Sharp LC52D64U 52" LCD TV

Widescreen, 1920x1080, 2,000:1, HDTV - MPN: LC52D64U
Product Details
Description
The Aquos D64U Series fits a large screen size into incredibly small footprints. The depth of the D64U series is reduced by 30% by changing the layout of the circuits inside the LCD panel. Advanced Super View/Black TFT Panel is utilized to provide 10,000:1 Dynamic-Contrast Ratio with Enhanced Picture Contrast Technology and 4ms response time. Place the TV practically anywhere in the room with a 176 degrees wide viewing angle. Enhanced Black Level provides the deepest, most accurate black of any flat panel TV. Aquos engine with ASV technology provides high performance video processing for the brightest, most vivid colors and images.
Quick Glance
Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, Component Video Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes
Display Type LCD TV
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brightness 450 Nit
Expert Reviews
Sharp AQUOS LC-52D64U Review
4.5 Star Review  hdtvsolutions.com - Apr 21, 2008

With its lush rendering of HD content, the 52" LC-52D64U would serve as a great visual foundation for a home theater. For those who prefer NASCAR or Gossip Girls or Sunrise Earth, this no frills, user-friendly AQUOS provides an enticing TV watching experience.

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Sharp AQUOS LC-52D64U
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Sep 11, 2007

THE GOOD: Excellent black levels for an LCD TV; deinterlaced 1080i material properly; solid connectivity with 3 HDMI inputs; classy styling with thin frame around the screen and slim depth. THE BAD: Relatively expensive; uneven uniformity manifests as irregular bands across screen; color becomes bluer in darker areas; lacks picture-in-picture. THE BOTTOM LINE: We loved the Sharp LC-52D64Us slim style and solid black-level performance, but we didnt like its less-than-uniform screen.

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Sharp LC-52D64U
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sharp LC-52D64U receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.35 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #77 LCD flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Sharp LC-52D64U
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 11 expert reviews for Sharp LC-52D64U and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Display Flat Panel TV with Price Under $7500
4 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 6, 2010

Display is Excellent according to 12 Flat Panel TV experts. -- "for best performance"-reviews.cnet.com -- "super sized screen"-hdtvsolutions.com -- "Excellent black levels for an LCD TV."-review.zdnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Sound, Tuning, Connectivity, etc.

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Sharp AQUOS LC-52D64U
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Nov 2, 2011

The D64U Series is Sharps least expensive line of LCD televisions that offer a 1080p native resolution. For more information refer to the full Sharp AQUOS D64U Series report. Specs 1080p native resolution. 2,000:1 static contrast ratio, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio 4 ms response time 450 cd/m2 brightness Inputs: HDMI x 3, Component x 2, Composite x 3, S-Video x 1, VGA x 1 Models with a serial number starting with C or above (D, E, etc) and a firmware version starting with S instead of U will display 24p film content at a direct multiple of 48Hz instead of 60Hz like the older versions. ... PROS: (1) has more inputs than most will ever need (2) picture quality is very sharp and clear, every little detail is easy to pick out (3) sound is above-average, dont have to turn it up much to hear it clearly (4) fast enough response for video gaming (5) draws very little power while in operation, and almost none while in standby ... CONS: (1) advanced functions are a little confusing at first, need to read the instructions

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User Reviews
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4 Star Review   By member Comparision2009 - Sep 3, 2008   

Strengths: Clean sleek modern design. Superb contrast ratio (seems even better than what specks indicate) Excellent video processor and super fast response times.

Weakness: No swivel option with supplied stand. Needs quite a bit of adjustments to the picture settings out of the box (especially for skin tones)Sound also weak however improves by adjusting factory setting.

Loved the design - Sharp packed the beautiful 52 inch panel in to a surprisingly narrow bezel for a clean all glass look - Also very lightweight and slim depth. Ideal for wall mounting. So sleek, the dimension of this TV are comparable with many 46 inch LCD's out there. Bottom mounted speakers curve slightly towards the middle making the TV smile at you :) Good picture quality, haven’t tested it in 1080P yet as I am still on the fence about blu-ray or HD DVD however HD content from my cable provider with proper HDMI connectivity was immaculate. SD quality was also OK. Response time was great, I gave up on 120hz for the neat looks of this unit and I do not regret it, 60hz on this LCD were as good as can be. Factory picture settings are all set way too high. Adjust them accordingly to your preference keeping in mind that all scenes should look as natural as possible. You should be able to handle this yourself and or you can always pick up a in expensive HD calibration DVD for help. Sound is basic and I highly recommend turning on the Bass enhancer and surround feature in the settings. Now for the moment you've been waiting for...without further a-due...preceding the drum rolls... I have not seen any banding on my LCD. It appears as though Sharp may have actually rectified this notorious banding issue. Rest assured that I will update this review if I do see any vertical and or horizontal banding. Overall a very good TV. Aquos branded with all the bells and whistles including 1080p and all the connectivity you can ask for. Almost near future proof only lacking 120hz refresh rate which I found not to be necessary at all with this unit.

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WALL MOUNT. DOES ANYONE KEEP TVs ON STANDS ANYMORE?
3 Star Review   By NYer on Buydig.com - Aug 1, 2008   

Strengths: OK value for the $

Weakness: Wall mounting, picture quality

Reading all these glowing reviews, not one mention of wall mounting. Just received the Aquos, replacing a 42" plasma, have already installed a universal wall mount on a brick wall from the other TV, and guess what? It no worky. So I have to buy a Sharp AN-52AG4 wall mount as recommended in the manual. The TV only has a few holes in back to mount wall brackets, so a 'universal' bracket won't work. Another $149 or more. Not a huge deal, just a hassle and frustration. Looking at the Aquos picture now, my 42" HP plasma HDTV seems to be crisper with more vibrant colors.

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Great set
5 Star Review   By Houndhotel on Buydig.com - Jul 9, 2008   

Strengths: HD looks amazing on this set. Plenty of inputs. Menu is easy to use. USB upgrade port.

