Sharp's 70-inch 3D Quattron LCD TV (LC70LE735X) is already available here, but in late August, the 80-inch Aquos LC80LE940X should shape up to be the largest consumer TV in Australia. That's double the screen area of a 55-inch TV.
The 70-inch model currently has an RRP of $4799, so don’t expect the 80-inch version to be cheap. The 90-incher has just debuted in the US for around US$10,999 and it’s slated to arrive on our shores by the end of the year.
When Giz US did big screen 3D TV round up earlier this year, the 70-inch Aquos pipped the 65-inch models from LG, Samsung and Panasonic -- in quality as well as size.
From the Battlemodo: It’s called Quattron because there's a fourth color—yellow—in its sub-pixel arrays (these colours are mixed to create the shade for each individual pixel), allowing it to generate nearly a trillion potential colour shades. The black levels and shadow detail were equally impressive, thanks to the set's local dimming edge-lit LED back-lighting, with very little loss of clarity during dark scenes. The picture clarity was top-notch as well; there were significantly fewer jagged edges even on SD content. 2D HD content was clear enough that you could count the laces on a thrown football in flight.
The 3D was fairly good, though we did notice some halo effects with it turned on and some blurring during fast action (though that's pretty much universal in 3D sets). Screen flicker was, however, nearly nonexistent, and the 176-degree viewing angle was impressive.
The Sharp is Wi-Fi enabled, and includes four HDMI ports. No USBs, though, but you can push local content over your home network to play it . The streaming service selection was more sparse than the Samsung's offerings, but the amount and degree of picture controls were made calibrating the set dead simple. -Andrew Tarantola