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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 match-up comes down to budget. The Samsung is the better TV, both in terms of picture quality and feature set. It also costs about $250 more. If you don't mind spending that amount on a better picture and online features, the Samsung is a decent price for an internet-capable HDTV. If you don't think you'd use the online functionality and don't mind mediocre picture quality, the Sharp will let you save some money.

Blacks & Whites

The Samsung had a much, much deeper black level and a higher peak brightness compared to the Sharp. As a result, the Samsung has a significantly higher contrast ratio.

Contrast Chart
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Color Accuracy

The Sharp got increasingly warm towards the darker greys, while the Samsung gets a bit cooler during the same span. The Samsung didn't wander as far outside the perceptible limit, however: it had a much more even color temperature.



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Motion

The Samsung had better motion overall, with less artifacting and less motion blur.

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Viewing Effects

The Samsung had a wider viewing angle than the Sharp, but not by a huge margin.

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Connectivity

The Samsung and Sharp have about the same number of A/V ports: the Samsung has one extra HDMI and the Sharp has an extra composite input with accompanying analog audio ins. The biggest difference between the two TVs, though,

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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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