"Make Products That Others Want to Imitate"
- Sharp Founder, Tokuji Hayakawa
Okay, a brief moment for reality; there isn't any company around that knows more about LCDs than Sharp. They have a very long list of "First Place" commendations; whether it's the snap belt buckle, the mechanical pencil, or the first 65" full HD LCD TV, Sharp continues to amass major points in the "World and Industry First" category. Sharp's founder had it right when he made the above statement, "Make products that others want to imitate." Sharp is completely obsessed with adding more lines to their impressive resume of "World and Industry First" products. Sharp is currently the leader in mobile device screens and panels; the best part is a vast majority of Sharp's competitors purchase their panels - yes, they're that good! Sharp is one of the only manufacturers that produce their own LCD panels and TVs from beginning to end, from the moment the screen and panel are created to when the last screw is inserted into the display's frame. Large, big-name companies flock to Sharp every year to order the latest in display technology for smart phones, laptops, computer monitors and more. Moral of the story, even if Sharp didn't invent it, they're in the business of making it better for the next generation. Sharp is great at focusing on the "needs of the many" in their communities.
Taking the previous points into consideration, it'd be foolish to expect Sharp would do anything less than shoot for the moon with one of the latest advancements in television technology. Meet the world's first THX certified 4K Ultra HD LED TV, the Sharp LC-70UD1U. As if "World's First THX 4K LED TV" doesn't excite Sharp, the LC-70UD1U is the only 4K TV available in a 70-inch class. Sharp's Ultra HD 4K TV features SmartCentral smart TV interface, 4K UHD upscaling for all your content, a dual-core processor, streaming applications, built-in Wi-Fi and more.
4K Ultra HD LED TV: Sharp didn't have to work hard to create a great Ultra HD 4K TV; they simply took their already stunning AQUOS picture technology and increased the pixel count by four - giving this 70" LED four times the pixel resolution of full HD. This is achieved by reducing the size of the pixels; it gives the TV more clarity, along with greater detail and depth.
THX Certified Ultra HD 4K TV: Unlike every other 4K TV "popping" up on the market, Sharp's 70" Ultra HD LED TV was the first of its kind with a certified THX experience. It makes sense; why would you want a resolution that's better than cinema quality, without a "certified" experience? A 4K TV with a THX certification meets or exceeds THX's high-fidelity standards. The LC-70UD1U successfully passed over 400 tests to ensure it meets the extremely high standards of THX in three categories: Screen Uniformity, Color Performance, and Detail.
Revelation 4K Upscaler: 4K Ultra HD is a new resolution that doesn't have much content available; that's okay because the LC-70UD1U can upscale all your favorite content to 4K quality. Sharp's 4K TV uses a two-step upscaling process; first, the dual-core processor adjusts the signal for optimum picture quality. Next, the Revelation upscaler analyzes and further enhances the content to create a vivid 4K image. You'll see "hidden" details in movies, TV shows, games, even YouTube videos.
AQUOMOTION 240: See a sharper image and more electrifying action with Sharp's AQUOMOTION 240 backlight scanning technology. AQUOMOTION effectively multiplies the panel's 120Hz refresh rate to deliver images that are crystal clear, even during fast-motion scenes.
Active 3D: Sharp's active 3D technology offers twice the resolution and detail of passive 3D technology. You'll watch as every scene comes to life for a truly immersive experience.
2D to 3D and 3D to 2D Conversion: Sharp's 3D success can be attributed to their active shutter glasses. Sure, the TV can convert everything to a 3D image, so can every other 3D TV. Sharp's 3D glasses can actually convert a 3D image to 2D! Flip the switch on the side of Sharp's 3D glasses and instead of a 3D image, the glasses will create a perfect 2D experience. With a Sharp 3D LED TV, everyone gets what they want.
Inputs/Outputs: Sharp's 70" 4K TV features multiple inputs, including an SD card slot, so you can enjoy all your favorite content regardless of physical/digital form factor. With so many connection options, your Ultra HD LED TV can expand along with future video sources.
