ran though some other settings as well, and the picture was stunning. Very nice, but I could already see the clouding, in my bright room. I’ve got other edge-lit screens, so I have no illusions about avoiding clouding, but this set has the WORST clouding in the lower-right 8th of the screen, and I can not run from it no matter the settings. When the room get’s dark there are no satisfactory setting than can be had, and I tried everything to bring it down. Letterbox… agh, run for the hills because you’ll have conflicting instincts on whether to gouge your eyes out with a spork, or send the nearest table lamp souring through set (with how far it was to be off the wall, you might have enough space for it to come out the other side). What a waste of a decent panel (housing, lighting).
Software. Welcome to last year, or worse. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to get Netflix to bitstream 5.1 though my Denon 4520ci. The Q+ was so easy, everything else I’ve tried is so easy, and I’m getting the sinking feeling that this set does not do it at all. You can clearly see the Netflix on the Q+ sets is a generation newer. Although the setup menus and system software is very similar to the Q+ sets, the Smart Central seems like not as new on this set.
4K content. Okay, I know there is nothing out yet except for some downloadable demos, and some Youtube content. It would not play ANY UHD content from the usb stick I used on Sony and Samsung sets in the store. One error message after another, such as resolution not supported etc. I’ll mess with it some more, but no bueno so far. Also, apparently no HVEC either, and no idea if it will ever come to this set via firmware update. Youtube looks okay, but the Q+ looks just about as good in detail, with far better blacks.
What a shame… Nice 4K panel in need of a better than bottom of the barrel lighting system, and decent enclosure, and decent software (to drive 4K content), and modern apps, and etc., etc. Nasty, rushed to market hardware/software,/lighting with a nice panel trapped inside waiting for rescue by real design engineers. I need to stop typing, and exercise this unsightly lump from my wall….NOW. Sorry Quasimodo, you just gotta godo.