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post #1291 of 1527
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Originally Posted by CajunCanuck View Post


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1) This utilizes a 400x400 VESA mount. If your stand supports 400x400 your all set

2) I have my Pioneer VSX-920 plugged into 5 via HDMI.

3) I'm not sure what "call for different settings" means......resolution? color settings?

I would think that when I use my gaming systems, I would have different settings than watching tv and movies, no? I won't have that option if everything is going into the same input.
post #1292 of 1527
I have been having an issue with this tv and my harmony 880 remote. Every time I turn on the system the input will not change properly until I hit the HELP button. Once I hit that the TV does go to the proper input. Any ideas?
post #1293 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Hey Now View Post

I have been having an issue with this tv and my harmony 880 remote. Every time I turn on the system the input will not change properly until I hit the HELP button. Once I hit that the TV does go to the proper input. Any ideas?

I had to add a delay to my harmony, the Sharp just takes a bit too long to turn on for the Harmony's default settings.
post #1294 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Briant73 View Post

I had to add a delay to my harmony, the Sharp just takes a bit too long to turn on for the Harmony's default settings.

Ok great. Didn't even know you could add a delay. Can I assume its pretty easy to do if you look for it?
post #1295 of 1527
For those who own this set, are the speakers "good enough" for typical tv viewing (knowing that sports and movies will use the HT)? Most flat-panels have poor sound (compared to RPTV and CRT)...just want to determine if this is comparable or much worse to other flat-panels.
post #1296 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Krithren View Post

You won't need to be concerned with the optical out on your PS3 or cable box. The audio will be sent to the TV via the HDMI cables.

The optical out on the TV will connect to your soundbar.

The TV will basically function as an audio switch sending the audio from the source you are using to the soundbar.

Take a look at the manual, it does pretty good job describing the setup you want to use on pages 12-14.

Correct. We have a plasma in the family room that 'idiot proof' (no offense) and I run HDMI from all of the devices into the TV. Then I run one optical connection to the soundbar. Regardless of what's watched or played on the TV the soundbar handles all of the audio duties. Works like a charm. Wife and daughter can run that TV with no problems and it doesn't sound half bad.
post #1297 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Taxman71 View Post

For those who own this set, are the speakers "good enough" for typical tv viewing (knowing that sports and movies will use the HT)? Most flat-panels have poor sound (compared to RPTV and CRT)...just want to determine if this is comparable or much worse to other flat-panels.

I think the speakers are fine for typical viewing. I find I use them for casual viewing quite a bit.

Are they as good as a good surround system? Of course not, but they are no where near as bad as some portray them to be.
post #1298 of 1527
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Originally Posted by NoPlasmaYet View Post

I think the speakers are fine for typical viewing. I find I use them for casual viewing quite a bit.

Are they as good as a good surround system? Of course not, but they are no where near as bad as some portray them to be.

Thanks for your help. Since I would be placing the tv on its stand on an open wall unit, that may help the sound bounce back a little better than a wall mount.
post #1299 of 1527
hey guys i just got mine delivered today and just set it up and of course i have some questions so please help me out.

1. How do i get the tv into "dot by dot" mode? i dont see it there, only stretch, zoom, etc.

2. How come some HD channels are automatically full screen but then some are cut in half with the side bars? I went from Sportscenter HD full screen over to MTV HD which then was cut in half automatically, then a Pizza Hut commercial came on the MTV channel and it popped up as full screen, whats up with that? On my cable box Sportscenter showed 720p but then MTV showed 1080i.

3. I thought all current programming from all HD channels can only get to 720p max, is this true? If I can get them all in 1080i then how come SPortscenter comes up 720p on my cable box?
post #1300 of 1527
ok, i did find "dot by dot" but why does it show a white static looking line at the top of the screen? o yea i still need some answers to my previous post if you dont mind
post #1301 of 1527
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Originally Posted by rocco1005 View Post

hey guys i just got mine delivered today and just set it up and of course i have some questions so please help me out.

1. How do i get the tv into "dot by dot" mode? i dont see it there, only stretch, zoom, etc.

2. How come some HD channels are automatically full screen but then some are cut in half with the side bars? I went from Sportscenter HD full screen over to MTV HD which then was cut in half automatically, then a Pizza Hut commercial came on the MTV channel and it popped up as full screen, whats up with that? On my cable box Sportscenter showed 720p but then MTV showed 1080i.

