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American Sharp Aquos TVs

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by NicolasB, Feb 2, 2005.

  1. NicolasB

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    Does anyone have any experience and/or knowledge of the U.S. variant of the Aquos Titanium range?

    Three models are interesting: the LC45GD4U, the LC45GD6U and the LC45GX6U. I'm not quite sure how these relate to our own LC45GD1E.

    Pricewise they're quite interesting. You can find prices in the $5600-$6000 range from online retailers (I don't how many of them ship to the UK, of course). Even if you add on $200-$300 shipping, import duty, VAT, etc. the total price could still be under £4000 (as compared with the LC45GD1E which I've seen for £4700, but is typically £4900 and up).

    Potential issues:

    1) Sky HD. These sets are HDCP-compliant, but I dont know if they can handle a 50Hz input signal.

    2) PAL/NTSC. Obviously these devices can't make head or tail of PAL, but if you're using an external scaler (e.g. iscan HD+) to up convert to 1920x1080p over DVI (or HDMI), this should work (I think) so long as there are no frame-rate issues.

    3) They have a terrestrial-HD tuner (which is useless in this country) and thus have no built-in Freeview tuner.

    4) Problems with guarantees if you have to deal with a dealer in America.

    Delightfully, there's no mains voltage problem: they're all rated up to 240V.

    Perhaps a British retailer could organise a power buy? :devil:
     
  2. David Mackenzie

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    Time to bump this I think. I am seriously considering importing my next LCD TV from America.

    Here's why: SCART. I don't want or need it. I'd rather have a second Component input. All I use SCART for is Freeview and it looks so terrible anyway that I have no problem downgrading it to S-Video (S-Vid doesn't even look much worse than RGB SCART anyway on good LCDs). I don't give a flying cr*p about Teletext, or being able to use its analog tuner. The warranty is the only thing I'd possibly be a little worried about, but I'd be willing to take the risk if the price was right.

    Surely as a forum, we can get interested people and work together to find a store that has a good selection of LCDs that is willing to export.
     
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    While your idea is a good one (and I have seen this LCD in Best Buy and was mesmerized by it!!!), unfortunately I don't think you would be happy with what you get.

    I live in the US, and would love a multi system LCD/DLP which I could use here or in Australia. Hence I have been looking for TVs which support PAL/NTSC, and also the SD/HD resolutions.

    As you suspected, I found out the field scan rates are different. And SD just isn't supported.


    Resolution US UK / Aus
    Default video system NTSC PAL
    SD 480i 576i
    HD 720p @60Hz 720p @50Hz
    HD 1080i @60Hz 1080i @50Hz

    Unless you know of some neat converter, I think you would have a problem with the scan rates. I had a look in the manual and it wasn't explicit (it just says ATSC compliant - but this is what it means).
     
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    I don't recommend that. There is a long list of incompatabilities between US and European TVs.
     
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    is sharp planning to take this model to 50" or 55" anytime soon?

    cheers,

    julie
     
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    Damn, that's a real problem. I don't particularly want to degrade the quality of PAL stuff with a standards converter.

    MBPilot, have you gone round with PAL equipment and tested any TVs? It shocks (and actually worries me) that such expensive screens wouldn't support PAL video - I know of home theater enthusiasts over at the AV Science Forum who import PAL DVDs. Last time I was in New York, I was going to "assess the situation" and go around stores with my Digital Camera with AV out set to PAL mode. Sadly, I just didn't have the time.

    I think ATSC compliant is referring to a built in HDTV/Digital tuner. I wish we had someone with a US version to test for us.... I can't think of any reason why they'd go to the bother of actually getting rid of support for the 50hz video modes - surely they're all the same TV internally?

    Needless to say - I'll be finding out for definite before I put any money down. BTW, I've found some sites that will ship the Sony KDL32M1 (that's the model # off the top of my head, could be wrong) over here - the US version has an HDMI input (Europe got a frickin' SCART - not exactly a fair swap!)
     

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