Pros: Bright beautiful picture HD or with HDMI bluray player connection. Easy setup.
Cons: Internet usage not very easy. Needs better sound.
I like my movies and I like my sports.....and what better way to watch them than on a large flat-screen tv? My last TV was a 57" Hitachi projection screen, which, while it offered a terrific picture was a huge beast of a television and wasn't quite as big a screen as I personally like for watching those things. So.....I'd been out scouting TVs with my wife and we ended up purchasing (thanks to a mislabeled sale AD at Walmart they ended up honoring anyway) at a great discount the Sharp Acquos LC-70LE64OU 70" (yes, a whopping 70" diagonal screen size) HDTV LCD TV.
Was it worth the purchase? I'd say about 80/20.....yes, it was.
Screen size: 70"
Refresh rate: 120 Hz
Resolution: 1080 p/i
Contrast ratio: 4,000,000:1
Headphone jack: yes
Speaker Output: 10W x 2
3.5 mm Mini Jack
NO Coax Digital Audio
YES Coax Input
Component Video Input - 1
Rear HDMI Connections - 4
Side/Front HDMI Connections - 0
Optical Digital Output - YES
PC input - VGA/HDMI
USB Input - 2
Wireless Connectivity - YES Built-in
Panel Backlight Type - Edge-Lit LED
Smart TV/Apps Platform - YES
HxWxD (w/stand) 39.8" x 63.6" x 13.2"
Weight (w/stand) 86 lbs
HxWxD (w/o stand) 38.5" x 63.6" x 3.5"
Weight (w/o stand) 79.4 lbs
1 Year Manufacturer Labor Warranty
1 Year Manufacturer Parts Warranty
THE LOOK. This television has a very sharp (no pun intended), clean look to it. The screen basically fills up the entire view with only minor edge pieces that include the remote control sensor, optical picture control, and in the very bottom center of the window, the upside down V-shaped center icon illumination (which basically tells you that the tv is powered on). Moving to the back, the power cord is on the center-left side of the TV (looking at it from the rear), but all of the video and component inputs (of which there are 2 USB, 4 HDMI, a PC/ethernet, and other normal video/audio inputs) are on the right-hand side. Along the left edge of the back or side of the television (right side if facing the front of it) are several manual use buttons (power, menu, input, channel up/down, and volume up/down).
The tv remote is long and thin with buttons big enough that you shouldn't have difficulty in fumbling through and selecting the one you want. Along with the usual playback control and device configuration buttons on the top section, there is also a singular Netflix button (for use with your Netflix account once you join the tv wirelessly to your home internet connection) and beneath it are the buttons for setting your favorite channels and applications (4 buttons for four preset favorite channels you can add into different categories and toggle back and forth with).
GETTING STARTED. After tearing into the huge box and getting it unpacked and ready to be configured, I found that the process was extremely easy. The Sharp manual provided with this television provides extremely easy-to-follow directions in getting all of your proper connections in place for your cable box, PC connection (if you so desire to hook your computer to the tv), sound system, bluray or dvd players, video game consoles, and so forth. When you turn on the tv for the first time after getting all your hookups in place, it takes you right through the step-by-step menu process of the "initial installation" where you can set the language, date/time, country settings, and so forth.
PICTURE ADJUSTMENT. By clicking on the "Menu" button on your remote, you are taken to the basic TV menu where you can go into several different areas to make adjustments to the tv: System Options (which includes setup options for connecting with your PC, or your home wireless internet setup, USB operation panel, and other options), Picture Settings (which allow you to adjust the color, tint, contrast, etc....until you get your picture looking just the way you want it), Initial Setup (which you can go through to reset the tv back to default/factory settings or go back and change the basic settings you first set for it), and Information (which tells you the exact make/model of your set, and offers help with Netflix and other online tv-program-watching sites like Vudu, and then you have this section for running software updates (firmware).
*Note* The tv offers a beautiful full HD picture (1080i), however, one of its features is showing TV and movies in "film mode", which is basically an enhancement to the picture (that CAN be turned on/off) which with it ON makes what you're watching appear as if you're looking at them actually right there filming the show or movie as you're watching it. It's a very live, right-there kind of look is the best way I can describe it. In some instances it's great, but in other instances - in my own opinion - it takes you out of the illusion of the typical view of a movie or show and can be distracting. So I typically have that option turned off. You can find it in the Advanced section under Picture Settings.
Something else, that I've found is that the HD picture through my cable box isn't as crisp as I've seen it from other boxes. However, I believe it's because I don't have an HDMI cable going from my tv service provided cable box to the TV, I'm using standard cables. I plan to get an HDMI cable to see if that improves in the lack of picture clarity that I'm seeing now (I think that it will). The bluray (high quality) player IS using an HDMI and the detail shown from bluray movies played back on this tv is absolutely stunning and as clear as could be.
SOUND QUALITY. The speakers for the tv are basically under the front section and point downwards. You can raise the volume level sufficiently high enough to get a decent sound of it, but the built-in sound on the TV doesn't typically compare to the surround-sound capability you can get in a separately purchased receiver system (which, by the way, can be easily hooked up with this tv).
EXTRAS. One of the impressive list of extras included with this tv is something called V-CHIP. It's a built-in electronic filter that gives parents a lot of control over the kinds of broadcasts that their children view. With the USB ports, you can easily playback music or photos or video stored on USB memory sticks or hard drives. Netflix usage, for those signed up with the online service, is as easy to use as first establishing a connection to your home internet, and then clicking on its button on the remote and off you go. Internet connectivity is another real plus, which can be setup either with the built in wireless LAN connection the tv or through an ethernet cable. The Wireless Setup (pg 58 of the tv manual) is particularly helpful and easy to follow for a quick setup.
*Note* Internet usage through the tv is not exactly as it would be through your normal computer. For instance, you can't download files, view browsing history, change the startup page, and in some cases some text or images won't display correctly. Basically to me that says "stick with your home PC or laptop to use the internet".
PRICE. As indicated earlier, we happened to get this TV at a steal ($600.00 off the normal price due to an advertising snafu with Walmart that they made good on) at around $1900. It will typically run around $2400-2600, but is well worth it. At the rate flat-screen tv prices are dropping each year, it can probaby by now picked up even less than what we got it for. You just have to be a careful, smart shopper.
** FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE SHARP ACQUOS LC-70LE64OU **
This really is a gorgeous-looking tv with a beautiful picture (of which I think an adjustment on my part will help regarding the HD cable box picture, but I digress). It's very easy to setup and the manual is great for clearing up other setup issues. I haven't personally yet tried out all of the extra "bells and whistles" that this particular Sharp tv has to offer, but for the basic functionality, it's definitely way up there and I'm very pleased with what I have. I definitely recommend it.