Sharp LC-46LE831E review

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

TODO alt text

Sharp lc 46le831e

After a few years struggling to compete at the lower end of the market, it's good to see Sharp returning to its roots by concentrating on thoroughly high-end screens such as this LC-46LE831E.

We liked

Superbly detailed and precise, brightness is unbeatable (but needs toning down) and contrast is excellent on the Sharp LC-46LE831E. Crosstalk-free 3D is a pleasure to watch, while the 2D performance with Blu-ray is nothing short of stunning if 200Hz and Film Mode are tinkered with carefully.

Add some above average audio modes and some comprehensive USB media software, and here's a cracking option for home cinemas.

We disliked

The cost of all that fine detail in 3D is some flicker and a slightly processed look to movies. Other niggles include a spreadsheet-style Freeview HD electronic programme guide, a cluttered remote and a disappointing online content hub.

The user interface as a whole suggests that the Sharp LC-46LE831E isn't a TV for a family room.

Final verdict

Sharp has championed LCD and the technology's evolution continues with this precise and rather special home cinema screen that's surely the finest edge LED-lit screen around, but it won't appeal to those after a user-friendly living room TV.

Follow TechRadar Reviews on Twitter:

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