Sharp had many product introductions at the 2007 CES including a preview of its 108Ã¢â‚¬Â LCD, new gaming LCD HDTVs and new series of LCD panels including 120HZ models.
The 108Ã¢â‚¬Â monstrosity was a 1080p LCD flat panel integrated HDTV. Sharp executives said the product will be available in the US by this summer, but would not provide price or specifications. Considering that SonyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 70Ã¢â‚¬Â LCD is retailing for $33,000, my guess is this panel will be in +$50,000 range. The image was huge, but otherwise, in the HD GuruÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opinion, not very impressive as far as picture quality was concerned.
The new products included the Ã¢â‚¬Å“43Ã¢â‚¬Â series with 1366 x 768 resolution, 6,000:1 rated contrast ratio; less than 6ms rated response time; 450 cd/mÃ‚Â² brightness and rated at 60,000 hour lamp life. The models are as follows (all prices are manufacturers suggested retail)
LC-26D43U 26Ã¢â‚¬Â Feb. $1099.99
LC-32D43U 32Ã¢â‚¬Â Now $1399.99
LC-37D43U 37Ã¢â‚¬Â Now $1699.99
LC-42D43U 42Ã¢â‚¬Â May $TBA
LC-46D43U 46Ã¢â‚¬Â March $2699.99
The 82 series product comes in 46 and 52-inch screen sizes. Sharp boasts this series has 1920 x 1080p resolution and bottom mounted speakers. In addition, it uses SharpÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Multi-Pixel technology which it says improves color reproduction by 60 percent. This series has a 120HZ frame rate conversion for reduced blur with fast motion as well as SharpÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“quickshoot circuitry claiming a 4 millisecond response time; a four wave-length backlight for enhanced color. Sharp specs brightness at 450 cd/mÃ‚Â², dynamic contrast (another worthless undocumented industry spec-hdguru) at 10,000:1 and 176-degree viewing.
Ã‚Â· The LC-52D82U will be available in March for a ManufacturerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $4,799.99
Ã‚Â· The LC-46D82U will be available in March for an MSRP of $3,699.99
The 92 series product comes in 42,46 and 52-inch screen sizes. The 92 series have all the features and specs of the 82 series (including 1920 x 1080 resolution and 120 HZ) plus
Black low reflection coating for less reflectivity, 15,000:1 dynamic contrast and 5 wave-length backlight for more vivid reds and greens.
The LC-52D92U will be available in January for a ManufacturerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $5,299.99
The LC-46D92U will be available in January for an MSRP of $4,199.99
The LC-42D92U will be available in April for an MSRP of $3,499.99
The GP1U series are two HDTV LCD models (32 and 37 inch) specifically designed for gaming enthusiasts. Both sizes have 1920 x 1080 resolution, (though I question the benefit of 1080p in sizes this small especially 32Ã¢â‚¬Â), 4 wavelength backlight, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast, Black anti-reflective coating, 450 cd/mÃ‚Â² brightness, 6-millisecond response time and 176-degree viewing angle specification.
Unique game features include Viper Drive to reduce lag time between game console input and TV display, a custom remote control with game button for one touch access to the setsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ side mounted inputs.
The LC-37GP1U will be available in March at an MSRP of $1999.99 and the
LC-32GP1U will be available in March with an MSRP of $1699.99
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