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Sharp Aquos 42 LC42D43U

fandango82
11-23-2007, 10:18 PM
Hi,

From very little research I did about LCD TV's, I learnt that Sharp Aquos and Sony are among the best and since Sharp Aquos had a 42" LC42D43U for $800.00 and since they were out of stock today, I went ahead and placed an order.

I couldn't find lot of user reviews on this model, also Sharp doesn't have this model on their site. I'd appreciate all the experts out there to point out some pros and cons of this model.

Thanks,
Jay

tipstir
11-23-2007, 10:41 PM
Hi,

From very little research I did about LCD TV's, I learnt that Sharp Aquos and Sony are among the best and since Sharp Aquos had a 42" LC42D43U for $800.00 and since they were out of stock today, I went ahead and placed an order.

I couldn't find lot of user reviews on this model, also Sharp doesn't have this model on their site. I'd appreciate all the experts out there to point out some pros and cons of this model.

Thanks,
Jay

Most of these sets are made for the store they're sold at that's the new trend going into 2008. SEARS has rain checks for their BF sales. I was aiming for the FUNAI but like you ran into the problem. I share to much intel on products then when I go it's sold out. Oh well let others enjoy the set, my turn will come soon. Sharps are good been around like FUNAI, SONY, Panasonic just to name the big names. Features are pretty much the same. The other names put more into the set picture wise..

Sharp is very good Consumers Reports rate them high..

Scottnot
11-24-2007, 07:53 AM
Hey, it's a great set . . . and a great price.

You may feel more comfortable after checking what CNET has to say:

"Although CNET did not review the 42-inch Sharp LC-42D43U, we did review the 32-inch Sharp LC-32D43U. The two TVs are essentially identical but for screen size, so we expect the picture quality of the 32-inch model to provide a good indication of how the 42-incher will perform. For more information, refer to the full review of the Sharp LC-32D43U. For additional details on Sharp's lineup of LCD-based HDTVs, see our roundup."

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/sharp-lc-42d43u/4505-6482_7-32306280.html

fandango82
11-24-2007, 05:09 PM
thanks for the input guys...
I was not able to find the TV in the store to compare the picture quality with Sony or Samsung of the same size...

Jay

DodgerKing
11-24-2007, 05:20 PM
If you can find a 72U series of the aquos for the same price, go with that one instead.

the dude47
11-24-2007, 05:24 PM
Hi,

From very little research I did about LCD TV's, I learnt that Sharp Aquos and Sony are among the best and since Sharp Aquos had a 42" LC42D43U for $800.00 and since they were out of stock today, I went ahead and placed an order.

I couldn't find lot of user reviews on this model, also Sharp doesn't have this model on their site. I'd appreciate all the experts out there to point out some pros and cons of this model.

Thanks,
Jay

that's mad low for a highly rated lcd. they go for $1,200+ delivered. are they in Texas at all?

fandango82
11-25-2007, 06:23 AM
I looked up the circuit city website on Friday evening and they were all out here in Orlando, so I started calling every store just to see if someone had returned it and luckily the associate mentioned that I could still place an order for the same price of $800 and get my TV in less than 2 weeks, try calling one of the stores in ur area and see if they still accept the orders

J53113
11-25-2007, 01:10 PM
i have also reasearched this... i too am a BF hunter.... i was looking at that same madel, but came to the conslusion of the 43U series wasn't ass good as i would have liked, so i opted for the aquose 46''... model #: LC46D64U i believe... and fot a price tag of only $1380 after tax, was an outstanding price IMO

at first i was having second thoughts after installing it, but its all good now & i'm loving it, but now its time to get something thats HD ready... PS3 here i come!

fandango82
11-25-2007, 01:40 PM
i have also reasearched this... i too am a BF hunter.... i was looking at that same madel, but came to the conslusion of the 43U series wasn't ass good as i would have liked, so i opted for the aquose 46''... model #: LC46D64U i believe... and fot a price tag of only $1380 after tax, was an outstanding price IMO

at first i was having second thoughts after installing it, but its all good now & i'm loving it, but now its time to get something thats HD ready... PS3 here i come!

