Like it or not, 2010 will be remembered as the year of 3-D—and it all seemingly started with that James Cameron magnum opus known as Avatar. Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in the industry, generating everything from video games to post-production disasters (i.e., Clash of the Titans) to handheld gaming consoles to laptops to TVs. As far as the TVs go, they’re expensive and no one is really sure if they’ll catch on for two reasons: price and content availability. And few of these devices are more expensive than the Sharp AQUOS Quattron 3D LE925 TVs, coming in at $4,200 and $5,300 for the 52-incher and the 60-incher, respectively.
The two big features on the Sharp AQUOS Quattron 3D LED TVs are the Quattron quad pixel technology and the bundled two sets of 3-D glasses. The latter has a button that allows viewers to watch 3-D programming in 2-D (but not vice versa). The former quad pixel technology adds yellow to the usual red, green, and blue color scheme of the television display. Sharp’s claim is that the addition of yellow allows the TV display to be brighter and overcome the dimness usually associated with 3-D viewing.
Sharp is trying to push the three “Spacious Sound 3D” modes as something special, but essentially it’s just three preset equalizer settings.
Other technologies on deck, such as AquoMotion 240 and Quad Pixel Plus serve to reduce blurring, artifacts, and smooth out lines. But, perhaps most importantly, at least if you’re a gamer, is Sharp’s Vyper Drive game mode, which is said to eliminate lag between console and display.
Undressing the Sharp AQUOS Quattron 3D LE925
As you’d expect from something as expensive as the Frame Rate Enhanced Driving and LED backlit side-mount scanning Sharp AQUOS Quattron 3D televisions, they are up-to-speed with their connectivity and such. So, you get two USB ports, a USB Wi-Fi adapter, an Ethernet port, AQUOS Net access for streaming content from Netflix, Vudu, Internet content, and more, and IP Control (meaning you can control basic TV functions with your PC through the Ethernet connection). In addition, the sets are full HD 1080p with a dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1.