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At CES today (1/6/14), Sharp unveiled its new line-up of AQUOS TVs. I'll summarize first and then include the press release:

The Everything Line - Sharp AQUOS 4K Ultra HD Series - UD Line:

60" or 70" (with possibly more screen sizes to be announced later in the year)

Native 4K Display

Upsampling of HD to 2160p

HD content upscaled

SuperBright Technology

4 HDMI 2.0 inputs

THX 4K certified

3D ready with 2 Bluetooth glasses included

New SmartCentral platform (SmartCentral 3)

MSRP = $5K for 60" and $6K for 70"


The High End 4K on HD Display - Sharp AQUOS Quattron+ (Q+) - UQ Line

60", 70" and 80"

Quattron Plus for using extra subpixels to improve the resolution of an HD display (extra Green and Yellow pels)

HD content upscaled

SuperBright Technology

Able to handle 4K/24 (does not indicate HDMI 2.0 for higher frame rates)

THX certified

3D ready with 2 Bluetooth glasses included

New SmartCentral platform (SmartCentral 3)

MSRP of $3K for 60"; unknown for 70" and $6K for 80"


Model numbers: 60": LC-60UQ17U; 70: LC-70UQ17U; 80: LC-80UQ17U

Reputable dealer street price in Feb 2014: 60" - $2497; 70" - $3297; 80" - $5497


The "Regular" 4K on HD Display - Sharp AQUOS Quattron+ (Q+) - SQ Line

60" and 70"

Quattron Plus for using extra subpixels to improve the resolution of an HD display (extra Green and Yellow pels)

HD content upscaled

3D Ready (No glasses included)

Able to handle 4K/24 (does not indicate HDMI 2.0 for higher frame rates)

New SmartCentral platform (SmartCentral 3)

MSRP of $2.3K for 60" and $3.1K for 70"


Model numbers: 60": LC-60SQ15U; 70": LC-70SQ15U

Reputable dealer street price in Feb 2014: 60" - $1997; 70" - $2699


Medium Level HD Display - Sharp AQUOS Quattron (Q) - EQ Line

60" and 70"

New SmartCentral platform (SmartCentral 3)

MSRP of $1.7K for 60" and $2.7K for 70"


Model numbers: 60": LC60EQ10U; 70": LC70EQ10U

Reputable dealer street price in Feb 2014: 60" - $1397; 70" - $2197


All Big Sizes of HD Displays - Sharp AQUOS HD Series - LE650 Line

60", 70", 80" and 90"

90" Only 3D Ready

Older SmartCentral platform

MSRP of $1.3K for 60"; $9K for 90" and unknown for other sizes


Model numbers: 60": LC-60LE650U; 70": LC-70LE650U; 80": LC-80LE650U; 90": LC-90LE650U

Reputable dealer street price in Feb 2014: 60" - $997; 70" - $1697


Video summary of Quattron+ technology:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDiG6gBDVb4


Video of Sharp 2014 announcement at CES:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QawPm3E7bfE


Video providing summary of Sharp 2014 Line-Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLA0vq7A9hA




Here's the original Sharp press release:

Sharp® Unveils Four Series of Large-Screen Sharp AQUOS® LED TVs With Cutting-Edge Picture Technology & New SmartCentral Smart TV Platform

INTRODUCES SHARP AQUOS QUATTRON+ (Q+), THE HIGHEST RESOLUTION FULL HD TV AVAILABLE


LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6, 2014) – Miss nothing, experience everything, with 2014 Sharp® AQUOS® LED Smart TVs. Sharp today unveiled its comprehensive 2014 TV line-up with cutting- edge picture technology, including the new AQUOS Quattron+ (Q+) series of LED televisions, the highest resolution Full HD TV, and a new SmartCentral smart TV platform.


The 2014 Sharp AQUOS large-screen LED Smart TV line up consists of four series: The THX® 4K certified flagship AQUOS 4K series; AQUOS Q+, the highest resolution Full HD TV; AQUOS Quattron (Q) which offers 33 percent more subpixels than a standard HD TV; and AQUOS HD, which offers a breathtaking 1080p HD display. In 2014 Sharp will offer 19 different AQUOS LED TVs 60” and larger.