I was on a very tight budget on Friday since I had spent all my money buying furniture where I met a friend of mine who mentioned about LC42D43U being sold for $800, its got the same specs as the LC32D43U and it has great reviews. Considering that the model has great user reviews and was dirt cheap, not to mention a guy like me who has never been around LCD's and is not video games savvy, I think this TV will make me happy....

Scottnot
11-25-2007, 02:08 PM
I think this TV will make me happy....
I'll give odds that it will!!!!!!

J53113
11-25-2007, 03:04 PM
I was on a very tight budget on Friday since I had spent all my money buying furniture where I met a friend of mine who mentioned about LC42D43U being sold for $800, its got the same specs as the LC32D43U and it has great reviews. Considering that the model has great user reviews and was dirt cheap, not to mention a guy like me who has never been around LCD's and is not video games savvy, I think this TV will make me happy....

the only differance from the 2 is that the xxxx64U has 1080p. i too am new... infact, the last & only tv i had was given to me in 1994 when i was 8 for christmas. i think it was time to upgrade :D

fandango82
11-25-2007, 03:47 PM
the only differance from the 2 is that the xxxx64U has 1080p. i too am new... infact, the last & only tv i had was given to me in 1994 when i was 8 for christmas. i think it was time to upgrade :D

Between 1080p vs 1080i I'd pick 1080i for two reasons, the first being you would save money and the other reason is that the current broadcasters do not put out a 1080p signal, there is only the blu ray that puts out a 1080p.

go to lcdtvbuyingguide com and you should see a link 1080i vs 1080p which describes in detail that difference ....



Jay

J53113
11-25-2007, 04:18 PM
Between 1080p vs 1080i I'd pick 1080i for two reasons, the first being you would save money and the other reason is that the current broadcasters do not put out a 1080p signal, there is only the blu ray that puts out a 1080p.

go to lcdtvbuyingguide com and you should see a link 1080i vs 1080p which describes in detail that difference ....



Jay

i know that tv doesn't broadcast this, but 1. i'm ahead of the game, & 2. i'm getting a ps3 which has blue ray & is in 1080p ;)

Joe-Dave
11-25-2007, 08:07 PM
Jay,

I bought one of the 42" 43U model Sharps this week and am debating whether to return it. It's picture quality on standard def channels is pretty poor and gets worse with movement as its dynamic resolution aint good. It looks nice when viewing High-Def channels but still far from "wow what a great picture". When watching sports on high-def I got some pixel blur with certain colors or movement. Bottom line there's a reason why it was $800 and others are $2000.

fandango82
11-25-2007, 08:31 PM
Jay,

I bought one of the 42" 43U model Sharps this week and am debating whether to return it. It's picture quality on standard def channels is pretty poor and gets worse with movement as its dynamic resolution aint good. It looks nice when viewing High-Def channels but still far from "wow what a great picture". When watching sports on high-def I got some pixel blur with certain colors or movement. Bottom line there's a reason why it was $800 and others are $2000.

I guess I'll have to wait until I get the TV as I had to place the order and circuit city mentioned it will take more than a week to get my tv, but thanks for the info...if I'm not satisfied I'll return and consider getting the D64U series...

DodgerKing
11-25-2007, 08:59 PM
Jay,

I bought one of the 42" 43U model Sharps this week and am debating whether to return it. It's picture quality on standard def channels is pretty poor and gets worse with movement as its dynamic resolution aint good. It looks nice when viewing High-Def channels but still far from "wow what a great picture". When watching sports on high-def I got some pixel blur with certain colors or movement. Bottom line there's a reason why it was $800 and others are $2000.

This is not the best Aquos model, but most of what you are discribing can probably be fixed by adjusting the picture settings. Most Aquos have an option for fast movement.

Also, who are you using as your provider? Some receivers for some cable and satellite companies have a resolution option. Make sure that you are sending a 1080i or 720p signal from your receiver to the TV.

sltdude
11-27-2007, 08:42 AM
To all GURU's out there.
I just got a sharp aquos LC"42D43U . I'm satisfied with the picture quality but the sound is really really bad.. I live in a apartment and even if i keep the volume in 60 the sounds is just about normal.. My Old Sony Wega would go crazy if i keep it in full volume ( i never go beyond half of the volume bars in the sony and that's a 26" CRT).

