Sharp LC42DH77 review

Sharp's LC-42DH77 is a very ordinary LCD television that gets even more mundane when you look at the competition Tested at £800.00

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Our Verdict

This is an ordinary TV made to look even less impressive by the strength of its competition

For

  • Alluring specification for the money

Against

  • Unspectacular picture and sound performance
  • strange, slightly magenta cast to images

There seem to be two distinct ways a company can make its TVs stand out in the hubbub of the retailer's shop floor.

First, there's the 'load it with extras, make it as sexy as possible' route which Philips and Samsung have made work spectacularly.

Then there's the 'cheap as chips' philosophy, which is the one Sharp is pursuing with the LC42DH77.

Here's a 42in LCD TV with Full HD resolution, a stack of connectivity and completely inoffensive looks – yours for £800, tops.

That money only buys you an HD-ready plasma if you chuck it Panasonic's way, so Sharp must surely be on to something. Mustn't it?

Some obvious cost cutting
Well, yes and no. Once the decision is taken to build a product to a price, there will always be giveaways as to where savings were made – but we don't think interfaces as fundamental as the remote control or the on-screen menus are the places to make them.

There's a whiff of 2004 about the way the Sharp presents itself; in flatscreen terms that can't be a good thing.

Performance isn't as reminiscent of the middle of the decade, but it's still short of impressive. TV reception is competent, though there's a hint of coarseness to skin-textures and movement can be approximate in extremis.

What's more disturbing is the undefeatable magenta hue – images aren't purple, of course, but white tones never fully rid themselves of a 'hint of' so beloved by the likes of Dulux.

Flaws still apparent with Blu-ray
These flaws are apparent, albeit to a lesser extent, with DVD and Blu-ray. Fractionally coarse edges, marginal motion tracking and a shortage of detail in black scenes (in fact, a shortage of black in black scenes) make for a humdrum watching experience.

The set's undeniable facility with depth of field doesn't fully compensate.

Add in the wholly unremarkable flatscreen sound and you've an LCD that looks a fair bit more appealing on paper than it does in reality.

If it were our £800 or so, we'd do the pragmatic thing and buy a Panasonic TX-P42X10.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Brand NameSharp
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC42DH77E
Product NameSharp LC42DH77
Product ModelLC-42DH77E

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • AQUOS LC42DH77E 42" LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Manual
  • Table Top Stand
  • Cables

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
VGAYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Technical Information

FeaturesTeletext, Auto Program
Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Screen Size106.7 cm (42")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Power Description

Input Voltage220 V AC

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate16 kg