Weakness: None.

This TV is a great set. You can not go wrong. This is my third HD LCD and I am very happy with it. The complaints about the sound are being a bit picky. It really depends on what you are listening to. Try the blue ray "Planet Earth" sounds and looks incredible even with tv only speakers. If I want true surround sound I have my 5.1 stereo. I would buy another in a heart beat!

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Sharp Aquos GREAT!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Variety of inputs to enable easy set up to audio, and multiple video inputs, Wii, XBOX 360, HDTV cable, etc.

Weakness: still need the LCD's to work on the blacks like the plasmas, but this TV is awesome!! For the LCD the color is spectacular

I have read the comments about audio, we use a surround sound, so I can only commnet on the picture quality. This set is not for regular TV, before we had the HD cable hooked up and were playing the XBOX 360, HD games you cannot get the high quality picture intended for this set. If you have all the HD gagets, games, and HD cable or sat dish, and a surround sound, this set is for you. It is light, nice design. The size is perfect to not be obnoxious and still give that wonderful picture you can easily enjoy while watching movies and gaming. After looking at all the sets on the floor this set has the clearest picture. It was worth spending the extra to have a professional company come out and set up the cable, audio, games, etc. to ensure all the system components were working to their potential. It was worth EVERY penny!!! Wonderful set, would buy again in a minute!!

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Audio problems
1 Star Review   By riderzz on Buydig.com - Mar 4, 2008   

Strengths: Every thing fine except audio

Weakness: Sound breaks up

Purchased Dec. '07 After set-up I noticed that the sound on 2 of the digital over-the-air channels I receive was breaking up to the point where I could'nt watch them. The signal strength was good,so I contacted Sharp. After 2 service calls they sent a replacement set. It was the same model and did the same thing. I contacted Sharp again and they ended up sending me an older model 92u which has been working fine. Its not the one I wanted. So if you're going to use an antenna, DON'T buy this model!

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Sharp AQUOS 52" LCD 64U
5 Star Review   By member bosoxsf - Jan 24, 2008   

Strengths: Sleek narrow frame, lightweight relative to other large screens, large viewing area

Weakness: Lackluster audio

I was hesitant to order my LCD online and endure a potential shipping disaster (California) but I couldn't resist the great prices found on Pricegrabber. After much research, I chose the Sharp Aquos LC52D64U for 2 key reasons: Its fast response time (4ms) which translates to less pixelation-blur when viewing sports, my primary focus, and its big viewable display with minimal frame/border. It's also lightweight relative to other LCDs making for an easy mount with less worry. In 2 months of using everyday, I haven't had any banding issues noted in other reviews. The color and pix quality has been fantastic. I have HDTV so regular/non-HD channel quality is noticeable especially given the large screen. I couldn't be happier this TV.

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Sharp LC52D64U
5 Star Review   By member tja57 - Jan 1, 2008   

Strengths: Excellent picture quality. Very light and thin. Good value.

Weakness: Minor banding visible, but not serious. Audio quality acceptable, but not great.

I looked at many HD TVs for months before I chose this model. I preferred the LCD picture quality over the Plasmas. I narrowed down my choice to Sharp, Sony and Samsung LCD models based on picture quality. I decided that the hi-end Sony's had the best picture by a very small margin, but they were significantly more expensive than the Sharp. Unless the two models were side by side with the same source material, I couldn't tell the difference. The picture quality on the Sharp is amazing with a good high definition input, it almost looks 3 dimensional. There have been a lot of complaints about banding problems with the Sharps(light and dark bands on the screen). Supposedly it varies from TV to TV. Mine has some very minor banding, but you have to really look hard to see it. Most people would never notice it unless it was pointed out to them. The speaker quality is not great, but I use a home entertainment system for audio when watching movies. In summary, this Sharp has great picture quality at a very reasonable price for a 52" LCD HDTV.

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A beatiful set that begs to be wall mounted
5 Star Review   By member TheUnrealDeal - Dec 31, 2007   

Strengths: Narrow bezel, thin, decent contrast, well hidden speakers, decent array of inputs, great image quality with high def sources

Weakness: Standard def image poor with factory settings (but can be improved), awkward diagonal channel/volume controls on remote, "favorites" buttons already worn off

Overall I am very satisfied with this TV. The factory settings can be greatly improved with tweaks that can be found on AVS forum. The speakers are adequate sounding for casual TV viewing. I did have a couple adjacent stuck pixels that Sharp is working to resolve (join Aquos advantage for free, you will be blown away by their customer service). The weaknesses listed are very minor issues - just thought I'd list them for completeness. I highly recommend this set.

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52" Sharp Aquos
5 Star Review   By member lschutz - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: Thin, lighter weight, ease of set up, sharp picture

Weakness: No PIP is not a problem for me, but may bother some buyers

The newest Sharp 52" lcd is significantly thinner and lighter than most lcds this size and much smaller plasmas. The makes mounting the tv a more manageable task and its appearance is better because it is much flusher with the wall. The picture quality on HD channel appeared very good and I have not noticed any banding yet. The manual is relatively straight forward and the set is easy to use. The set can be purchased from buydig.com, one of the highest rated online sellers for $2195. Their service and delivery are excellent. Overall, for the first few days of use, I would say this is an excellent buy.

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Not Bad but Not for me
3 Star Review   By member cyberdentist - Dec 13, 2007   

Strengths: Super cool design - Looks very stylish Great looking Blacks Very Slim - small footprint

Weakness: Banding :( Booo

I bought this TV through Sharp F&F deal that ran a couple of months ago. As soon as I received the TV I put in the calibration disc that you can download from tvblink.com and tested it for banding/clouding and other artefacts. My tv displayed severe banding. Sharp customer service has been very helpful (probably the best customer service out there). THey asked me to take some pictures of the issue and email it to them. A week later I got a confirmation that the TV would be replaced. Couple of weeks later when my replacement TV showed up, it had the same banding issue that my first one displayed ! I contacted sharp again and after 2-3 weeks, they agreed to refund the whole amount and I was able to exchange the TV. For those of you who don't know what banding is, check youtube.com (search term: Sharp banding) The TV is really good except for banding. Till such a time sharp doesn't fix the banding issue I don't think sharp will get back to being #1. Finally went ahead and got myself a Sony 52XBR4 (cost me twice as much, but well worth every $ you spend). My advice, if you are constrained on budget, take a look at this TV but buy it from a retailer who has flexible return policy.

