The screen may only have a modest 2 x 10w output from its integrated 1-bit digital amp module, but there's a surprisingly high level of audio adjustment offered.

In addition to a trio of presets (Personal, Music and Speech), an equaliser enables you to tweak from mid-bass to high treble (120Hz/500Hz/1.5Hz/5KHz/10KHz), and if standard Nicam stereo is not doing it for you, there's also virtual surround, which effectively widens the stereo soundstage, pushing back the vocals and teasing out the edges.

Taking a leaf from the Dolby Volume book of tricks there's also Sharp's soundalike, AVL (Auto Volume Leveling) function which attempts to negate harsh changes in volume between programmes, adverts and channels.

The set also supports Audio Description, pulling up an extra descriptive audio track for the visually impaired on programmes that have been so blessed.


Typically listed at just under £700, the LC-37LE320 is priced on the high side for a screen with no Freeview HD tuner or networking function. But rapid price erosion is likely and it's at this point that this model becomes interesting.

It's a well-built, smart-looking screen with a decent LED backlight. There are issues with motion artefacts and black levels, but those looking for a bright multi-purpose LED might well find that it ticks the right boxes.

The excellent file support for USB media playback could sweeten the deal.