Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series

  • 70" 1080p LED-backlit
  • 3D 240 Hz
  • Internet enabled
#1 in Any TVs
Released September, 2011
Although it's not quite as impressive as Sony's Monoliths or the thin-bezel Samsungs, Sharp's design is better than Pioneer's in most ways.
Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series

Front view of Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Colors near-black were excellent, with less of the bluish cast we saw on the Sony, and every bit as accurate as the plasmas.
Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

size

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46"
46"
The Elite delivered a very good 3D picture overall, although it wasn't the best we've seen this year-that title still belongs to the Samsung UND8000 series.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)
Aside from crosstalk the Elite's 3D picture was quite similar to its 2D counterpart in terms of black level: superb.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)

thickness

Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Sharp AQUOS 835 Series
Samsung 8000 Series (2012 LCD)
As usual for an LED TV the depth of black became lighter (worse) from off-angle, and indeed moving just one butt cheek to either side of the sweet spot in the exact middle of the Elite's screen was enough to cause the Kuro to appear darker.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series

power consumption

Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Panasonic VIERA GT30
Samsung 8000 Series (2012 LCD)
We did not test the power consumption of the 70-inch member of the Sharp Elite PRO-X5FD series, but we did test the 60-inch model.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)
The Sharp Elite has the best black levels and contrast available anywhere, and good enough off-angle performance to still beat non-Kuro plasmas from most normal seating positions.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)

black levels

Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
Panasonic VIERA GT30
While the Kuro stays deeper for anyone not in the sweet spot, the Elite's black levels remain remarkably dark.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)
The Sharp Elite preserved black levels better than any other TV in the room, but on the other hand its screen was also the most reflective.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)

contrast ratio

Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Samsung 8000 Series (2012 LCD)
Sharp AQUOS 632 Series
As a result the Elite maintained its advantage in perceived contrast ratio or "pop" over the non-Kuro plasmas in pretty much every scene, regardless of how dark, bright or mixed the content therein.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)
We also looked for signs of the wonky gamma we measured in bright areas, but they looked every bit as accurate as the Samsung, for example, with its perfect measured gamma.
Elite Pro-X5FD Series by c|net (Dec, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 70"
  • 0.1569/0.06
  • Full-array LED
  • 4:4 Pulldown @ 96Hz
  • CinemaNow, Netflix, VUDU, YouTube
  • Napster, Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9
  • MP3
  • JPEG
  • supports professional calibration to achieve the most accurate color reproduction
  • 0.6408/0.33
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • HDMI CEC
  • backlight zones are selectively turned off to enhance the picture's contrast
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 5
  • 2
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • 0.305/0.61
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 6,521K
  • 0.0007 cd/sq. m.
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 31.75 mm
  • 1
  • 2
  • 240 Hz
  • 1
  • type more naturally with a full keyboard on the remote
  • 1
  • 85.51%
  • 1,200 lines
  • 1

cons

  • 2.61
  • AN-3DG20-E, 90 dollars
  • only proprietary remote controls can control the TV
  • 282 Watts
  • 50,484 g
  • 130 dollars

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
Even though built-in Wi-Fi is expected at this price, it's still worth mentioning.

Panel

It's available in three strengths (Low, Medium and High), or you can leave it off and select standard local dimming or even turn local dimming off.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
The Motion Enhancement control is supposed to affect motion resolution but even in our test pattern we saw little difference between the two 120Hz settings and the Fluidmotion setting, which uses a scanning backlight.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
This ridiculously expensive television is basically "The wealthiest 1 percent" distilled into flat-panel TV form, and we're betting very few of the 99 percent will splurge on one, especially with perfectly excellent alternatives available for half the price or less.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

3d

Sharp's spectacles have a 2D option in case some viewers want to forgo the 3D effect while leaving the TV in 3D mode for others.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
Otherwise they're similar to Panasonic and Sony active glasses in that they use Infrared to sync to the TV, as opposed to Samsung models that use Bluetooth.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
For our 3D comparison we replaced the 2D-only Kuro with the UND8000 and added the LG LW5600 to represent passive TVs.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Picture quality

The X5FD deserves a 10 in picture quality, tying the score of the Kuro and the 2012 Panasonic TC-PVT50 and beating every other TV we've ever reviewed.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
What you came to find out is whether we think the Sharp Elite PRO-X5FD has better picture quality than those alternative TVs or even than the legendary and now extinct Pioneer Elite Kuro from 2008.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
The Sharp's uniformity across the screen was excellent.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Sharpness

If you don't mind paying any price to get the deepest black levels of current flat-panel TV, the Sharp Elite is for you.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
We have asked Sharp for information on a rumored firmware update to fix the color issue, and as of June 12, 2012, the company has not issued a fix.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
The Sharp brand is basically invisible on the new Elite.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Type

Its picture is that much better to our eyes than any of the 2011 flagship plasmas from Panasonic or Samsung, although again the 2012 VT50 is superior.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
The Elite is probably the best LCD we've ever tested at maintaining picture fidelity from off-angle, but it's not perfect.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)
It also offers the same extra yellow pixel found on Sharp's Quattron-based LCDs like the LC-LE830U series.
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series 70" | Rated 80% by by c|net (Dec, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series

Price Edition Local dimming zones Power consumption Size Manufacturer code Compare
336 282 Watts 70" PRO-70X5FD
 
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240 204 Watts 60" PRO-60X5FD
 
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