“Our new line-up of AQUOS TVs provides customers with more higher resolution choices than ever before,” said John Herrington, President, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA). “Not only does Sharp manufacture superior 4K and Full HD sets in a variety of large- screen sizes, our Q series and our new Q+ offerings provide viewers with even more resolution options, including picture quality never seen before from a 1080p panel."


Introducing AQUOS Quattron+(Q+) Series: The Game Changer

Unveiled at CES 2014, AQUOS Q+ Series LED TVs, with Quattron and Revelation technologies, are the highest resolution Full HD TVs available today. Q+ televisions feature Sharp’s exclusive Quattron panel and Revelation technology, which divides each pixel, creating two pixels from one, to deliver 16 million subpixels. That’s an astounding 10 million more than conventional Full HDTVs. Q+ TVs have built-in upscaling, so everything you watch is sharper and more vivid. Q+ TVs are also future-ready -- they are the only Full HD TVs that can play 4K content, delivering a UHD experience. Since Q+ TVs are built using a 1080p panel, they can be priced at almost half today’s premium 4K TVs. The Q+ series will be available in 60”, 70”, and 80” class diagonal screen sizes and in two versions: the UQ and SQ lines. The UQ line will boast premium features such as, AquoMotion 960, Super Bright™, premium design, 3D with 2 pairs of glasses, powerful 35W audio, and Bluetooth. The SQ line will be available in two screen sizes (60” and 70” class).


Picture quality certified by THX

Sharp now boasts THX and THX 4K certification for the UQ line in the AQUOS Q+ series and the AQUOS 4K Ultra HD series respectively. Synonymous with great cinema-quality sound for decades, THX now sets the bar for picture quality for the world’s top TV manufacturers. Thirty test categories, with up to 400 bench tests and more than 1000 data points ensure that only the best TVs make the cut.


Sharp’s SmartCentral™ platform: Truly Intuitive TV

Sharp will also debut a new SmartCentral™ smart TV platform. The new SmartCentral lets viewers search once and discover more, all from a single remote. Access your cable, satellite, and streaming services through the SmartCentral interactive guide and search across live TV and built in streaming services by title, genre, time and popularity. It’s so intelligent it will even help you discover new content by providing recommendations based on your preferences. No more launching individual apps to find the shows you want to watch.


All the best apps are available on SmartCentral. From instant access to movies with Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu, to videos with YouTube®, music with Pandora® and Rhapsody®, social with Facebook and gaming—what you love is only a click away.


With the SmartCentral mobile app, available for free for iOS and Android, viewers can connect smartphones and tablets to Sharp AQUOS TVs to access, control and share content, search and discover and share videos, pictures and music stored on your smart device.


All Sharp AQUOS Smart LED TVs also come with built in web browses and TV/Web split screen functionality, allowing the viewer to watch TV on one half of the screen, while simultaneously browsing the web.



Features and design to fit your life

AQUOS TVs are designed with high-quality finishes on thin bezels, made of premium materials, like the brushed aluminum used on UQ and 4K models, creating a modern look and feel. The TVs allow for multiple mounting possibilities and are efficiently designed to squeeze all the beautiful picture quality you want into a slim profile.


Turn it off, and the TV is transformed into a work of art. Sharp’s exclusive Wallpaper Mode lets you display virtually any image you choose on the AQUOS screen at a reduced light level that mirrors museum conditions when the TV is powered off, so your screen blends beautifully into your room’s décor. All at extremely low power.


Even the energy efficiency of Sharp TVs is extraordinary. Sharp AQUOS HD*, Q and Q+ TVs are

Energy Star® qualified.


Sharp AQUOS TV Line-up Details


Sharp AQUOS 4K Ultra HD Series - UD Line:

• 60”, 70” Class Screen Sizes

• Dark Silver Brushed Solid Aluminum Bezel

• 4K Ultra HD 2160p

• Built in Upscaler for HD Content

• SmartCentral 3 Smart TV platform with Miracast

• AquoMotion 240 with 120Hz Panel

• Active 3D with Two Bluetooth 3D Glasses Included

• 4 HDMI Inputs (all 4K Ready and HDMI 2.0 complaint) and 2 USB Ports

• THX 4K Certified

• Duo Bass Sub-Woofer with 35W Audio

• Dual Core Processor

• Wallpaper Mode

• TV/Web Split Screen

• MSRP $4,999.99 - $5,999.99


Sharp AQUOS Quattron+ (Q+) Series - UQ Line:

• 60”, 70”, 80” Class Screen Sizes

• Titanium-Brushed Solid Aluminum Bezel

• Highest Resolution Full HD with Quattron + Revelation Technologies

• Built in Upscaler for HD Content

• SmartCentral 3 with Miracast

• SuperBright Technology

• AquoMotion 960 with 240Hz Panel

• Active 3D with Two Bluetooth 3D Glasses Supplied

• 4 HDMI Inputs (4K Ready) and 2 USB Ports

• THX Certified

• 15W Sub-Woofer

• Bluetooth Audio

• Dual Core Processor

• Wallpaper Mode

• TV/Web Split Screen

• MSRP $2,999.99 - $5,999.99


Sharp AQUOS Quattron+ (Q+) Series - SQ Line:

• 60”, 70” Class Screen Sizes

• Silver-Brushed Plastic Thin Bezel

• Highest Resolution Full HD with Quattron + Revelation Technologies

• Built in Upscaler for HD Content

• SmartCentral 3 with Miracast

• 240Hz Panel

• 3D Ready

• 4 HDMI Inputs (4K Ready) and 2 USB Ports

• Bluetooth Audio

• Dual Core Processor

• Wallpaper Mode

• TV/Web Split Screen

• MSRP $2,299.99 - $3,099.99


Sharp AQUOS Quattron (Q) EQ Series:

• 60”, 70” Class Screen Sizes

• Black Plastic Thin Bezel

• Full HD 1080p with Quattron Technology

• SmartCentral 3 with Miracast

• 240Hz Panel

• 4 HDMI Inputs and 2 USB Ports

• Dual Core Processor

• Wallpaper Mode

• TV/Web Split Screen

• MSRP $1,699.99 - $2,699.99


Sharp AQUOS HD Series - LE650 Line:

• 60”, 70”, 80”, 90” Class Screen Sizes

• Slim Design

• Full HD 1080p

• SmartCentral Smart TV platform

• 120Hz Panel

• 2D / 3D with glasses (90”)

• 4 HDMI Inputs and 2 USB Ports

• Dual Core Processor

• Wallpaper Mode

• TV/Web Split Screen

• MSRP $1,299.99 - $8,999.99


Sharp will be shipping AQUOS HD, Q and Q+ models to retailers nationwide in Spring 2014.


For More Information

Check out the Sharp AQUOS TV line-up, including the new Q+, at the unveiling during the 2014 International CES at SharpUSA.com/CESnews .


* AQUOS HD 90" class is not EnergyStar qualified.
 

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UQ+ 80" $5999, will get this when hit 3-4K price mark


I think Sharp still launch too many models and get people confusing
 

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Originally Posted by ecgz88  /t/1510153/2014-sharp-aquos-line-up#post_24173799


UQ+ 80" $5999, will get this when hit 3-4K price mark


I think Sharp still launch too many models and get people confusing

I'm with you on this. Was hoping for another 90" full array.
 

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The $5999 on the 80" UQ+ is less then the current $6499 MSRP on the 80 flagship, the LC80LE857.  Even the  2014 90" MSRP is $3k less then last years MSRP.  Am I missing something here, or does this open the doors for these new sets to be cheaper then the current 2013 models?

 

I recently purchased the LC80LE857, but I am exchanging it for the LC90LE657.  It looks like there isn't much reason to wait for the 2014 90".  I was able to negotiate a 60 days price protection starting Jan 11th, so hopefully I'll be safe when the 2014's arrive.
 

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Originally Posted by cliffhugger  /t/1510153/2014-sharp-aquos-line-up#post_24173953


The $5999 on the 80" UQ+ is less then the current $6499 MSRP on the 80 flagship, the LC80LE857.  Even the  2014 90" MSRP is $3k less then last years MSRP.  Am I missing something here, or does this open the doors for these new sets to be cheaper then the current 2013 models?


I recently purchased the LC80LE857, but I am exchanging it for the LC90LE657.  It looks like there isn't much reason to wait for the 2014 90".  I was able to negotiate a 60 days price protection starting Jan 11th, so hopefully I'll be safe when the 2014's arrive.