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Product Details
Description
The Aquos D64U Series fits a large screen size into incredibly small footprints. The depth of the D64U series is reduced by 30% by changing the layout of the circuits inside the LCD panel. Advanced Super View/Black TFT Panel is utilized to provide 10,000:1 Dynamic-Contrast Ratio with Enhanced Picture Contrast Technology and 4ms response time. Place the TV practically anywhere in the room with a 176 degrees wide viewing angle. Enhanced Black Level provides the deepest, most accurate black of any flat panel TV. Aquos engine with ASV technology provides high performance video processing for the brightest, most vivid colors and images.
Quick Glance
Broadcast Format Displayed 1080p
Digital Tuner ATSC
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, VGA Yes, Component Video Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes
Display Type LCD TV
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Max Resolution 1920 x 1080
Brightness 450 Nit
Summary
Product Title Sharp LC52D64U 52" LCD TV
Manufacturer Sharp
Power Score 4.2 | 42 Reviews
Display Panel
Diagonal Screen Size: 52 in
Response Time: 4 ms
Physical Specifications
Weight: 62.80 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Expert Reviews
Sharp AQUOS LC-52D64U Review
4.5 Star Review  hdtvsolutions.com - Apr 21, 2008

With its lush rendering of HD content, the 52" LC-52D64U would serve as a great visual foundation for a home theater. For those who prefer NASCAR or Gossip Girls or Sunrise Earth, this no frills, user-friendly AQUOS provides an enticing TV watching experience.

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Sharp AQUOS LC-52D64U
3.5 Star Review  cnet.com - Sep 11, 2007

THE GOOD: Excellent black levels for an LCD TV; deinterlaced 1080i material properly; solid connectivity with 3 HDMI inputs; classy styling with thin frame around the screen and slim depth. THE BAD: Relatively expensive; uneven uniformity manifests as irregular bands across screen; color becomes bluer in darker areas; lacks picture-in-picture. THE BOTTOM LINE: We loved the Sharp LC-52D64Us slim style and solid black-level performance, but we didnt like its less-than-uniform screen.

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Sharp LC-52D64U
3 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Jul 16, 2008

Sharp LC-52D64U receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS score of 2.35 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #77 LCD flat panel TV of all time. The overall rating represents an intelligent balance of features, value as a function of price to features, and a summary of reviews from a variety of sources. The TopTen REVIEWS' formula gives a picture of important consumer features, market value, and a product's acceptance and track record as it relates to similar products.

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Sharp LC-52D64U
3.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 11 expert reviews for Sharp LC-52D64U and the average expert rating is 68 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Best Display Flat Panel TV with Price Under $7500
4 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Jan 6, 2010

Display is Excellent according to 12 Flat Panel TV experts. -- "for best performance"-reviews.cnet.com -- "super sized screen"-hdtvsolutions.com -- "Excellent black levels for an LCD TV."-review.zdnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Sound, Tuning, Connectivity, etc.

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Sharp AQUOS LC-52D64U
4.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - Nov 2, 2011

The D64U Series is Sharps least expensive line of LCD televisions that offer a 1080p native resolution. For more information refer to the full Sharp AQUOS D64U Series report. Specs 1080p native resolution. 2,000:1 static contrast ratio, 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio 4 ms response time 450 cd/m2 brightness Inputs: HDMI x 3, Component x 2, Composite x 3, S-Video x 1, VGA x 1 Models with a serial number starting with C or above (D, E, etc) and a firmware version starting with S instead of U will display 24p film content at a direct multiple of 48Hz instead of 60Hz like the older versions. ... PROS: (1) has more inputs than most will ever need (2) picture quality is very sharp and clear, every little detail is easy to pick out (3) sound is above-average, dont have to turn it up much to hear it clearly (4) fast enough response for video gaming (5) draws very little power while in operation, and almost none while in standby ... CONS: (1) advanced functions are a little confusing at first, need to read the instructions

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User Reviews
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4 Star Review   By member Comparision2009 - Sep 3, 2008   

Strengths: Clean sleek modern design. Superb contrast ratio (seems even better than what specks indicate) Excellent video processor and super fast response times.

Weakness: No swivel option with supplied stand. Needs quite a bit of adjustments to the picture settings out of the box (especially for skin tones)Sound also weak however improves by adjusting factory setting.

Loved the design - Sharp packed the beautiful 52 inch panel in to a surprisingly narrow bezel for a clean all glass look - Also very lightweight and slim depth. Ideal for wall mounting. So sleek, the dimension of this TV are comparable with many 46 inch LCD's out there. Bottom mounted speakers curve slightly towards the middle making the TV smile at you :) Good picture quality, haven’t tested it in 1080P yet as I am still on the fence about blu-ray or HD DVD however HD content from my cable provider with proper HDMI connectivity was immaculate. SD quality was also OK. Response time was great, I gave up on 120hz for the neat looks of this unit and I do not regret it, 60hz on this LCD were as good as can be. Factory picture settings are all set way too high. Adjust them accordingly to your preference keeping in mind that all scenes should look as natural as possible. You should be able to handle this yourself and or you can always pick up a in expensive HD calibration DVD for help. Sound is basic and I highly recommend turning on the Bass enhancer and surround feature in the settings. Now for the moment you've been waiting for...without further a-due...preceding the drum rolls... I have not seen any banding on my LCD. It appears as though Sharp may have actually rectified this notorious banding issue. Rest assured that I will update this review if I do see any vertical and or horizontal banding. Overall a very good TV. Aquos branded with all the bells and whistles including 1080p and all the connectivity you can ask for. Almost near future proof only lacking 120hz refresh rate which I found not to be necessary at all with this unit.

