Sharp Unveils 11 New LCD TVs – Halts CRT Sales

Filed Under: Home Theater News, Plasma and LCD Displays

sharpSharp finally gives up CRTs and announces several new LCD TVs. Ok, now let’s just get the rest of the world on new tech and we’ll be set.

Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. announced today that it has ceased all sales of cathode-ray televisions (CRTs), and has sold all remaining stock in Canada.  Sharp says it will focus on the marketing of its AQUOS line of LCD TVs, and today unveiled 11 new AQUOS LCD TV models, ranging in size from 26″ to 45″, and extending its total LCD TV offering to 22 models. 

The 11 new models feature a myriad of styles, and all contain Sharp’s high-resolution, low-reflection Advanced Super View (ASV) LCD panels, produced at Sharp’s Kameyama factory in Japan.  Sharp explains that this proprietary technology includes anti-glare Black TFT technology, allowing viewers to watch “crisp and vibrant images without glare, even in the harshest lighting conditions.”   All AQUOS models, the firm claims, absorb 98.5 per cent of all ambient light, and offer high brightness and contrasts ratios.  The AQUOS also has a 170-degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle, meaning viewers can clearly view the screen from just about any angle or position.  

“Sharp Electronics is committed to meeting the growing consumer demand for cutting-edge display technology,” commented Carmine Cinerari, Vice President, Consumer Products Division, Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd.  “For more than 30 years, Sharp has pioneered and mastered LCD technology, and we will continue to lead the flat panel revolution.” 

The new 45’’ LC45GD5U and LC45GD7U models feature a newly developed full high definition resolution (1,920 X 1,080) LCD panel;

built-in Cable CARD slot; detachable high-quality sound speakers; and TV Guide On Screen Electronic Program Guide. The ‘GD7U is available in a titanium finish with detachable bottom speakers, while the’GD5U is available in a new piano black finish and detachable side speakers.  The LC45GD5U and LC45GD7U are both currently available for an MSRP of $7,499.95.

The 26’’ LC26D6U ($2,299.95), 32’’ LC32D6U ($3,299.95), and 37’’ LC37D6U ($4,399.95) deliver deliver 720p resolution on a true 16:9 widescreen panel.  All models are high-definition (HDTV) compatible, and include a CableCARD slot.  Housed in stylish black and titanium design, they all boast detachable bottom-mounted speakers.  

In a piano black finish, the LC26D4U ($2,099.95), LC32D4U ($3,099.95), and LC37D4U ($4,199.95) have 16:9 ratio, and side-mounted speakers.   They come enhanced with Sharp’s proprietary Quick Shoot video circuit, which enables a fast response time of less than 12ms.
Also featuring Sharp’s Quick Shoot Technology are the 26’’ and 32’’ LC26DA5U ($1,899.95) and LC32DA5U ($2,899.95), both available in a silver finish. 

The LC37DB5U ($3,999.95) has a built-in digital ATSC Terrestrial Decoder that receives off-air HDTV broadcasts without the need for a separate set-top box.  37’’ in size, it offers a high brightness level, and 800:1 contrast.   


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