I wanted a small inconspicious T.V. at my office. When I work, I like to listen to concert DVDs or Directors commentary of movies I have seen. Nothing fancy, nothing big, just something that has a small footprint and a good picture.
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Basic Description The Sharp 13" TV fit the bill perfectly. It's not much bigger than its screen, its about 15 x 15 inches square and a couple inches thick. It's shiny silver, with an LCD screen and speakers and buttons on the bottom of it. In the back, are the inputs and a leg that folds out so that the TV can sit leaning back at about a 30 degree angle. (I didn't measure with a protractor, I just guessed here). It has a flat screen.
Set Up Not much to set up here, take it out of the box, plug the TV in, and plug in whatever you want to input. I have my DVD player plugged into it, my office has lousy reception, so I don't use it for watching TV. Oh, and unfold the leg from the back and set it up on a table, shelf or whereever it is that you want to put it. It doesn't have a wall mounting kit with it, and I am not sure there is any way to mount it to a wall.
Inputs / Outputs You have three choices for Video input, Component Video, S-Video and Composite Video, however you can only input 2 video items. One input is the Component Video in (that's the one with three seperate cables), the other is S-Video or Composite. Each input also has analog inputs for left and right should you choose to enjoy the wonderful sound of the speakers with your input video source. This gives you three choices of what to view on the TV, either TV, Input one or Input 2. There are no audio outputs if you wanted to hear the TV on something other than the built in speakers, except for a headphone jack. There is an input for the antenna.
Format This is a standard 4:3 aspect ratio television, 13" diagonal picture, and it is NOT HDTV. Note that because it is NOT HDTV, although it has component video connections, it can only provide an interlaced picture (480 lines with 240 showing, then the alternative 240 lines) and will not handle Progressive Scan (all 480 lines appearing at once). On a small like this, the difference is negligible. I compared this to much more expensive HDTVs of the same size, and because of the 13 inch size, the only noticable difference was the price. On my 27" Widescreen TV, and on my 105" widescreen movie screen, things like progressive scan and HDTV have a huge, very noticeable difference
Picture Quality Actually for a small non HDTV, the picture quality on this little TV is quite sharp, it's a good picture ideally suited to just what I wanted it for. I put in a Bowling For Soup CD/DVD for picture quality analysis. Flesh tones look natural and accurate. In a parody song about 1985, the band dons black outfits with white guitars while the singer wears a bright white shirt to parady Robert Palmer. There is no bleeding, however in a closeup, you can see the jagged edge of individual pixels where the white guitar edge meets the black outfit. This effect is only apparent with vivid color differences with clearly delineated separations. (i.e. you know that there should be a straight line, and not a mildy jagged line on close inspection. I will also note that this TV sits close to me, at about 3 feet. I am certain that if you use it for further differences, the minor imperfections I noted won't be noticeable. Blacks are very black and whites are very bright. Colors are bright and vibrant while still appearing natural.
Price Although this LCD TV was cheap in comparison to its widescreen and HDTV shelf neighbors, I still think that 300 is a lot for such a small Monitor. You could get a 13" TV a lot cheaper. What do you get for the extra money? Well, as I said in the description, this TV is about 2 inches thick, and even resting on its back foot rest, its foot print takes up about about 8 inches. The more expensive HDTVs used a stand that only used up about 4 or 5 inches. However, a regular 13" Cathode Ray TV would stick out in back by a foot or more. TVs with flat 13" screens are closer in price and use up even more rear space.
Speakers Don't make me laugh. These are small TV speakers which at medium volumes are good for dialogue. Since I was a teenager, and purchased my first VCR and Amplifier, I have NEVER run my equipments sound through Television speakers. However, since this TV doesn't give you a choice with the TV, I watched some Channel 7 News to give the speakers a good listen. Dialogue is easy to understand and clear. Sound effects and music are passable at low volumes and distorted at higher volumes.
Controls Controls are a snap with the Sharp TV. They all sit on the bottom, and are easy to use. From left to Right, we have:
The Menu Button Adjust the picture, set up channels, set up the V-Chip (parental controls), set the language, captions, TV Sound (mono or stereo), Back light and even a sleep timer.
Volume Two buttons next to each other handle Volume down and Volume Up.
Channel If you understood the volume explanation, you won't have a problem with the up down channel buttons!
Input You push this button to scroll through Input 1, Input 2 and TV.
Power Push this button to turn the TV on or Off!
Remote Control The remote has the volume and channel buttons laid out in a circle in the middle with the upper and lower ring for channel, and the left and right part of the ring for volume up and down. You can also use a numeric keyboard to select your channel. The remote also adds a display button which displays which input you are listening to, and a mute button which mutes the sound. (unless like me, you have the sound routed to your 5.1 surround sound sytem, in which case it does nothing). The remote is small, easy to use and it works on 2 AA batteries.
Summary Its a sharp little TV. Its not perfect by any means, but it suits its purpose just fine. I thought it was a little high priced for what it is, but it works well.
Amount Paid (US$): 300