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WALL MOUNT. DOES ANYONE KEEP TVs ON STANDS ANYMORE?
3 Star Review   By NYer on Buydig.com - Aug 1, 2008   

Strengths: OK value for the $

Weakness: Wall mounting, picture quality

Reading all these glowing reviews, not one mention of wall mounting. Just received the Aquos, replacing a 42" plasma, have already installed a universal wall mount on a brick wall from the other TV, and guess what? It no worky. So I have to buy a Sharp AN-52AG4 wall mount as recommended in the manual. The TV only has a few holes in back to mount wall brackets, so a 'universal' bracket won't work. Another $149 or more. Not a huge deal, just a hassle and frustration. Looking at the Aquos picture now, my 42" HP plasma HDTV seems to be crisper with more vibrant colors.

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Great set
5 Star Review   By Houndhotel on Buydig.com - Jul 9, 2008   

Strengths: HD looks amazing on this set. Plenty of inputs. Menu is easy to use. USB upgrade port.

Weakness: None.

This TV is a great set. You can not go wrong. This is my third HD LCD and I am very happy with it. The complaints about the sound are being a bit picky. It really depends on what you are listening to. Try the blue ray "Planet Earth" sounds and looks incredible even with tv only speakers. If I want true surround sound I have my 5.1 stereo. I would buy another in a heart beat!

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Sharp Aquos GREAT!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Variety of inputs to enable easy set up to audio, and multiple video inputs, Wii, XBOX 360, HDTV cable, etc.

Weakness: still need the LCD's to work on the blacks like the plasmas, but this TV is awesome!! For the LCD the color is spectacular

I have read the comments about audio, we use a surround sound, so I can only commnet on the picture quality. This set is not for regular TV, before we had the HD cable hooked up and were playing the XBOX 360, HD games you cannot get the high quality picture intended for this set. If you have all the HD gagets, games, and HD cable or sat dish, and a surround sound, this set is for you. It is light, nice design. The size is perfect to not be obnoxious and still give that wonderful picture you can easily enjoy while watching movies and gaming. After looking at all the sets on the floor this set has the clearest picture. It was worth spending the extra to have a professional company come out and set up the cable, audio, games, etc. to ensure all the system components were working to their potential. It was worth EVERY penny!!! Wonderful set, would buy again in a minute!!

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Audio problems
1 Star Review   By riderzz on Buydig.com - Mar 4, 2008   

Strengths: Every thing fine except audio

Weakness: Sound breaks up

Purchased Dec. '07 After set-up I noticed that the sound on 2 of the digital over-the-air channels I receive was breaking up to the point where I could'nt watch them. The signal strength was good,so I contacted Sharp. After 2 service calls they sent a replacement set. It was the same model and did the same thing. I contacted Sharp again and they ended up sending me an older model 92u which has been working fine. Its not the one I wanted. So if you're going to use an antenna, DON'T buy this model!

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Sharp AQUOS 52" LCD 64U
5 Star Review   By member bosoxsf - Jan 24, 2008   

Strengths: Sleek narrow frame, lightweight relative to other large screens, large viewing area

Weakness: Lackluster audio

I was hesitant to order my LCD online and endure a potential shipping disaster (California) but I couldn't resist the great prices found on Pricegrabber. After much research, I chose the Sharp Aquos LC52D64U for 2 key reasons: Its fast response time (4ms) which translates to less pixelation-blur when viewing sports, my primary focus, and its big viewable display with minimal frame/border. It's also lightweight relative to other LCDs making for an easy mount with less worry. In 2 months of using everyday, I haven't had any banding issues noted in other reviews. The color and pix quality has been fantastic. I have HDTV so regular/non-HD channel quality is noticeable especially given the large screen. I couldn't be happier this TV.

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Sharp LC52D64U
5 Star Review   By member tja57 - Jan 1, 2008   

Strengths: Excellent picture quality. Very light and thin. Good value.

Weakness: Minor banding visible, but not serious. Audio quality acceptable, but not great.

I looked at many HD TVs for months before I chose this model. I preferred the LCD picture quality over the Plasmas. I narrowed down my choice to Sharp, Sony and Samsung LCD models based on picture quality. I decided that the hi-end Sony's had the best picture by a very small margin, but they were significantly more expensive than the Sharp. Unless the two models were side by side with the same source material, I couldn't tell the difference. The picture quality on the Sharp is amazing with a good high definition input, it almost looks 3 dimensional. There have been a lot of complaints about banding problems with the Sharps(light and dark bands on the screen). Supposedly it varies from TV to TV. Mine has some very minor banding, but you have to really look hard to see it. Most people would never notice it unless it was pointed out to them. The speaker quality is not great, but I use a home entertainment system for audio when watching movies. In summary, this Sharp has great picture quality at a very reasonable price for a 52" LCD HDTV.

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A beatiful set that begs to be wall mounted
5 Star Review   By member TheUnrealDeal - Dec 31, 2007   

Strengths: Narrow bezel, thin, decent contrast, well hidden speakers, decent array of inputs, great image quality with high def sources

Weakness: Standard def image poor with factory settings (but can be improved), awkward diagonal channel/volume controls on remote, "favorites" buttons already worn off

Overall I am very satisfied with this TV. The factory settings can be greatly improved with tweaks that can be found on AVS forum. The speakers are adequate sounding for casual TV viewing. I did have a couple adjacent stuck pixels that Sharp is working to resolve (join Aquos advantage for free, you will be blown away by their customer service). The weaknesses listed are very minor issues - just thought I'd list them for completeness. I highly recommend this set.

