Published on 07-25-2013 12:41 PM
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Sharp's giant LED LCD proves to be a solid choice for theater sized images in open living rooms
The 745U has a very extensive calibration menu which can be used to significantly increase color accuracy, depth, and naturalness. In addition, with ControlCal or CalMAN software, 2 new picture modes can be activated and added to the list of picture presets: ISF Day and ISF Night. The ISF mode's adjustments are protected and have a greater range of adjustment than the user modes. However, they are available only on the HDMI inputs, not for the smart features, streaming, or over the air reception.
Grayscale tracking and gamma can be superb after calibration, thanks to the 10 point adjustment. This means purity of whites can be exceptional, as can picture depth and naturalness.
Color saturation is better overall than on Sharp's Quattron models, with the exception of red. Paler shades of red were oversaturated and tinted towards magenta, and purer shades of red were undersaturated and pulled towards yellow. Careful calibration reduced but did not eliminate these errors. Of all the primary and secondary colors, red is the one that has the most influence on how natural skin tones look, and that is where I found the most variability in the 745U's performance. Looking at satellite TV, some channels looked great, but doing a bit of channel surfing showed a wider variety of purple, jaundice, and sunburnt people than I normally see.