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After buying this I have vowed never to purchase electrical equipment without researching them online first.
The small CRT widescreen we had as a bedroom TV was starting to make a slight whining noise after about 10 minutes of use so when I saw the Sharp on special offer I thought I'd take a chance and surprise my wife with a nice new set.
Once home it was unboxed and tested before I set about wiring it up in the bedroom and hiding the cables. Cabling was easy as the set comes supplied with a separate power supply so just a small hole in the back of a built in unit and the connector slipped through.
For a small size screen the speakers perform nicely with good clarity and bass at sensible volumes. As with all TV's though, especially smaller ones, there was distortion and reverberation when pushed a bit louder but for normal levels it performed as well as could be expected.
Picture quality is solid if unspectacular, it's not going to knock your socks off but once I'd played about with the settings menu, the colours were accurate and when fed with a decent signal from a rooftop aerial or cable box it was crystal clear. I'd certainly recommend spending some time in the set up menu whenever you buy any TV as they are preset at the factory to stand out with and over bright picture when running in a shop where the lighting conditions are nothing like the average home.
Now to the problems. 3 month in and the Sharp would fail to power up, instead it would just sit there with the red standby light on and no picture. Nothing I tried would get it going so it was packed up a few days later and returned to the store. To their credit they were very apologetic and once the young assistant had had a chat with the manager he offered a full refund there and then. That sort of customer service is why I always try and support the independant retailer rather than the big stores.
In short if this is a one off problem then it is a nice TV for the price, but I'm guessing it is a question of getting what you pay for.
From the front, the sleek lines of the S-series LCD TVs are stunning. Take a look round the back and you'll discover an integral carrying handle for built-in portability. Complete with multi-system tuner, Fastext, Nicam stereo and Advanced Super View panel, the S-series allows you can catch your favorite TV programs wherever you happen to be.
New ASV (Advanced Super View) and Black TFT LCD Panel;
High Brightness - 430 cd/m2
High Contrast - 500: 1;
Wide Viewing Angles - (H: 170° / V: 170°);
Long Life Backlight - 60000 Hours;
Nicam Stereo Sound;
7 Language On-Screen Display;