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52" Sharp Aquos
5 Star Review   By member lschutz - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: Thin, lighter weight, ease of set up, sharp picture

Weakness: No PIP is not a problem for me, but may bother some buyers

The newest Sharp 52" lcd is significantly thinner and lighter than most lcds this size and much smaller plasmas. The makes mounting the tv a more manageable task and its appearance is better because it is much flusher with the wall. The picture quality on HD channel appeared very good and I have not noticed any banding yet. The manual is relatively straight forward and the set is easy to use. The set can be purchased from buydig.com, one of the highest rated online sellers for $2195. Their service and delivery are excellent. Overall, for the first few days of use, I would say this is an excellent buy.

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Not Bad but Not for me
3 Star Review   By member cyberdentist - Dec 13, 2007   

Strengths: Super cool design - Looks very stylish Great looking Blacks Very Slim - small footprint

Weakness: Banding :( Booo

I bought this TV through Sharp F&F deal that ran a couple of months ago. As soon as I received the TV I put in the calibration disc that you can download from tvblink.com and tested it for banding/clouding and other artefacts. My tv displayed severe banding. Sharp customer service has been very helpful (probably the best customer service out there). THey asked me to take some pictures of the issue and email it to them. A week later I got a confirmation that the TV would be replaced. Couple of weeks later when my replacement TV showed up, it had the same banding issue that my first one displayed ! I contacted sharp again and after 2-3 weeks, they agreed to refund the whole amount and I was able to exchange the TV. For those of you who don't know what banding is, check youtube.com (search term: Sharp banding) The TV is really good except for banding. Till such a time sharp doesn't fix the banding issue I don't think sharp will get back to being #1. Finally went ahead and got myself a Sony 52XBR4 (cost me twice as much, but well worth every $ you spend). My advice, if you are constrained on budget, take a look at this TV but buy it from a retailer who has flexible return policy.

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VERY NICE!
5 Star Review   By mitch on 6th Ave Electronics - Dec 12, 2007   

Strengths: great picture,nice sound,amazing sound

Weakness: none for its price range

great tv, i would recommend this tv to anyone in the market who wants to buy a 1080p 50+ inch television,price to quality is hard to match

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Awesome 52" Full HD, Fab pictures
5 Star Review   By member anandr - Dec 2, 2007   

Strengths: 1. Extremely slim design 2. Quick setup. Learning local digital channels was a breeze 3. Great 720i/p, 1080i local broadcast pictures 4. plenty of i/p, o/p ports

Weakness: 1. outside frame could have been more stylish/less glossy 2. too many "view mode" options - dot by dot, stretch, super stretch, wide, zoom, normal & no onscreen help 3. Too long to start on poweron

Picked up this unit on the 2007 black Friday deal at CC when I didn't get the 46" unit. So far things have been going so good that I decided to keep the unit and am about to get it mounted on the wall. Setting up was a breeze - learning channels from air (via existing room top antenna), connections to component/RCA inputs from Rcvr, and other A/V devices/identifying sources. Built in speaker is ok, could have had more Watts. Video quality is extremely good. As mentioned earlier, takes too long to turn on display at power-on and flipping channels seems slow. I don't see any of the banding claims as mentioned in various other reviews of the sharp products - I have seen 5 HD movies in the last 2 weeks & various broadcast (via air) and cable channels. Remote could have been done better with a menu choice for selecting channels - Fav channels is a little difficult to use VESA compliant, so the mounting brackets I picked up from telehook seems to do the trick for wall mounting. Unit is about 80 lbs and waiting for another pair of hands to put it on the wall

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Very Good LCD TV
4 Star Review   By member gammacrush - Nov 11, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent Desing, Deep Black Color, 3 HDMI and 2 Component, Vivid Color and Brightness

Weakness: Some banding but NOT very visible, Remote Design

Overall this is a very good LCD TV. The picture is awesome with HD materials. Do need to make some adjustment on the video setting at first because the default setting is not so good. The deep blacks and rich colors, and the variable input is the besthing about this LCD TV. Sound speaker is okay. There is some banding but very hard to notice and much much improvement from the previous model. The remote could have been design much better; preferably without the flip cover.

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Large screen in a small size! No serious complaints
5 Star Review   By member gstrowig - Nov 6, 2007   

Strengths: TV dimensions & weight; picture quality, black levels, and viewing angles are excellent; speakers are surprisingly good; number and location of inputs; menu options are simple and straightforward.

Weakness: Remote and manual are not the greatest, but aren't awful; no picture-in-picture which may be expected at this size and price point.

The Sharp AQUOS line has been recently upgraded to these models which supposedly do not have the "banding" issues that past AQUOS screens had. These TVs have some of the smallest form factors for the screen size; even the relatively powerful and adequate speakers are "tucked under" the screen. The stand is very strong and stable. The TV/stand assembly is very simple....8 allen screws for which Sharp has included the wrench. The manual does not really explain some of the advanced video controls well enough for a novice to learn. The descriptions still leave room for a lot of head scratching. Thankfully, most users will not need to touch these advanced settings at all. The remote is your typical multi-device remote but is nothing special. The internal packaging for the 52" is very nice, but has the possibility of open easily if one of the plastic banding straps breaks. The box is not sealed and is only held closed by 2 banding straps.

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4 Star Review     

Strengths: COME W/ VGA PC INPUT FINALLY IN AQUOS

Weakness: NOT 120HZ REFRESH RATED AND ENERGY STAR COMPLIANT (ENVIRONMENTAL UNFRIENDLY).

60HZ RATE IS NOT IDEAL MY PS3 GAMES AND FAST MOTION (GHOST EFFECT). WISH FUTURE MODEL WILL COME W/ COMPLETED FEATURES. I SWITCHED TO D82U MODEL BUT NO VGA INPUT FOR MY LAPTOP.

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The bottom Line on the LC52D64U
4 Star Review   By member Marko26 - Oct 30, 2007   

Strengths: Clean sleek modern design. Superb contrast ratio (seems even better than what specks indicate) Excellent video processor and super fast response times.

Weakness: No swivel option with supplied stand. Needs quite a bit of adjustments to the picture settings out of the box (especially for skin tones)Sound also weak however improves by adjusting factory setting.

