Sharp LC-37LE320 review

Sharp puts on the style with this natty LED Freeview screen

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It's perhaps surprising to find that the LC-37LE320 does not have a Freeview HD tuner, even though it has a Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) panel. For many buyers this will mean an instant demerit. The omission may be less significant if you are a Sky+HD or Virgin Media subscriber, in which case you'll already have a stream of hi-def content on tap.

Of course, adding a set top box will instantly rob you of an HDMI port, which might prove painful, since there are only two HDMI v1.3 inputs on the back panel. There is a third on the left hand side for quick connection of games consoles and camcorders, however.

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You also get a component AV input and a pair of Scarts. There's also an electrical digital audio output, should you need to feed TV sound (maybe a radio station from the Freeview tuner) to a separate hi-fi system.

Joining the aforementioned side-mounted HDMI is a CI (Common Interface) slot for a Top Up TV Cam, phono AV input, USB, PC VGA (D-Sub) input and a headphones jack.

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On the opposite side of the screen are key controls, should the remote find itself buried beneath a pile of ironing. There are channel and volume rockers, Menu and Source select buttons and a power switch.
With no internet connectivity, the humble USB input finds itself the centre of attention.

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The USB media player offers a thumbnail browser from which you can select your media type for playback.

Music playback is restricted to MP3s, but video file support is wide and covers AVI, MPG, MOV, MP4, XviD and MKV. All our test files played back successfully, including HD MKV downloads. There's even support for SRT subtitles. However our MOV test file played back in the wrong aspect ratio. JPEGs can be viewed as a slideshow, with or without transitional effects.

It's worth noting that USB support is only for FAT32 devices, NTFS is not recognizable. File playback size is limited to 4GB.

The set also enables you to register for DivX VOD downloads. Once authorised, you'll be able to play DivX VOD content, although dealing with DRM-heavy media generally isn't worth the hassle.

Another feature you're unlikely to use is a parental lock to disable certain inputs. If you lock HDMI one, for example, you'll be asked for a password each time you select it. The Parental menu itself can also be locked.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyAQUOS
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)13.05 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption84.80 W
Standby Power Consumption240 mW
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand608.50 mm
Width with Stand907.50 mm
Depth with Stand25 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height568 mm
Width907.5 mm
Depth44.9 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-37LE320E
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC-37LE320E
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • Remote Control
Response Time5.50 ms