Sharp Quattron LC46LE821E review

Forget 3D, Quattron technology is here to blow you away

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Our Verdict

A superb LCD TV that shows us the next big thing in TV performance may not be 3D after all


  • Ground-breaking colours
  • Often excellent picture generally
  • Good design
  • Freeview HD built in
  • Decent connectivity


  • No online features
  • Black levels could be better

The whole world and its mother seems to be talking about 3D right now. That's where the hype machine is headed, to an extent unprecedented since the first arrival of HD.

As a result, it would be easy to imagine that 3D is the only interesting new thing happening in the world of TV this year.

But actually, nothing could be further from the truth. For tucked away in a small corner of your nearest quality AV store, probably hidden behind a heaving pile of 3D TVs, you might soon be able to pick out a 'Quattron' TV from Sharp, almost apologetically claiming to be the world's first TV to use Quad Pixel technology.

Yes, we know - it doesn't sound very exciting.

Hardly up there on the AV front with watching Manchester United lose at home to Chelsea in 3D. But we strongly suggest that you don't just wander by these Sharp Quattron sets in search of 3D kicks.

For if you actually pause and look closely at them, they might just end up persuading you that maybe 3D isn't so important after all...

The 821E model we're looking at today sits in the middle of a three-strong set of Quattron ranges.

It's joined by 40-inch and 46-inch versions (the 40LE821E and 46LE821E), while the lower spec LE811E series has just 40-inch and 46-inch models (the 40LE811E and 46LE811E), and lacks the DLNA functionality, the time shift functionality, and the flat-front design.

The top-end LE921 models, meanwhile - which are now delayed until September - add 200Hz to the mix, and will be available in 40-inch (the 40LE921E), 46-inch (the 46LE921E) and 60-inch (the 60LE921E) versions.

So, want one of the best LCD TVs ever made? Want to watch and crucially record Freeview HD? Read on...

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyAQUOS
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176
Vertical Viewing Angle176
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
RMS Output Power35 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand785 mm
Width with Stand1127 mm
Depth with Stand340 mm
Component VideoYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height734 mm
Width1127 mm
Depth39 mm
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture and Text (PAT), Sleep Timer, Auto Program
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-46LE821E
Product NameAQUOS LC46LE821E 46" LED-LCD TV
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC46LE821E
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Introducing the ground breaking, 4-Colour Pixel, Super Slimline LED backlit Quattron LCD TV. Saving up to 40% energy compared with traditional CCFL backlit LCD TV's, it offers a range and depth of colours previously unseen on LCD TVs, thanks to its yellow sub-pixel, which is additional to the traditional Red, Green and Blue pixels of normal LCD TV's.

Package Contents
  • Desktop Stand
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)30 kg