Sharp Aquos LC-40D78UN LCD HDTV Review
Not the best budget TV we’ve reviewed, but it gets the job done for a reasonable price.
The LC-40D78UN's two 10-watt speakers produced a pretty dull sound. If you want decent bass, you'll have to buy auxiliary speakers. You can turn on the bass enhancer feature and increase the bass level in the equalizer, but even then we weren't particularly impressed. The surround sound feature added a little body to the output, but it failed to impress or to surround.
Sharp still hasn't overhauled their menu system, and at this point we fear they never will (this is actually true and we are routinely startled awake by product-related nightmares). It's fine and functional, but it has a lot of confusing quirks. Settings have values that extend into the negatives, which probably won't confuse anyone who's savvy enough to fiddle around with them. The one sticking point we really have, however, is you can't change the picture mode without the remote. Since most people are just going to toss their TV remote in a junk drawer and use the one for their cable box, this isn't ideal. It's also annoying to page through every menu looking for a way to fix or unlock video modes, only to discover there isn't a way to change it in the software.
The LC-40D78UN's printed manual does a pretty good job explaining the different menu features, but there's no quick setup guide. The manual itself does a fine job explaining how to set up and use the TV, but finding what you need is a bit difficult. We'd recommend using the online manual (here), since it's a searchable document.
- Tour & Design
- Blacks & Whites
- Color Accuracy
- Viewing Effects
- Audio & Menus
- Multimedia & Internet
- Power Consumption
- Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
- Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
- Panasonic Viera TC-P42S1 Comparison
- Series Comparison
- Photo Gallery
- Ratings & Specs
Get Our Newsletter
Real advice from real experts. Sign up for our newsletter
Thanks for signing up!