Sharp Aquos Quattron LC-70LE732U Review

Sharp’s 70LE732U achieves the wall-devouring size of a projector with the convenience, image quality and daylight-defying brightness of an LED TV, for a lot less than you might expect.
Sharp’s 70LE732U achieves the wall-devouring size of a projector with the convenience, image quality and daylight-defying brightness of an LED TV, for a lot less than you might expect.
Sharp’s 70LE732U achieves the wall-devouring size of a projector with the convenience, image quality and daylight-defying brightness of an LED TV, for a lot less than you might expect.

Highs

  • Largest consumer LCD available
  • Vibrant Quattron X-gen panel, LED backlighting
  • Built-in Netflix, Vudu, Napster, other apps
  • Clean, intuitive menu system and remote
  • Surprisingly affordable for its size
  • Better-than-average sound

Lows

  • Interactive apps feel sluggish, limited selection
  • Some “blotches” visible with solid colors, panning
  • Screen lag outside gaming mode
  • Basic remote with no backlight

Sharp Aquos Quattron 732U series information: This review is based on our hands-on experience with the LC-70LE732U TV. However, two other models in Sharp’s line-up, the The LC-70LE733U and LC-70LE734U, are very similarly featured and should offer very similar picture quality. The most notable difference between our review sample and the other two models is that our sample had a native refresh rate of 120hz whereas the 733U and 734U are both capable of a 240hz refresh rate. There are also some minor cosmetic differences as well.

Open your windows and tear down the blackout curtains: Projectors aren’t the only rational option for supersized home theater screens anymore. Sharp hasn’t set any size records or smashed through any previously unimaginable engineering feats with its Quattron LC-70LE732U, but at $3,799 for a screen big enough to look like you can walk through it, the company has broken down some serious price barriers. We gave Sharp’s latest supersized consumer set a run through to see whether a tarp-sized TV for under $4,000 is a gimmick or a bargain.

Sharp Aquos Quattron LC-70LE732U right sideFeatures and design

If you’re interested in the Quattron LC-70LE732U, we’re guessing you’re interested a lot more in that 70 at the beginning of the model name than whatever “LE732U” designates, so let’s get this out of the way: It’s huge. Monstrously huge. Wall-dominatingly huge. Impractical for all but the largest rooms huge — but you knew that.

Seventy inches (technically 69.5) may seem reasonably close to the also-large screen area you get with a 55-inch model, but remember that every extra diagonal inch buys you exponentially more total screen real estate as you go. As a result, the 70-inch Quattron actually has 62 percent more screen area than a 55-inch model. We’ll let you witness it at a retailer for yourself, but suffice it to say, that’s massive.

As for that LE732U designation, it carries with it most of the niceties you would expect from a top-tier TV, short of 3D capability. That means Sharp’s Quattron panel with an extra yellow pixel for a wider color gamut, full-array LED backlighting, 1080p resolution, built-in Wi-Fi and a whole suite of apps including staples like Netflix, and Sharp exclusives like Aquos Live Advantage, which lets technicians tinker with your TV from afar, without ever setting a greasy boot on your carpet. Keep in mind, though, that a number of premium differences still exist between the LE732U and Sharp’s flagship 925U, which we’ll get to as we move on.

Setup

Unless you hire a few brutes from the local big box store to handle your Quattron, be prepared for some heavy-duty lifting, and bring a friend. The portly 70LE732U weighs in at just shy of 100 pounds with the included stand. Fortunately, getting it vertical is mostly as easy as dropping into L-shaped brackets that slide into a notch in the bottom and tightening a few screws. Sharp must know what’s good for the feeble drywall in your media room because there’s no VESA bracket for wall mounting — this guy needs to sit down on something.

Design

The size of this TV does the talking for it, even when it’s off. Unlike some of the more adventurous designs Sharp has pursued on some of its flagship TVs, the first 70-inch Quattron keeps things pretty mundane: The display is edged by an inch-wide, gloss-black bezel. Along the bottom edge, a slight chin and light-up chevron give it a bit more flair, but not enough to distract from the 70-inch main attraction. The stand is about as plain as they come: square, gloss black, and with zero swiveling or reclining capability.

The entire TV measures 3.5 inches deep at its thickest point (in the center), but it gives the illusion of looking much thinner thanks to a generously tapered design that keeps the bulk away from where you can see it (and there’s plenty of room to hide it on a TV this big). The visible edges measure only about 1.25 inches thick.

Sharp Aquos Quattron LC-70LE732U inputsConnections

Following the trend away from legacy ports we see every year, Sharp’s 70-inch Quattron offers only a few mandatory analog connections in favor of mostly HDMI ports — four to be exact. We can’t really complain; if you’re buying a 70-inch, $3,799 TV to hook up a VCR to it with composite cables, you have a problem with priorities.

All four of the HDMI ports point out sideways from a plastic plateau on the back of the TV, about six inches back from the edge of the left-hand bezel. This design makes it easy to connect them, but also leaves enough room to arc the cables out of the way so your TV doesn’t appear to be vomiting wires out the side after you connect up all your equipment. You’ll also find a USB port and 3.5mm audio output on the same ledge.

Further back, Sharp includes a VGA port, two stripes of composite A/V jacks, a single component video array, another USB port, the Ethernet jack, and less frequently used options like digital audio output, 3.5mm audio input, and RS-232C. The right side of the TV is barren, save for the standard slate of hard controls that peek out at the edge.

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