A New LCD Line From Sharp
Sharp will replace its current mainstream LCD TV line, the D62U series, next month with 42- 46- and 52-inch Full-1080p screens that are 25 percent slimmer than their similarly sized precursors, 31 percent shallower in depth and 20 percent lighter.
The D64U series, to be manufactured in Sharp’s “Kameyama 2” Japan factory, is designed for performance, aesthetics and space-saving, says Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager for the company’s Product and Marketing Group. “Consumers are constrained in the screen sizes they can purchase by the furniture they have in their homes,” he said in explaining the impetus for thinning the bezels and re-engineering the sets in this generation to fit in smaller spaces. The company says the new 42-inch D64U model will fit into the typical footprint for a 40-inch LCD TV. A 65-inch model will be added to the group shortly, with pricing to be announced.
The number of internal parts has been reduced in the series, and they feature tight-fit “stealth” speakers and readily accessible side control panels with HDMI 1.3, composite and component inputs. Rear inputs include two additional HDMI, one component, two composite, one S-Video, a dedicated PC input and an RS-232C connection.