Profile: Sharp TV
Get to know Sharp's television lineup
Japan's Sharp Corporation first made its name as a pencil manufacturers, but has since diversified its operations and has evolved into one of the world's most prominent electronics companies. Beginning around the turn of the 21st century, Sharp made heavy investments in the development of LCD television panels, and its efforts have paid off. Sharp's LCD TVs are considered by many to be the best on the market, and though the company's financial performance has declined in recent years, the quality of its products has not. Sharp continues to be an industry leader in terms of innovation, which is most apparent in the advent of its trademarked Quattron technology, which expanded television's traditional three-color gamut to include additional tones never before seen on a TV screen.
Sharp's Most Popular Televisions
Some of the top-selling televisions in the Sharp lineup include:
- Sharp Aquos LE857 and LE844 series. The Sharp Aquos LE857 and LE844 series televisions are the company's flagship products in this segment of its business. Available in both 2D and 3D models, these full-HD LED TVs are available in very large sizes, which diagonal screen diameters extending up to 80 inches in size. With a 240 hertz refresh rate, you'll enjoy a crystal-clear picture at all times, and Sharp's patented AquoMotion technology ensures that even very fast movements do not blur or pixelate on the screen. If you're looking for a huge television that offers a premium picture, the Sharp Aquos LE857 and LE844 both merit a close look.
- Sharp Aquos LE757 series. Packed with smart TV features and available in a full range of sizes comparable to the LE857 series, the Aquos LE757 series is a slightly more affordable alternative to the top-end models. Offering a broad range of powerful features, including Quattron color technology and LED-powered LCD lighting, the Sharp Aquos LE757 series is available in both 2D and 3D models.
- Sharp Aquos LE657 and LE650 series. Benefitting from the company's trademark AquoMotion technology, these mid-range LED televisions offer an excellent balance of price and performance. Attractive features of these well-reviewed models include WiFi connectivity, access to "the cloud," and Net 2.0 support. The LE657 is available with active 3D viewing technology, if you're looking to hop on board the 3D TV bandwagon.
- Sharp Aquos LE540U and LE440U series. Offering full functionality in a compact package, the LE540U and LE440U series are excellent entry-level models, with a comprehensive range of features in a compact package that's perfect for consumers looking for a quality TV at a reasonable price. The biggest strengths of the Sharp Aquos LE540U and LE440U televisions include brilliantly rendered whites, a thorough and easily navigable menu, and easy to use smart TV features that support wireless Internet access. While the side viewing angles are not optimal, and while the picture suffers somewhat from a lack of depth, these TVs deliver excellent bang for your buck and are ideal for casual television viewers on a budget.
- Quattron quad color. The arrival of Sony's Quattron televisions heralded a major shift in the television market, as they added breakthrough four-color technology to the traditionally three-color approach taken by other manufacturers. Today, Sony includes Quattron technology in most of its new televisions, providing viewers which richer, more vivid pictures. You can experience the Quattron difference in a full range of sizes, and 3D TV Quattron models are available if you're willing to pay a premium for brilliant color and a 3D picture.
Sharp is one of the most innovative manufacturers of televisions in the world, and its Quattron technology has received excellent reviews, with some industry insiders believing that other manufacturers will soon follow suit. The biggest strength of Sharp televisions is their excellent picture quality, so if a crisp, clear, brilliant picture matters to you above all else, you'll find plenty to like about their current lineup of next-generation televisions.
One final example of Sharp's dedication to innovation can be seen in its state-of-the-art solar television. As part of a diversification initiative, Sharp became involved in the manufacture of photovoltaic (PV) panels, which it then applied to television engineering. Could this signal the beginning of the next big trend in consumer electronics? If so, Sharp will be leading the charge.
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