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Old 11-17-2006, 12:01 PM   #1  
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Default durability of Sharp LCDs

how are these holding up? i'm looking at the LC-37D90U. How is Sharp holding up compared to Sony or Samsung. I'm looking for a 37" LCD with true 1080P capabilities and have read some great reviews on this particular model. I have actually been looking for BAD reviews of this without having much success...is that a good thing?
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:33 PM   #2  
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A very good thing...

Aquos are well regarded and have been around for a several years now.
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:05 AM   #3  
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I bought the 37" aquos from costco a few weeks ago and I love it! I could've gotten a bigger screen for cheaper but the sharps had the best looking picture (along with the sonys)
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Old 11-18-2006, 01:28 PM   #4  
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I bought my 32D4U last December so its gonna be a year old in a few weeks with plenty of miles on it with both day and night use. We do everything from movies to SD TV and of course HD TV.

- No problems at all
- No dead pixels
- No strange issues

Im sure the other top brands are decent too, but if I had to do it again I'd buy the exact same TV.
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Old 11-18-2006, 06:18 PM   #5  
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LCD & plasma TVs
Screen size and quality up, prices down (again)
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No electronic items will be hotter this holiday season than LCD and plasma TVs, thanks in large part to prices that are half what they were two years ago. With more and better TVs now available from an ever-growing list of brands, it’s a great time to purchase a new high-definition LCD or plasma television set.
To help you decide what and when to buy, we’ve packed this guide with need-to-know news and must-have advice, including the latest on price changes and a plain-English guide to the jargon.
Ready to buy? See our LCD and plasma TV Ratings (available to subscribers). Still thinking? Watch for our December report, which will have Ratings of more flat panels and other TV types.
Be Price-wise and Brand-savvy
Prices of flat panels have been going nowhere but down. The average price for LCD and plasma sets was 22 percent lower this June than it was a year earlier, according to Pacific Media Associates, a Menlo Park, Calif., research firm that tracks display prices. Competition from lesser-known brands, special promotions, clearance sales on older sets, and keep-up-with-the-Joneses price cuts by manufacturers are behind the lower prices.
Smaller manufacturers often use bargain prices to attract buyers, but major brands are trimming prices as well. That gives you more good choices to consider. Among the 32-inch LCD HDTVs that did very well in our tests was a Sony model priced at $1,500, competitive with some other major brands. Within that same size grouping, models from Westinghouse and Magnavox did respectably, though not as well as the Sony--but at $1,000 each, they cost considerably less.
Prices could drop even lower in coming months because of promotions tied to the football season, holiday sales, and continued discounting of older models. Some market analysts project that smaller sets could see the biggest price cuts because of oversupply. Quixel Research, a market research firm in Portland, Ore., expects a 20 percent or so drop in LCD and plasma prices by year’s end, with especially good deals on 26- to 37-inch LCD models.
CR’s take. Pinpointing the perfect time to buy a TV is a tough call. There will always be bigger, better, lower-priced sets on the horizon, but at some point you have to jump in. Look at it this way: You undoubtedly got a lower price and more value than you would have earlier. Shop around for the best deal, and keep your receipt in case you find the set selling for less within a month or so. Many retailers will match the lower price.
For Screen Size, Think Big
Plasma sets used to be the only flat-screen TVs larger than 40 inches, but LCDs now come in big sizes too. With the price gap between plasma TVs and big-screen LCD sets narrowing, more buyers are choosing LCDs. Last year, 32-inch screens were the big sellers among LCD TVs, but 37- to 46-inch sets are likely to attract more interest in coming months.
With larger LCD sets posing stiff competition, plasma makers are pushing 50-inch and larger plasma TVs at very attractive prices. But some companies, such as Sony and Mitsubishi, have stopped producing plasma TVs for the consumer market and are focusing on LCD sets.
CR’s take. For the best HD experience, buy as big a screen as your room size and budget allow. Our surveys of HDTV owners show that many wish they’d purchased a bigger set. See Types (available to subscribers) for help choosing between LCD and plasma, then consult both our LCD and our plasma TV Ratings (available to subscribers) for specific models.
Insist on Fine Performance
LCD and plasma technology have made strides over the past year or so, addressing weaknesses that detracted from picture quality. LCD TVs, for example, have had difficulty producing true black and natural-looking motion with no blurring. They’ve also had a narrower viewing angle than plasma sets. The best new LCD models have improved in those areas, contributing to high scores in our latest tests. Similarly, the best plasma TVs have added features to minimize distracting reflections and screen burn-in, two issues for plasma technology.
However, in a showroom it can be hard for shoppers to tell which TVs benefit from those improvements. Store lighting, varying settings on each TV, and the different types of content displayed make it tough to compare picture quality. In our labs, we eliminate variables so that we can see which models really perform best.
CR’s take. Don’t assume that a new LCD or plasma TV has the same problems as an older set you may have seen. Both technologies have improved, and LCD is catching up with plasma. The best LCDs score as well as the top plasma TVs.
Consider a 1080p TV
TVs with 1920x1080 native resolution--dubbed 1080p by manufacturers--are starting to gain momentum. A number of LCD and microdisplay rear-projection sets of this type are now in stores. More are expected next year, along with the first plasma sets of this type.
These displays have 1,920 pixels from left to right and 1,080 from top to bottom. They’re the first consumer TVs that can potentially display all the detail in the 1080i signal in most HDTV broadcasts, as well as the 1080p high-def DVDs from Blu-ray and HD-DVD players. (For more information, see HD formats.)
Other big-screen HDTVs top out at 1024x768 or 1366x720 resolution; they’re sometimes labeled “720p” sets. Their screens contain about half the number of pixels in a 1080p set, so they have to convert 1080i HD signals to a lower resolution.
While a 1080p TV can display more and finer detail than a 720p set, resolution alone doesn’t determine picture quality. Black level, brightness, and color accuracy are just as important. A 720p set that does everything right can have excellent picture quality, but an equally adept 1080p set has the potential to be even better.
The difference is most obvious on large screens and in close viewing. With a 1080p model, you can sit near enough to appreciate the fine detail without seeing the faint grid of pixels. But from a normal viewing distance--about 6 feet from a 42-inch screen--a 1080p set won’t look dramatically better than a good 720p TV.
Keep in mind that any display device is only as good as the programming it receives. A less-than-pristine cable signal, for example, limits even the best TV.
CR’s take. If you want state-of-the-art technology and potentially the best HD picture quality, buy a 1080p TV--but not just any set. Look for a model that did well overall in our tests. If you simply want fine picture quality and prefer to spend less, opt for a recommended 720p TV.
Think About Reliability
With more consumers buying flat-panel TVs, there’s a growing amount of data on reliability, and the news is good: During the first year or two of use, LCD and plasma TVs have been just as reliable overall as picture-tube TVs, which have historically required very few repairs. Some consumers are opting for LCDs over plasmas for fear that plasma TVs have a shorter life span, but such concern is unwarranted, says Rosemary Abowd of Pacific Media Associates.
Our latest product reliability survey shows no repair issues during the first year or two of use for LCD TVs from JVC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba. Dell LCD sets have had higher than average repairs. In plasma, there have been no repair issues for Fujitsu, Hitachi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sony, or Toshiba. The repair rate for Philips and Vizio plasma sets has been higher than average. There’s not enough data to report on other brands or on long-term reliability for any LCDs or plasmas.
CR’s take. An extended warranty generally isn’t worth it, especially for brands with a decent repair record. If you’re a belt-and-suspenders type who craves peace of mind, it might be worthwhile for you (especially with a pricey set or a brand with no repair history), but pay no more than 15 percent of the TV’s price.
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Old 11-29-2006, 02:31 PM   #6  
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I got mine 3 weeks ago. Very happy so far. Best part, it picks up several digital channels including 8 HD stations from basic cable and no box. That is top rated model, winner for LCD by several websites like consumerreports or Perfect Vision. Do not question experts :-) ALso, only Sharp allows you to replace the backlit so your unit will be like new in 10-15 years.
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Old 11-29-2006, 06:29 PM   #7  
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I love the topic: "durability of Sharp LCDs". Exactly what do you plan on doing with your LCD?

