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Sharp LC-42D62U

42" AQUOS™ 1080p LCD HDTV

7 Reviews

Item # 284LC42D62

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Sharp has been building top-quality LCD TVs longer than anyone else, and the "D62-Series" models are a big leap forward in both performance and value. The 42" LC-42D62U combines full 1080p picture resolution with improved contrast and response time. Images are pinpoint sharp and clear, with smooth, smear-free motion. This high-tech package comes wrapped in a gorgeous piano-black finish, with a price tag that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.

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Sharp has been building top-quality LCD TVs longer than anyone else, and the "D62-Series" models are a big leap forward in both performance and value. The 42" LC-42D62U combines full 1080p picture resolution with improved contrast and response time. Images are pinpoint sharp and clear, with smooth, smear-free motion. This high-tech package comes wrapped in a gorgeous piano-black finish, with a price tag that would have been unthinkable even six months ago.

1080p perfection from start to finish
It's no mystery why 1080p TVs look sharper and more detailed than 720p models — 1080p has more than twice as many pixels. And 1080p resolution is actually higher than that of any broadcast HDTV programs, so the signal never has to be "downconverted" or reduced in quality. Nothing is lost.

The future-ready LC-42D62U not only displays 1080p but can also accept 1080p signals from the latest high-def sources (surprisingly, many 1080p TVs can't). Soon, you'll be able to choose from a wider selection of high-definition players that can output flawless 1080p video — from both of the new formats: HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc™.

The LC-42D62U has built-in tuners for both digital and analog over-the-air broadcasts. And with four HD-capable inputs (two component video and two HDMI), you can connect a high-def satellite or cable box and still have plenty of inputs for an HD-capable game console, recorder, etc. Sharp's high-performance AQUOS TVs are, in a word, impressive.

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Large Item Special Shipping: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

Product Highlights:

  • 42" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • Advanced Super View/Black LCD panel (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 6-millisecond pixel response time
  • 1200:1 contrast ratio (6000:1 dynamic)
  • 176°(H) x 176°(V) viewing angle
  • Multi-Pixel technology for improved off-angle viewing
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 5 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 HDMI v1.2 digital audio/video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 21-1/4"W x 11-1/2"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 40-5/8"W x 26-1/2"H x 5-1/4"D (29"H x 11-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 66.2 lbs. (without stand)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 42" Widescreen LCD TV
  • GA535WJSA Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Detachable 69" AC power cord with in-line ferrite core
  • Large cable clamp
  • Small cable clamp
  • 5.875" Wire tie
  • Pedestal stand
  • Pedestal post
  • 4 Large bolts
  • 4 Small bolts
  • Hex-Key
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Operation Manual
  • Product Registration card

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Sharp LC-42D62U Reviews

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(7 Reviews)

A Stunning TV that produces a Beautiful Picture

Peter from Summerfield, FL on 3/28/2007

This TV is beautiful to look at both when playing and when off. <BR><BR>For HD broadcasts, it has the capability to show the image on a &quot;dot-by-dot&quot; basis - this results in reproducing the entire image that is being broadcast (not an over-scanned image that is the normal viewing experience on lesser sets). Dot-by-dot reproduction also results in improved image clarity and depth.<BR><BR>Another Sharp innovation is the ability to play only the audio portion of the broadcast. This turns off the lamp that projects the image, thereby extending its useful life. This is a nice feature when doing something where you are unable to sit and view the program, but still want to stay involved. (OK, now its a TV radio - but that works just fine for many sports and discussion programs.) Why burn up the projection lamp if you're just going to listen to the broadcast.<BR><BR>This set is our 3rd HD TV and by far it is the best. <BR><BR>Don't be misled by reviewers who claim that you need a 50&quot; screen at-a-minimum to appreciate the benefits of a 1080p set, and that a 42&quot; set needs to be viewed from about 6' to appreciate the improved picture. We sit 12' back from the set and the picture is stunning.<BR><BR>It's not perfect. It lacks the ability to split the screen between two broadcasts, and the image does lighten a bit as you view from about 50-degrees or more from the side. We don't find either of these to be a problem.<BR><BR>At its price-point, this is the best 1080p LCD HD TV available. Buy this TV and you'll congratulate yourself every day on the wisdom of your choice. It's that good!



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Daryl from Chicago, IL on 3/26/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After researching several LCDs over the period of several months, I concluded that this is the set for what I was looking for (1080p capability, nothing over 42", inputs, etc). This set lives up to the price tag. I would have liked the higher contrast ratio found in the larger or smaller models, but at 6000:1 this puts out a great picture. No complaints. Crutchfield is prompt with delivery and extremely helpful as always.



