Product Review (April 2004) - Sharp
LC-22SV6U AQUOS™ Liquid Crystal Television

Sharp's AQUOS™ Liquid Crystal displays have attracted customers looking for alternatives to plasma technology with similar qualities such as high contrast with a bright picture. One of the greatest advantages of LCD technology is the lack of burn-in on the screen associated with plasma and CRT displays when fixed images such as computer video or network logos are displayed. Sharp has introduced, among other AQUOS™ products, the new LC-22SV6U. The LC-22SV6U produces a bright picture (up to 430 cd/m2) with a high contrast ratio (500:1), making it ideal for rooms with ambient light that may be difficult to control. The LC-22SV6U includes a stand along with an easy-to-grab handle on the top rear of the unit. The detachable swivel base rotates 25 degrees right or left and also tilts 5 degrees forward or 10 degrees backwards. Sharp's 1-Bit digital audio amplifier (5W + 5W) is included with detachable speakers. A headphone jack is also provided on the front of the display. Although the 22" AQUOS™ does not have native high-definition capability, it will display a high definition signal (1080i) scaled to it's native (854x480) resolution. The LC-22SV6U is loaded with features including a 22" Active Matrix (a-si TFT) Advanced Super View LCD with Sharp's proprietary panel with Black TFT low reflection coating, a 60,000 hour life, a 170º viewing angle, and three full sets of A/V inputs as well as a component video input. Sharp also boasts their Quick Shoot technology that is said to optimize the display's response time of fast moving images. The EZ Setup helps new users configure the display quickly.

Viewing Modes
The LC-22SV6U has four viewing modes that include Stretch, Smart Stretch, Zoom and Side Bar. Stretch is used for displaying true 16:9 DVDs in the proper aspect ratio. This display has the resolution to fully reproduce the capabilities of the format. Smart Stretch is designed to fill the 16:9 screen when watching 4:3 content. This is accomplished by stretching the sides more than the middle resulting in a more natural looking picture without the obvious horizontal stretching seen on many displays or when using the standard Stretch mode. According to the manual, the Zoom mode is intended for movies with a wide aspect ratio (2.35), but it seems to be better suited for watching older letterbox DVDs. The Side Bar mode fills the sides of the 16:9 screen to accommodate a 4:3 picture.

Connectivity
The rear of the LC-22SV6U has two removable panels covering the area where cables connect to the display. Each panel has a slot in the lower section to allow the cables to route through the bottom. The left side panel has the input power connector (using the 13VDC AC adapter), speaker terminals (2 x 5 Watts at 4 ohms), antenna (via F-connector), component video (3 x RCA) and the associated two-channel audio connections. The right side panel has inputs to accommodate up to three sets (AV-IN1, AV-IN2 and AV-IN3) of standard A/V inputs, each including composite video and two-channel audio. The AV-IN1 input also includes a single s-video input. AV-IN3 can be configured to be either an input or an output depending on the user's needs. There are no RGB or digital video inputs on this display. The top of the display has buttons for Volume Up and Down, Channel Up and Down, Menu, TV/Video and Power for quick access.

Remote Control
The remote included with the display has a unique design that fans out at the top. The buttons are logically arranged and provide the user with quick access to the most commonly used functions. The TV/Video button selects sequentially from AV1, AV2, AV3, Component and TV inputs. The AV Mode button controls the screen settings based on Dynamic (Fixed), Dynamic, Standard, Movie and Game viewing modes. Each mode is unique by providing predetermined settings for different types of video being viewed by the user. A different AV Mode for each video input can be selected. The Bright button controls the brightness of the display by cycling through Bright (Maximum brightness), Normal (60% brightness),
Dark (10% brightness) and Auto (Changes based on ambient lighting conditions) settings. The Freeze button captures and freezes the image on the screen. There are four Color Temperature settings (Standard, High, Mid and Low). We took color tracking data on the last three settings for reference. The Pic Flip button selects between one of four different screen orientations (Normal, Mirror, Rotate and Upside down). The Audio Only button turns off the display when listening to music through the LC-22SV6U.

More Menu Controls
The menu displays six categories (Sleep Timer, AV Adjust, Preset, Closed Caption, V-Chip Block and Setup).
The Sleep Timer keeps the display active and changes in increments of 30 minutes up to a maximum of 120 minutes. The AV Adjust menu has two submenus, Video Adjust and Audio Adjust. The Video Adjust submenu has controls for Picture, Tint, Color, Black level, and Sharpness. The Audio Adjust submenu controls Bass, Treble, Balance and Dolby Virtual (on/off). The Preset menu allows the user to configure the display with a predetermined setup when the user selects this option. Finally, the Setup submenu configures the Blue Screen (on/off), Speakers (internal/external), Language, Channel Settings (air/cable), Clock and Color System).

Color Tracking
Measurements were taken with our Sencore CP5000 color analyzer and VP300 video generator connected to the component video inputs. Using 480p video, we set the black level using the PLUGE pattern and checked the stair step levels to ensure we had properly adjusted the display. We selected the Movie Mode and set the Color Temperature to Mid. We measured the color temperature in 10 IRE increments starting with 20 IRE. The measurements came fairly close to the ideal 6500 °K level with the exception of the lower 20 to 40 IRE levels, where the color temperature rose significantly.

