Picked up the 60" version of this set a couple weeks ago and I've been quite impressed so far.
I've read the cons here and on other sites and of all of them the only thing I really have an issue with is the crosstalk ghosting on extreme foreground and background objects in 3D... but from what I've read that's more "all LCD TVs" and some are better than others and some are worse but none are crosstalk free?
To better explain where I'm coming from, we watch a good variety of things via DirecTV, Xbox 360 and PS3. Lots of football, some HD DVDs and Blurays, tons of kids cartoons with a 3 year old too. This is for a media room/playroom and downstairs we still have a 46" Sony CCFL back lit 60Hz 1080p LCD TV. Also, I've calibrated this new Sharp set using the AVS Forum Calibration disc.
- Our room is fairly well controlled lighting but I am extremely picky about reflections. It pisses me off so much how just about every manufacturer out there makes mirrors that double as TVs. While this set is more reflective than my old Sony set it is way more diffuse than every major brand out there so from the get go if this TV fit my needs, had a decent sale, and produced a good picture it was going to be the winner. It would have had to be an awful performer for me to go with another brand's glossy screen instead. So, big points to Sharp for this because in our 13'x19' room with two windows (with pull down room darkening shades used most of the time), overhead ceiling fan dome light and a lamp it does extremely well.
- The picture is fantastic once I used the AVS Forum calibration disc. Skin tones, colors, sharpness and clarity are all as good as my 46" Sony which has always impressed me over most HDTVs I see at friends and family's houses and over cheap sets like the 37" Dynex we rarely use in the bedroom. Once out of torch mode with the settings I'll share below it really is easy on the eyes and very immersive and clear. Whites are nice without being clipped and dark detail is really good to my eye, doesn't seem like it's crushing shadows at all, even on all black jerseys for instance.
- The TV is nice and thin and the non-glossy bezel is not distracting at all. Not a super thin bezel unfortunately but it's not bad.
- Built in wifi is nice for having the TV check automatic firmware updates. The out of the box update I did went smoothly.
- Biggest issue I have like I mentioned already is the crosstalk ghosting of extreme foreground and background objects in 3D video, including most on screen graphics during sports which is kind of annoying. I'm really hoping a future firmware update can address this and that it isn't a limitation of the panel itself.
- Not thrilled it is active shutter. I really wanted to like a big Vizio or LG panel for passive glasses but going back to my biggest point, the Vizio and LG sets were all just too glossy.
- Audio - I do video switching through a receiver for surround so the TV doesn't get fed audio over the HDMI cable anyway.
- Internet apps - That's why I have a laptop.
Here are my settings to try, keep in mind my viewing habits listed above.
- Standard mode
- OPC: Off
- Backlight: 3
- Contrast: +31
- Brightness: -7 (Blacks were too gray at -3)
- Color: +6 (Not done with a tint filter, but really felt reds were too strong with a higher setting)
- Tint: +12 (see above about strong reds)
- Sharpness: +5
- Color Temp: Middle
- Motion Enhancement: 120Hz High (not sure why folks have a problem with this, I watch a lot of football and everything looks smooth to me)
- Active Contrast: OFF
- Gamma Adjustment: 0
- Film Mode: OFF
- DNR: Auto
In the end I'm impressed enough by the picture quality that it surprises me reading so many negative reviews. I guess the biggest complaint here is the backlight issue but I've really yet to catch that issue much, though the one thing we don't watch a lot of is darker scene movies so far.Edited by uscboy - 10/31/12 at 12:50pm