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post #31 of 431
^wow, no shooting me eh? I got to try this when I get home.
post #32 of 431
The US Govt requires a digital OTA (Off The Air) tuner on all sets 36" and above as of July 1, 2005. The other deadline moves up to March 2006. ATSC is off air only. That is all that is required to pass govt regulations as regards to HD sets. If you make a monitor only with no tuners of any kind, it is exempt. The cable tuners (POD, QAM, CableCard) are extras that the US Govt didn't even think about. Considering that somewhere north of 75% gets their TV signals off cable, I'd say they missed the boat. By the way the requirement is for the TV manufacturers. The TV stations to date have no set hard date to give the analog spectrum back which Bill Clinton put in the budget when he was Prez. There is a loose rule that says when the area in which a TV station operates reaches 85% DTV penetration they can turn the analog off.

Maybe on the D5 we are being too smart. The spec says it has Digital cable ready with cablecard slot. We are assuming that you would know it has the other lesser tuners in addition to the fancy ones. Here's the quote from the website:

Digital Cable Ready with CableCARDâ„¢ Slot

enables an easy connection to HDTV channels on compatible cable TV systems without the need for a separate set-top box.

On the page of detailed specs it refers to the Analog/Digital tuners.
post #33 of 431
I'm looking at the 37" Sharp models, but which of them has removable speakers? Also, why doesn't Sharp's site have the 37GB5U listed?

Mike, so we should expect two more 37s in August? If so, any idea about removable speakers and bezel color? If you have MSRP, that'd also be appreciative. Thanks in advance.
post #34 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by iBleedGarnet
I'm looking at the 37" Sharp models, but which of them has removable speakers? Also, why doesn't Sharp's site have the 37GB5U listed?

Mike, so we should expect two more 37s in August? If so, any idea about removable speakers and bezel color? If you have MSRP, that'd also be appreciative. Thanks in advance.
It's there:
http://www.sharpusa.com/products/Mod...8,1506,00.html
In September we will deliver new models, the LC26/32/37D4 - in black with non-removable side speakers and the LC26/32/37D6 - in titanium with bottom removable speakers. MSRP are due to be lower than current but not decided yet.
post #35 of 431
Mike,
I'm new to the postings but I have a question regarding the new models you have mentioned. I'm looking at getting a 37" model (currently the D5U or the GB5u models). I was wondering if the new D4U or D6U have significant upgrades to warrant waiting for them. Will these have the new backlight with the Crimson wavelength added? Will 1080P be on these. If not when can these upgrades be expected. Thanks.
post #36 of 431
Sportsnut, looks like you and I are in the same boat, as I'm currently looking at the two you mentioned. They're almost at the right price point for me. Isn't the 37d7U the latest model? If so, any reason why it isn't cheaper than the d5U or GB5U models?

I think I'll likely wait for the new August models, and they'll hoefully be for sale just in time for football season. I'd really like to see the pics. As soon as they become available, of course. :)
post #37 of 431
I have the 37GB5U and on the Sharp website it claims to have a "Digital ATSC Terrestrial Decoder" which "receives off-air HDTV broadcasts without a separate set-top box". I can't verify this actually works since there are no digital OTA broadcasts here (I use satellite). It doesn't have the cable-card.

Bob
post #38 of 431
Thread Starter 
Mike

Thanks for you inputs. I'm about to make my decision on the 26" but wonder if the new models (September) will have any major improvements in terms of picture quality. Do you know if the dimensions will be the same?

Thanks again

sergio
post #39 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZZen
Does the current model 37GB5U stand swivel? If not then how, much $ could that have really saved considering Sharp could have just continued to use the same stand as before (G4U etc)?
bump for Mike53
post #40 of 431
Let me see if I can capture all the questions.....

The panels in the upcoming models are the same as existing models. The crimson wavelength you are referring to is due in 1080P panels next year I believe. I hear the same rumors you do. I know they are speaking of a hybrid backlight system for 2006. I presume that is what they are talking about.

Differences in the 26/32/37D4/6 over the current D5/7 are more of an absence of features than additions. The new series will lose DVI but retain miniD-Sub connection, TV Guide EPG will also be absent. All this is done to reduce retail pricing. The new panels do have a better response time by droping to 12ms from 16ms. In some cases the drops are significant (over $1000). Without getting myself in trouble, that's about as much as I can tell you.

Dimensions should be very similar. I am trying to verify if the stands tilt and swivel but my understanding is that they do not (other than the 45").
post #41 of 431
Mike -

Is it safe to assume that the new sets will have an HDMI input?

Gary
post #42 of 431
Two quick questions:
1: Does the current model 37GB5U stand swivel? If not then how, much $ could that have really saved considering Sharp could have just continued to use the same stand as before (G4U etc)?

2: Will the drop of the DVI port mean it they will have two HDMI ports? Or just one HDMI and a mini-Dsub thingy?

Thanks.
post #43 of 431
Since it sounds like they are removing features I would guess that you will have one HDMI, no DVI and the cablecard/ATSC tuner - still pretty good compared other displays out there.
post #44 of 431
I just setup my LC32D5U about 10 minutes ago. I am using it as a PC monitor, but will hook a Panasonic DVD-S97, Dish 811, Xbox, and Zenith Silver Sensor HDTV antenna up this evening. I'm running it at 1280X1024 right now. Is there a way to get a 16X9 desktop with this? I tried 1280X720 & it looked like crap. My video card is an Nvidia 5900 Ultra 256mb.
post #45 of 431
Mike -

Is there going to be a line card or a page on the Sharp website that lines all the models up and compares them that will be easy for those who sell the screens to reference?

