June 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM ET
Sharp, the maker of LCD panels, copiers, microwaves and other consumer electronics products, just broke the consumer LCD HDTV size and price barrier with the New York City debut of its 90-inch set. This giant TV beats all of its competition, which currently top out at just 65 inches. It’s also the most expensive, with a retail price of $10,999.99.
The LC-90LE745U is a highly featured television with Full HD 1920 x1080 resolution, Smart TV with movie and TV content from Netflix, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus and Vudu. It is also 3-D capable and includes two pair of active 3-D glasses.
How it looked
The LC-90LE745U produced a bright, vivid image. The anti-glare screen is the same found in the LC-80LE645 we reviewed here. Like a number of other Sharp Aquos LED TVs, this 90-incher (diagonally measured) uses a yellow sub-pixel in addition to the normal red, blue and green ones found on all other HDTVs.
The LC-90LE745U weighs in without included table stand at 142 lbs. It uses an aluminum screen bezel similar to the ones found in its Elite TV line-up. The depth comes in at about 5 inches.
Power consumption is rated at 138 watts, making it ineligible for the Energy Star certification, which has an arbitrary top of 108 watts. A Sharp executive noted the cost of operation is just $28 a year based upon the Energy Star usage criteria. This HDTV is backlit with 500 white LEDs.
Where it's sold
Sharp is limiting sales to brick-and-mortar stores including Best Buy’s Magnolia, PC Richard, Abt Electronics and HH Gregg, and is shipping now.
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