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Sharp's new 90-inch LED HDTV Ideal for Assassin's Creed III

July 6, 2012

By Greg Gazin - Apple Gazin’ - G4 Canada

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Imagine playing Assassin's Creed III or experiencing the upcoming 2012 London Olympics, in the comforts of your own home on a 90-inch LED HDTV.  I know, what you're thinking - WOW! Then ask yourself - a 90-inch TV? That's like the same amount of viewing area as five 40-inch TVs and I didn't know there was a TV that big I could buy!

Sharp AQUOS  LC-90LE745ULargest Consumer TV

There wasn't until now. Sharp Electronics Canada has recently introduced what they claim is the world's largest consumer LED smart HDTV, the Sharp AQUOS LC-90LE745U. It measures a whopping 90 1/64" on the diagonal with full 1080p HD viewing (1920x1080). It incorporates their proprietary X-Gen LED Edge-Lit LCD panel that allows for much deeper blacks, higher contrast and greater colour brightness.

While the panel's native refresh rate is 120Hz, the system is "Fine Motion Enhanced" with AquoMotion 240, designed to improve the picture quality by reducing blur and motion artifacts, during, for example, fast-paced action scenes. Gamers will also like the Vyper Drive game mode that's designed to reduce the latency between your game console and the TV for an even better viewing experience.

AQUOS 3D plus Conversion

The unit offers full HD active 3DTV and includes 2 sets of 3D glasses. These glasses also have a 2D conversion switch, so viewers can watch in whatever mode they choose.  The TV also has a conversion mode so you can also go the other way - upconverting traditional 2D into 3D if you so desire.

It has it's own built-in spacious sound 3D offering two 10W channels and a 15W subwoofer.

Sharp AQUOS  LC-90LE745U This HDTV has a plethora of inputs - thirteen, some of which include 4 x HDMI, Ethernet and 2 x USB, which allows you to also play and view your tunes and digital photos. Plus, it has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n).

The LC-90LE745U also incorporates Sharp's newly improved interface within SmartCentral - delivering streaming video, customized Internet content like Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more as well as live customer support via built-in Wi-Fi.

While the TV does have an incredibly large viewing area, overall it's much lighter and thinner than you'd expect and weighs only 141lbs. (about the same as my old 32" Trinitron TV).  It's 81" wide, 48" tall, yet less than 5" deep.  It's also energy efficient and Energy Star qualified to boot using the same amount of power as two 75-watt light bulbs.

Fits in many homes

Now logic would seem to dictate that the average living room, or Man-Cave as some people refer to it (BTW, I despise that term, it sounds so barbaric), is too small to properly view such a beast and that it would be too grainy and much in your face to really enjoy. However, sometimes-even Mr. Spock can be misinformed.

In fact, in an online survey of Canadian adults conducted by Angus Reid on behalf of Sharp Electronics Canada in October 2011 and March 2012 revealed that people actually sit too far away from their television screens. It showed that most people believed the ideal sitting distance was 3 times the diagonal measurement of the TV, while according to Sharp that multiplier is 1.5.  So in the case of a 90-inch, that would be only 11.25 feet, which is certainly doable in large living rooms or basements.

It appears with HDTV, graininess becomes a non-issue at equal distances with HDTV compared to legacy TVs. And with today's higher resolutions, life-like imagery and being close up, gamers and Olympics enthusiasts alike will likely feel like they're right there on the field gunning for high score or perhaps a perfect 10.

Sharp AQUOS LC-90LE745U is available now at select retailers with an MSRP of $9,999.99 (same price in Canada as in the U.S.) and comes with a 1-year warranty.

Greg Gazin can be reached at  gadgetguy "at" telus "dot" net , , or on Twitter @GadgetGreg

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