Reviewed on Oct 21, 2016

Sharp N7000U TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
6.8
Mixed Usage
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5.8
Movies
7.1
TV Shows
7.2
Sports
7.6
Video Games
6.9
HDR Movies
5.2
HDR Gaming
5.8
PC Monitor
Type : LED
Resolution : 4k
Refresh Rate : 60 Hz

The Sharp N7000U is a mid-range 4k LCD TV. It is a rebranded Hisense, similar to the H8C but with a different backlight. It offers average picture quality, which degrades very quickly at even a slight angle. It doesn't have any features to improve the picture quality in dark scenes or the motion performance. Although the smart platform works well, it has a number of bugs which makes it difficult to make the most out of the TV's features.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 6.4
Inputs 7.5
Sound Quality 6.9
Smart Features 7.0
Pros
  • Good native contrast ratio
  • Low motion blur
Cons
  • Picture quality degrades very rapidly at an angle
  • Can't get very bright
  • Firmware is buggy
  1. Update 1/23/2018: There have been numerous reports that HDR has been enabled on HDMI ports 3 and 4 via a firmware update, though we are unable to confirm this as we no longer have this TV in our lab. The HDR scores have been updated where possible.

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6.5

Design

Curved : No

The design is simple, and from the front the TV looks very similar to the Hisense H8C. It isn't a bad looking TV, but certainly won't be the centerpiece of any room.

Stand

The stand is as wide as the TV, but supports it well. It is made of plastic but looks quite good.

Footprint of the 50" TV stand: 9.2" x 42.3"

Back
Wall Mount : VESA 200x200

The TV looks quite good from the back, with very thin edges due to the edge lighting. The center is quite bulky, and some of the ports may be difficult to access if wall mounted.

Borders
Borders : 0.71" (1.8 cm)

The borders are an average thickness and look simple but good. They are all plastic.

Thickness
Max Thickness : 2.36" (6.0 cm)

The thickest part of the TV is at the base. If wall mounted it will stick out slightly but compared to other budget TVs it is quite thin.

7.0

Picture Quality

Picture quality is average for the Sharp N7000U. The contrast ratio is good, providing good performance in a dark environment, but the final picture quality is affected by the bad uniformity (black and grey), the poor peak brightness and the terrible viewing angle. It can display fairly well a 10 bit gradient but the range of color is not wide and is just enough for SDR TV.

8.4 Contrast
Native Contrast
:
3991 : 1

The native contrast ratio is good for the N7000U TV. It is high enough to provide good performance in a dark room.

Note that the native contrast after the calibration was 2512:1, significantly lower than what we got out of the box. This is due to the big correction needed to bring back the gamma curve to our 2.2 calibration goal. Thus for this TV, we recommend that you do not use our white balance and color space values

0 Local Dimming
Local Dimming
:
No
Backlight
:
Edge

There is no local dimming option on this TV. There is something called 'Dynamic Backlight Control', but it is more a 'Frame dimming' feature than local dimming. This dims the whole screen at once depending of what is shown on screen. This is clearly visible while watching our test video, where you see the screen brightness dim a lot when passing from a bigger to a smaller white square or circle. We turned this feature off since it is not really effective and dims the screen and the smaller square and circle too much.

6.7 SDR Peak Brightness
SDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
196 cd/m2
SDR Peak 2% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Peak 10% Window
:
214 cd/m2
SDR Peak 25% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Peak 50% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Peak 100% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 2% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 10% Window
:
214 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 25% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 50% Window
:
217 cd/m2
SDR Sustained 100% Window
:
217 cd/m2

The peak brightness is bad for the Sharp TV. At around 200cd/m² it is very low and will not be sufficient to fight glare if your TV is situated in a bright room with a lot of lights of big sunny windows.

We took the measurement with 'Dynamic Backlight Control' off, since it is not really a local dimming but more a frame dimming feature, that dims the whole screen when it is turned on. With 'Dynamic Backlight Control' on, we got only 58cd/m² for the 2% and 180cd/m² for the 10%.

