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The premium features indicate the D85Us are an upgrade to their D74U counterparts.

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good amount and variety of inputs

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good contrast and brightness values

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1080p, 120Hz

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fast 4ms response time

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The AQUOS D85U Series from Sharp is their Fall 2008 line that brings the premium features of 120Hz and motion compensation technology into a more budget friendly price. The premium features indicate the D85Us are an upgrade to their D74U counterparts, however not all the specs have seen a boost as the dynamic contrast ratio on the 74U Series is a higher 17,000:1 compared to the D85Us 10,000:1. Similar to the D65U Series which is the other AQUOS line of TVs released in Fall 2008, the D85s are Energy Star Certified with an optional "Power Save Mode" that reduces screen brightness and contrast to reduce power consumption.

Features
  • 1080p native resolution
  • 120Hz with Motion Enhanced technology
  • 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 2,000:1 static contrast ratio
  • 10-bit panel
  • 450 cd/m2 brightness
  • 4ms 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 D85U series is: Sharp AQUOS LC-xxD85U where xx refers to the size of the model.

  • LC-42D85U - 42" display | $1,899.99 | November 2008
  • LC-46D85U - 46" display | $2,199.99 | October 2008
  • LC-52D85U - 52" display | $2,599.99 | October  2008
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