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Sharp Aquos LC-40D78UN LCD HDTV Review

40 in.

Not the best budget TV we’ve reviewed, but it gets the job done for a reasonable price.

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Value Comparison

This is another comparison where the Sharp is a bit of an underdog but represents the budget option. The Panasonic is two inches larger than the Sharp, which accounts for some of the price difference, but doesn't offer the same picture quality increase or features that the Samsung LN40C630 or Sony KDL-40W5100 did. Here you're paying for a more moderate quality hike and a slightly bigger screen.

Blacks & Whites

The Panasonic had a much deeper black level, but the Sharp was a bit brighter. The Panasonic's deep black allowed it to have a much higher overall contrast ratio, however.

Contrast Chart
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Color Accuracy

The Panasonic had a much more even color temperature than the Sharp, but its RGB curves weren't as accurate.

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Motion

The Panasonic had slightly less motion blurring, but it had some pretty bad artifacting issues.

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Viewing Effects

As a plasma, the Panasonic had a significantly wider viewing angle than the Sharp.

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Connectivity

The Sharp has a couple connectivity options that the Panasonic does not. Neither TV has online connectivity.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  13. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P42S1 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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