N/A HDR Peak Brightness
HDR Real Scene Peak Brightness
:
N/A
HDR Peak 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Peak 100% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 2% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 10% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 25% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 50% Window
:
N/A
HDR Sustained 100% Window
:
N/A

This TV does not support HDR.

Update 01/23/2018: There have been numerous reports that HDR has been enabled on HDMI ports 3 and 4 via a firmware update, though we are unable to confirm this as we no longer have this TV in our lab. The HDR scores have been updated where possible.

6.6 Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
:
2.950 %
50% DSE
:
0.231 %

The gray uniformity is below average for this Sharp TV. There are large bands on the top and bottom part of the screen which are darker, and the center of the screen is a bit brighter. Also the center of the screen is warmer than both sides. Luckily, dirty screen effect is not too obvious since the bands are pretty large and also horizontal, making them a bit less visible when there is some panning shot in content like sport.

4.0 Viewing Angle
LCD Type
:
VA
Color Shift
:
20 °
Brightness
:
30 °
Black Level
:
8 °

The Sharp N7000U has a very bad viewing angle. In fact, the viewing angle is so bad that even when sitting straight in front of the TV, you can notice both sides of the TV already start losing color and contrast, this can also be noticed on our black uniformity picture. When viewed from the side, the image loses a lot of color saturation and contrast, leaving you with a washed out image.

Update: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results.

3.2 Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
:
4.185 %

The black uniformity is very bad for this Sharp TV. It is even worse than most of the IPS TVs that we reviewed this year. This can be linked to the poor viewing angle of this TV, making both sides of the TV lose contrast even when viewed from straight on. This can explain why on our test picture, you see both sides looking less dark than the rest of the screen. Besides that, some clouding can be seen, but nothing that could cause problems when watching normal content. This is probably worse than the Hisense H8C due to the edge-lit backlight in the Sharp.

9.0 Gradient
Color Depth
:
10 Bit

The Sharp N7000U can display our test gradient image without any real problems and has only a few issues with up to 10 bit color depth. Some little banding imperfections can be seen in the dark blue, dark green and also in the dark part of the grayscale, but we did not notice any banding problems while watching normal content.

7.8 Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
:
4.88
Color dE
:
2.91
Gamma
:
2.5

Prior to calibration the gamma is quite high, causing some black crush. The colors are quite good but their balance in the white is a bit off.

9.6 Post Calibration
White Balance dE
:
0.62
Color dE
:
0.70
Gamma
:
2.22

The TV did not respond well to calibration. It is not possible to adjust the contrast or brightness very much without introducing clipping. Trying to lower the gamma curve by decreasing the luminosity of high IRE points didn't work well, so we had to raise the black level. This caused a loss of contrast, and as such we do not recommend following our calibration settings but you can find them here.

8.0 480p Input

Low resolution content such as DVDs look quite good, as edges are smoothed well without losing too much detail.

8.0 720p Input

720p content such as cable is clear. Some halo artifacts can be seen along sharp edges, but the image remains well defined.

9.0 1080p Input

1080p content such as Blu-rays look good. Details are preserved well and the image remains sharp.

10 4k Input

High quality content such as 4k Blu-rays or streaming services look good. No issues can be seen.

7.3 Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
:
No
DCI P3 xy
:
79.79 %
DCI P3 uv
:
84.20 %
Rec 2020 xy
:
59.25 %
Rec 2020 uv
:
67.61 %

Doesn't support a wide color gamut. Displays only enough colors for Rec. 709 content. Has no options to enable a wide color gamut.

5.7 Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage
:
64.043 %
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage
:
33.905 %
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage
:
46.669 %
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage
:
24.741 %

10 Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 2 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 4 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 6 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 8 min recovery
:
0.000 %
IR after 10 min recovery
:
0.000 %

8.0 Reflections
Reflection
:
2.0 %
Screen Finish
:
Semi-gloss

Has a semi gloss finish which works quite well to diffuse direct reflections. Should not be an issue with a few indirect reflection, and doesn't display any rainbowing.

0 3D
3D
:
No
3D Type
:
No
2D to 3D
:
No

The N7000U doesn't support any 3D functions.

