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.  Speakers are built into the bottom bezel and are driven with 10 watt per channel amplifiers.

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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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