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

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

HD & SD Tests

High Definition Tests

Sharp has added a few image enhancements to the LE925M's advance configuration which the LE820M lacks. To name one, there's "AquoMotion" which combines backlight scanning and frame interpolation to attain its rapid 200/240Hz frame rates. Other notable qualities of the LE925M includes "Quad Pixel Plus", designed to "reproduce high-definition images with higher resolution" in Sharp's own words. And as noted in our LE820M review, there's the dynamic contrast sweetener disguised as "Active Contrast". Ironically though, we had the best experience with Blu-ray discs without relying excessively on the Quattron's picture boosters.

On Corpse Bride, and on its own, the LE925M was capable of producing lively visuals and depth. Still, we weren't satisfied with the relatively murky blacks and soft contrasts. Plus, the letter box bars were more dark gray than black at this point. Under our dimmed lab environment, we realized an optimum setting by enabling Active Contrast and further reducing the backlights' intensity to -3 and Gamma to -1. In an instant, detailing was improved. Also, note that we left the rest of the picture settings unchanged as per our calibrated figures. To add, enabling AquoMotion resulted in accelerated and somewhat unreal paces on moving subjects, albeit a more fluid motion was observed, like one particular scene where  Victor Van Dort was running over the bridge for instance. Quad Pixel Plus did little to improve the overall picture quality, on Corpse Bride at least.

Expect brilliant visuals and rich colors on the AQUOS Quattron, although further adjustments is required to achieve an ideal picture setting. Fine details such as Victoria's hair was also nicely defined, more so after Active Contrast was enabled. The Standard preset worked well on less visceral animations such as Corpse Bride, while the usually favored Movie preset tend to bring on a discernible yellow tinge.

Similar results were gathered with Vantage Point. Skin tones and color accuracy were healthy, although further tweaks to the CMS palette (Color Management System) may be required to nail the best color settings according to your preference. Generally, the Movie preset yielded warmer hues and softer details on the LE925M. Conversely, the Dynamic preset was simply god-awful with its saturated and exaggerated levels. What about its 1080p24 cadence? Pacing on the telly's Film Mode Standard option was acceptable, although pushing it to Advanced (High) would result in unnatural and "tearing" artifacts. On the whole, we were pleased with the TV's black levels and depth. To enhance the TV's motion processing, Sharp has combined both backlight scanning and frame interpolation in AquoMotion. With the Scan (backlight strobing only) selection, movement was tolerably fluid, but not so much with the High preset which combines both features. In a nutshell, enable backlight scanning if you must, but we won't advise deploying the two of them in tandem. For a crisper picture quality, Active Contrast is desired.

Be careful when you are enabling the LE925M's Film Mode processing, for it does not always render the best results with each BD title. Take Vantage Point for example. At 12:48, when Matthew Fox and company were walking towards the podium, evident feathering and artifacts was observed around the periphery of Fox's head. Such intermittent issues were revealed with the High option, but not on the Standard 24p selection.

Sharp's UV2A photo-alignment tech is most evident when handling rich HD details. With a brighter luminance and improved contrasts, finer nuances such as skin pores are nicely defined on the X-Gen panel. Vantage Point really came to life on the 60-inch screen.

Here's our recommended settings for Blu-ray sources:

  Calibrated Values
Picture Mode Standard
Brightness 1
Contrast 31
Color -3
Tint 5
Sharpness 0
Backlight -3
Color Temp Middle
Gamma  -1
Film Mode Off
Active Contrast On
AquoMotion Scan
Quad Pixel Plus Off


Standard Definition Test

We've said it before for the LE820M, and we'll say it again for the LE925M - this HDTV is a force to be reckoned with when souping up standard-def signals. Our DVD of choice is the X-Men "The Last Stand". Clamping the BD player to a 480p output, we found little to complain about on the Quattron's SD performance, apart from the inevitable aliasing and pixelation issues typical of DVD content.

Honestly, we braced ourselves for the possibility of crappy picture quality on the mammoth 60-inch display, since DVD sources don't show up very well on large screens. We were, instead, blown away by the way the video processor tackled the upscaling tasks and motion details on its native 1920 by 1080 display. Levels of noise grains persisted, but confident picture processing and convincing blacks definitely made up for the noisy blemishes. We cannot say for certain if the presence of the yellow sub-pixel is the cause behind the X-Men's richer colors, but hues are visibly a notch more saturated than other LED offerings on this DVD.

Not all LCD TVs are masters at upscaling DVD content, but suffice to say, Sharp has mastered that fine art on the LE925M. With its palatable detailing, you might think you are watching a BD instead of a DVD when viewed at an appropriate viewing distance (2.2m). 

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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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