My friend who the Aquos with me (thanksgiving sale) also has the same issues.. What am i missing here.. Is it a known problem with this model or did i get a bad piece???? Pls. help out.. I'm going crazy here...

MiataDoug
11-27-2007, 11:37 AM
Low volume seems to be characteristic of the Sharp D43 series sets. I typically run the volume around 30% - 40% for normal listening.

One thing you might want to check is if your cable or satellite box has a volume control, which may be turned down. I found the volume on my Motorola DCT6200 box (Comcast) was turned down to about 80% of maximum. Turning the volume to maximum on the cable box made a noticeable increase in the TV volume.

Good luck!

the dude47
11-27-2007, 05:25 PM
To all GURU's out there.
I just got a sharp aquos LC"42D43U . I'm satisfied with the picture quality but the sound is really really bad.. I live in a apartment and even if i keep the volume in 60 the sounds is just about normal.. My Old Sony Wega would go crazy if i keep it in full volume ( i never go beyond half of the volume bars in the sony and that's a 26" CRT).

My friend who the Aquos with me (thanksgiving sale) also has the same issues.. What am i missing here.. Is it a known problem with this model or did i get a bad piece???? Pls. help out.. I'm going crazy here...


not a guru but 2 words- "Home Theater", way better sound than stock.

J53113
11-27-2007, 09:17 PM
not a guru but 2 words- "Home Theater", way better sound than stock.

i hear that. i have the 64U & i rarely almost never go past 1/2 way... its loud...

i would try overstock.com they have some decent systems for pretty cheap... 200-$300

SteveEl
11-28-2007, 12:04 PM
Relax! I purchased this LCDTV on Black Friday and have been using it since. I couldn't be happier. I have HD cable service to my home. The 720P HD picture is outstanding, and in my case, I have jumped up and cried "WOW" more than a few times while viewing HD content. Digital stations also produce a very good picture as well as playing standard DVD's. I do not understand how this sets sound can be described as poor. After adjusting the sound settings in the setup, such as "bass", etc. my set delivers more than adequate sound. I would even describe the bass notes as being articulate at times. And the available volume is way louder than I would ever use. I do have the LC42D43U model and the date of manufacture is November, 2007. I also purchased a Toshiba 32HL67U LCDTV a few days prior to this purchase for use in a bedroom. I consider the two sets equal in picture and sound quality. While watching a football game on the Sharp I did noticed some pixelization, but only when special effects were displayed such as the fading in of instant replays. Once the fading in was complete the pixelization ended. I think this was a result of video compression from the cable service. When switching to the same station via antenna the problem was not there. I also stumbled onto a fix for the pixelization while viewing this game on cable. If I reduced the sharpness setting from a near high setting the pixelization was eliminated. Viewing of fast action, sports or otherwise produces no smearing, etc. that I am able to detect. I think you'll enjoy your purchase as much as I have. Good luck and keep us posted on what you find when your set is delivered. Also, read your enclosed documentation. Sharp will extend your warranty for free by 3 months by registering online (free Sharp Advantage Club). This model is included on their website - go to the model comparison section. Manual downloads, etc. are also available after registration.

fandango82
11-28-2007, 02:30 PM
Relax! I purchased this LCDTV on Black Friday and have been using it since. I couldn't be happier. I have HD cable service to my home. The 720P HD picture is outstanding, and in my case, I have jumped up and cried "WOW" more than a few times while viewing HD content. Digital stations also produce a very good picture as well as playing standard DVD's. I do not understand how this sets sound can be described as poor. After adjusting the sound settings in the setup, such as "bass", etc. my set delivers more than adequate sound. I would even describe the bass notes as being articulate at times. And the available volume is way louder than I would ever use. I do have the LC42D43U model and the date of manufacture is November, 2007. I also purchased a Toshiba 32HL67U LCDTV a few days prior to this purchase for use in a bedroom. I consider the two sets equal in picture and sound quality. While watching a football game on the Sharp I did noticed some pixelization, but only when special effects were displayed such as the fading in of instant replays. Once the fading in was complete the pixelization ended. I think this was a result of video compression from the cable service. When switching to the same station via antenna the problem was not there. I also stumbled onto a fix for the pixelization while viewing this game on cable. If I reduced the sharpness setting from a near high setting the pixelization was eliminated. Viewing of fast action, sports or otherwise produces no smearing, etc. that I am able to detect. I think you'll enjoy your purchase as much as I have. Good luck and keep us posted on what you find when your set is delivered. Also, read your enclosed documentation. Sharp will extend your warranty for free by 3 months by registering online (free Sharp Advantage Club). This model is included on their website - go to the model comparison section. Manual downloads, etc. are also available after registration.

