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New 57-inch Aquos LC-57D90U
5-wavelength backlight
Contrast ratio: 1,500:1
Response time: 4 ms
1920x1080 resolution
Tuners: NTSC/ATSC/QAM/CableCard
Inputs: HDMI, DVI-I, i-Link/FireWire/IEEE 1394 (2), component (2)
Titanium finish; detachable bottom speakers
Available in March
MSRP: $16,000

New Aquos D90/D50 line (LC-45D90U, LC-37D90U, LC-32D50U)
(UPDATE 3/7/06: Sharp no longer plans to offer the 45D90U. Click here for details.)
4-wavelength backlight (45- and 37-inch only)
Contrast ratio: 1,200:1
Response time: 6 ms
1920x1080 resolution (45- and 37-inch); 1366x768 (32-inch)
Tuners: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
Inputs: HDMI (2), DVI-I, DTVLink/FireWire/IEEE 1394, component
Titanium finish
Detachable bottom speakers (45- and 37-inch); fixed bottom speakers (32-inch)
Available in May
MSRP: LC-45D90U $5,000; LC-37D90U $3,500; LC-32D50U $2,300

New Aquos D40 line (LC-45D40U, LC-37D40U, LC-32D40U, LC-26D40U)
Contrast ratio: 1,200:1
Response time: 6 ms
1366x768 resolution
Tuners: NTSC/ATSC/QAM
Inputs: HDMI (2), component (2)
Piano black finish; fixed bottom speakers
Available in March
MSRP: LC-45D40U $4,000; LC-37D40U $3,000; LC-32D40U $1,800; LC-26D40U $1,300

So are these the "Bravia XBR killers" we were hoping for?

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2006 full line Aquos brochure (PDF, 1.8 MB)

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Frequently Asked Questions (special thanks to Mike53)

Q: Why is CableCard not listed for sets 45 inches and smaller?
A: Sharp has dropped CableCard slots for sets 45 inches and smaller. A small percentage of owners use them, and with flat-panel manufacturers under heavy pressure to keep prices low, CableCard slots were an easy place to cut costs.

Q: Will the 1080p sets accept 1080p input?
A: The 37D90U accepts 1080p input via both HDMI and DVI for HTPC compatibility. (The 45D90U would have as well, but Sharp no longer plans to offer that model.) The 65-inch and 57-inch D90 sets do not, but only because they're based on last year's technology. Future 65- and 57-inch sets will accept 1080p input.

Q: Will these sets include Sharp's Color Management System (CMS)?
A: Only the 65- and 57-inch sets. Sets 45 inches and smaller have only basic picture controls. This is because Sharp has changed the processing from proprietary Sharp chipsets to Trident chipsets that do not allow for detailed color controls.

Q: Why no side-mounted speakers this year?
A: Sharp has found that more buyers prefer bottom-mounted speakers for an easier fit in armoires, built-in niches and other spaces with fixed horizontal dimensions.

Q: Are the stands removable to allow for wall mounting?
A: Yes, on all models.

Q: Why are the high-end models all titanium?
A: Sharp has found that more buyers see titanium as a "high-end" look.

Q: Do any of these sets offer picture-in-picture (PIP)?
A: No.

Q: What does "piano black finish" mean on the D40s?
A: The D40 series has a charcoal-gray case with a thick, gloss-black insert around the screen. Go here to see a photo.

Q: It's March. When will I find the D40s in stores?
A: The 45D40U and 37D40U have begun showing up in stores. The 32D40U is shipping later and may not be widely available until the beginning of April.

Q: There's a big gap between the 45-inch and 57-inch sets. Will Sharp offer a 52-inch 1080p set sometime in the future?
A: Mark your calendar for October 2006. :cool:
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4-wavelength backlight (45- and 37-inch only)
well thats a huge dissapointment

I am looking for a high quality 32" LCD, and not wanting a Sony (for good reasons)
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yeah not having the cable card seems like a bad idea, would exclude those sets from my consideration unfortunately.
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Hmm, with the D90 line, you say they have the DVI-I. Does that mean 1:1 pixel mapping and PC support?
I have a 9600XT card which will output 1920x1080 on VGA, so that should work fine on a VGA to PCI-A or I cable.. I hope. It might be hard to convince myself to pay $4,400 CDN after tax for a 37" though.
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The release says "DVI-I for PC compatibility" so I would think so ... maybe Mike from Sharp will pop in and speak specifically to the pixel mapping?
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yeah not having the cable card seems like a bad idea, would exclude those sets from my consideration unfortunately.
I'd find it extremely surprising if all those models had QAM but not CableCARD. Most likely it was an oversight or abbreviation.
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Dual HDMI and DVI, thats sexy.

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Hmmm... none of these have PIP or POP or any of that though, do they? If I'm going to sell my 2 - 22" crt monitors for the computer, PIP would really be nice.
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I'd find it extremely surprising if all those models had QAM but not CableCARD. Most likely it was an oversight or abbreviation.
I would agree - can anybody else offer any clarification on this? Assuming it is actually on the set, does anybody know if it's v1 or v2?
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Mike from Sharp has already said that both new 32-inch models will have no CableCard.

That leaves the 37-inch and 45-inch D90. Sharp typically mentions CableCard in announcements of sets that have it. But I guess we won't know for sure until we see the full specs (or Mike weighs in here).
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I cant wait to get my hands on one (the 37" D90), but first, I gotta find me a second job. :)

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Do you think theylle release the 37 inch LCd in both Styles? The speakers on the bottom look alot better.

