Sharp LC-32LE653U LCD TV Review


Display TypeLED LCD
Inputs2x HDMI (1x MHL), 1x Component, 1x Composite, USB
Outputs1x Optical
Streaming ServicesNetflix, Vudu, YouTube
Wi-Fi SupportYes
3D SupportNo
Display Size28.43 “x 17.01” x 2.48”
Display Weight10.4 lbs.
Review DateApril 27, 2015
PriceOut of stock

I’ve taken a lot of grief over the past couple of years for saying you’ll be fine by only getting a 720p display for your 32” set. Even comparing 720p and 1080p sets side-by-side I can only see a difference when within 3-4’ of the screen. Since no one sits that close, the extra money spend on 1080p over 720p was not worth it. Well now we don’t even have to worry about this because people should just buy the Sharp LC-32LE653U which is a 1080p set but at the price of a 720p one.

The $280 Sharp LC-32LE653U is a 32”, 1080p display that packs a pair of HDMI inputs, integrated Netflix with WiFi, and a very accurate Movie preset out of the box. The load times are good for Netflix, better than sub-$300 TVs I looked at last year, and the image looks very good. If you want a 32” HDTV now, you probably should buy the Sharp LC-32LE653U.

1080p for Free

Display Type:LED LCD
Inputs:2x HDMI (1x MHL), 1x Component, 1x Composite, USB
Outputs:1x Optical
Streaming Services:Netflix, Vudu, YouTube
Wi-Fi Support:Yes
3D Support:No
Display Size:28.43 “x 17.01” x 2.48”
Display Weight:10.4 lbs.
Review Date:April 27, 2015
Price:Out of stock
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Last year I was a fan of the Vizio 32” E-Series which has a nice image, good streaming content, and was only $280. A year later and the Sharp has the same inputs and image quality, Netflix streaming, and is 1080p instead of 720p. When moving from 720p to 1080p cost $50 as it did last year, that was a 15% increase in price for something that most people cannot see. When it becomes almost free as it is on the Sharp, there’s no reason to skip it.

The Sharp LC32LE653U has a very utilitarian design like most 32” TVs. It is LED-lit, though it isn’t specified if it is edge-lit or back-lit. The case is nearly 2.5” deep so it isn’t as thin as some other 32” models but those cost a good bit more. Two HDMI inputs are standard for the course with 32” TVs, and integrated Netflix means you might not need to use a media streamer with it. The streaming options are a little thin past Netflix with Vudu but no Hulu Plus, Amazon, or HBO. One HDMI port is MHL compatible for streaming content from your mobile devices, and you can playback video content with the USB port as well.

Accurate Image

One of the preset modes on the Sharp is Movie, and it is the only picture mode you use. It is accurate compared to all the other modes, and accurate for any TV. It has a preset color temperature very close to the 6503K standard while the others image modes are a bit past 11000K and very blue. Beyond just the grayscale, gamma is close to the BT.1886 target and the color points and saturations for all the colors are good. Even the color checker is accurate. As always, Page 2 has more information on the pre-calibration and post-calibration data for the Sharp.

There are a few other options for the image, including a dynamic contrast option. Turning this on causes the gamma to change and really lightens up shadow detail. Since the Sharp uses a VA-style LCD panel, which has good blacks compared to IPS panels, I wouldn’t turn this on. It makes images more washed out by brightening everything and losing the look of the scene.

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