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Sharp LCD beats bands, belittles electricity bill

Excellent energy savings and decent picture quality make the Sharp LC-52D65U a solid value among bigger-screen LCDs.

Sharp's LC-52D65U has solid energy-saving chops. CNET

It's been awhile since we reviewed a Sharp TV. The last big-screen model was the company's LC-52D64U from more than a year ago. At the time we liked most aspects of the TV's performance, but there was one big problem we noticed in that TV and in models we reviewed in previous years:

The bad: Uneven uniformity manifests as irregular bands across screen.

Judging from the new 52-inch LC-52D65U we reviewed, Sharp has finally beaten the bands. We noticed no untoward uniformity issues with our review sample, and its picture quality was all-around decent given its entry-level place in the big-screen LCD totem pole. This Energy Star 3.0-compliant set is also one of the most efficient we've tested, thanks in part to a new power saving mode.

Read the full review of the Sharp LC-52D65U.

Sharp's new power saving mode reacts to video content to conserve energy. CNET

Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the Sharp LC-52D65U in a completely dark room via the HDMI input with a 1080p, film-based source. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

Picture menu:
OPC: Off
Backlight: -12
Contrast: +30
Brightness: +1
Color: +1
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0

Advanced menu:
Active Contrast: Off
I/P Setting: Fast
Film Mode: On
Digital Noise Reduction: Off
Monochrome: Off
Range of OPC: [N/A]

CMS Hue menu:
R: +4
Y: +5
G: -30
C: -9
B: -7
M: -2

CMS Saturation menu:
R: -4
Y: 0
G: +30
C: 0
B: 0
M: 0

Color Temp menu:
Color temp: Low
R Gain: +6
G Gain: -2
B Gain: -18

Power Control menu:
Power Saving: Off