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Sharp AQUOS Quattron 3D TV - Three Dimensional Four-play

By Andy Sim - 21 Feb 2011
Launch SRP: S$9999

The 3D Quattron Experience

Eyeing Sharp's 3D Eyewear 

Dressed in silver and black, Sharp's AN-3DG10-S eyewear is noticeably heavier than most of its competitors due to the built-in circuitry found in both legs. Even so, it is still relatively comfortable on the nose and ears when we tried it on. The infrared receiver is situated right between the lenses, so be sure not to obstruct that spot. Although the active-shutter glasses is equipped with a mini-USB slot, the terminal is used mainly for servicing and not for other purposes. Speaking of which, the AN-3DG10-S isn't rechargeable like LG does. It's powered by a CR2032 lithium button cell if you're curious. Given the TV's versatile 3D finesse, you can also toggle between 3D and 2D modes by pressing the power button twice. The LED blinks twice when in 2D mode, and thrice in 3D. However, you'll need to remove the glasses to read the LED status since it resides at the top of the glasses' leg. The 3D eyewear also also comes with a cleaning cloth, glasses band, travel pouch, two nose pads and two mini screwdrivers. 

Weighing 65 grams, Sharp's 3D eyewear is visibly clunkier and heavier than most of its competitors. Surprisingly, it is fairly comfortable when worn, though we tend to favor the slimmer nose pad over the chunkier one. The glasses power itself off if no 3D signal is detected after three minutes.

The power button also doubles up as a toggle switch for its 3D and 2D modes. To confirm its operational status, however, you'll need to remove the glasses to read its LEDs.

The AN-3DG10-S comes with all the necessary fittings such as two nose pads, a travel pouch, cleaning cloth, glasses band (to secure the glasses) and two teensy screwdrivers.


Sharp Stereoscopy 

Sharp is late to the 3D revolution compared to rivals such as Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic. On the flip-side, they have packed enough 3D firepower into the flagship LE925M to rattle the competition's cage. For starters, the AQUOS Quattron is not only capable of displaying 3D sources, it can also convert that signal to 2D in real time. Just hit the "3D" button on the remote to kickstart the 3D-to-2D process. The opposite is also possible if you prefer to eyeball 2D pictures in stereoscopic form. Simply hit the same 3D button when running a 2D reel, like a standard Blu-ray movie for example, to convert the output to 3D form. Additionally, Sharp's active-shutter glasses also has a similar 3D to 2D feature to scream about. For all its fancy moves, how did the 60-inch Quattron really fare in the real world? Here's our assessment based on the "Monsters vs Aliens" 3D BD title.

The LE925M's 3D Setup interface allows you to enable or disable the 3D Auto Change mode, which automatically detects a 3D signal. We'd recommend enabling this function if you have a slew of 3D movies waiting to be watched.

AQUOS Quattron LE925M - 3D performance: From start to finish, the LE925M exhibited impressive 3D depth, contrast and detail. The X-Gen's panel high luminance also makes it ideal for 3D excursions with its punchy clarity. The HDTV comes with three levels of brightness, which you can engage via the R button on the remote after hitting the 3D button. Although intermittent crosstalk was still evident from scene to scene, it appeared more of a shimmer rather than a shadow image in most cases. Motion resolution was equally delectable. For the LCD genre, we'd rate it above the Samsung C8000 and LG LX9500, and a notch more impressive than the Sony BRAVIA NX810.  

The Quattron stamps home its point with laudable 3D depth and detail. However, niggling crosstalk issues are still a bane as observed on one the earlier scenes on Monsters vs Aliens. 

You'll have to forego your 2D picture customizations in 3D mode. But note that Sharp is offering three 3D presets for the LE925M as well. The Standard (3D) option has the highest brightness setting for brightly lit rooms. Alternatively, you can switch to Movie (3D) which delivers a warmer and dimmer result.

For all the flak directed at 3D TVs, the entire stereoscopic experience really comes together when subjects are precisely defined to project sufficient depth, such as this scene with the huge alien bot with ground troopers in the foreground.

Active-shutter glasses - 3D to 2D performance: At this point in time, Sharp is the only player in the industry with 3D to 2D conversion by means of its active shutter glasses. The conversion process is relatively easy to understand, since all the lenses do is to shutter in sync instead of alternating between the sequential frames. Simple as it is, occasional crosstalk remained visible during the "converted" 2D experience, and we also had trouble focusing on certain subjects from time to time. Truth be told, Sharp's feature is more gimmicky than convincing in this case. On the bright side, there were also instances where timing between transmitter and receiver rolled in perfect harmony, which led to a formidable 3D display to behold. 

In this scene, ghosting was apparent around the BOB (that gooey blob) character as the monsters prepared to board the aircraft. It appears that Sharp still has some refinements to make to its eyewear's 2D conversion technology.

AQUOS Quattron LE925M - 3D to 2D performance: While the TV may have faltered in its 2D processing with the glasses on, the Quattron's internal 3D to 2D conversion promised better results on the whole. Needless to say, ghosting or crosstalk was not an issue here, and the animated characters were sharply rendered with satisfying clarity. To engage this function, press the remote's 3D button, and select "Yes" when prompted for the 2D transformation. 

With Sharp's competent 3D to 2D programming, you are effectively getting a 3D and 2D movie for the price of one. This way, family members whose eyes don't handle 3D well can also enjoy the film in 2D form.   

AQUOS Quattron LE925M - 2D to 3D performance: We popped Vantage Point back into the Blu-ray player for this test. Now, 2D to 3D translation involves complex algorithms and processing on the part of the TV's engine. Unfortunately, 3D displays from Sony and Samsung with similar features have yet to convince us of a truly effective 3D conversion from a 2D source. The same can be said about Sharp's LE925M, where 3D depth is slight and hardly noticeable on the Blu-ray title. And your eyes, if not your brain, might be annoyed by the occasional flickering on the screen's moving subjects. It might bring you pleasure to know that you can transform 2D content to 3D with the Quattron, but we'd rather use a dedicated 3D Blu-ray source if we desire a stereoscopic experience. The AQUOS Quattron offers three conversion modes: 2D to 3D (frame sequential), Side by Side, and finally, Top and Bottom. 

Honestly, 3D movie makers might go out of business if TVs are able to convert 2D sources to 3D effectively. For now, this feature is a "nice to have" but far from critical. Apart from the frame sequential method, the LE925M also supports Side by Side and Top and Bottom conversion.

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  • Design 9
  • 3D Performance 9
  • HD Performance 8.5
  • SD Performance 9
  • Features 8.5
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Vivid Details
Sharp Contrasts
Favorable 3D Performance
Impressive 3D to 2D Conversion
The Bad
Poor Noise Filters
Unpredictable AquoMotion
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