3. I thought all current programming from all HD channels can only get to 720p max, is this true? If I can get them all in 1080i then how come SPortscenter comes up 720p on my cable box?

Each channel determines how their picture is sent to you and in what resolution. You are still getting what the box says you are for resolution, but for instance mtv programming frames the picture. 4:3 programming will have side bars on some stations, others will crop it to wide screen. It is all determined by the network.

I kind of answered number 3, but no 720p is not the max. cable companies go up to 1080i, satellites can do 1080p but the bit rate is low, so it doesn't look like a bluray that has a high bit rate, the resolution that is sent, is determined, once again, by the network, so espn sends their signal in 720p while mtv sends theirs in 1080i.
post #1302 of 1527
I just pulled the trigger on this Sharp this morning (best deal on Amazon I have ever seen on this set). Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. Can't wait to calibrate.
post #1303 of 1527
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Originally Posted by boothmaster View Post

Each channel determines how their picture is sent to you and in what resolution. You are still getting what the box says you are for resolution, but for instance mtv programming frames the picture. 4:3 programming will have side bars on some stations, others will crop it to wide screen. It is all determined by the network.

I kind of answered number 3, but no 720p is not the max. cable companies go up to 1080i, satellites can do 1080p but the bit rate is low, so it doesn't look like a bluray that has a high bit rate, the resolution that is sent, is determined, once again, by the network, so espn sends their signal in 720p while mtv sends theirs in 1080i.

ok thanks, so even though mtv is the best resolution, ive got to deal with the stupid sidebars. But you know it was weird, my wife was watching jersey shore and the whole show had side bars but then the next show that came on(not jersey shore) was full screen, so i guess even though the network has the capabilities to do 16:9 in HD,they still might film different shows in different formats for some reason.

Also, when im in Dot by Dot and the picture scales down to 4:3 there is a white static line at the top of the screen, at 16:9 it goes away, i have read some people have this as well, any idea why dot by dot does this?
post #1304 of 1527
every show/ program/broadcaster has different production values . some just cheap out & that's where U see the bars
unless U want to zoom or stretch things ( not advised ) you will get used to it ..
everyone who gets a New to them HD TV thinks that everything will be full screen HD it's not soo ..

it's the old I PAID for a big screen now I want it all the time .. line
post #1305 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

every show/ program/broadcaster has different production values . some just cheap out & that's where U see the bars
unless U want to zoom or stretch things ( not advised ) you will get used to it ..
everyone who gets a New to them HD TV thinks that everything will be full screen HD it's not soo ..

it's the old I PAID for a big screen now I want it all the time .. line

true
post #1306 of 1527
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Originally Posted by rocco1005 View Post

ok, i did find "dot by dot" but why does it show a white static looking line at the top of the screen? o yea i still need some answers to my previous post if you dont mind

There is some info earlier in this thread that states that the white line at the top has to do with the Closed Captioning information that the cable company adds to the signal. I don't experience it as I stream all content. Take a look through the thread and see what others say about it.

Thanks,
post #1307 of 1527
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Originally Posted by rocco1005 View Post

ok, i did find "dot by dot" but why does it show a white static looking line at the top of the screen? o yea i still need some answers to my previous post if you dont mind

When the "View Mode" is in "dot by dot" this can happen. Check page 20 in the manual. You can get rid of the line by going to "strech" mode.

I see it happens on some channels, but not very often. Apparently the broadcast signal isn't "centered" properly, by going to "strech" mode you cover up this problem.
post #1308 of 1527
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Originally Posted by NoPlasmaYet View Post

When the "View Mode" is in "dot by dot" this can happen. Check page 20 in the manual. You can get rid of the line by going to "strech" mode.

I see it happens on some channels, but not very often. Apparently the broadcast signal isn't "centered" properly, by going to "strech" mode you cover up this problem.

back to poor production values agin this only happens on off channels OR when broadcasters /producers / providers are using old values to produce the video
this also happen on older shows as back then they used this a source / track ( CC for example ) for code as a CRT display did not show the whole image
Dot by dot will give your best PQ hands down ..
yeah I know that white line looks bad & is distracting but tell Ya after 6 months you will not even be bothered by it @ all
it's not the Display , You can strech , zoom,scale it away but on a real HD broadcast the PQ will suffer if you don't have the Display set to Dot By Dot .
post #1309 of 1527
My TV came yesterday and I have everything hooked up. All I can say is WOW. I had a Panasonic 50" 720p Plasma previously and was skeptical getting an LCD. My PS3 and Xbox 360 definitely look better and I only have 1 BluRay which was one of the Harry Potter's and it looks amazing and never knew that's what a BluRay was supposed to look like because it never looked that good on my Panny. Anyone on the fence, dive right in for this baby.
post #1310 of 1527
does anyone leave the fine motion enhanced on 240hz all the time? I mean if im watching different channels i dont really want to have to mess with it, shouldnt you just leave it on full blast all the time to deal with the sports channels especially?
post #1311 of 1527
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Originally Posted by homerhd View Post

