The ultra HD bandwagon, just like 3D, is not one that any major manufacturer want to miss out on. Every major player is now onboard, got their feet wet and churning out models that are ahead of their time. Late to the party is Sharp Electronics. But it more than made up for it with a big bang – by introducing the world’s first Ultra HD TV with THX video certification – the Sharp AQUOS LC-70UD1U.
It is a 70-inch Ultra HD LED TV with four times the pixel resolution (3840-by-2160) of a full HD 1080p TV. Since ultra HD content is not readily available, most early adopters of this new technology will just have to content with upscaling images from blu-ray movies, TV, games which the dual-core processor of the Sharp unit promises to do. It will even upscale YouTube videos.
To accompany the groundbreaking video quality, the LC-70UD1U comes with a six-speaker sound system, which includes separate mid-range and tweeters. Although it won’t give you ground shaking bass the 35 watt output and Sharp’s own DuoBass dual subwoofer system will be adequate for most movies and games. But if you want to enjoy a music concert in blu-ray you’ll still need a full home theater setup.
Other notable features include 3D and built-in WiFi. Sharp is using passive 3D for this TV. Two pairs of Bluetooth 3D glasses are included. With the built-in Wi-Fi you can tap into Sharp’s SmartCentral Smart TV Platform. This includes on-screen access to web-based services, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube, Facebook, Skype, Pandora, and more. Browsing the web is convenient with the built-in Flash-enabled web browser. The split-screen options for surfing the web and watching TV at the same time is a neat feature.
Sharp has also packed in other useful features like four HDMI inputs, a built-in SD-card reader, two USB ports and even a Wallpaper Mode.
All these goodies does not come cheap though. Sharp has listed the TV with an MSRP of $7,999.99. Look for the Sharp AQUOS LC-70UD1U sometime in mid-August.