Sharp lc-60le925e

Sharp's first alternate-frame 3D TV is 60in across, attractively slender and has the genuinely intriguing Quattron technology inside. It's also the firm's first web-capable TV, all of which makes its £3,500 price look potentially very reasonable indeed.

We also became quickly enamoured of the 60LE925E's excellent onscreen menu system, and got plenty of mileage out of a lengthy set of calibration tools, including a colour management system.
The pictures are sensational. Colours really do benefit in terms of tone and punch from the addition of a yellow sub-pixel. Sharp delivers a better control of black colours than we'd expected and HD and 3D images are extremely sharp and detailed.

Motion is mostly clean – once the TV has warmed up and provided you're careful with some of the processing settings – and 3D pictures are arguably the most vibrant we've seen.

The catch is that old 3D nemesis, crosstalk noise. For while this might not crop up as often as on many rival LCD TVs, when you see it, it can be very distracting. A lesser issue is that the TV isn't the best standard-def performer in the world.

We liked:

The TV looks very pretty in a monolithic kind of way and is impressively well connected. Its operating system is inspired meanwhile, and there are plenty of genuinely useful tools to keep picture tinkerers busy.

Its picture quality with HD and 3D sources is frequently outstanding too, thanks in particular to the set's remarkable colour tones and vibrancy, and a much better black level response than expected.

We disliked:

Some of the 60LE925E's picture processing options need to be used with care, or they can make the picture look soft.

Also, the glass-like panel across the TV's front can be rather reflective of ambient light, standard-definition pictures can look rather noisy, at least where digital broadcasts are concerned and there's crosstalk noise with 3D images.

Some people might rue the set's lack of a Freeview HD tuner, too.

Verdict:

The 60LE925E's colour tones, brightness and general dynamism are frequently breathtaking and there are times when its 3D images are quite simply the best we've seen, combining a sense of depth and detail with brightness and accurate colours to a degree not seen before.

It definitely needs to be fed as consistent a 3D and HD diet as possible, though, due to its shortcomings with standard-def broadcasts. And while crosstalk might not crop up as regularly as with some other 3D TVs, it's mightily distracting when it does.

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