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Sharp LC-46LE831E review

Second generation Quattron TV sticks to the high-end with excellent 3D and 2D

Our Verdict

Crosstalk-free 3D and excellent picture quality makes this a special, if a little tricky to operate, home cinema TV

For

  • Unbeatable contrast
  • Peak whites
  • Crosstalk-free 3D
  • Incredible detail
  • Bright colour

Against

  • Freview EPG
  • Lacklustre user interface
  • Cluttered remote

Last year saw the debut of 3D TVs from major manufacturers, but one or two of the big brands lagged behind. Sharp, the biggest TV brand in Japan and maker of the LCD panels behind Sony Bravia TVs such as the KDL-40NX703 (to name but one of its customers), had an excuse for lateness; Quattron.

Updated to work on its first 3D TV, the Sharp LC-60LE925E, late in 2010, the technology sees its second generation on this 46-inch LE831 series TV.

For anyone who missed it, Quattron was a genuinely innovative attempt to take picture quality to the next stage. As the name just about suggests, Quattron is a four-colour system that adds yellow to the normal red, green and blue (RGB) mix in every pixel on a flat screen TV.

Four-play over, the Sharp LC-46LE831E has more to tempt in a relatively high-end package. Its chief attraction is 3D, for which Sharp favours active technology. That it's not prepared to sacrifice any detail by employing the potentially lower-res passive 3D tech is hardly surprising, considering its clear obsession with picture quality.

And while we're half expecting cheaper passive 3D sets to dominate the mass-market before long (more and more brands seem to be adopting it), the LC-46LE831E seems destined for home cinemas, and therefore can afford to use the more precise and pricier active 3D system.

Although the quality of the image suggests that a direct or full LED array is being used, that's not the case – it fooled us at first, but this is in fact an edge LED system.

Just 34mm in depth, the Sharp LC-46LE831E boasts a svelte design indeed. To our mind, that's slim enough. This telly sports an inverted vee in the centre below the screen and touch-sensitive controls in the bottom right-hand corner that light up when touched. It's a classy look indeed.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyAQUOS LE831
3D Type3D
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption76 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand711 mm
Width with Stand1072 mm
Depth with Stand293 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height663 mm
Width1072 mm
Depth34 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesLE831
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Text (PAT), Teletext
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-46LE831E
Product NameAQUOS LC-46LE831E LED-LCD TV
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC46LE831E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Marketing Information

The AQUOS LE831 series uses the very latest Sharp image technology to give you the best possible viewing experience, no matter what you're watching - 2D or 3D. The picture, with its natural colours, really comes alive and is rich in contrast and breathtaking depth. And what's more, the energy consumption of the AQUOS LE831 is the lowest in its class. This TV is 3D Ready and can also convert 2D programmes to simulated 3D.

Package Contents
  • AQUOS LC-46LE831E LED-LCD TV
  • WiFi USB Dongle
  • Remote Control
  • Swivel Stand
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year