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Sharp Aquos LC-40LE814 Review

We’ve already tested the Sharp LE821E, which was the first to use its Quattron technology, and the LE830, the third generation.  We’ve now finally been able to get our hands on the LE814, the missing second generation which was launched in September 2010.  Like its two brothers, it uses a display with four different coloured sub-pixels (red, green, blue and yellow) instead of the usual three, but everything else is almost exactly the same as on the LE821E down to just a few details.

Build Quality and Design

One of these details is the fact that, unlike the LE821E, the LE814 includes suport for Aquos Net +, giving users access to online services from Sharp, including TV on demand and weather and news updates.

Apart from that, though, the two TVs are very similar, and both use LED backlighthing around the outside of display which keeps them both at less than 4 cm thick.  Unfortunately, the finish used on the display hasn’t changed and it’s still very glossy, so you’ll need to be careful to keep this TV away from direct light sources.

Both TVs have a media player that can access photos and both SD and HD DivX video via a USB port, as well as support for the DLNA standard via the Ethernet port.  There’s a motion interpolation filter called AquoMotion 100 Hz, which smoothes out fast-moving objects in films to remove the jerkiness caused by the low framerate (24 fps).

 

Pros

Low energy consumption: 88 W

 

Cons

Colours aren’t accurate: average deltaE of 8.6 in Film mode

Slightly disappointing contrast ratio (1581:1) and narrow viewing angles

Glossy screen picks up reflections and greasy fingerprints

Mediocre media player doesn’t support many video formats

Basic remote with no backlit buttons

 

Conclusion

Not much has changed between the first and second generation of Sharp’s Quattron TV technology.  The third and latest installment in the saga is a much better bet.

Read the full review at digitalversus.com

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