Thanks for the feedback. From your experience, what's the best way to spot a dead pixel? On a dark screen or a light screen. What does a dead pixel look like? Does it stay dark or stuck on a certain color? Sorry for all the questions, I just want to be prepared. Thanks!


RE: What's the best way to spot a dead pixel?


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Google for "Dead Pixel Buddy", it's a (FREE) app that allows you to cycle thru the various colors. (Blue, Green, Red, Yeloow, White, Black )

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What does a dead pixel look like? Does it stay dark or stuck on a certain color?

While color or your choice is displayed- Check for non-conforming pixels. A stuck, or dead pixel will be a *different color than chosen color-
(*Unless is is stuck on Blue for example while Blue is the color being displayed. Ditto for other colors..)

PS: For those brave enough supposedly- This app can also be used to "massage" a dead/stuck pixel back into working order.

(People have reported applying local pressure to stuck pixel sometimes un-sticks it... YMMV)


1: Google for a (free) Windows app called "Dead Pixel Buddy" (or app or your choice)
2: Extract from archive, Scan for virus. (duh)
(FYI: Dead Pixel Buddy IIRC is a "stand-alone-app". It does not require a install -nor is it full of spyware/nagware, etc)
3: Connect PC (Mac? if you can run a Windows app) to HDTV display.
4: Set output of PC/laptop/Mac? to match native resolution of HDTV panel.
(On most laptops- you select the HDTV as the PRIMARY display to be able to run at HDTV's native resolution.)

5: Run Dead Pixel Buddy- and check display for stuck /dead pixels.


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post #1312 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Taxman71 View Post

I just pulled the trigger on this Sharp this morning (best deal on Amazon I have ever seen on this set). Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. Can't wait to calibrate.

Q: How much?- and from what vendor?
Free Shipping?
post #1313 of 1527
Vann's, always free shipping. Nine left as of right now.
post #1314 of 1527
that's a great deal ,that's what i paid for mine thru Dell

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/ca...0C211412E.web1
post #1315 of 1527
Q: I've read somewhere???? That the SHARP sets are the ONLY sets on the market that have replaceable lamps (CCFL BACKLIGHT)

(One post I think mentioned the CCFLS being *user" replaceable, If so that is a major selling point for those that are not fans of the "Throw-away" a perfectly good device for what should be a minor repair!


*Due to liability issues- I seriously doubt the CCFL's are "user" replaceable due to the voltages involved unless access panels have a micro-switch that cuts power to CCFL inverter circuit)

Can anyone confirm the backlight CCFL's are replaceable and obtainable?


Related=

Q: What is the *half-life of CCFL's as of 2011? - (All the info I've found on the net is from 5-10 years ago)

*Half-life of CCFL is the point at which the lamps are at 50% output and the display can NO longer be properly lighted- At that point from what I've read the unit is A: Not usable (Too Dim), and B: Considered not economically feasible to repair - unless replacement CCFL's can be: A: Sourced at a reasonable price, and B: They are easy to replace.

Another way to say the above is the set's projected lifespan, while the LCD panel itself may be functional IS the rated lifespan of the CCFL's.

Q: Anyone have a part number /price for the CCFL lamps?

(Part numbers for lamps if they are a separate item should be listed in the parts breakdown section of the SERVICE MANUAL.)





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post #1316 of 1527
Q: Has anyone obtained a SERVICE MANUAL for the Sharp Aquos LC-60E88UN series?

Q: What is the procedure to enter the SERVICE MENU on these units?

Q: How is SHARP on updating the firmware?
Has there been a revision or two already- Or do they drag their feet /never issue firmware updates?

Q: Is the Aquos LC-60E88UN built upon a chassis with a *track record of any length of time- OR was it pretty much a totally "new" design?