HDMI (4): All four HDMI inputs on Sharp's 4K TV are capable of receiving a 4K signal. HDMI allows you to use a lot of features that are exclusive to an HDMI input, like MHL and ARC.
ARC: HDMI 1 allows you to take advantage of thise feature. ARC, or Audio Return Channel, allows an audio signal to be sent upstream to the TV, as well as downstream to external audio components. Before ARC, audio could only be sent downstream via HDMI, this required multiple connections if your AV equipment was connected to your home theater receiver. With ARC, that same audio stream can now be sent back to the TV for playback through the TVs dedicated speakers. ARC essentially allows an audio signal to travel both directions, to and from your TV from an external audio source.
MHL: HDMI 4 allows you to use MHL, or Mobile High-Definition Link. This allows you to play music, movies, and images from your mobile device on your TV; this an effective means of "tethered," or "wired," streaming.
Component: Component video inputs can carry a full HD signal; however, they can only carry stereo audio (left and right) to your TV. But thanks to virtual surround sound integration, Sharp 4K TVs can create a virtual sound environment using a stereo, 2-channel, audio signal.
VGA PC Input: You can technically use an HDMI input to connect your computer to your TV for video playback; this will carry a lossless surround sound signal. The PC input, VGA, allows you to connect your PC to your TV without any additional adapters needed, just a VGA cable. Since VGA doesn't carry an audio signal, you'll need to connect the audio via the dedicated audio input on your TV.
Composite: The composite video input can only carry a standard definition signal with 2-channel, stereo, audio. The built-in resolution upscaler still increases the resoltion; however, the quality of the conversion depends on the quality of the source sending the signal. Don't expect greatness from an upscaled composite input image.
USB (2): The USB input is capable of photo, music, and video playback of your favorite content. With 4K photo playback, you'll be able to see amazing clarity and detail from your 8MP images.
SD Card Reader: The SD card reader is a rare treat for a television indeed, there aren't many televisions that ship with a built-in SD card reader. The SD card reader functions the same way as the USB input. With the USB input, you'd have to connect your device directly to your TV, via USB cable, to view your media. However, with an SD card slot on your TV, you can simply remove your card from your device and insert it into the SD card slot on your TV.
SmartCentral™: Sharp's 70" 4K UHD LED TV features their SmartCentral user interface; this newly designed and customizable UI allows you to search the web for content on your TV, in an easy to use Smart TV platform. From the home page, you have access to the built-in Web browser and streaming applications, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. SmartCentral is your gateway to a world of unlimited content.
Most Popular Apps: More of the applications you love are now accessible through Sharp's SmartCentral™ platform. You'll gain instant access to streaming services like Pandora and netflix, social sites like Facebook and Twitter, some of the best gaming on a television, and make voice and video calls via Skype™; all the things you love are just a click away.
Built-in Web Browser: Sharp's THX certifed 4K TV has a built-in web browser that allows you to access the Internet in all its glory. You'll be able to visit your favorite website with a "monitor" that's as big as life itself.
Split-Screen Web+TV: Sharp has taken the split-screen feature that's built into premium TVs to a new level. Sharp Smart TVs allow you to engage the Web browser and split the screen so you can continue watching your favorite program while you order a pizza. Curious whether or not an actor in a movie you're watching today is the same from the movie you saw last week? Engage the web browser while watching the program for a quick answer.
Flash-Enabled: Not all browsers are created equally, many website render differently depending on the browser and the website. Many suffer because they lack Flash support, not Sharp's 4K TV! Sharp's UHD TV will display Flash-based animations and websites just like your desktop or laptop PC.
Dual-Core Processor: The LC-70UD1U features a blazing-fast dual-core processor; the processor helps improve loading times of web pages and applications, enables multi-tasking, and helps streamline the 4K-Upscaling process. Now you can spend time enjoying content, instead of waiting for it to load.
Built-in Wi-Fi: Every Sharp Smart TV has built-in Wi-Fi technology so you can connect to the Internet without any additional cables. Sharp makes is very easy to enjoy your favorite content.
