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Operating The Sharp LC32RD2E

by Colin Tang
3 June 2007

The Sharp LC32RD2E's menu system doesn't look as polished as its previous models. The font has a digital but dated look, sort of like what you'd get with monochrome PC systems. But there is a good reason for this, or at least we think so. Menu response is significantly improved as a result, so hopping around is much better this time.

General
Picture Menu
Picture Settings 1
Advanced Picture Settings

There are five AV modes: [Dynamic, User, Standard, Eco and Soft]. [Eco] and [Soft] comes closest to either side of D65 greyscale standard, and we suspect most viewers will gravitate towards these presets. You can save your user settings per input depending on the source that you are watching. There are no greyscale controls with this unit, so you have to put up with the default factory greyscale programmed into the different colour temp settings.

Under advanced picture settings, you get to change the colour temperature in 5 different flavours. [Mid-Low] is approximately 7000K while [Low] is about 6000K. None of them falls on the standard D65 on our unit. There is a black expansion mode to increase overall image contrast at the expense of reducing shadow detail. You should use the film mode (3:2 cadence detection) on movies to minimise deinterlacing artifacts. The most significant thing is probably the choice of disabling the 100HZ mode; there are some instances when this is desirable. The collective 100 Hz TruD processing seems to confer the following benefits: motion blur removal, judder control, smooth diagonal lines and sharpness and contrast enhancement.

Set up
Setup Menu
Timer
Option Menu

The Setup and Option menu is a mish-mash of miscellaneous picture controls. The digital noise reduction is curiously placed in this section when it probably would have been better off in the main picture menu.

HDMI setup has several unusual options that most users should probably stay clear from. Signal type allows users to change the input type, covering RGB, Y Cb Cr 4:4:4 and 4:2:2. The latter 2 signals are almost never used in mainstream media. Colour matrix allows changes between ITU 601 and ITU 709 standard on RGB! signals; it didn't apply on digital signals from our players. We left [Dynamic Range] at its default value. [Normal].

EPG
Ugly Duckling EPG

Ok... I will confess that the EPG isn't the best looking around but in its defence, I am totally blown over by the dynamic picture preview and programme summary. For this top class functionality, viewers must also endure the slow load times for this EPG, which is a real shame. Note to Sharp... just improve the speed and look of the menu and you're onto a class leading performance in this area.

Remote Remote
Remote Control (zoom)
 
Side profile (zoom)

The Sharp LC32RD2E comes with an infrared, non-backlighted, remote control powered by two AAA batteries. The layout is competent and clear of clutter. The 'secret compartment' reveals Demo, Sleep, Aspect Ratio and OPC (dynamic backlighting) buttons, in case you're looking for them.


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