Loved the design - Sharp packed the beautiful 52 inch panel in to a surprisingly narrow bezel for a clean all glass look - Also very lightweight and slim depth. Ideal for wall mounting. So sleek, the dimension of this TV are comparable with many 46 inch LCD's out there. Bottom mounted speakers curve slightly towards the middle making the TV smile at you :) Good picture quality, haven’t tested it in 1080P yet as I am still on the fence about blu-ray or HD DVD however HD content from my cable provider with proper HDMI connectivity was immaculate. SD quality was also OK. Response time was great, I gave up on 120hz for the neat looks of this unit and I do not regret it, 60hz on this LCD were as good as can be. Factory picture settings are all set way too high. Adjust them accordingly to your preference keeping in mind that all scenes should look as natural as possible. You should be able to handle this yourself and or you can always pick up a in expensive HD calibration DVD for help. Sound is basic and I highly recommend turning on the Bass enhancer and surround feature in the settings. Now for the moment you've been waiting for...without further a-due...preceding the drum rolls... I have not seen any banding on my LCD. It appears as though Sharp may have actually rectified this notorious banding issue. Rest assured that I will update this review if I do see any vertical and or horizontal banding. Overall a very good TV. Aquos branded with all the bells and whistles including 1080p and all the connectivity you can ask for. Almost near future proof only lacking 120hz refresh rate which I found not to be necessary at all with this unit.

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Amazing sharpness and color
5 Star Review   By member shulgach1 - Oct 29, 2007   

Strengths: Thin bezel, stunning sharpness and color

Weakness: Need to tweak color settings when first receiving

New thin series TV from Sharp truly is: thin glossy black bezel and thin overall TV depth. Super color and sharpness. Needs to be color-adjusted when first installed, so if you are color-challenged, google some settings and try them out.

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The bottom line on the LC52D64U
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Superb Design; small bezel around screen,lightwight and slim. Clean modern look, ideal for mounting on a wall. excellent black level for super vivid picture. Quick video processor no need for 120hz.

Weakness: No swivel feature on with supplied stand. Picture settings need adjustment out of the box especialy for skin tones.

Overall a great TV. I loved the super modern design with its minimul bezel for an all glass look. Super slim debth and lightweight especially for a 52 incher. This TV has such a clean cut look, its dimensions can actually be compared to many of the 46 inch TV's out there. Neatly bottom mounted speaker shaped like the nicer LCD TV's today kinda smiles at ya. Now for the moment you've been wating for... drum roll... I have not seen any banding on this TV (thank God) It appears to me that Sharp may have actually rectified this notorious issue. I did however find the factory settings to be set way to high however most issues were rectifiable with adjustment. HD performance is secod to none, SD performance was OK. Response time to fast moving scenes is great. Just be sure to properly calibrate this Unit and you'l really enjoy it.

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Best 52" LCD in the market
5 Star Review   By member jakob2007 - Oct 23, 2007   

Strengths: 3 HDMI inputs and very slim. Nice piano black finish.

Weakness: No picture-in-picture.

Just got mine about 3 weeks. This is my first HD LCD TV and I love it. I bought it because it is very slim compared to the other models. It has 3 HDMI input which is a big plus. I connect by HTPC to this TV using a DVI to HDMI cable. I read about the banding problem with Sharp but I did not see it with this particular model. I would definitely recommend this LCD TV.

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Sharp Aquos LC52D64U 52
4 Star Review   By member tt2 - Oct 22, 2007   

Strengths: Very slim, lighter than other plasma or LCDs, good sharpness.

Weakness: Build in speaker was not that good.

This LCD was purchased during the Family and Friends promotion for $1800 and for the price paid, you can't ask for more. Overall, it has very good sharpness. This is the slim model, therefore it is lighter then other models. The brightness needs to be adjusted. It is set to the brightest by default. You'll get a few more years for toning it down a bit.

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Thinnest TV ever!
4 Star Review   By member SleepyReviewer - Oct 22, 2007   

Strengths: Really thin, low-profile design. Brilliant colors.

Weakness: Remote control not user friendly, only 3 HDMI ports (other TVs have 4 or 5)

Bought this on sale at a local electronics store, and it was the thinnest LCD HDTV that was in their lineup. The LC52D64U is supposedly Sharp's newest and thinnest 52" television as of October 2007. Looks great mounted on your wall or on a TV stand, though you should get a low profile (thin) stand or else the TV will look out of place. Plugged in my XBOX and tried loading up Halo 3 on it in 1080p over the component out hookup. Blacks were on target, and the sharpness is amazing. The picture is crisp and beautiful. My only gripe is that the TV could have come with a better remote. That said, I'm using a harmony remote so can't complain; most everything works fine with the universal remote control. The TV could use more HDMI ports: the cable box, DVD player, and the PS3 use up all the available ports on the TV. One more couldn't hurt.

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Aquos LC-52D64U
5 Star Review   By member ASIC2000 - Oct 13, 2007   

Strengths: Thin and light cabinet, 3 HDMI 1.3 inputs, low power consumption and best of all is the PQ. No banding nor clouding.

Weakness: Audio is typical of all TV's, remote control could be better.

This Sharp Aquos LC52D64U is excellent for the price, it is much improved over the LC52D62U. The PQ is as almost as good as TVs cost more than 50% or more. The side inputs are easy to use, specially for wall mounted TV. The built in ATSC tuner pickup more digital channels than what were in Antennaweb for my area. The built in speakers/amplifier are very weak, it is okay for low volume but the distortion level is very high for low frequencies at normal listening level. Overall, I would recommend this TV to anyone wants to use it as main video display and willing to spend some money for a good surround system.

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Excenlent 1080P 52" LCD TV on the market
5 Star Review   By member c0l8759 - Oct 12, 2007   

Strengths: Easy to set up Ultra thin Light weight Super clear definite colors and sound

I ordered this TV from sharp directly due to a promotion. It's very easy to set it up and hook it up to my HD TV receiver and I was stunned by the high quality pictures. I did not to do any adjustment and the picture looks perfect with default seting.

