Though making a limited run of LCD HDTVs seems like a curious choice, Sharp is unleashing two of 'em (again) today in Denver. The 52-inch LC-52XS1U-S and 65-inch LC-65XS1U-S both sport newly-developed 10-bit Advanced Super View (ASV) LCD panels and feature native 1080p resolutions, AQUOS Net capabilities, an RGB-LED backlight system and a dynamic contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1. You'll also find a super thin integrated sound system powered by a 1-bit digital amplifier, and the entire set is just one-inch thick at its thinnest part. Of note, these units come bundled with a separate AVC system set-top-box for handling inputs, though WHDI was unfortunately left out. Catch the pair this October for currently undisclosed prices, and peep the full release just after the cut.
SHARP MAKES GROUNDBREAKING INTRODUCTION WITH NEXT-GENERATION ULTRA-THIN AQUOS" LCD TV SERIES
Achieves amazing levels of image quality, environmental performance, and thinness
DENVER, September 3, 2008 – Sharp Electronics unveils, for the first time in the U.S., a next-generation LCD TV Series that combines unprecedented image quality, the ultimate in thin design and advanced environmental performance. This Full-HD 1080p Limited Edition LCD TV Series, available in 65- (LC-65XS1U-S) and 52-inch (LC-52XS1U-S) screen class sizes (64 33/64" and 52 1/32" diagonals respectively), utilizes a newly-developed 10-bit Advanced Super View (ASV) LCD panel that enables an extremely slim profile of only one inch at its thinnest part, to achieve unmatched design and picture quality.
The Limited Edition series also includes Sharp's AQUOS Net capability, a service that is able to give users instant access to customized Web-based content as well as real-time customer support.
"Since the introduction of the first AQUOS LCD TV in 2001, Sharp has continuously achieved the highest levels of image quality and screen size," said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp. "With the introduction of the new flagship Limited Edition Series, we offer consumers a new audio-visual lifestyle, with a superior picture in large screen sizes, as well as excellent sound quality, a striking design and environmental performance befitting a truly 'next generation' LCD TV."
Superior Picture and Sound Quality
Using the latest version of Sharp's proprietary 10-bit Advanced Super View LCD panel, this next-generation series incorporates a new RGB-LED backlight system for an unprecedented 150 percent NTSC color gamut and extremely high Dynamic Contrast Ratio of more than 1,000,000:1 for extremely deep blacks and crisp picture quality. The strong color reproduction scale significantly improves color accuracy for dark scenes and delivers a brighter, more vivid array of colors.
To deliver clear, natural sound to match the high quality of the picture, Sharp joined with Pioneer Corporation to develop a thin-design speaker system that combines with Sharp's unique 1-bit digital amplifier.
Dramatic, Space-Saving Design
With a depth of only one inch at its thinnest part, the new Limited Edition Series TVs provide an extremely small footprint, establishing a new design standard for LCD TV and allowing for an even greater variety of installation styles, such as unobtrusive wall mounting. These TVs offer a metallic edge around the frame for a stylish, sophisticated look, giving consumers more freedom to incorporate the new models into the design of modern interiors.
Contributing to the slim frame of the screen, the Limited Edition Series has a separate AVC system set-top box for all input terminals, which can be connected to the screen via the included HDMI" cable or with an optional wireless connection to eliminate cable clutter. Additionally, the units include five HDMI inputs as well as dual HD component terminals, all of which are compatible with 1080p signals. For the ultimate in convenience, one HDMI and one component terminal are located on the front of the AVC system, enabling easy connections. An RS-232C port for custom installations and a dedicated PC input are also included.
Sharp has incorporated environmentally conscious, energy-saving technology into the Limited Edition LCD TVs by equipping them with a new system designed to lower power consumption during use by adjusting the screen brightness based on the level of brightness in the area of installation.
For more information on Sharp's full line of Liquid Crystal Televisions, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J., 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at sharpusa.com.