Sharp lc-60le925e

While the mid-range is decently open and trebles are brought out well from the mix, the soundstage is rendered lopsided during action sequences by a pretty profound lack of bass.

Value

At £3,500, the 60LE925E is, obviously, only going to be within the reach of a relatively small audience. But its price is a whole £1000 cheaper than both Sony's inferior (in many ways, anyway) 60in 60LX903, and half a grand less than Panasonic's – admittedly excellent – P65VT20.

Ultimately, £3,500 doesn't seem like silly money for a TV that joins 3D and Quattron technologies within such a vast screen.

Ease of use

The 60LE925E's remote control gives you a slightly disappointing first point of contact with the TV, being a touch plasticky and overcrowded. Though the longer you use it, the more you start to appreciate some things about it, such as the raised cursor control and the single-button access to such key features as 3D and AquosNet.

Where the 60LE925E really makes a positive impact, though, is with its inspired onscreen menu system. Press the menu button, and the picture you're watching shrinks by around a quarter so that a double-axis menu system can appear along the top of the screen and down its right hand side without impinging on the picture in any way.

The structure of the menus is logical and easy to follow, for the most part and the 60LE925E's electronic programme guide scores further points with the sheer amount of information it's capable of displaying at any one time.

Sharp has sensibly realised that with a screen as large as 60in you can afford to reduce the onscreen text size without it becoming illegible. As a result, it presents the channel info for no less than five hours' worth of programming across 15 channels onscreen at once. This makes searching the listings much less tedious than usual, but it might have been better to limit the visible forward scheduling to four hours, to enable longer programme names to appear more fully.