Pixels
6.4

Motion

The response time is low, resulting in only a short trail following moving objects which is great. Unfortunately movies played from any source experience a slight judder, but for most people this isn't an issue and is unnoticeable. The TV has a 60Hz panel, which is able to interpolate lower refresh rate content up to 60fps for those who like the soap opera effect.

8.1 Motion Blur
Response Time
:
16.4 ms
Overshoot
:
0 ms

Backlight uses PWM to flicker at 160Hz, which causes some strange artifacts to follow fast movement. This is because the backlight flicker isn't a multiple of the panel's refresh rate. The response time is quite good though, and results in very little motion blur following moving objects which is great.

3.1 Image Flicker
PWM Dimming Frequency
:
160 Hz
BFI
:
No
BFI Frequency
:
160 Hz
BFI In Game Mode
:
No

0 24p Playback
Judder-free 24p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60p
:
No
Judder-free 24p via 60i
:
No

The N7000U isn't able to remove 24p judder from any source. As such, movies played from any device or the inbuilt apps experience slight 3:2 pulldown judder. Most people aren't sensitive to this so it isn't an issue.

5.0 Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
:
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
:
No

The TV can interpolate 30fps content up to the panel's native refresh rate of 60Hz. It doesn't support any refresh rates higher than this.

7.5

Inputs

The N7000U has good input lag so gamers should be find the performance good enough for most casual games. Those looking to use this TV as a PC monitor will also be pleased since it can support the most demanding 4k resolutions and with a high level of detail.

7.7 Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
:
30.3 ms
1080p With Interpolation
:
50.1 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
:
50.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
:
58.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
:
58.5 ms
4k @ 60Hz + HDR
:
N/A
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 + 8 bit HDR
:
N/A

Input lag with a 1080p resolution is good and should provide good performance for any casual gamer out there. Unfortunately, with interpolation turn on or with a 4k resolution, the input lag goes up over 50ms and thus making this TV not the best choice for any gamer looking to game in 4k, even for the most casual game.

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

The EDID of the TV is set incorrectly to 'Hisense HDMI', and with a native resolution of 1080p. It is necessary to ignore the EDID to force 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 or 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4, but then it is correctly supported on HDMI 3 and HDMI 4 with the 'Game' picture mode. HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 don't support HDMI 2.0. Although it is possible to send a 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4 signal, it is not correctly displayed by the TV. This can be seen in the comparison images below.

Sharp N7000U

Sharp N7000U zoom

Samsung K6250

Samsung K6250 zoom

Side Inputs
Rear Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI : 4
USB : 3
Digital Optical Audio Out : 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm : 0
Analog Audio Out RCA : 0
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
:
Yes
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 : Yes (HDMI 3, 4)
ARC : Yes (HDMI 2)
USB 3 : Yes (1)
HDCP 2.2 : Yes
CEC : Yes
MHL : Yes (HDMI 2)
Variable Analog Audio Out : No

Although the Sharp N7000U is advertised to support HDR10, we were unable to get it to work. It was unable to play any BluRays from our Samsung K8500, and the Xbox One S didn't detect HDR support. We also tried to send HDR infoframes through the HDFury Integral and were unable to get the TV to process it as a HDR signal.

Update 01/23/2018: There have been numerous reports that HDR has been enabled on HDMI ports 3 and 4 via a firmware update, though we are unable to confirm this as we no longer have this TV in our lab. The HDR scores have been updated where possible.

6.9

Sound Quality

Sound quality is average. Frequency response is average, and consistent across different volumes. Harmonic distortion is quite good, but the TV can't get very loud. As with most TVs, a cheap soundbar would be an improvement.

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
:
4.54 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ 80
:
4.66 dB SPL
Std. Dev. @ Max
:
4.71 dB SPL
Max
:
86.3 dB SPL
Low-end Cutoff
:
113.14 Hz

Average frequency response performance. The response remains consistent at different volumes, and no pumping or compression is present. However, this TV doesn't get very loud and doesn't produce a lot of bass either.

7.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Distortion @ 70
:
0.019
Distortion @ 80
:
0.015
Distortion @ Max
:
0.019

Decent harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is relatively low, and remains mostly consistent even at maximum volume. But since this TV doesn't get very loud, not producing a lot of distortion is not difficult a task.