Not much of a reason if you want 1080P and wait for 4k for sometime down the line. I might be in the same boat as you. I am working with a rear projection tv still that's about 7 years old.
 

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I am very interested in the 80" UQ+. If this tv as sharp as the higher end Samsung 75" HD sets them I am sold. I did not buy the previous 80" Sharp due to what I perceived to be a slightly blurred image.


Gaming lag is also important since this is going on the wall to replace my Panasonic plasma.


I have my doubts about the actual benefit of the increased subpixels as claimed in the Sharp marketing information. The ulitmate test will be when I take my Skyfall blu-ray to Best Buy and hook up a player with a direct hdmi link to the set (not a distributed signal among many sets).


In my theater room my eyes are 14 feet from the screen and based on my research I would see no benefit in 4k at this distance with an 80" screen size. So I have big hopes for this set.
 

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Originally Posted by farsider3000  /t/1510153/2014-sharp-aquos-line-up#post_24174232


I am very interested in the 80" UQ+. If this tv as sharp as the higher end Samsung 75" HD sets them I am sold. I did not buy the previous 80" Sharp due to what I perceived to be a slightly blurred image.


Gaming lag is also important since this is going on the wall to replace my Panasonic plasma.


I have my doubts about the actual benefit of the increased subpixels as claimed in the Sharp marketing information. The ulitmate test will be when I take my Skyfall blu-ray to Best Buy and hook up a player with a direct hdmi link to the set (not a distributed signal among many sets).


In my theater room my eyes are 14 feet from the screen and based on my research I would see no benefit in 4k at this distance with an 80" screen size. So I have big hopes for this set.
I have used the LC80LE875 mostly for gaming since I purchased it, and I haven't noticed any lag.  I think a lot of the input lag concerns are typical internet hype and chatter.
 

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Cliffhugger that's great to hear you have had a good experience with gaming on your 80 inch. My 65 inch looks small from 14 feet away.
 

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It looks like they left "SuperBright Technology" out of the top of the line 4k sets and why only dual processors when others are using Quad or Quad plus dual?
 

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I have a Mits 73835 RP TV and I'm starting to hanker after an upgrade. Maybe I'll wait for the 2014s to come out and see what price the 90 657 drops to. I can only seem to find them in the 6k region so far.


Seggers
 

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Originally Posted by seggers  /t/1510153/2014-sharp-aquos-line-up#post_24261851


I have a Mits 73835 RP TV and I'm starting to hanker after an upgrade. Maybe I'll wait for the 2014s to come out and see what price the 90 657 drops to. I can only seem to find them in the 6k region so far.


Seggers

I have the same exact TV as you. 7 years old now. 65 inch one. I've been in Afghanistan for a year, getting back in early march. I NEED a new TV haha. Looking at all 80 inch models. I'm really between Sharp and Vizio right now. The first one to get theirs to market will probably win me over. It's going to be hard to resist the impulse buy for the first one released. But the 3k price difference is kinda crazy. I can't image the Sharp being that much better for 6k vs the 3k Vizio price tag.
 

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Originally Posted by madagent  /t/1510153/2014-sharp-aquos-line-up#post_24262943


I have the same exact TV as you. 7 years old now. 65 inch one. I've been in Afghanistan for a year, getting back in early march. I NEED a new TV haha. Looking at all 80 inch models. I'm really between Sharp and Vizio right now. The first one to get theirs to market will probably win me over. It's going to be hard to resist the impulse buy for the first one released. But the 3k price difference is kinda crazy. I can't image the Sharp being that much better for 6k vs the 3k Vizio price tag.

Costco has them both up at the moment.


I have to admit that, after having a 73 for so long now, the 80 just wouldn't be big enough. I have my sights set on a 90 inch monster, now that Mits have stopped doing the 92s.


Seggers

http://www.costco.com/51-inch-tvs-and-above.html
 

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I am hoping that trends continue with projected MSRP on these and the 10-15% drop in price from official site to retailer. Sony announced the MSRP for their mid-high range display on their site and when they began to show up on Best buy.com they were all $200+ dollars less than the announce MSRP. What I am getting at is $2000 for the 60" Q+ is sounding pretty great if it holds true.
 

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The 90" will be about the same next year, as this year. The 90" will not be a Q+ model. Find your deal if you can, Inventory is low on the 90" so I do not think there are any real deals out there.........
 
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