Sharp LC-52D82U AQUOS LCD TV Review
Model: Sharp AQUOS LC-52D82U LCD TV
Description:65" diagonal LCD flat screen Television, Widescreen 16:9 Format
Resolution:1920 X 1080 (1080P)
Dimensions:50W x 32H x 5D without stand 50W x 34-1/2H x 12D with stand
Weight: 87 lbs without stand 92 lbs with the stand
Includes: Non-detachable Speakers and table top stand. 2 HDMI inputs as well as RS232, component and 2 component. 5 device universal backlit remote control
Color: Black lacquer finish with a thin silver banding around the frame
Reviewer: Phil Conner
Date: November 2007
The Sharp LC-52D82U series LCD entered the market in late summer 2007. This LCD is sold in many stores and online where the LC-52D92U is not sold. There are a few differences in the two models. We have extensively reviewed the LC-52D92U and following are our ratings and findings about the major differences between these two Sharp LCD models.
There are just a few picture quality differences between the Sharp D92 series and the D82 series. The Sharp D92 series has a 5 wavelength backlight system which produces the better stated contrast ratio of 3000:1 (we measure contrast post calibration with a checkerboard pattern so ours measures much less). The D82 Sharp LCDs have a 4 wavelength backlight system which produces a stated contrast of 2000:1. Both units enjoy the new 120hz refresh rate and 4-millisecond response rate time which decreases motion lag in the LCD displays. We found that the black levels remained about the same regardless of the backlight difference. The D92 series LCD was brighter at peak white of course but it wasn't a huge upgrade. All picture calibrations for the two TVs were exactly the same. For a complete review of the LC-46D92U click here.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS: 89/100
Aesthetically, the LC-5292U looks more streamline and sleek than the LC-52D82U. The latter has a thin silver band around the entire frame. The speakers appear slightly clunky. Other than that the two models are exactly the same.
For a high quality 1080p 52" LCD television this unit is a pretty good value. It sells for around $2800 while it's upgraded brother sells for about $500 more. In my opinion the upgraded features on the D92 series do not warrant a $500 difference in price. The two major differences worth noting and thinking about are the aesthetic appeal of the D92 and the lack of the DVI card in the D82.
OVERALL RATING (WITH PICTURE DOUBLE-WEIGHTED): 89/100*
Rating scale from 70 (denoting poorest quality) to 100 (signifying the very best quality). A rating in the 60s for any particular category of a product review indicates a serious defect which causes the product not to operate properly. Picture quality is double-weighted in the Overall Rating Score calculation.