7.0

Smart Features

Smart OS : Opera TV

The Opera smart platform works well, and is smooth and easy to use. It has many of the popular apps such as Netflix and Amazon Video, and provides access to the Opera TV Store to download a wide variety of other apps. It allows playing photos or videos directly off a USB drive, which is great. Unfortunately it isn't all good, as we experienced a number of bugs during testing which made the TV sometimes problematic to use. On two occasions the HDMI ports stopped displaying a signal, and a factory reset was required.

Apps

Provides access to the Opera TV Store to download a wide range of apps. App support includes Netflix, Amazon Video, Vudu and YouTube.

10 Ads
Ad-free
:
Yes
Opt-out
:
N/A

TV Controls

Controls are located behind the left side of the TV. They are quite simple and easy to use, and can be quite easily accessed even if the TV is wall mounted.

Remote
Remote : Basic

The basic remote included with the TV is almost exactly the same as the one included with the Hisense H8C. It features the Sharp logo instead of the Hisense one, and has almost the same model number.

In The Box

  • Manual
  • Batteries
  • Remote

Misc
Power Consumption : 73 W
Power Consumption (Max) : 128 W
Firmware : V00.01.00a.G0205

Differences between Sizes and Variants

We tested the 50" (50N7000U). For the most part, we expect our review to be valid for the 43" (43N7000U), 55" (55N7000U), 60" (60N7000U) and 65" (65N7000U).

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sharp N7000U doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.

Size Model
43" 43N7000U
50" 50N7000U
55" 55N7000U
60" 60N7000U
65" 65N7000U

Compared to other TVs

Top left: Samsung KU6300 (UN55KU6300). Bottom left: LG UH6100 (43UH6100). Middle: Sharp N7000U (50N7000U). Top right: Hisense H8C (50H8C). Bottom right: Vizio D Series 4k 2016 (D50u-D1).  Unlike our other photographs, this picture wasn't taken under a controlled environment, so do not draw conclusions from it.

The Sharp N7000U is a mid-range TV, with average picture quality. There are other competing TVs around the same price range which offer similar or better performance, and so it is hard to recommend this TV over the competition. It is almost the same as the cheaper Hisense H8C, but with slightly worse picture quality.

6.8 Mixed Usage

Slightly below average for mixed usage. Picture quality is average, but movie performance is disappointing due to the poor dark scene performance. Can't get very bright to overcome glare. Motion blur and input lag are both good.

5.8 Movies

Movie performance is poor due to the bad black uniformity. Native contrast is good. Doesn't support local dimming to improve dark scene performance.

7.1 TV Shows

Slightly below average for watching TV in a bright room. Can't get very bright to overcome glare. Picture quality is average but degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle. Semi-gloss finish works quite well to counter direct reflections.

7.2 Sports

Slightly above average for watching sports. Can't get very bright to improve visibility in a bright room. When viewed at a slight angle the picture quality degrades rapidly. Gray uniformity is below average resulting in some dirty screen effect.

7.6 Video Games

Good for gamers. Picture quality is average. Input lag is low, which is good. Motion handling is good, resulting in only a short trail following moving objects.

6.9 HDR Movies

Doesn't support HDR. Picture quality is average. Can't get very bright and doesn't support local dimming. Can't display a wide color gamut.

Update 01/23/2018: There have been numerous reports that HDR has been enabled on HDMI ports 3 and 4 via a firmware update, though we are unable to confirm this as we no longer have this TV in our lab. The HDR scores have been updated where possible.

5.2 HDR Gaming

Doesn't support HDR. Picture quality is average. Can't produce bright highlights and doesn't support a wide color gamut.

Update 01/23/2018: There have been numerous reports that HDR has been enabled on HDMI ports 3 and 4 via a firmware update, though we are unable to confirm this as we no longer have this TV in our lab. The HDR scores have been updated where possible.

5.8 PC Monitor

Below average as PC monitor. Supports chroma subsampling at 4k for clear text. Input lag is low, which is good. Picture quality is average.

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