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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 comparison really comes down to budget and what features you'll actually plan on using. The Sony costs quite a bit more than the Sharp, but it has some of the best online features on the market. This being said, the Sony doesn't offer a dramatic improvement over the picture quality—in some cases the Sharp actually has better picture quality.

Blacks & Whites

The Sony and Sharp have approximately the same black level, but the Sony is a little bit brighter.

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Color Accuracy

The Sony had a much more accurate color temperature, but its RGB curves weren't slightly less accurate than the Sharp's.

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Motion

Both TVs had about the same amount of motion blur, but the Sony had slightly more motion artifacting than the Sharp.

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Viewing Effects

The Sharp and Sony had nearly identical viewing effects.

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Connectivity

The big difference between these two TVs is online connectivity. It's creeping onto more and more TVs lately, but Sony is notable for currently offering the biggest selection of content providers, by far.

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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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