Product Type: Sharp 3D LCD TV
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'Okay' budget TV
Sharp LC 32SH130K
Member Name: schmoogrz
Sharp LC 32SH130K
Advantages: Reasonable picture, very well priced
Disadvantages: Poor blacks/overbearing backlight, 50Hz pan flicker, ocassional sound distortion
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.
Summary: A good TV if you're not too fussed over the quality of your TV.
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