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.

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