updated 10:15 am EST, Tue February 20, 2007
Sharp AQUOS Spring 2007
Sharp on Tuesday released an almost unprecedented seventeen LCD TVs in anticipation of Spring. A full dozen of these occupy the company's AQUOS D line and are highlighted by the LC-32DS1 line (shown), one of the first-ever 32-inch LCDs with a 1080p screen for native playback of HD movies or the latest consoles. Design also takes center stage, according to Sharp: black, white, and a new red tint help match the sets to their chosen environments. These and the 720p LC-32DS10 sets will each have digital TV tuners, dual HDMI inputs, and a 2,000:1 static contrast ratio. Sharp hopes to deliver the D10 first, shipping it to Japan by March 10th along with similarly-equipped 26-inch and 20-inch models. The DS1 will appear on May 10th. Most if not all models are expected in North America.
Read on for details and a photo of the flagship AQUOS R series.
Opposing the smaller sets is the RX1 line, built for home theater enthusiasts. Every model from the 65-inch LC-65RX1W to the 42-inch LC-42RX1W is both a 1080p set and also use a double-speed, 120Hz screen that cuts down on blur during fast movie scenes or gaming. The AQUOS R further boasts an improved 3,000:1 contrast ratio and a third HDMI input. Sharp will release 46-inch, 52-inch, and 65-inch models on March 10th and will follow them with the 42-inch and 57-inch models on April 16th. These too should be available in the US this year.