Sharp Aquos LC-60LE650U LED TV Review
Sharp's first 2013 TV is an above-average offering.
Sharp's LC-60LE650U impressed us in a few key areas. Contrast was excellent, as was its color temperature. Unfortunately, its actual color accuracy was less than ideal, not to mention its viewing angle wasn't anything to brag about.
Above-average contrast, especially the fantastic brightness
With a black level of 0.07 cd/m2 and a peak brightness of 305.64 cd/m2, the Sharp 650U displayed an outstanding contrast. The black level is pretty dark for an LED, plus its white level is excellent—bright enough to make watching daytime TV delightful in a sunny room. Feel free to enjoy Maury and The View to your heart's content.
While many LCDs struggle with viewing angle, the 650U does not.
With a total viewing angle of 36°, the Sharp 650U won't produce the best looking image when viewed from an angle of more than 18° on either side. We calculate a TV's total viewing angle by measuring contrast at different intervals along an arc. When a TV's contrast drops below 50% of its original value, it has reached its maximum viewing angle.
Less-than-ideal color accuracy is a letdown.
Color accuracy is one of the single most important factors in a display. Seeing content exactly the way its creator intended brings immersion—that's the reason we watch TV, right? Sadly, the Sharp LC-60LE650U runs into a few problems in this category. The most egregious error lies in this TV's color gamut. This gamut shows how accurately the 650U produces color in accordance with the international standard. Greens are flawless, but the other two primary colors are not: Reds look muted, while blues are oversaturated, appearing deeper than they should.
The transition from black to a color's peak value was also problematic. Again, green did fine in this test, but reds and blues missed some transitional colors in their ascent to peak luminance. This isn't too bad of a result, but we've seen much better.
Color temperature, which affects the overall tone of the picture, was nearly perfect. The 650U didn't produce any noticeable color temperature error, meaning that whites and greys will show up as they should—no need to worry about any blue or orange hues messing up your TV's picture.
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