First Look: The gigantic 80-inch Sharp TV
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First Look: The gigantic 80-inch Sharp TV

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If you're looking to wow your friends or fill a wall, then the 80-inch Sharp LC-80LE632U is one of the best TVs you can buy, but ho-hum picture quality makes it a questionable value.

Hi. I'm Ty Pendlebury from cnet.com and this is a review of the Sharp LC-80LE632U TV. Ask most people what they look for when buying a television and what they'll see is it's the best or the biggest for the money. Well, they don't come any bigger than this 80-inch monster and my Sci-Fi addle brain can only compare it to the mono lift from 2001 or George Lucas's Death Star. This outrageously sized television also comes with an outrageous price tag, $5,500. The same as Sharp's premium 60-inch Elite TV, a magnificent TV by the way. But don't expect much from this one apart from a gigantic screen because while you do get Smart TV and on board wireless, you don't get 3D. Image quality is also a second we concern as it's quite difficult to make an LCD screen this size without spending a lot of money on special codings and things like LCD deeming arrays. However, the TV is a full array LCD which means that the illuminating LEDs are directly behind the screen. The TV does come with a deeming mode of some sort but as far as we can tell, it only works when testing it with testing equipment and won't be noticeable during most viewing. Black levels for the money are fairly poor and colors are overly green. If you want the TV to perform similarly, we'd point to the 55-inch LG 5500, a TV about 2/3 of the size but only 1/3 of the price. You're essentially paying to impress people here. And if you don't look too hard, you will be impressed too. This is by Ty Pendlebury with a review of the Sharp LC-80LE632U TV.

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