Sharp LC-42D62U

DonnieZ from Joliet, IL on 1/17/2007

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I bought this TV right after I moved into my new condo. I really had no (serious) intent on getting a new TV until we started to get settled into our new living room and the LG-32DA4U 32&quot; Sharp Aquos we had in our apartment was just way too small.<BR><BR>When it came down to it, the Sony probably looked a little nicer, but not $1K nicer for 2 inches less diagnoally. <BR><BR>I went all out with this install, wall mount, hid cables in the wall, etc. The piano black finish is a very nice touch and it's usually one of the first things that people comment on when they walk in the room. <BR><BR>I have the Comcast Dual DVR 3416 box as well as a Toshiba 1080i upconverting DVD Player, and a Nintendo Wii.<BR><BR>Watching SD content really leaves a lot to be desired. This is a result of the scaler in the cable box, as the Motorola STB leaves a lot to be desired in the SD realm on ANY HD set I've seen. <BR><BR>When it comes to HD content though, this TV shines. 1080i content really looks great, not being scaled back down to 720 like most HD sets on the market do today.<BR><BR>An upscaling DVD player is a must as well. I get excited to watch my favorite movies all over again on this set as it's so crystal clear. One movie that really looks great is Cars. When I upscale this to 1080i, it's absolutely breathtaking (The sound is awesome too.)<BR><BR>Even the Wii in 480p looks phenomenal on this set. Component cables are a must.<BR><BR>The Sharp 42D62U has become the center of our entertainment universe in our home. My only regret is not saving up for the 46&quot; model! (At least I have a 32&quot; for the bedroom now!)<BR>



Great TV for the price

daver22 from Chicagoland, IL on 12/26/2006

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This was our first HDTV purchase. We were coming from a 27&quot; Sony with basic cable. WOW - what a difference. We upgraded our Comcast service to the HDMI box with dual tuner and DVR's. Having bought this in time to watch football has been AWESOME! Great TV for the price - could have spent more, but why? The differences become so small. If you are family looking to get your first big, flat screen TV this is a great deal! By brother in-law bought the same one and loves his too.




Jimmy from New Windsor, NY on 12/16/2006

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I recently purchased this model from Crutchfield and am very satisfied. I researched all the flat panels online and in the stores and found this Sharp product to be the best value. It is very easy to set up and has outstanding picture quality right out of the box. The viewing room is about 15'X22' and the TV will be placed on the far end opposite a patio door. I upgraded my cable box to HDMI and purchased a new upconvert DVD player - both are connected via HDMI cables. The results are amazing! Great viewing angle; no glare or reflection from light sources and good sound. HD programming (DiscoveryHD, ESPN, MSG,YES, etc.)is unbelieveable - the clarity and colors are true to life. I also hooked up this TV to my home theater system (Denon AVR, JBL Studios) and tested it with movies (Lord of the Rings, Revenge of the Sith, etc) and concerts (Rush, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, etc.) and am ecstatic with the results. If you are thinking of upgrading your home theater, this is the TV to go with. You won't be disappointed!



Sharp LC-42D62U

Robert from Toledo, OH on 12/10/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good looking cabinet but it stops there. Picture is very good on HD channels but not so good when viewing from off center. Picture looks washed out and has the "screen door" look if not viewing from center position. I returned to Crutchfield and replaced with Panasonic Plasma TH42PX-60U which was less. Panasonic plasma beats the Aquos hands down. Color on the plasma is incredible. Don't let the 1080 fool you on this one.<BR>



Fantastic display

Nathan from Florida on 12/2/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This TV delivers a fantastic picture when connected to our Denon upconverting DVD player. There is plenty of depth in the picture, even in dark scenes. The image is bright and pops off the screen. We are blown away by the quality!<BR><BR>Setup was a breeze. It took about an hour from opening the box until I got it hung on the wall and was watching TV. SD cable channels were adequately displayed, although getting within 5-6 feet of the display revealed the poor quality of this source, as expected. But we didnt buy this for watching analog cable--we bought it for watching movies on DVD.<BR><BR>The remote is backlit, which is a real help in a darkened room. I did discover that a feature I use a lot, however--switching between display presets--is not backlit and worse, is underneath a little flip-up panel. <BR><BR>I also didnt like that Sharp put the power, channel selection, and volume controls on the top of the TV. While this makes the front of the TV very clean and smooth, it is impossible to use these buttons when the set is wall mounted. Granted this is not a huge issue because of the remote, but if the remote was ever displaced, it would be a greater inconvenience.<BR><BR>However, these are small caveats to an otherwise terrific product. The design is stunning: glossy black bezel and grey speaker grills really distinguished this set from the others we looked at. The stretch modes are wonderful. The set converts 4:3 to widescreen, and you think it was being broadcast that way. And the picture...did I mention it was stunning?<BR><BR>Crutchfield delivered the set five days after I placed my order. The service was top notch, and the freebies were useful and of h




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Built-in Tuners: The Sharp Aquos LC-42D62U is equipped with a built-in NTSC analog tuner, an ATSC HDTV Off-air tuner and a QAM digital cable tuner. No external tuner box is required in order to receive off-air or digital cable High Definition or Standard Definition programming.

