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Sharp TV from USA to Australia?

by TechNovice2 / February 26, 2013 11:45 AM PST

Hi members

I am thinking of buying 80-90 inch sharp tv on ebay from USA ships to australia, so I can use voltage converter for power (240 volt down to 110 volt) and Australian digital setop box (DVB-Digital Video Broadcasting) for digital TV channels since the power and tv broadcasting system are different.
What are your views on this? Thanks in advance.

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Give me the model of the set top box (DVB) you will use
by Pepe7 / February 27, 2013 3:42 PM PST

If it can convert PAL to NTSC and send it over HDMI, you should be OK>

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Go for it. Accept the risks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2013 1:13 PM PST

Usually it gets hit with import tariffs and forget about any warranty. If you feel it's worth the risk and no warranty then go for it. Your money, your choice.

And yes, the seller will tell you the warranty is good and it's working when they ship it.

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Make sure it's fully compatible
by Pepe7 / February 26, 2013 11:34 PM PST

If you provide the model number, I can double check for you. This has been an issue in the past when some US HDTVs have been taken along by expats for use abroad. Never hurts to have a second pair of eyes take quick look anyway.


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by TechNovice2 / February 27, 2013 10:51 AM PST

Thanks proffitt and pepe7 for the replies and opinions.

90" model numbers: LC-90LE745U & LE745

80" model numbers: LC80LE632U & LC-80LE844U or LE844

My understand is that you can select the picture/video system to NTSC/PAL/AUTO regardless of where you buy the tv. My intention is to simply connect digital setop box and bluray players via HDMI inputs.

thanks in advance once again.

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There are separate models for sale in Oz
by Pepe7 / February 27, 2013 3:39 PM PST
In reply to: Medels

For example:

Note the PAL/SECAM/NTSC specs listed for that market. More often that not, IME HDTVs abroad can also handle NTSC (American) color system, but our HDTVs in the US can only handle ATSC/NTSC. If your cable/sat box can output either NTSC or ATSC signal it might work though. I don't see any reference to PAL in the sharp manual online for the LC-90LE745U, FWIW. You might ask @ AVS forum for a second opinion.

Are you sure buying one is Oz wouldn't cost a little less when you factor in the shipping & tariff, plus you can skip the voltage converter?

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