Moving the Sharp 80” is not an easy feat. Taking it out of the box is an even harder task as it requires four sturdy men (three and a half for PC.com Labs thanks to an over eager female colleague who wanted to help) to setup the unit. Time-wise, it took us nearly 20 minutes to screw in the base-stand, put up the 80 inch TV, power it up and get it going. Take note: you will need the minimum of four guys to carry it as the entire TV, sans stand, weighs at an impressive 55kg. Let me reemphasize this: the screen is so heavy, the base-stand needed screws to make sure it is properly secured to the table.
The weight and size of the Sharp 80” cannot be properly described on paper. Even when these concerns had been brought up during the logistics discussion, no one could imagine how scarily big the TV could really be. When Sharp finally sent over the TV to PC.com for its review run, everyone in the office had been awe-struck and stupefied with the experience of seeing the 80-inch TV in the (figuratively speaking) flesh. Even the most jaded of writers had been out-of-character in the presence of the super-sized TV. To say the TV is monstrous in size is very apt as you physically need to sit at least 15 to 20 feet away from the TV to fully appreciate the video content it is playing. While I am very impressed with the chance to review a TV of this class and size, I had to stop and wonder if such a size is necessary. Perhaps it is due to my background in dealing with Home Cinema class projectors and sound systems that makes me unexpectedly pause in my excitement and put a sudden end to this sense of marvel I had at the time.
Because this is a Sharp TV, I expected nothing less than perfect for its color reproduction. Undoubtedly, Sharp met my expectations as the visual processing prowess of the 8-inch did nothing but impress. This is especially obvious when the primary colors appear on the TV as each hue has that extra boost of contrast and warm tones. Even the deep blacks and stark whites are given a richer tone, as impossible as it sounds. There are even more visible shades of grey (fortunately not 50) in both the black and white spectrum calibration test, which further proves the rich contrast and saturation gradients of the Sharp 80” are top notch.
Almost all the LED and LCD TVs I encountered require some form of colour calibration. Even the Sharp 80” needed some level of tweaking but not so much since the TV already had a nice hue and saturation mix right out-of-the-box. Reds and blues are nicely balanced but the green required some adjusting since Sharp made full use of its Quattron system for the 80-inch TV to bring out the yellow hue. That means, I really didn’t need to perform a thorough TV calibration to test its colour matrix.
Like all smart TVs, Sharp also packed in a bunch content based features that is supposed to put it on par with the rest of the market. From the usual bunch of apps, like Youtube, Picasa, Twitter and Skype, to the third party and proprietary apps that is available for download off Aquos.net, the Sharp 80” is definitely not short off content and entertainment to keep users busy as they explore and fiddle with the entire app ecosystem that Sharp has to offer. Personal favourites include the social media apps, Youtube, some platform and puzzle games, and the newscast programmes.
The Sharp 80” is not like any other LED/LCD TV I have ever reviewed. The size alone is enough to tell me that this is what watching movies should be like if TVs had been made to look like cinemas in the first place. Even 3D viewing is great as the scree