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Great TV for the F&F Price!
5 Star Review   By member MCEscher - Oct 11, 2007   

Strengths: HD picture quality, deep blacks. 3 HDMI inputs. Less than 4" thin. Large bright screen.

Weakness: Standard def picture quality. Sound. Possible banding problem if unlucky. Preset picture settings.

As with most reviewers here, we got this from the Sharp F&F deal for a great price. It was really worth the 3 weeks wait to get it. Above all else, the HD picture quality is amazing once you customize your own picture setting. Colors are life like, blacks are true and deep. Combined with the large size screen, it feels we have front row seats to whatever we're watching. I've plugged in a PS3 and Wii and they both look very good via HDMI and component, respectively. Again with the customized picture settings. (You can find them on AVS Forum.) Standard def signals however, leave much to be desired. It is certainly not as good as my old CRT but that is a sacrifice LCD owners need to make. The sound is just okay. You'll need a theather system to improve it. The frame is glossy black and looks very nice. It is extremely thin and just looks sleek. Yes, Sharps are known to have problems with banding or gross uneven backlighting. For this D64U series, it seems to be much less of a problem. Our's is perfectly fine. It's good to buy it from somewhere you can easily return/exchange. We can't describe how enjoyable it has been to watch this TV. We hope it will last a very long time.

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Very Slick TV
5 Star Review   By member klim - Oct 3, 2007   

Strengths: Lighter and slimmer than its predecessor. Great resolution. It has a slick, shiny case that gives it an even more more alluring and sophisticated look.

Weakness: The design of the remote can use some update. For a TV so slick, it is almost a crime to pair it with such a dull looking remote.

This TV is capable of 1080p resolution. It is "future proof". Its case is amazingly slim and I just love the shiny black look. It gives it a very sophisticated look, befitting of such a technological wonder. Pairing it with an upscaling DVD player connected with HDMI cable bring me to the edge of heaven. With picture that sharp, I can't go back to watching any regular standard resolution broadcast anymore. This is not just a flat panel TV but a slim one that will surely impress.

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Best value - great quality! Super size!
5 Star Review   By member nitinbatra - Sep 30, 2007   

Strengths: Sleek design, sharp blacks, hdmi 1.3 inputs, no banding issues (so far!)

Weakness: Standard definition picture quality is subpar, not 120mhz

I got in on the Sharp F&F deal for this tv. The price was unbeatable! Being my first HDTV, I am blown away by the HD picture quality and the overall design and features of this TV. Also, 52" looks soooo much bigger in the living room than it does in an electronics showroom with tons of other tv's sitting side by side !!

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AQUOS LC52D64U 52" Full 1080P
4 Star Review   By member TEK TOYZ - Sep 29, 2007   

Strengths: Super Thin (25% thinner than previous 62u series). Count them (3 HDMI 1.3 connections). Side input Connections. 4ms response time.

Weakness: Nothing major, Standard definition viewing is ok, but every other tv I looked at in the stores had issues to and this was better than most of those.

52" of pure viewing pleasure. You have to see HD in this TV. It is by far one of the best (if not the best) 1080P LCD's in its price range. The TV is super thin a sleek. And the 64u added the VGA port back in which I like since my laptops do not support HDMI out yet, so now I can use this TV as a GIANT computer monitor and it is amazing. I read some complaints about the remote, but I have no issues with it. I also have the 46" version and equally as happy with it. I happily recommended this set to friends. In fact I had a co-worker buy the 42" version because I raved so much about the ones I had.

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No complaints! 52" Unbeatable quality / features at a 46" price!
5 Star Review   By member cdmajoo - Sep 27, 2007   

Strengths: 1. NO Banding! 2. 25% lighter & 20% slimmer vs. D62U/82U 3. Deep blacks and bright colors 4. True 1080p resolution 5. 3 HDMI ports (1.3a) 6. PC Input (RGB)

Weakness: 1. Recessed Speaker quality mediocre 2. Not 120Hz refresh rate 3. Frame too shiny

This LC-52D64U is my second Sharp LCD HDTV. I bought a 52" LC-52D82U in August '07 (see my PriceGrabber review on that model) but decided to buy this one for my parents given my great experience with the 82U and unbeatable special promotion price from Sharp Direct! I have extensively explored this TV for 4 days at my parent's house. In comparison with the 52D82U model, this TV is much lighter (20%) and slimmer (25%) - I could not believe how much set-up space it saved vs. my 82U! I could lift this TV alone if I wanted to. Set-up took only 15 minutes and the VERY first thing I did of course was to check banding - and there was NONE! The features offered was also ideal: It had 3 HDMI ports with the latest ver. 1.3a standard and also had that PC Input I had really wanted (I was able to show how easy it is to hook it up with a laptop to my father), along with 2 component outputs. With 5 HD grade inputs you'll never "run out" of ports to connect your A/V equipment! It also is true 1080p in resolution and showed awesome deep blacks and vibrant colors (with Sharp's new ASV technology). Remote was fairly easy to use. I watched DVD's and HD broadcasts on this TV and picture simply is AMAZING! The built-in QAM HD tuner picked up 55 digital & HD channels even when my father's Comcast subscription was bare Analog Basic - think about how much cable bill he's saving! Standard Def picture quality was slightly better vs. the 82U and about on-par with the high-end Sony KDL-52XBR4 model. Only negatives about this TV is that it does not come with 120Hz refresh rate but with 60Hz, but then, I learned that 120Hz "refresh" rate is NOT "120Hz processing" so even the experts cannot tell any noticeable difference. The recessed speakers are gray (as opposed to black on the frame), somewhat shallow and offers mediocre sound quality (15W) which shows no improvement from their 82U. Overall, I had no complaints about this TV. I even tried to convince my father to swap it with my D82U but even he's too impressed to give it up! (and he's not a techie at all) I would highly recommend this TV to anyone looking for a flat panel 52" HDTV!

