Earlier this year at CES, we saw the first TVs from Sharp following the announcement that Hisense had licensed the company’s brand name for TVs in the U.S. Unlike some other brands, even the lower-tier models Sharp unveiled were available with HDR, or High Dynamic Range.
The Aquos N7000 series straddles the line between the higher-end models like the N9000 and that lower-end lineup, which makes it a good choice as the first TV from the company’s 2016 ultra-high-definition offerings to go on sale. Every model in the N7000 series ranging from the 43-inch class to 65-inch class models is shipping to retailers now.
Even the smallest model features 4K and HDR, along with Sharp’s AquoDimming, which the company says can automatically enhance contrasting colors, adjusting the backlight for deeper blacks. For watching older content, Sharp’s Revelation Upscaler is included, helping HD signals look sharper on the 4K display.
The Aquos N7000 series features dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and offers smart TV functionality, including all the apps you’d expect like Netflix, YouTube, and Vudu. In addition to an app store for finding new apps, a built-in web browser should provide a last resort for sites and services whose video isn’t available in app form.
As is often the case, the largest model here — the 65-inch class LC-65N7000U — caries a bit of a premium, selling for $1,500. One size down, the 60-inch LC-60N7000U sells for $1,200, while the 55-inch LC-55N7000U retails for $800. Finally, the 50-inch LC-50N7000U sells for $700, while the 43-inch LC-43N7000U can be had for $500.
To help users better research its TV models, Sharp also announced it has launched a dedicated website for just that purpose. For more information, see the Sharp TV website.