Next Generation 16:9 Advanced SuperView TFT LCD Panel: The TV features Sharp's Next Generation Advanced SuperView/Black TFT LCD panel which delivers bright, high contrast images that are virtually distortion free and helps eliminate screen glare. Its extra-wide viewing angles (176 degrees horizontal and vertical) allow you to see a clear picture from most anywhere in the room.

Multi-Pixel Technology: The LC-42D62U uses Multi-Pixel technology which divides each pixel into two sections and adds an advanced driving system to provide 60% improved color reproduction at wide viewing angles.

Display Resolution: The display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x1080. The unit will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p signals, and has a built-in image "scaler" to handle a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources. The scaler converts the signals from all video sources to match the LCD panel's native 1080p resolution.

Dual HDMI Inputs: The TV features dual HDMI inputs that are compatible with 1080p sources so you can directly input a 1080p source into the TV without any scaling.

Lamp Life: The expected life of the backlight lamp is 60,000 hours (at standard backlight position), which equates to ten hours use a day for more than sixteen years.

Contrast Ratio: The LC-42D62U features a native 1,200:1 contrast ratio and a dynamic contrast ratio of 6,000:1 with a 6ms pixel response time to produce spectacular picture quality.

High Brightness (450cd/m2): The Sharp AQUOS Liquid Crystal Television is extremely bright. You can put it almost anywhere; even near windows, doors or other light sources and the picture will still be vivid.

OPC Function: The OPC function of the TV automatically alters brightness to adjust to changing room conditions.

AV Mode: This mode gives you 7 options to choose from to best match the environment, which can vary due to room brightness, type of program, or type of image input:

  • Standard: highly defined image in a normally bright room
  • Movie: for viewing movies
  • User: allows you to customize the following settings and store them for each input source: brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and color temperature
  • Dynamic (Fixed): changes image and sound settings to factory preset values and allows no adjustments
  • Dynamic: for clear-cut image, emphasizing high contrast for sports viewing
  • Game: lowers image brightness for easier viewing
  • PC: ideal for PC when using the TV as a monitor

Standard View Modes: When viewing programs with a 4:3 aspect ratio, you can view the program in one of four modes:

  • Side Bar: viewing the program in 4:3 with black bars on either side of the image
  • Smart Stretch: stretches the program more horizontally than vertically to fill the screen
  • Zoom: enlarges the picture equally until the screen is filled. (Also suitable for viewing widescreen 2.35:1 anamorphic DVDs in full screen)
  • Stretch: suitable for viewing 1.78:1 DVDs. When viewing 1.85:1 DVDs, this mode will show thin black bands at top and bottom of the screen.

HD View Modes: When viewing an HD program you can select the following 4 viewing modes.

  • Stretch: suitable for viewing 1.78:1 DVDs. When viewing 1.85:1 DVDs, this mode will show thin black bands at top and bottom of the screen.
  • Dot by Dot (1080i/p only): detects the resolution of the signal and displays an image with the same number of pixels on the screen. When a 720p signal is being input, the image will be delivered in full screen.
  • Smart Stretch: suitable for stretching 4:3 programs to fill the screen.
  • Zoom: suitable for viewing wide-screen 2.35:1 aspect-ratio programs in full screen.

PC View Modes: You can connect the TV to your PC through the HDMI inputs to use the TV as a monitor. The following view modes are available in PC mode.

  • 4:3 Input Signal: You can select between Normal, Zoom, Stretch, or Dot by Dot.
  • 16:9 Input Signal: You can select between Stretch or Dot by Dot.

Favorite Channels: The Favorite Channels setting allows you to program 4 favorite channels in each of the 4 channel categories; giving you easy access to as many as 16 of your favorite channels. The categories are easily accessible as "A", "B", "C" and "D" buttons on the remote.

Freezing Images: If an image appears on the screen that you want to capture, you can press the "Freeze" button on the remote. The image will remain on the screen for up to 30 minutes, or until you press the "Freeze" button again to release the image.

