If bigger is better, Sharp beats the competition over the head with the introduction of the first 80-inch consumer HDTV, the LC-80LE632U . The largest screen size offered by competitors is 65-inches. Features include thin bezels, Internet connectivity, 1080p resolution, 120 Hz, Full Array LED backlighting and Sharp’s own 10-bit X-Gen LCD panel.
This huge HDTV also features streaming net services including Cinema Now, Netflix, and VUDU. In addition, there is live customer support accessible through the 80LE632′s built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. There is a large array of inputs including 4 HDMI, 1 component video, 1 composite video (with associated audio inputs), a 15-pin RGB PC input, and an RS-232 control port. There are also two USB inputs. The built in media player enables viewing of high resolution videos, digital photos and music listening from a USB flash drive. The 80LE632 has built-in ATSC/QAM and NTSC tuners. Ã‚Â Speakers are built into the bottom bezel and are driven with 10 watt per channel amplifiers.
This eighty incher weighs in at 112.4 pounds and measures a whopping 73-5/16″ x 43-3/4″ x 3-29/32 (whd). Sharp returns to the industry standard three primary color sub-pixels (Red, Blue and Green) veering away from the four color Quattron (with additional yellow sub-pixel) Sharp pushed heavily last year. The panel is rated at a 4 ms response time and includes a Viper Drive mode for lag free video gaming. It is not 3D compatible.
The LC-80LE632U ships early next month with a suggested retail price of $5,499.99. Our guess is it will street price in the low $4K range. By comparison Panasonic’s commercial 85-inch monitor has a retail of $40,000 while the 103-inch version retails for $65,000.
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