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Very satisfied with this TV
4 Star Review   By member laryc - Sep 24, 2007   

Strengths: 1. Slick-thin design and very light. 2. PQ way better than expected. 3. More HDMI plus it's 1.3a compare to 62U. 4. HD looks great.

Weakness: 1. SD is just ok depends on channels 2. Banding issue might be still there but I haven't see any

During my TV shopping in past few months after going to BB, CC, Fry's, Costco, etc. Sharp never stood out when there are 20-30 TVs on the wall. The PQ of this Sharp only look "average" when it was sitting next to other expensive models. However, after watching 52D64U for 2 weeks now since I received the unit, I am very happy about the purchase because I can't really tell the difference when there is no other TV next to it to compare with. This means other brand that cost $1000-$2000 more is just slightly better. If a top end TV that cost more than $4000 is rated 90 out of 100, 64Us can be rated at least 80 out of 100. I personally wouldn't want to pay $2000 more to just get 10% improvements. Not even $1000 for 10%. I would recommend this TV to other dollar vs. value customer.

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Nice Sharp LCD TV
4 Star Review   By member jinyu1 - Sep 23, 2007   

Strengths: Nice looking slim design, deep black level, response time

Weakness: Some banding, Fine Motion causes flickers and dizziness

The 52in Sharp TV is sharp. Its slim design looks very nice. The black levels are deep and the response time is very good. There are still some bands when viewing a test DVD. However, no bands are visible in normal programs. The Fine Motion feature is a joke. It supposed to increase the response time to the specified 4ms. However, when it's on, I feel dizzy when playing Gears of War. My game experience became much better when it's turned off.

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Awesome LCD TV
4 Star Review   By member Passivex - Sep 21, 2007   

Strengths: 3 HDMI inputs + 2 hi-def component inputs 1080p (1920x1080) Excellent colors and contrast High degree of off-axis viewing angle Low response time (4ms) Super slim

Weakness: Slight light leakage Some banding reported by others but I have not noticed. Remote could be better but I already have a Harmony remote so this is moot for me.

This TV would be awesome as a 52" computer monitor running a at a relatively high resolution. As a matter of fact, I will be using it as my main monitor (1920x1080 at 52"...awesome!) in addition to a display for my Xbox360. I love the built-in ATSC (HDTV) tuner. In my area, I'm getting a fairly good amount of HD channels (about 9). Here's hoping for more in the future. HD channels aside, this tuner also picks up standard def. digital broadcasts which look a lot better than my old analog tuner.

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AQUOS LC52D64U 52
4 Star Review   By member alluu - Sep 16, 2007   

Strengths: 1) Deep blacks and vivid colors 2) 3 HDMI 1.3a inputs - two in the back and one side input for easy access 3) Slim design - weighs only 63 lbs without the stand

Weakness: 1) Uneven backlight - no banding but the backlight produces uneven colors in the corners. 2) Remote - not very user friendly

This is my first LCD HDTV. I compared the Sharp, Samsung, Sony LCDs before going with the Sharp. For the price, this LCD cannot be beat. The 64U is much improved over the 62U. Compared to the 62U, blacks are deeper and colors are richer. I have no banding which was very common on the 62U/72U/82U/92U models. The side inputs are great. Can't imagine fiddling around in the back panel trying to hook up devices. Wish the speakers were not grey.

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Sharp 52" d64u
4 Star Review   By member whitfordg - Sep 16, 2007   

Strengths: SIZE!! 1080P and multiple inputs. Picture quality in HD is amazing. Many HD input options and very good picture control options. Good quality for the cost.

Weakness: None I can think on now. The picture in SD is ok, but the size of the screen magnifies every flaw. Also the speakers are kind of 'tinny' Lack of media Card reader.

Overall, I found this TV to be a good value. I upgraded from a 40" Samsung that was a little small for the room it was in. Great picture Clarity and AMAZING HD picture! I would like to see the inclusion of a media card reader to have slideshows.

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A Happy Owner of A Great Product
5 Star Review   By member dynaudios - Sep 16, 2007   

Strengths: 1080P native resolution + HD camcorder = endless fun HDTV looks better too.

Weakness: A bit weak on SD content. Not receiving all HDTV channels throuh cable

Bought two, one 46in and one 52in. This is definitely one of the best 1080p TV on the market. I have been using Panasonic plasma's for many many years, since I always saw better picture on plasma than on LCD. The sharp changed my view totally. Both color satuation and contrast are comparable with the best plasma. However, it's much lighter, and there is no "burn-in" issues. I use it with my HV20 HD cancorder, the picture quality is much better than 768p plasma. On the down side, it looks not as good when recieving SD TV content. Also, cannot receive all the HDTV channels through cable, compared to my current panasonic with cable card.

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Sharp LC-5264u
4 Star Review   By member huyqp - Sep 15, 2007   

Strengths: thin, bright, 3 HDMI

Got in on 9/14 and just hook up to my rabbit ear antenna. Pick up all local HDTV stations without any problem. Pictures are vivid and sharp right out of the box. Very light, was able to lift it up and move to another location all by myself. Don't see any banding that was prevalent in the old 62U model. I then hook it up to regular cable and able to pick up HDTV channel without cable box or cable card.

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New Sharp 52D54U review
5 Star Review   By member gupta_ash - Sep 15, 2007   

Strengths: 1. Sleek body, 25% thinner compared to 82U, lighter, consumes less power.Excellent picture quality,3 HDMI (1 on the side for easier access)

Weakness: No to good looking chasis. Unknown banding problem (I haven;t seen it) Price, if you have not purchased under sharp F&F :)

I purchased this TV because it was for $1800 under sharp F&F promotion. Really a good price for 52" 1080P tevelision. The picture quality is excellent, with sharp colors and good contrast. I couldn't see any difference compared to 82U with is supposed to have 120HZ frame conversion which supposed to have less motion blur on fast moving pictures. So far, its a great piece of equipment considering its 25% thinner hence ideal for wall mounting. My wife although didn't like the chassis design (silver curve frame).

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