Sharp LC-46LE831E review

Second generation Quattron TV sticks to the high-end with excellent 3D and 2D

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Sharp lc 46le831e

As well as Quattron, the Sharp LC-46LE831E boasts a full array of high-end features.

It's based around an edge LED backlit panel that adds E-Motion to take out the judder from Blu-ray and DVD discs, while 200Hz ought to remove any motion blur (although it's actually a 100Hz system combined with backlight scanning). Lastly, but most significantly, is Brilliant Colour, Sharp's name for its picture processing engine.

It will form part of Sharp's Aquos Net+ online content platform, which isn't exactly unique or impressive (there's YouTube, but no BBC iPlayer). Instead it's a re-logo'd version of the same Net TV platform used on the Philips 40PFL9705.

There's also an open web browser, but it's slow and clunky, although that's also down to a torrid remote control that's nicely weighted but overly complex. The main menu button is the catalyst for all manoeuvres, but it's far too small, while scan buttons for video file playback are in the top section; the only way to successfully use them without dropping the remote is to use both hands.

Pleasingly this, along with DLNA streaming, is all powered by a small black Wi-Fi dongle that's included in the box for the Sharp LC-46LE831E. We'd rather it was integrated into the TV, but at least the USB slot it marries-up to is downward-firing, so wall mounters won't have any issues.

Unlike Wi-Fi and some of last year's Wii-style separate transmitter kits, the 3D gubbins on the Sharp LC-46LE831E are fully integrated into the TV, as is a Freeview HD tuner.

The Sharp LC-46LE831E has plenty of ins and outs befitting its status as a high-end TV. The panel sees three USB, Scart, component, PC input, composite and some analogue audio ins joined by a RS-232 port for integrating the TV into a home cinema automation system – a rare thing indeed.

Just below are two USB slots and an optical digital audio output for attaching to an AV amplifier, a wired Ethernet LAN port and an RF aerial input. Meanwhile, a recessed side panel is where you'll find all four HDMI inputs (again, easier for wall mounters to reach), a headphones slot, an SD Card slot, a third USB port and a Common Interface (CI) space.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyAQUOS LE831
3D Type3D
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption76 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711 mm
Width with Stand1072 mm
Depth with Stand293 mm
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height663 mm
Width1072 mm
Depth34 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesLE831
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-46LE831E
Product NameAQUOS LC-46LE831E LED-LCD TV
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC46LE831E
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The AQUOS LE831 series uses the very latest Sharp image technology to give you the best possible viewing experience, no matter what you're watching - 2D or 3D. The picture, with its natural colours, really comes alive and is rich in contrast and breathtaking depth. And what's more, the energy consumption of the AQUOS LE831 is the lowest in its class. This TV is 3D Ready and can also convert 2D programmes to simulated 3D.

Package Contents
  • WiFi USB Dongle
  • Remote Control
  • Swivel Stand
Limited Warranty1 Year