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So i'm sitting here, watching our new 32" Sharp tv whilst writing this review and I have to say it's a bit of a disappointment. Let me explain, the tv is good, don't get me wrong however, there are a few issues with the tv which leave me slightly upset. Firstly, the angles are all wrong, if you aren't within a certain degree of the screen then the picture takes a slight but noticeable blur, at first I thought it was my eyes but alas, it is the tv. Now the blur is only slight, but if you're living with four other people then some people's viewing experience is bound to suffer when you have to be sitting head on to actually get a crisp picture.
Maybe i'm being harsh, this is a mid-range tv and isn't too pricey. There are worse tvs at in the price range but it can get a little frustrating after a while. Sound quality is good, I read another review which suggested the speakers vibrated but I haven't had those problems, even when the tv is turned up to a high volume so i'm not going to complain about the sound. HDMI ports are pretty common on tvs nowadays and this tv will give you 2 ports which are accompanied by a scart and AV port. I can't really see why you would need more than that but hey-ho, if you need more then this tv probably isn't for you.
All in all, this is a pretty standard tv. Picture quality does suffer if you have to watch it from an angle but it's not terrible just a slight blur. This tv really would be ideal for a bedroom or the lounge in a small flat where you're able to position yourselves at a more direct viewing station. I almost forgot, the in-built freeview is a nice touch with a decent menu which is user friendly. The tv also comes with a sturdy stand that doesn't take too much table space.
I think the usual saying of "you get what you pay for" applies here; whilst the Sharp 32SH130K is by no means a bad TV, it's not spectacular either - which is expected at £199.
I'd say it's worth paying a little more if you can, this being said however, the 32SH130K suffers from problems that can be found in many cheap 32" TVs.
The first of these is viewing angles, which are passable on bright colour images; there's some immediate shade deterioration - darker images however, if you're not watching the set straight on, you'll get a washed out mess. Futhermore, blacks on the Sharp 32SH130K aren't the richest. The backlight is however nicely uniform on our set, with no dead pixels (that we can see of).
The only remaining picture issue outside this is the standard 50hz refresh rate. Slow pans can feel rather jittery; especially on detailed HD images. This made The Pacific (Blu-Ray) quite a headache to watch sometimes.
Picture is otherwise decent straight on, especially with vivid colour settings. So this TV is probably a good buy if you're not buying it for a room where you might be tempted to sit in an off-center arm chair.
In terms of EPG and menus, I haven't had any issues. The remote could be better laid out; however it's nothing you can't get used to.
Lastly, audio on this TV is truly terrible. As a non-slim set it doesn't really have any excuses. It's not so much the speakers themselves, but rather that they cause nasty 'vibration' distortion on certain frequencies - causing the plastic chasis of the TV to "hum"; and it's really quite bad. Even at moderate volumes. Probably more of a design issue than anything. I'd really advise using a HiFi with this TV if possible; if not you could spend a little extra money on a soundbar or sound system; though this money would be able to buy you a better TV.
So all in all, the 32SH130K isn't dreadful, it's just not perfect. If you have more money to spend; look for something with 100Hz or more. It's impossible to say if you'd get better viewing angles and sound quality by spending more; obviously this varies from panel to panel and set to set, but for anything inclusive of 100Hz, you're probably looking at more mid-to-high end anyway.
The SH130 is a TV with plenty of features at an attractive price, but without compromising on sound and picture quality. The built-in recorder and media player for USB connected devices make it a multimedia talent for video, music and photo.
|Product Description:||Sharp LC 32SH130K - 32" LCD TV|
|Product Type:||LCD TV|
|Power Consumption Operational:||81 Watt|
|Diagonal Size (cm):||80 cm|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||77.6 cm x 21.2 cm x 56.7 cm - with stand|
|Colour:||Black, silver acrylic|
|Resolution:||1366 x 768|
|Video Interface:||Component, composite, HDMI, SCART|
|HDMI Ports Qty:||2 port(s)|
|PC Interface:||VGA (HD-15)|
|Digital TV Tuner:||DVB-T, DVB-T2|
|Analogue TV Tuner:||NTSC, PAL, SECAM|
|Features:||NTSC playback on PAL TV, progressive scan|
|Sound Output Mode:||Stereo|
|Speaker System:||2 speakers|
|USB Port:||Yes , 1 port(s)|
|Remote Control:||Remote control|