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Darn. I was hoping for a piano black LC-45D90U with side speakers. The cheaper models get the piano black for some reason. :(
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I guess it would be pretty silly to buy one now after these announcements...I might as well wait till the summer.
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I guess it would be pretty silly to buy one now after these announcements...I might as well wait till the summer.
I'm with you. I was about to pull the trigger on a 45GD5U until I saw the CES announcements. Guess I'm waiting for the D90. Although the Piano Black is so much sexier.
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I'm with you. I was about to pull the trigger on a 45GD5U until I saw the CES announcements. Guess I'm waiting for the D90. Although the Piano Black is so much sexier.
I've got it and it is sweet - what's amazing is you think it would cause reflective issues but not so. During the day looks better than I'd imagined and at night it disappears to leave nothing but panel for viewing. My only wish list item is the 57" at a more affordable MSRP (Street$) ;)

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The press release speaks of "proprietary multi-pixel" tech.
Anybody know what thatbit of PR-ese refers to?
Anything meaningful or just puffery...?

The multi-wavelength backlights seem promising...
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What's with the huge MSRP difference between the 32inch and the 37inch? Yet the jump from 26 to 32 isn't that big. Greedy sharpy :mad:
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Maybe SED will wipe that greedy smile off their face.

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Are the specs for the 45D40U correct? It's implying that it'll have 1366x768 resolution. Or is it just an oversight. I would love to jump to 45" with the Piano Black finish, but if it's not 1920x1080, then I wouldn't spend that kind of money on it and jump up to the 90U or go with another brand.

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What's with the huge MSRP difference between the 32inch and the 37inch? Yet the jump from 26 to 32 isn't that big. Greedy sharpy :mad:
No different than their current line of tvs and with any other company. It's usually like $1,000 more when jumping up to the next bigger screen from a 32 inch
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Hmm, with the D90 line, you say they have the DVI-I. Does that mean 1:1 pixel mapping and PC support?

I have a 9600XT card which will output 1920x1080 on VGA, so that should work fine on a VGA to PCI-A or I cable.. I hope. It might be hard to convince myself to pay $4,400 CDN after tax for a 37" though.
Mike53 claims that the 37" and 45" will indeed be able to accept 1920x1080 from a PC over DVI-I. However, he has not confirmed whether it will be available via an analog signal, only digital.

Since past Sharps has a "dot-by-dot" mode, these new models should too. This will allow for a 1:1 pixel mapping at 1920x1080.
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Morn' folks....just returned from CES and there is a lot to share. No cablecards for 2006 except the 65 and 57. There is an installed base of 60,000 cablecards (against 1.6 mill sets with cablecard slots) in the entire US. Hardly a rousing endorsement. There are other things on the horizon and when there are standards written those will be utilized. Cable companies and electronic companies are traditional enemies and since the cable folks are "American" and the electronics companies are not, you can see the gap.

The D40 series is entirely 1366X768. This gives a reasonably priced 45" to go against the 40-42" 720 sets out there. This puts the D90 into a 1080P world. The 37" and 45" D90 series will accept a 1080P input through HDMI (X2) or DVI-I (X2). The current 65 and 57 will not accept 1080P input from PC. Future versions will.

Current feedback from dealers and some customers is that titanium is a high end finish but some want piano black as well. We might do that in the fall. For now, it's black for D40 series with fixed speakers and 720P versus titanium and 1080P with removable speakers except for the 32" Current configuration of all 2006 models is bottm or hidden speakers.

With the exception of 57 and 65 ALL PRICES ARE GOING DOWN!

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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Morn' folks....just returned from CES and there is a lot to share. No cablecards for 2006 except the 65 and 57. There is an installed base of 60,000 cablecards (against 1.6 mill sets with cablecard slots) in the entire US. Hardly a rousing endorsement. There are other things on the horizon and when there are standards written those will be utilized. Cable companies and electronic companies are traditional enemies and since the cable folks are "American" and the electronics companies are not, you can see the gap.
could you elaborate (as much as possible) on what exactly this means? will the 2006 45" models be able to support any of the "other" things on the horizon - perhaps through a service tech upgrade or something along those lines.

hd tivo will support cable card, which is what i'll be using w/ the tv when it is released later this year, but if/when i ever repurpose the tv to some other location, i'd be nice to still be able to avoid the cable box.
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With the exception of 57 and 65 ALL PRICES ARE GOING DOWN!
So, does this mean the D90 units will actually debut at lower prices than the just-announced MSRPs? :D If they show up with decent processing and don't look too fugly I may yet end up with a 37" Sharp in my exercise room. I'm sure you can't give us any actual pics, but do you know if the physical styling on the D90 units will be any different from the current bottom speaker mount units?


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The news from Mike53 is definitely good. If that new 37" will accept 1080p (in addition to the enhanced CR and response time) it will make the ultimate large PC monitor.

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When I was talking to the sharp guy at the booth at CES he told me that the 45" D90 would NOT be able to accept 1920x1080 over DVI. He said that it would have the same specs as the currently available 65" D90 which only accepts 1280x1024
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Can we get any clarification on this? If the panel can't accept 1080p over HDMI and DVI it's of no interest to me.

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Mike53,

Would you specify what type of deinterlacing the 1080p sets do (specifically the 37")? Do they bob or weave?

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santori,

Mike has stated multiple times that the 45 will take 1080p over DVI/HDMI. This is indeed good news if you wish to use an external scaler as most SD scalers on LCDs are less than steller.

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