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AQUOS D65U / D85U LCD HDTVs get uncovered at CEDIA

Darren Murph

Haven't had your fill of Sharp LCD HDTVs yet? Fret not, as said outfit is taking the wraps off of two more families at the Colorado Convention Center. The D65U / D85U LCD HDTVs all pack 1080p panels and range between 42- and 52-inches in size. The D65U line comes with five HDMI inputs, a six-millisecond response time, 176-degree viewing angles and a dedicated PC input to boot. The D85U steps it up by offering 120Hz Frame Rate Conversion and a four-millisecond response time. The sets will be in stores this fall (think October / November) for $1,599.99 and up. Per usual, the full releases are waiting after the break.


D65U line combines advanced feature set with increased connectivity and energy-saving mode

DENVER, September 3, 2008 – Sharp, a worldwide leader in flat-panel Liquid Crystal Display Televisions (LCD TV), expands its widescreen, Full HD 1080p line of AQUOS® LCD TVs with the stylish D65U series. Featuring a slim design and breathtaking picture quality that is second to none, this line of AQUOS LCD TVs provides the ultimate home entertainment experience with the perfect balance of style and function. The series, including the LC-52D65U 52-inch class (52 1/32" diagonal), LC-46D65U 46-inch class (45 63/64" diagonal) and LC-42D65U 42-inch class (42 1/64" diagonal) reinforces Sharp's LCD leadership and innovation.
The D65U models also reflect Sharp's efforts to be an environmentally advanced company. The series is Energy Star"-compliant, with very low power consumption and offers a new "Power Saving Mode" available through the unit's on-screen display menu, which enables active contrast and active backlight to reduce the energy consumption of the television while in use.
"The AQUOS LCD TV line continues to set new standards in technology, offering improved picture quality coupled with new ways to reduce power consumption," said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp Electronics Corporation. "With an outstanding balance between price and performance, Sharp's AQUOS D65U series raises the bar for home entertainment, offering a well-rounded, environmentally-advanced home theater solution."
The D65U AQUOS series provides a superior Full HD 1080p picture with outstanding performance, utilizing Sharp's proprietary Advanced Super View (ASV) / Black TFT Panel* with multi-pixel technology. The ASV/Black TFT Panel with Spectral Contrast Engine UD (Ultra Dark) provides high Dynamic Contrast Ratio and a pixel response time of 6 ms, providing stunning picture quality even on fast-moving action scenes. Black levels have also been enhanced on these models for the deepest, most accurate levels of any LCD TV. Viewing angles are an impressive 176 degrees, enabling the color reproduction to appear vivid from virtually anywhere in a room, for a top-of-the-line total home theater package.
The D65U line comes equipped with a host of connectivity options for the utmost convenience. The series includes an impressive five HDMI" inputs for current and future connection with 1080p signals from Blu-ray and advanced gaming devices, as well as two HD component video inputs. The D65U series also includes two composite video inputs, one S-video, a dedicated PC input and RS-232C for system control. The HDMI inputs feature version 1.3 with deep color**, which adds compatibility with many high-end features such as enhanced colors and audio, and they are compatible with AQUOS Link, which enables convenient control of compatible devices.
The D65U series features an elegant and sophisticated new design, with a stunning piano black inner bezel and a matching black outer frame, along with subtle recessed, bottom-mounted speakers that don't take away from the stylish frame. The included table stand removes easily for wall mounting applications.

Pricing and availability
LC-52D65U will be available in October for a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,399.99
LC-46D65U will be available in October for an MSRP of $1,899.99
LC-42D65U is available now for an MSRP of $1,599.99

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

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