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Sharp launches full LED backlight HDTVs

LE600 and LE700 Aquos LED TV ranges unveiled

Sharp Aquos LE700 LED TV

Sharp has unveiled its latest LE600 and LE700 ranges of HDTVs that feature LED backlighting. 

The LE600 range includes 32-inch, 40-inch and 46-inch TVs, while the LE700 series also offers these screen sizes plus a 52-inch model. The LE700 TVs also feature 100Hz technology, a rapid pixel response time of 4ms, and a claimed 176-degree viewing angle.

To find out more read our expert LED TV buyer’s guide that explains LED screen technology, picture quality, and energy efficiency.

Sharp will be manufacturing the LE600 and LE700 ranges at what it claims is the world’s first ‘tenth-generation’ LCD plant. The manufacturer says that the use of white LEDs combined with a new pixel structure that lets more light through gives improves contrast and more image depth and clarity. Which? will test these claims in our full lab tests and bring your the full results in our reviews of LCD, LED and plasma TVs.

Which? TV expert Mike Briggs said, ‘We’ve tested a handful of LED back-lit TVs to date, and been hugely impressed with what we’ve seen. Deep, rich colours and crystal sharp pictures on models such as the Samsung UE40B7020 seem to signal a bright future for the technology. We can’t wait to see if Sharp can deliver picture quality on a par with LED TV trailblazers Sony and Samsung – and if Sharp can keep its promise of a ‘176- degree viewing angle’ then it will have the advantage over most of the LED TVs we’ve tested so far.’

The LE600 and LE700 series will have 1080p resolution, four HDMI sockets, USB playback of photos and MP3 music, plus Sharp Aquos Link to control compatible devices using a single remote.

In terms of energy efficiency, Sharp claims that the LE600 and LE700 will use 0.01W when in standby mode – another test that will be carried out in the the Which? labs.

The Sharp LE600 and LE700 will be available to buy from UK electronics retailers from August 2009, priced from £750.

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