Sharp Quattron LC46LE820X

The Good Punchy, vivid images. Four HDMI ports with ARC. Modern styling.

The Bad ...but "me-too" looking. Unnatural colours. Quite reflective.

The Bottom Line While there's a lot to like about the Sharp Quattron LC46LE820X, the colour palette afforded by the addition of a yellow pixel is more neon than natural.

Editors' Rating
6.9 Overall

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Review

Sharp Quattron LC46LE820X

Three is a fairly powerful number to us humans: think of the Pyramids, the Holy Trinity and even the Three Little Pigs. In construction, a triangle is the strongest shape, and you can't even tell a story without a beginning, middle and end.

Three is strong in the broadcast world too, which is based around the RGB standard of Red, Green and Blue light. But it's not for nothing, humans are one of the few mammals that see the world as made up of a series of three colours — trichromatics, for those taking notes.

Though we do have other systems based on four colours — particularly in print with CMYK — it's yet to take a hold in broadcast. Until now, it seems. Sharp's Quattron system takes the RGB system and adds a third colour: yellow. But how this works is shrouded in witchcraft, voodoo and even maybe some vindaloo. On a recent trip to Japan, Sharp executives told us the TVs add the extra colours that should have been there, but that the RGB cameras couldn't capture. But what does this actually mean?

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