The Good Excellent black levels for an LCD TV; deinterlaced 1080i material properly; solid connectivity with 3 HDMI inputs; classy styling with thin frame around the screen and slim depth.
The Bad Relatively expensive; uneven uniformity manifests as irregular bands across screen; color becomes bluer in darker areas; lacks picture-in-picture.
The Bottom Line We loved the Sharp LC-52D64U's slim style and solid black-level performance, but we didn't like its less-than-uniform screen.
Sharp Aquos LC-D64U
Although consistent color and brightness across every part of the screen is the norm for plasmas and rare among LCDs, most LCDs produce a uniform-enough picture to satisfy just about everybody. When we reviewed the last two Sharp LCDs, models LC-52D92U and LC-46D62U, we certainly did not come away satisfied with their uniformity. Their screens evinced subtle horizontal and vertical "bands" that became visible in many scenes, especially those with camera movement. The company's LC-52D64U has the same problem. Otherwise it's a very good performer, delivering a deep color of black, relatively accurate color and even laudable video processing. We also liked its style, especially the thin bezel around the screen and the extra-skinny cabinet. We couldn't get over the uneven screen uniformity, however, which again keeps this Sharp out of the upper echelon of LCD televisions.
We've been fans of Sharp's Aquos LCD designs for a long time, and this model is arguably the nicest-looking flat-panel TV we've reviewed this year. Sharp grants the LC-52D64U a "slim-line" designation, which refers both to the depth and width of the panel. At 3.75 inches deep, this 52-inch panel is indeed the skinniest we've reviewed, pinching more than an inch off the depth of the LC-52D92U, for example. Compared to that set and indeed to other flat-panel HDTVs, the LC-52D64U is also one of the slimmest in terms of cabinet width for its screen size. As far as we know, only the Mitsubishi LT-144 series and the Toshiba RF350U series have slimmer bezels, and thus narrower overall widths, than Sharp's LC-D64U series.
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