I think that will make our job and everyone's understanding of the models much easier.
post #46 of 431
Almost forgot to add something. I thought the LC32D5U was supposed to be TITANIUM, whereas the LC32GA5U was silver? Much to my surprise & disappointment, the LC32D5U I just got is not the darker color. WTF?
post #47 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gary Press
Mike -

Is it safe to assume that the new sets will have an HDMI input?

Gary
Yes, it will have HDMI and support HDCP.
post #48 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick TX
Almost forgot to add something. I thought the LC32D5U was supposed to be TITANIUM, whereas the LC32GA5U was silver? Much to my surprise & disappointment, the LC32D5U I just got is not the darker color. WTF?
Only the D7's are titanium. Sorry for confusion.
post #49 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZZen
Two quick questions:
1: Does the current model 37GB5U stand swivel? If not then how, much $ could that have really saved considering Sharp could have just continued to use the same stand as before (G4U etc)?

2: Will the drop of the DVI port mean it they will have two HDMI ports? Or just one HDMI and a mini-Dsub thingy?

Thanks.
1. It does not swivel or tilt (I believe). Every nickel counts these days.
2. Finally, someone who speaks my language.....1 HDMI and the mini-D-sub thingy! :D
post #50 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Matt Tucker
Mike -

Is there going to be a line card or a page on the Sharp website that lines all the models up and compares them that will be easy for those who sell the screens to reference?

I think that will make our job and everyone's understanding of the models much easier.
Hi Matt, we are updating as fast as we can. We are releasing pricing tomorrow (I hope) on all the new D4 and D6 product. There are 11 new models and the D5's and D7's will start to fade from the scene. I'll see if I can make one up in an Excel spreadsheet that we can use. As I stated earlier, models are coming so fast now it's hard for me to keep up. In 6 months we have gone from the LC26GA4U to LC26GA5U and now there will be an LC26DA5U. There are many changes. QS is in all models now at 12ms, down from 16. Just a quick scan of new models:
LC26DA5U
LC26D4U
LC26D6U
LC32DA5U
LC32D4U
LC32D6U
LC37DB5U
LC37D4U
LC37D6U
LC45GD5U
LC45GD7U
post #51 of 431
So what kind of tuner is in the "DA" models like the LC32DA5U - sounds like things are getting more confusing :)
post #52 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike53
Only the D7's are titanium. Sorry for confusion.
The picture that Sharp has on the product page is Titanium, as well as all the vendors. Misleading.
post #53 of 431
Thread Starter 
And when I though I had understood the differences.....
post #54 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike53
Just a quick scan of new models:
LC26DA5U
LC26D4U
LC26D6U
LC32DA5U
LC32D4U
LC32D6U
LC37DB5U
LC37D4U
LC37D6U
LC45GD5U
LC45GD7U
Holy smokes, Mike, I just figured out the differences between the LC26GA5U, LC26GD4U, LC-26GD6U, LC26D5U and LC26D7U. Now I've got to figure out what's up with the LC26DA58, LC26D4U, and LC26D6U (although the latter answers my question "why did they skip D6U and go to D7U")...

I've got degrees in both nuclear engineering and computational fluid dynamics. I'm finding those two topics easier to understand than Sharp's model numbers...

An Excel chart would be most appreciated.

Ross
post #55 of 431
from 16 to 12ms, hmmm... wonder how drastic a diff that will make?
post #56 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by ironfinger
from 16 to 12ms, hmmm... wonder how drastic a diff that will make?
In percentage...HUGE! :eek:
post #57 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrick TX
The picture that Sharp has on the product page is Titanium, as well as all the vendors. Misleading.
Not to be a smarta$$ but I see no mention of Titanium and the picture is silver here:
http://www.sharpusa.com/products/Mod...8,1480,00.html
What did you look at it? :confused:
post #58 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ross in Toronto
Holy smokes, Mike, I just figured out the differences between the LC26GA5U, LC26GD4U, LC-26GD6U, LC26D5U and LC26D7U. Now I've got to figure out what's up with the LC26DA58, LC26D4U, and LC26D6U (although the latter answers my question "why did they skip D6U and go to D7U")...

I've got degrees in both nuclear engineering and computational fluid dynamics. I'm finding those two topics easier to understand than Sharp's model numbers...

An Excel chart would be most appreciated.

Ross
It's hard to explain.....(really? :confused: ) we didn't do a D4 and D6 in the 45" because we didn't want to "feature down" those models. Since the previous models were out before the 45" we skipped that generation.
post #59 of 431
Mike

could you give more info on the response time improvement?

I assume the panel is the same so is it better/faster electronics?

or just more aggressive marketing?

:)
post #60 of 431
Quote:
Originally Posted by markrubin
Mike

could you give more info on the response time improvement?

I assume the panel is the same so is it better/faster electronics?

or just more aggressive marketing?

:)
We have always had 12ms in the 45" and 16ms in the last two generations of 16:9. It's done through improved circuitry. We really do shun the marketing hype. However, we are now specifying both static contrast ratio and dynamic contrast ratio.

Even though the panels are the same, the minute changes in the electronics have yielded improvement after improvement. I actually got after them about it. Every other company trademarks their improvements, we say "Improved contrast ratio" or something as mundane as that. They usually rename the "engine". We still call it the AQUOS engine. :o
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