Sharp AQUOS 734 Series

$1,999
  • 70" 1080p LED-backlit
  • 240 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released July, 2011
We like that the OPC ambient light sensor is prominently displayed in the main picture menu, and that Netflix and Vudu allow full picture control.
Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Sharp AQUOS 734 Series

Back view of Sharp AQUOS 734 Series
LAS VEGAS-As Sharp heads into 2010, it isn't talking much about 3D, but it is touting some technology and design updates to its line of UltraBrilliant edge-lit Aquos LED LCD TVs, and a larger screen size: a 68-inch model it says is an industry first.
Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

size

70"
32"
46"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 60-inch Sharp LC-60LE830U, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)
At these screen sizes energy efficiency is also an issue, and this 70-inch LED is a miser compared with power-hungry plasmas.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)

thickness

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Sony BRAVIA NX720 Series
Sony HX850
Despite covering the launch in-depth we never reviewed one of those 2010 TVs, but after spending some time with the 2011 version, represented by the LC-LE830U series, we're a bit less impressed than Sulu was.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)
The Sharp's bay has all the necessary connectivity options, and we appreciated not having to use breakout cables for the analog jacks, as is the case with many thin LCDs and plasmas these days.
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Performance Real world tests of Sharp AQUOS 734 Series

power consumption

Sharp AQUOS 734 Series
Sony BRAVIA NX720 Series
Sony BRAVIA EX720 Series
Note that while we only tested the 732, we expect the 733 and 734 to use almost exactly the same amount of power, so we're including the 732's power consumption results with the latter reviews.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)
We did not test the power consumption of this size in the Sharp LC-LE830U series, but we did test the 60-inch model.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)

black levels

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Sony BRAVIA NX720 Series
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
What will have a negative impact for critical viewers are the set's lighter black levels and subpar screen uniformity.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)
In bright scenes it washed out at about the same rate as the others as we moved farther from the sweet spot in front of the screen.
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contrast ratio

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Sony BRAVIA NX720 Series
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
We don't expect the difference in contrast ratio specification to have a major impact on picture quality, but we can't say for sure since we haven't tested the 835.
AQUOS 734 Series by c|net (May, 2011)
The Movie setting of the LC-70LE73U is the most accurate out of the box, with a relatively linear grayscale and gamma.
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Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 70"
  • Full-array LED
  • CinemaNow, Netflix, VUDU
  • Picasa
  • Napster, Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • 2
  • 6,541K
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 0.26
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 0.16/0.06
  • 4
  • 2
  • 240 Hz
  • 1
  • 1
  • 43.18 mm

cons

  • 2.14
  • 0.65/0.33
  • 0.3/0.63
  • you'll have to go to the theater for 3D videos
  • 16,712:1
  • 600 lines
  • 6,568K
  • 44,996 g
  • can't video chat with friends
  • 72.43%

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 62%
Read the review (May, 2011)
The main Apps menu appears as a strip overlaid along the bottom of the screen, and in addition to the streaming options it provides a shortcut to Aquos Net (with widgets like news, weather, photos, and traffic), Aquos Advantage Live, and USB and DLNA access.

Picture quality

Sharp's suite is a step behind the 2011 suites from Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic in terms of streaming-content offerings (Amazon Instant and YouTube are missing) and design-although Sharp does get the newer Netflix interface with search and a browsing grid.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
No, it's not for everyone, but if you have at least 9 feet of space between your TV wall and your couch, and crave the immersion that only a huge screen can deliver, the Sharp LC-70LE73U series is worth a look.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
Although CNET did not review the Sharp LC-70LE735U, we did review the Sharp LC-70LE732U.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Sharpness

We performed a hands-on evaluation of the Sharp LC-70LE732U, but this review also applies to the other 70-inch Sharp TV listed below.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
The first thing you're likely to notice about the Sharp LC-70LE73U series is its sheer size.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
If you have a very bright room and the TV has to compete with a lot of ambient light, the Sharp's brighter picture is clearly superior.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Panel

The 735U uses active 3D technology and compatible 3D glasses are not included.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
According to the manufacturer the major difference between the two is that the LC-LE835U series is 3D-compatible and works with active 3D glasses (not included).
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
The LC-70LE73U series is the only TV on the market to feature a full-array LED backlight without local dimming (more info).
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Type

Beyond that the LC-LE830U is outfitted like a typical LED-based LCD, with an edge-lit LED backlight and 120Hz refresh rate.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
Engaging this setting to maximize motion resolution didn't introduce dejudder, so we could leave it on and still get true film cadence without smoothing-a rarity among non-Samsung LCDs.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
We appreciate some aspects of its performance, as well as a feature set with Wi-Fi and best-in-class product support, but in the end the LC-LE830U does little to stand above the tough competition in the edge-lit LED-based LCD TV category.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

Video

The LC-70LE73U's dejudder (smoothing) processing is controlled by the Film Mode setting.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
The LC-LE830U's dejudder (smoothing) processing is controlled by the Film Mode setting.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)
We appreciated its solid video processing, however, and color accuracy in bright areas after calibration was very good to excellent.
Sharp AQUOS 734 Series 70" | Rated 62% by by c|net (May, 2011)

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