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Sharp LC32RD2E Picture Quality

by Colin Tang
3 June 2007

High Definition

Achilles Showdown
Can't decide between the driver or the car (zoom)
 
Lamborghini Gallardo

IMHO, I found Mission Impossible 3: HD quite enjoyable and certainly feel that it fits the bill as far as action movies go. With loud explosions, enviable cars and gorgeous ladies, it nailed the blockbluster recipe for success. That's why I was a bit puzzled when it got panned by certain quarters. Sure it was Cruise control all over again. Sure, all plots seemed to converge on our impossible hero. Who cares? There is enough eye candy and storyline to (dare I suggest it) probably justify a fourth installment. I'll leave Mr Cruise to mull over this while I get on with my job.

MI3 has a wide range of tricky scenes ranging from strong daylight shots to city night scenes in that can reveal a TVs weaknesss in dynamic contrast ratio. The Sharp LC32RD2E, with its awesome dynamic CR, confidently produces those scenes with the authority of leading TV manufacturers. For dark scenes, the Berlin siege and city rooftop abseiling are perfect examples of its black level superiority in the 32 inch range. I didn't find myself consciously looking for detail in those scenes, which hints at Sharp's ability to draw out the fine points in the shadow landscape. A few scenes later, you are teleported to the action highlight of the movie: the bridge rescue of the villain. Here, you are rewarded with bright images of impressive depth that will get you hanging on the edge of your seat. See Tom shell shocked, defy gravity and battle mercenaries and a Predator UAV armed with Hellfire missiles!

Scientology gives you wings! (zoom)
 
Where are my agents?

Colours look natural and life-like for most part. I chose a saturation setting that kept a small amount of red push in the image without adversely affecting overall tones. It's worth noting that the non-D65 greyscale didn't affect final colour reproduction significantly although the thought of that might turn off some video purists.

With the [Cinema Mode], we didn't see any annoying deinterlacing artifacts. But honestly, most artifacts are usually difficult to spot anyway with a small screen.

Standard Definition

Snooker
Now hands up who thinks Simon should be fired? ... (zoom)
 
You're fired!

All the key benefits for HD material trickle down to Standard Definition sources for the LC32RD2E. We just moved down the chain from watching SD on the Samsung Q97 behemoth, so the result was visually apparent from the moment go. Although you get much less in terms of visual real estate, you move several notches up in clarity and sharpness. It just reinforces my opinion that SD is really made for smaller TVs. It's an important point if you are going to spend a significant time on this source and not prepared to splash on the latest video processors normally reserved for larger TVs.

Watched the England-Brazil match a few days ago and was glad that it wasn't too friendly. There is a lot of pressure on poor Steve and his team to salvage some pride following England's recent dismal performance. I suspect he needed a moral victory over his demons on recalling David Beckham to the national squad. Golden boy repaid his confidence by performing admirably and it would be really interesting to see what he can conjure up this Wednesday.

For our part, football games move much better on 100Hz without the intermittent blurring effect you see on panning shots. Players, crowds and ground detail don't disappear readily into a smeary background. It would be interesting to see the Sharp's performance, motion and other aspects, replicated in their upcoming 42 inch version of the RD2E series.


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