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Sharp Aquos LC-40E67UN LCD HDTV Review

40 in.

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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
{{article.attachments['Sharp-LC-40E67UN-vanity.jpg']}} • Viewing angle was very poor, and reds became much darker at just a slight angle • Shiny bezel shows some reflections • Testing done using DisplayMate Software
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Viewing Angle*(2.21*)**


The LC-40E67UN performed poorly in our viewing angle test; we measured the angle at which the contrast ratio fell by 50% at a very weak 17 degrees, which means that people on the edge of the couch are going to see a much paler and less attractive picture than those in the center. Although LCD HDTVs typically have a rather poor viewing angle, this one has a smaller angle than most that we have seen.

Viewing Angle
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Colors were also seriously affected by being even just a few degrees off from straight on. Reds became much darker, while other colors were remained fairly static.

 

Reflectance*(5.5)*


The screen of the LC-40E67UN shows reflections from lights, but they are not overly distracting; we didn't see any of the starburst or haze effects that we saw on some other displays. The shiny plastic bezel of the display is rather prone to showing reflections, though, especially the curved bezel at the top, which can easily pick up a reflection from ceiling lights. As this is right next to the image on the screen, these can be kind of distracting.

Video Processing*(2.5)*


The LC-40E67UN has a number of features designed to enhance the quality of the image on the screen, particularly with low quality signals.

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
OPC (Optical Picture Control) 'senses the surrounding light and automatically adjusts the backlight brightness.' Dims the backlight in a dark room. Useful if you use the same display to watch daytime soaps and nighttime movies. 
Active Contrast 'Automatically adjusts the image contrast according to the scene' Increased contrast by pushing some lowlights closer to black. 
Digital Noise Reduction 'Produces a clearer video image.' 3 levels: low, medium and high. Does something to clear up noise on a low quality cable channel on medium and high.
3D-Y/C 'Provides high quality images with minimal dot crawl and cross color noise.' No significant difference

Of these, the only one that might be useful is the OPC feature, which could be useful if you use the display in both daylight and at night; it reduces the backlight level if the room is dark, which would be more comfortable for nighttime viewing. If the room is light, it cranks it up to the maximum (which is 16, not 11).

Compare the Sharp LC-40E67UN to other HDTVs
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Vizio VO370M 37 inches LG 37LH30 37 inches Toshiba Regza 40XV645U 40 inches

 

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Vizio VO370M
  14. Vs LG 37LH30
  15. Vs Toshiba Regza 40XV645U
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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