Sharp LC-60LE925 review

If you're after big-screen 3D thrills, then this Sharp 60 inch is most certainly for you. There's a lot to admire in this relatively affordable set Tested at £3300

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Our Verdict

Improved rivals see the Sharp go down to three stars – but it’s still a fine 3D TV

For

  • Vibrant but natural colours
  • decent detail and contrast
  • good scaler
  • reasonable sound

Against

  • Reflective panel
  • no Freeview HD
  • backlight isn’t even
  • iffy EPG
  • imperfect motion

Sharp’s last big win in these pages was some time ago, there have recently been a couple of models that have impressed us – including this one.

The thing is, while back in January this looked like a rather affordable big-screen 3D display, the appearances of similarly sized and supremely comptent rivals have altered the playing field, and the Sharp doesn’t look like quite as good a deal.

It does look rather fine in its own right, though. It’s nice that Sharp hasn’t tried to copy Samsung or Sony styling, instead going for a unique, round-edged design that looks smart and stylish without looking hard and aggressive.

The decision to go with a heavily mirrored panel is slightly less successful: reflections help make your room look bigger (so certain floppy-haired TV interior-design pundits tell us, anyway), but the last thing you want to see during the dark scenes of The Town is your own mug gurning back at you.

Keep the lights down low, though, and the Sharp does have a good go with Blu-rays.

It sharply defines the interiors of houses, exhibits vibrancy and control in its representation of all the colours on display, and digs up plenty of detail in dark corners.

The worn, lined face of the late, great Pete Postlethwaite, meanwhile, looks almost 3D – without even needing the special specs.

Strong with panning
The Sharp’s motion processing has much in common with its rivals, in that it’s strong with slow panning shots, but a little weaker with the kind of fast, unpredictable motion that you find in The Town’s opening heist.

While its backlight is capable of producing very decent contrast levels, it suffers from just a touch of unevenness that, while only visible in extremely dark pictures, is still a shame nonetheless.

When you do switch to 3D there’s a bit of smear to motion and some irritating crosstalk, but generally it’s a punchy, colourful and well-defined image with decent overall picture depth.

Blacks are deep, too, though we wouldn’t mind a little more insight into them.

The lack of a Freeview HD tuner is, of course disappointing, but the Sharp does a respectable job of upscaling standard-definition content.

It is a shame too that the programme guide and menus are cluttered and slow to respond.

We can see what the company was going for – an icon system with drop-down options, à la Sony’s XrossMediaBar – but it misses the mark trying to cram too much in.

There’s still a lot to like
You’ll get used to it, we’re sure, but there’s no denying that the menu system should be a little prettier and more intuitive.

Still, at least you can keep watching a program in the mini window – which on this telly is still 45in!

The Sharp is, obviously, just as good now as it was before – it’s just that those pesky rivals have forced us to re-evaluate its star rating.

Don’t discount it, though, especially if you find it with a nice discount.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesLE925
Product LineAQUOS
Product NameSharp LC-60LE925
Product ModelLC60LE925X
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Brand NameSharp
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberLC60LE925X

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand36.8 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate55.50 kg
Width with Stand143.9 cm
Weight Approximate45 kg
Height with Stand97.5 cm
Width143.9 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Depth4 cm
Height91.3 cm
Dimensions91.3 cm (H): 143.9 cm (W): 4 cm (D)

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption235 W

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Screen Size152.4 cm (60")

Video

Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • AQUOS LC60LE925X LED-LCD TV
  • 1 x 3D Glasses

Warranty

Limited Warranty3 Year