*Yes I know that is a loaded question as most sets on market only have a 1-year production run... My thought process is:

A *Maybe* (And that's a big maybe) the LC-60E88UN chassis (internal boards) have been used for a year or two prior in prior generations /revisions EG: V0,V1,V2,V3, V4.

And:
B: The LC-60E88UN (V4) as it's probably the LAST of the SHARP CCFLS based sets would give good service /be less problematic than a 1st gen version of a comparable LED based set.


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post #1317 of 1527
No idea @ all & I would also like to know the lamp part#
post #1318 of 1527
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Originally Posted by WeAreNotAlone69 View Post


Q: What is the procedure to enter the SERVICE MENU on these units?


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PROCEDURE TO ENTER Sharp Aquos LC-60E88UN SERVICE MENU

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post18745834


1) Unplug the TV
2) Hold down the "Input" button and the "Vol Down" button at the same time(On the TV, not the remote). While the buttons are being held down plug the TV back in. Hold the buttons until you see a "K" on the screen.
3) Now press both the "Channel Down" button and "Volume Down" button at the same time(On TV, not remote). You should then get a service menu.

To EXIT the SERVICE MENU- Power OFF the set.

TO RESET THE SET (FLASHING POWER LIGHT indicating a fault has occured /SET will not turn on.)


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Originally Posted by superhac View Post

Well I had my first problem at day four. I came home from work and went to power everything up(TV, receiver, computer) and the TV flashed the computer screen and then turned itself off. I then pressed the remote power and it did the same thing. So then I unplugged the TV and waited a few minutes. When I plugged it back in I got the dreaded power light flashing once a second. The TV then refused to turn back on. I repeated trying this over and over and still would only get the flashing power light.

I then proceed to call Sharp and the tech support walked me through a reset which is documented below.

1) Unplug the TV
2) Hold down the "Input" button and the "Vol Down" button at the same time(On the TV, not the remote). While the buttons are being held down plug the TV back in. Hold the buttons until you see a "K" on the screen.
3) Now press both the "Channel Down" button and "Volume Down" button at the same time(On TV, not remote). You should then get a service menu.
4) Get the remote and press the down arrow button. It should select an option called something init. Press right arrow. Now you should see a three "off" labels. Where one is now changed to "On". Press enter on the remote and it will flash some stuff on the screen. It will end with a blue screen saying software version numbers. If there are errors they will show here. e.g like a lamp error. I had no errors.
5) At this point turn off the TV and turn it back on. It should be reset now.

We went through this procedure and I still ended up with the power light flashing and being unable to turn the TV on. Even though the TV worked in the service mode. At this point he informed me of the bad news. They had to send someone to my house for service. So we scheduled the service and call.

Now after I was done with Sharp on the phone, I still could not believe that the TV would work in service mode, but would not work normally. So I went back down stairs and went through the reset procedure again. This time though instead of unplugging the TV after the reset I just pressed the power button to turn it off. I then waited a minute and turned it back on and it worked. No more flashing power light. Then I unplugged it, waited 5 minutes, and plugged it back in and it still worked. So far its still working(tried again this morning).

I tried getting some answers from Sharp on the what it means when the power light flashing and TV won't turn on but he didn't give me a definitive answer. He ask if we had any electrical surges, or storms. We didn't have any storms or power issues yesterday. So it leads me to believe its some sort of power supply issue???

Now that its working, I am going to wait two days and if its still working I'm going to cancel the service call. I just don't want to cancel everything, and then it locks up again. Forcing me to go through entire support call again.

I do want to point out one more thing that may have triggered this. At the time everything was powering up I was in the TV's menu system(TV always comes on before the computer). Specifically I had turned "on" OPC. At about the same same the computer was going from the windows boot screen to the login. At which time the resolution changes. I don't know if this triggered this, but I though I would point this out. This may have been some freak condition causing this to occur, but had nothing to do with a power issue.

I'll keep you posted.
post #1319 of 1527
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Originally Posted by Hey Now View Post

Ok great. Didn't even know you could add a delay. Can I assume its pretty easy to do if you look for it?

I believe it's found under troubleshooting in the harmony configurator or if you want just contact harmony support and they will do it for you if still in the warranty period.
post #1320 of 1527
Guys, I just joined this forum and followed it from the beginning to the end. The tip on checking out Dell was solid as well. I ordered mine for $1449 with free shipping! I was also a bit of a sucker and bought the additional 2 year warranty & service plan for an additional $189. The recent threads asking about the bulb replacement scared me.
Thanks for the great tips.
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