Four rear-panel and one side-panel HDMI inputs have the Sharp’s connectivity quotient above average, with dual component SD/HD inputs, and legacy S-video and composite inputs to round out the jack pack. There’s an RGB PC input, but the resolution is limited to a maximum of 1600x1200, which may be of concern to hardcore PC gamers. A USB port is provided, but that’s only good for a possible future service/firmware upgrade, and therefore cannot be used for JPGs or MP3s.
Audio-wise, the Sharp has sufficient stereo inputs and outputs to handle most equipment setups, and features a 3.5mm PC audio input, as well as fixed or variable stereo analog audio outputs and an optical digital audio output.
On Screen Display
Big and clear, the OSD occupies a large chunk of the set’s upper left screen area. The problem here is that, when making adjustments, the OSD remains at full-size instead of disappearing and displaying a smaller slider bar, as is usually the case. That’s a problem when trying to tune the picture with color bars or other test patterns. But, the Sharp’s OSD doesn’t run and hide after just a few seconds as do some other OSD setups, allowing enough time for adjustment and subsequent evaluation before it disappears, which is a plus.
With only the bare minimum of backlit buttons (a grand total of eight out of 45), the remote control does feature black lettering on white buttons, which is preferable to other designs. The volume and channel up/down buttons are small, angled to the right (why they do this, I have no idea), and they’re too close together. Add it all up and at best the Sharp’s remote control could be called undistinguished. To see what a great TV remote looks like, check out Samsung’s latest HDTV remote—far and away the class leader in TV remote control design and functionality.
Blu-ray Evalution: Rent
Detail: Evident right from the opening Sony Pictures logo, which features single pixel graphics, the Sharp’s detail is crisp and clear— the movie itself, not so much.
Color: Here the Sharp displays a color palette that isn’t overly emphasized, as is usually the case with other LCD sets. Happily, the Sharp displays nice color saturation and realistic skin tones.