Display Primaries
We measured the primary colors produced by the LC-22SV6U using the GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro Spectrophotometer and ColorFacts System from Milori Software. The CIE chart shows where the ideal primaries are located with the smaller three points making a dark triangle. The measured primary colors have the red, green and blue markers connected together with the white triangle. Only colors inside the white triangle can be produced by the display. The LC-22SV6U came very close to the ideal primary colors and as a result produced accurate flesh tones with excellent color saturation. One of the important aspect we noticed with this display was the rich colors, particularly with animated DVDs.

Performance
We connected our Sony DVP-NS900V SACD/DVD player to the component inputs of the LC-22SV6U and set the player to use the interlaced output mode. The internal tuner was connected to our Terk TV38 rooftop antenna. We wanted to evaluate the performance of the built-in deinterlacer to see how it affects the picture quality. We found out that the LC-22SV6U has the Faroudja FLI2310 DCDi™ deinterlacing/scaling chip even though it is not indicated in the literature. This is great news for potential owners of this display. In addition, the LC-22SV6U uses a 3D digital comb filter to separate the Y/C information for optimal results from composite video signals such as over-the-air analog video. The picture had all the positive attributes of a good CRT display with the exception of deep blacks. The bright picture had no problem combating the ambient light in the room.

High definition content from our JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS VCR and Samsung SIR-T165 worked with the display, but was scaled down internally to the native resolution. This is one limitation that may convince consumers to buy a higher end high-definition model offered by Sharp. However, given the size of the display and the distance in which it was viewed, this didn't cause any problems for us and the picture still looked great.

We evaluated the display's picture quality using the Movie AV Mode with the Color Temperature set to Mid. This provided us with the best color tracking from the factory. Lower IRE levels resulted in the color temperature shifting higher. The light output of the LC-22SV6U is very good. The Standard AV Mode produced a full screen raster of 38 fL. The Dynamic (Fixed) Mode produced an impressive 56 fL and the Movie Mode produced 20 fL. Blacks were acceptable, but not as dark as we would have liked to see. However, we still measured a respectable contrast ratio of 600:1 using our GretagMacbeth/Colorfacts system, which is actually higher than the numbers printed in the literature.

Conclusion
The Sharp LC-22SV6U performed very well for us in our setup. The display not only looks attractive, but is capable of producing an impressive picture with a variety of source material. The internal video processing is excellent with the help of the Faroudja DCDi™ chip. For those looking for a high performance standard definition flat panel, the LC-22SV6U is a great find.

- Kevin Nakano


Review System

Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Samsung SIR-T165 Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with DVI
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
Laserdisc Player: Pioneer CLD-D704 CD/VCD/LD Player
A/V Cables: Ethereal A/V Cables
DVI Cable: Transparent Audio High Performance 30-foot DVI-D Cable
DVI Extender: Gefen DVI 1000HD DVI Extender Systsem
Video Generator: Sencore VP300 SDTV/HDTV Video Pattern Generator
Video Signal Analyzer: Sencore VSA794 NTSC Video Signal Analyzer
Color Analyzer #1: Sencore CP5000 Multi-Display Color Analyzer
Color Analyzer #2: GretagMacbeth Eye-One Pro Colorphotometer with ColorFacts Software


Review - At a Glance

Sharp LC-22SV6U AQUOS™ Liquid Crystal Television

Specifications
Panel Type 22" Active Matrix (a-si TFT) Advanced Super View LCD
Pixel Resolution 854 x 480
Video System NTSC/PAL/SECAM
Comb Filter 3-D Digital Y/C Separator
Brightness 430 cd/m2
Lamp Life 60,000 hours
Viewing Angles 170º H / 170º V
Audio System 5W + 5W
Tuner Type 181 Channel Electronic PLL tuner
Contrast Ratio 500:1
Aspect Ratio 16:9 Widescreen
Color Temperature 8,000º K
View Modes Sidebar, Smart Stretch, Stretch, Zoom
Table Stand Included
Power Consumption 69 Watts
Limited Warranty 1 year parts and labor
Dimensions 22 29/32" x 20 5/64" x 9 27/32" (W x H x D) with table stand
22 29/32" x 18 3/16" x 3 5/16" (W x H x D) without table stand
Weight 22 lbs. (with table stand)
18.5 lbs. (without table stand)

Connectivity
Composite Video In

3 x RCA (Yellow)

S-Video In 1 x (4-pin mini DIN)
Component In 1 x RCA x 3 (Red, Green, Blue)
Audio In 3 x RCA (White/Red) drives detachable speaker


Company Information
Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp Plaza
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430-2135
Phone: 800-BE-SHARP
Fax: 201 529-8425
URL: www.sharpUSA.com

Source: Manufacture loan
Model Number: LC-22SV6U
Serial Number: 311816264
MSRP: $2500

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