Reviewed on Jun 01, 2015

Sharp LE653U TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.4
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
6.2
Movies
6.3
TV Shows
6.6
Sports
7.2
Video Games
5.1
HDR Movies
4.1
HDR Gaming
4.5
PC Monitor
This TV has been discontinued.

Type : LED
Resolution : 1080p
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sharp LE653U LED TV is a good basic TV with a great contrast ratio and good black screen uniformity. The main downsides are the loss of color saturation at an angle and the poor gray uniformity.

Test Results
Design 7.5
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 6.5
Inputs 6.9
Sound Quality 6.2
Smart Features 6.0
Pros
  • Great contrast ratio.
Cons
  • Limited viewing angle, with poor colors off-axis.
  • Poor gray uniformity.

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7.5

Design

Curved : No
Stand

The center stand is quite stable. The dimensions of the stand are 19.5" x 13.5".

Borders
Borders : 0.59" (1.5 cm)

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.36" (6 cm)

6.6

Picture Quality

8.8 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
5239 : 1

The contrast ratio is really great. The blacks will look nice and deep in a dark room.

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Direct

5.7 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
233 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
233 cd/m2

6.3 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
4.382 %
50% DSE
:
0.228 %

The gray uniformity is always a bit more problematic with direct lit LED TVs like the Sharp LE653. The LEDs behind the screen create a grid, which produces the dirty screen effect.

4.2 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
15 °

The colors shift rapidly as soon as you move out of axis. You shouldn't buy this TV if you have multiple seating positions.

Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.

9.7 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
0.591 %

The black uniformity is great. It doesn't have any real issues.

8.5 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
3.08
Color dE
:
2.2246
Gamma
:
2.33

9.5 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.67
Color dE
:
1.2917
Gamma
:
2.24

7.0 480p Input

480p content looks a bit too soft on this TV.

7.0 720p Input

Cable TV and other 720p content also looks a bit soft.

10 1080p Input

Native 1080p content like Blu-rays looks good on the Sharp LE653U.

0 4k Input

6.9 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
77.05 %
DCI P3 uv
:
81.25 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
55.52 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
60.31 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
1.8 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

Its semi-gloss finish doesn't reflect a lot of light, which is good if you have a few lights on.
It doesn't get very bright, with a maximum luminosity of 233 cd/m2. It should be good enough for one or two windows, but not ideal for more than that.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No

Pixels
6.5

Motion

7.1 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
21.9 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

The amount of motion blur is pretty poor on this Sharp LE653. It is a 60Hz TV without motion interpolation.

6.0 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
240 Hz

7.1 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
Yes
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

6.9

Inputs

8.1 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
34.7 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
N/A
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
34.7 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

The input lag varied a lot on the Sharp LE653U LED TV, from 30 ms to 40 ms. It was more often than not in the mid-30 range, hence our 34.7 ms measurement. Overall, it is a good gaming TV.

0 Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
1080p @ 120Hz
:
No
4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No
4k @ 60Hz
:
No
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
No

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 3
USB : 1
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 1
Component In : 1 (shared)
Composite In : 1 (shared)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) : 1
Ethernet : 1
DisplayPort : 0
IR In : 0
SD/SDHC : 0

Inputs Specifications
HDR10
:
No
Dolby Vision
:
No
5.1 Passthrough ARC Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough ARC DTS
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical Dolby Digital
:
Yes
5.1 Passthrough Optical DTS
:
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth : No
ARC : Yes (HDMI 1)
USB 3 : No
HDCP 2.2 : No
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 3)
Variable Analog Audio Out : Yes

6.2

Sound Quality

Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.

6.7 Frequency Response
Std. Dev. @ 70
:
4.98 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
5.01 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
6.13 dB SPL
Max
:
92.2 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
106 Hz

This TV does get relatively loud, but the frequency response suffers as the volume increases. There will be noticeable pumping at higher volumes. The bass extension is rather poor.

5.1 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.030
Distortion @ 80
:
0.136
Distortion @ Max
:
0.294

This TV sounds clean at very low volumes, but there will be a significant increase in distortion at moderate volumes and higher. Especially in the Mid-Bass range.

6.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Basic
Remote
Remote : Basic

The basic remote gets the job done, and it is better than the one included with the pricier Sharp UB30U.

Misc
Power Consumption : 63 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 128 W
Firmware : 2.13.1

6.4 Mixed Usage

The Sharp LE635U is a good budget TV. It is pretty basic, both in terms of design and functionality. The picture quality is quite good, especially in terms of the contrast ratio, but the viewing angle is quite narrow, and it has noticeable dirty screen effect due to its direct-lit backlight.

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