Basic Picture Adjustments: You can make the following adjustments in the picture quality menu:

  • Optical Picture Control (OPC): when set to on the OPC Sensor on the front panel automatically adjusts the backlight brightness according to the surrounding light
  • Backlight: brightens or dims the screen (-16 to +16)
  • Contrast: adjusts the contrast (0 to +40)
  • Brightness: for more or less brightness (-30 to +30)
  • Color: adjusts the color intensity (-30 to +30)
  • Tint: adjusts skin tones from purplish to greenish (-30 to +30)
  • Sharpness: adjusts sharpness of image edges (-10 to +10)

Advanced Picture Adjustments: In addition to the above picture adjustments, you can make further fine picture adjustments:

  • Color Temperature: for better white balance, you can set the color temperature to High, Middle High, Middle, Middle Low, or Low
  • Black: changes the viewing depth by automatically adjusting the dark portion of an image
  • 3D-Y/C: setting provides high quality images with minimal dot crawl and cross color noise, select Fast for moving images, Slow for still images, or Standard for normal viewing
  • Monochrome: for viewing a video in black & white switch the monochrome setting to On
  • Film Mode: when set to On the film mode automatically detects, analyzes, and converts a film source (24 fps) to video (30 fps) using 3-2 Pull-down
  • Range of OPC: you can limit the range of adjustment by the OPC

Color System: The TV allows you to select the video signal system compatible with your equipment. The Color System feature is only available for inputs 1/2 Video and Input 3. You can select from Auto, NTSC, PAL-M or PAL-N.

Image Position: You can center the picture horizontally or vertically if necessary.

Sound Adjustments: You can adjust the amount of bass and treble (-15 to +15) and set the balance between left and right speakers. In addition, you can turn on/off the virtual surround.

Audio Only Mode: When you only want to listen to the audio portion of a program, such as a music program, you can turn off the LCD screen by using the Audio Only mode.

Digital Noise Reduction: Digital Noise Reduction produces a clearer video image and can be set to High, Low, or Off.

Input Label: The TV lets you give inputs 1 through 5 a preset name; for example TV, DVD, etc.

Power Control: You can set power control settings to save energy. When set to Enable in the AV Input mode, the unit automatically turns off if no signal is received for 15 minutes, or if no operation is performed for 3 hours. Five minutes before the power shuts down, the remaining time displays every minute.

Secret Number: This feature allows you to use a secret number to protect certain settings from being accidentally changed.

V-Chip Parental Control: This feature allows you to limit the shows that can be viewed based on the TV Parental Guidelines and a movie's MPAA rating. After setting Parental Control "On", you must enter the 4-digit password to view blocked programs.

Closed Captioning: The TV is compatible with standard closed captioning, and the new Digital Closed Captioning system. The more flexible Digital Closed Captioning is more flexible, and can be customized with several options. You can choose the caption size, font style, foreground and background color, foreground and background opacity, and character edge.

Sleep Timer: This TV can be set to turn itself off in 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Remote Control (GA535WJSA): The supplied remote controls the TV's functions, plus controls basic functions for multiple brands of DVD players, VCRs, Cable boxes and Sharp audio systems. The remote features full button illumination, plus a number of buttons under a flip-down panel.

Mounting Options

Supplied Stand: The TV comes with an unattached, unassembled stand. The 2-piece stand includes the hardware to assemble the stand, and attaches the TV to the stand. The stand adds approximately 2-1/2" to the overall height of the TV.

VESA Mounting Bracket Standard: The TV also has 4 mounting holes on the back for an aftermarket wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is VESA 200 (200mm vertical x 200mm horizontal), in accordance with the industry standards set by the Video Electronics Standards Association. If a VESA standard mounting bracket is not available, a universal wall-mount bracket that can accommodate a screw spacing of 7.874" (W) x 7.874" (H) can be used. The mounting holes accommodate M6 screws.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs: This unit has two HDMI inputs for connecting components such as HDTV set-top boxes, DVDs, or other HDMI equipment. One of the two HDMI inputs can be used with an HDMI-DVI conversion cable, and has stereo analog audio input jacks. If you are connecting a DVI-equipped device, you must indicate the type of signal in the menu (HDMI or DVI) to activate the audio inputs. You can also use the HDMI inputs to hookup the TV to your PC.

Optical Digital Output: The TV has a Toslink optical digital output for connecting to an A/V receiver with an optical input. The digital output can be set to pass Dolby Digital or two channel PCM.

Analog Audio Output: The RCA audio outputs can be switched from fixed level to variable. When set to variable, the internal speakers are muted.


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