My 37D4U is going on one year. No problems. Still looks and acts like new, which is exactly what you'd expect from a quality brand like Sharp.
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Old 11-29-2006, 09:40 PM   #8  

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Yeah I agree, you can't go wrong with a sharp... Just don't drop it if that's what you mean by Durability.
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Old 12-03-2006, 05:15 AM   #9  
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After a large research this year Christmas present for the whole family will be a Sharp LC-37D40U
The elegant LC-37D4U features a sleek piano black cabinet that easily enhances the decor of any family room, living room or den. With a true 16:9 aspect ratio, HDTV resolution of 1366 x 768, Sharp’s Emmy® award-winning LCD technology and breathtaking color purity, it is a next-generation TV to carry you into the high-definition future.

I found it at www.cubalaya.com/OP-Sharp_LC_37D40U

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Old 12-03-2006, 02:20 PM   #10  
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No thanx, I'm already married

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Old 12-06-2006, 10:22 AM   #11  
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durability meaning... am i going to have to bring it in to fix something on it after the warranty runs out? i won't be dropping the tv, or using it to cut my food on while i cook!
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:22 AM   #12  
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I bought an LC32D4U a year ago and have had zero problems. That being said, i went Samsung for my 2nd LCD, but i still highly recommend Sharp TVs...
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:19 AM   #13  
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I had a Sony 50" LCD projection that was 2 years old and was acting up. It had a green spot about the size of a silver dollar that floated around. I had bought the extended warranty. They sent a guy out and he deemed it too expensive to fix and they let me get another TV. I went with the Sharp Aquos in 42" and couldn't be happier.

I have had it since September and I have noticed that even SD channels are much clearer than the Sony was. I understand it's an apples to oranges comparison, but still, the LCD Sharp is way nicer than what I had.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:41 PM   #14  
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geez, such an old post coming back to haunt me, lol. I ended up with the Toshiba 42HL167, not the sharp, lol. couldn't be happier
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Old 03-01-2008, 02:34 PM   #15  
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I bought my 46d46u only 2 weeks ago. Very happy with it. I did all the reading re possible issues. So far this set has no banding, dead pixels. Sharp has been in the LCD game for a real long time.
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