My current TV, up until last week, had been the 65" Mitsubishi High Definition Rear Projection TV, model # WS-65813 Diamond Series. It was Mitsubishi's top of the line TV at the time and arguably one of the best performing HDTV's in 2004, (when I purchased it new), and it is still working like new today. I'm one of those people who didn't need a new TV, but wanted
a new, slim TV so I spent the past few months researching which one to buy. After spending countless hours on forums and reading endless reviews on different models and after viewing many of the contenders in person, I chose the Sharp Aquos LC-70LE735U and am so glad that I did.
Once I decided on which TV to buy the next decision was where to buy it from. Both Amazon & my local Best Buy Store were selling it for about the same price, which was more than I wanted to pay for it. Online searching located several other options for purchasing wherein I could save as much as $600.00 or more over Amazon & Best Buy's prices. However this savings comes with a trade off. At Amazon & Best Buy you can return the TV if you don't like it or there is a problem with it, but with the online stores you are stuck with it and your only options is having Sharp come out to fix any problem or replace the set if it is unfixable. There were no return options with the discounted online stores that I located.
After careful consideration I decided on an online store which was in the state next to mine. I knew that I was taking a chance, but asked myself that famous Clint Eastwood question from Dirty Harry...."Do you feel lucky!". I did so I took the chance and placed the order. I am happy to report that my TV arrived in perfect condition five days ago without so much as a mark on the box it came in. I don't know if it is because I am getting older or not, but I must say the TV felt heavier than the 99 pounds it is listed at.
Anyway, on the same day that I ordered the TV I had measured the height from the floor in my living room to where my face is located while sitting on the couch. I then used that measurement to calculate how high of a stand I would need so that my face would be perfectly centered in the screen of this TV during normal viewing. Based on those measurements I purchased a cabinet that stood exactly 17" high. When I put the TV on top it, using the stand that came with the TV, it lined up perfectly for my seated viewing position on the couch, with my eyes being dead center to the height of the screen. From the TV screen to my face is 10 feet and for me it seems like a perfect distance for both regular & 3D viewing of a TV of this size.
Moving on to the calibration of this new TV. During my research I also checked into all of the available calibration DVD's that were available for self calibration of a TV. I am aware that this is not as good as paying professional to do it, but for my purpose, it will suffice since my viweing preferences may not exactly match that of a hired calibrator. I decided to go with the new Disney WOW Calibration Disc in Blu-Ray. It is in stock & very reasonably priced at Amazon.com. Anyway I spent several hours with this disc and am so glad that I bought it. I can't say enough good things about it. It was easy to use and had a lot of powerful tools on it to assist in making your TV the best that it can be when doing the calibration yourself.
After I was all finished with the calibration I sat back & viewed the fruits of my labor while watching the "Experience" part of the Disney WOW Calibration Disc. For those of you who don't know, the Experience" part of the disc is a series of clips from different Disney movies that will really show off the picture details & colors of your new set. All I can say of OMG....I couldn't believe how fantastic this TV looked! I am so glad that I bought it over the other TV brands available. I have posted some still shots that I took of a few of the clips off the TV. As nice as the photos are, they do not do justice to how nice they look on the TV in person.
The next thing I tried out was the 3D capabilities. The TV did not come with any glasses so I bought 4 of them, (Sharp AN-3DG20-B), brand new, from a dealer on eBay for $86.00 each with free shipping. They arrived in perfect condition. They are lightweight and fit well over my prescription glasses. Since I don't own any 3D movies I used the On Demand feature of my Comcast Service and watched some of their free 3D content. All I can say again is OMG. The 3D is outstanding! I was blown away and so were a few friends who came over to check out the new TV.
Is this TV perfect....no. If you look for faults you will eventually find some minor ones on certain content, but this is true of all TV's. In my humble opinion is about as close to perfect as you can get with today's technology at this price point.
Maybe I'm just lucky & got an exceptionally good set I don't know. What I can say is that on the packaging that came with my TV, directly under the serial number there is this letter, printed exactly like this: -B-
I'm not sure it that means anything or not, but I can tell you that this TV came with the latest firmware already installed. When I tried to update it, I was told that there were no new updates available.
I am one VERY HAPPY 735 owner !
PS: Just before posting this review, I just finished watching the X-Factor on Comcast Cable and was just blown away by the sharpness, color depth, details & black levels displayed by this TV. It was in a word....AWESOME !