I'm glad to hear that you too bought your LCD over the BF and that you are happy with its performance, I'm eagerly waiting for my tv to arrive...did u get the 4 yr warranty? is it worth it?

SteveEl
11-29-2007, 07:44 AM
I never purchase extended warranties. Not saying they're bad - just don't like paying extra. Sharp, as an established first tier TV manufacturer, should be around for awhile so I'm not to concerned.

moneymoney
12-04-2007, 05:40 PM
I'm with you sitdude.
I'm not a Guru but I post this in another forum to see if anyone could duplicate this and no one has yet. This was my post.

I have a Sharp LC-46D43U LCD TV. I think this is a entry level for large lcd tv's. With the volume all the way up at 60, my wife and I could barley hear the tv. I was playing around in the menu and some how have the volume at almost twice the volume. What I did was:
Go into the menu
Go to option
Go to output select
and change from fixed to variable and back to fixed. You may have to do this a few times.
Sometimes the volume goes loud after 1 try and sometimes it may take 10 or 20 tries.
But if I change any settings, even the channel sometimes the sound goes back down to where it was.
Has anyone done this, did it work for you. I don't know very much about electronics and I have now ideal why this happens.
I wonder if this is just something with my tv.

SteveEl
12-04-2007, 07:34 PM
I connected a small subwoofer to the analog output of my TV tonight. In doing so I played around with the fixed/variable settings. On each time returning back to the fixed setting my sound returned to it's normal state. The volume has never been lacking on this set since I bought it. The salesman at the store told me this set had a weaker volume than others. I just haven't found that to be true. Sounds like you may have a problem. My TV has a November, 2007 manufacture date. What is the date on your set? It'll be on the rear of the TV.

moneymoney
12-04-2007, 09:04 PM
Hi SteveE!,
I'm glad to hear your tv is working great. I agree with your earlier post. The picture on this tv is one of the best I have seen. I have the tv hanging on the wall and I didn't look for a manufacture date so I don't know this. I can always use the stereo its just not right for everyday tv, but I can live with it if I have to. I did email sharp support and they need me to call and give more details. I will try to call tomorrow. I have seen on the internet that there are a few of us with the low volume. With the volume all the way up to 60, if someone talks you can't hear what is being said on the tv.

SteveEl
12-05-2007, 06:04 AM
MoneyMoney,

Sounds like you may have a problem with your sound. I can tell you that when I set my volume to "24" the TV puts out what I would consider a normal (reasonably loud) daytime volume. I set the volume lower in the evening once someone in the house goes to bed. I live in a ranch house with my bedrooms at the opposite end of the home from where my television is located. With my bass setting at about 3/4 (without sub) I get a pretty decent low end at times. Not bad at all for a TV. Definitely better sound than my previous 27" and 32" CRT TV's. Good luck in sorting out your sound problem.

fandango82
12-06-2007, 12:26 PM
I placed an order on the evening of Black Friday (as they were out of stock) at a circuit city nearby and they mentioned that it would take less than 2 weeks to deliver and when I called the store on Monday salesman did not have an estimate on when they can deliver the TV.... has anyone had the same problem?

UPTIX
12-15-2007, 09:32 PM
I have the same TV and was able to fix the volume issue by going into my (cox) digital cable box menu and changing the audio range to 'narrow' and the audio volume control to 'fixed.' Don't know if this will help anyone else, but it resolved the issue for me.

jc2007
12-29-2007, 08:50 AM
Hi, I bought a 42" 43u, one week later I set it up and when I'm changing channels, the image dims down and then it brigthens up.
Is this normal??? It's something wrong with my settings??? HELP!

J53113
12-30-2007, 12:44 AM
it should top or lessen if u put it in OPC mode

dardoll
01-21-2008, 11:00 AM
why am I only getting sound from my harmon kardon receiver and none from my sharp when I am using volume control with my sharp remote control?