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All other features such as the 1080p native resolution, contrast ratio, etc remain the same.

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Pros

1080p

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5 HDMI inputs

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good variety of inputs

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added energy star compliance means the TV uses less electricity

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has come down in price nicely

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almost exactly the same as previous design

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The AQUOS D65U Series from Sharp is their Fall 2008 refresh to the D64U series and features mostly the same specifications as its predecessor with the addition of Energy-Star compliance. Using the new Power Saving mode the television automatically adjusts the set's contrast and brightness settings to reduce power consumption. All other features such as the 1080p native resolution, contrast ratio, etc remain the same. It is unknown as to the 5:5 pull-down capabilities of the D65U sets as some of the D64Us were able to perform proper 24 frames per second converting. The step up to the D65s are the D85s which increase the panel's refresh rate to 120Hz, and uses a 10-bit panel instead of the 8-bit in the D65.

Features
  • 1080p native resolution
  • 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 2,000:1 static contrast ratio
  • 8-bit panel
  • 450 cd/m2 brightness
  • 6ms response time
  • 176 degree viewing angle
  • Two 15-watt speakers
  • Inputs: HDMI x 5, Component x 2, VGA x 1, Composite x 2, RS-232C x 1

Panels - Sharp, along with Samsung are one of the only manufacturers to make their own panels. Sharp's panels are known for producing duller colors than the Samsung, but offer better viewing angles with little discoloration.

Models

The naming convention of the AQUOS D65U series is: Sharp AQUOS LC-xxD65U where xx refers to the size of the model.

  • LC-42D65U - 42" display | $1,599.99 | September 2008
  • LC-46D65U - 46" display | $1,899.99 | October 2008
  • LC-52D65U - 52" display | $2,399.99 | October  2008
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