televisions

Sharp Aquos LC-40LE810UN LED LCD HDTV

40 in.

A 40-inch TV with a zany twist: yellow pixels. With a modest cost and Netflix streaming, we really wanted to like it.

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Calibration

We calibrate our televisions using a spectrophotometer, in conjunction with DisplayMate calibration software. You may view our optimized settings below, based on performance in a dark room. In addition to these settings, there is a granular series of Color Temperature sliders, as well as Hue, Saturation, and Value color adjusters. Beyond this, gamma may also be adjusted.

Calibration for televisions is frequently a trade-off of some kind. In addition to the calibrations we settled upon below, we tried lowering the contrast to its default 30. While this reduced the red peaking problematic in this display, it also had a slight negative effect on many color and black & white scores. The reason we chose not to use this version, though, was that it crushed all dark shades into black–quite severely. Losing detail in some reds is definitely not as relevant as losing detail in all dark shades.

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All of our calibration is done in conjunction with the DisplayMate software.

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Video Modes

The Sharp LC-40LE810UN offers a selection of video modes to function as a starting point for your own calibration. One of them supports the xvYCC wide color gamut, if you should happen to have access to video filmed in xvYCC.

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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. Panasonic Viera TC-L42U30 Comparison
  13. Sony Bravia KDL-40EX400 Comparison
  14. LG 37LK450 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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