When you get the opportunity to check out the world's largest LED HDTV in person, you bet we say, "yes!". And with a 90" screen the LC-90LE745U from Sharp did not disappoint, setting jaws agape with a screen size inching towards projection screen category. Don't get us wrong, we love IMAX and all, but when it comes to our homes, how big is too big? For folks who feel that their 55" set is just not cutting it any longer and want a display almost double the screen size, the 90" Aquos LC-90LE745U from Sharp was designed for you. The Sharp press event gave me an opportunity to experience the gigantic HDTV's surprisingly sharp video quality with solid specs: a 3D-capable 1080p LCD LED backlit display, 240Hz anti-blur technology, Smart TV apps, and a built-in customer service feature called Aquos Advantage Live (customer-service reps can adjust/fix issues remotely, directly connecting to your TV). And despite being very very large (almost 4 feet high!), the TV was designed with energy efficiency in mind, supposedly using less energy than two 75-watt light bulbs.
Probably because I've spent too much time with Apple Retina Displays and live with a modest 32" HDTV, I was disappointed being able to see pixels while inspecting the set from nearby. Of course, nobody is going to be standing just a few feet away from such a monstrous display. Ideally, a viewer would be sitting 1.5 times from the set at a viewing distance of 11'3", similar to a projection system setup, and from this distance, the pixels disappear.
While the Sharp representatives informed me that there was no need to sit that far away from this TV, I couldn't help but naturally put myself back a bit. Despite the display weighing a very reasonable 140 lbs and not being terribly thick (about 4"), it's hard to imagine a 90" display even making it inside my apartment doorway, let alone being setup inside (it's larger than the fireplace and mantel together).
Of course, I doubt Sharp had us tiny apartment-dwelling urbanites in mind when they created this behemoth of a TV. The target market likely dwells in very large homes and therefore craves a TV that will help to fill their cavernous rooms. This is certainly not the TV for everyone, with the size being one barrier and the price another (the MSRP is just over $10,000), and while I kind of wish I had a home with a screening room where this TV could live, the smarter solution for small space dwellers looking for big screen solutions is probably a space efficient, projection screen solution.
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)