Speaker Layout: Sharp's 4K ultra HD TV features a powerful front-firing 35-watt, 2.1 sound system, that's capable of simulating surround sound to complement your THX experience. The 2.1 channel system is comprised of 6-speakers, total; 2 left and right tweeters, 2 left and right midranges, and powerful dual subwoofers, all built right into the cabinet of the television.
Surround Sound Processing: What's the purpose of THX certified picture quality without the thunderous audio that's normally equated to a cinematic viewing experience? There isn't any purpose. Sharp's 4K TV is capable of simulated surround sound playback; it can also send and receive a Dolby Digital or DTS surround sound signal. Surround sound is the perfect round-house finish to an immaculate picture quality.
Audio Enhancements: Sharp's also included a few other neat "tricks" to enhance your TVs audio right out-the-box.
Clear Voice: This feature uses highly sophisticated algorithms to increase the volume of on-screen dialoge. There's nothing worse than missing the witty puns from the hero in your favorite action movie because he blew up a train station. Clear Voice "pulls" out the vocals so they're heard over all other ambient noises. Now you'll clearly hear your hero when he says, "I guess he got his ticket punched!"
Wall Mount Setting: This setting selects the opimal audio settings for your wall-mounted television
Auto Volume Control: There was an act passed in the fourth quarter of 2012, which has failed to see 100% compliancy, call the CALM Act. The CALM Act requires television broadcasters to match the volume of commercials with the volume of the show you're watching on TV. You know from your everyday viewing this issue is still running rampant with broadcast television. Sharp's response is an algorithms that measures and adjusts the volume of the content being played through the TVs speakers for quiter commercials and uniform volume.
Inputs/Outputs: Sharp added a variety of audio inputs and outputs to the LC-70UD1U so you can enjoy your viewing experience as comfortable and worry-free as possible.
Fiber Optic Digital Audio Out: The fiber optic digital output allows your Sharp 4K TV to transmit a full surround sound audio signal to external components like an AV receiver, home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) system, or even an external soundbar.
3.5mm Audio Output: If you'd like to connect a set of headphones or any other audio device that can receive an audio signal from an external component, like a soundbar speaker system. This audio output can only carry a stereo, or 2-channel, signal.
3.5mm Audio Input: This input is dedicated for PC audio into the television.
The 70UD1U features a new, sleek, metallic black frame with an arc stand. Surprisingly, the new slim design still leaves ample room for the speakers-in-front-design; this design increases audio output from the smaller television cabinet. The result is a more robust sound with a smaller footprint.
Wallpaper Mode: Even when powered off, the LC-70UD1U looks amazing. Wallpaper mode works just like a screen saver on a desktop or laptop PC. The screensaver works on extremely low power and turns your TV into an AQUOS 4K Ultra HD LED picture frame. When wallpaper mode is engaged, you can view pre-installed artwork or your own photos with musuem-like experience.
Sharp Remote Control App: Sharp's remote control application is available for Android- and iOS-based smartphones and tablet PCs. The Sharp remote control application makes it easier to navigate your 4K TV, find content, and keep up with your favorite shows, movies, and games.
Sharp Beam: Sharp Beam allows you to wirelessly share content from your mobile device with your TV. Simply open the application and swipe, or flick, your media from you smartphone or tablet towards you Sharp TV.
Netflix Second Screen: This feature incorporates the Sharp Beam functionality with Netflix's platform. You can use your smart phone or tablet PC to find and select your favorite movie or show on Netflix, but watch it on your big screen TV.
AQUOS Advantage: There's one major reason to buy a Sharp LED TV…AQUOS Advantage! This complementary service is available for everyone who owns a Sharp HDTV. This service includes remote access customer support, a trained Sharp AQUOS advisor that will remotely connect to your 4K TV, via the Internet, to assist with setup options, troubleshooting, and they'll even help you optimize your picture settings.
Included Accessories: In the box with your Sharp AQUOS 4K TV, you'll receive 2 pairs of active 3D glasses and a universal remote control. You can extend the ways to control your TV beyond a universal remote control or smart phone remote control application. You can use a wired or wireless mouse and keyboard to navigate your television. This is possible via the USB port or the built-in Bluetooth function.