It is US$16,000. A bit late to market considering Sharp was expecting a March rollout. The LC-57D90U was announced during CES 2006 along with the larger 65″ LC-65D90U. The 57″ LCD TV sports a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. It better, for that price. Response times were stated at less than 4ms back in CES, with a dynamic contrast ratio of 1500:1.
It probably uses Sharp’s proprietary TFT LCD wide viewing angle technology called Advanced Super View (ASV). Other features include 450 cd/m2 of brightness, an integrated ATSC tuner, a HDMI input and is CableCard plug and play ready. It was interesting to see how such an expensive unit can be “Out of stock” at Crutchfield, but then again they probably didn’t stock that many. $16000… I can buy a car with that kind of money.
According to engadget, Home Theater Mag had trouble with the LC-57D90U when hooking up a 1080p signal via HDMI. This is interesting because the only 1080p video source comes out of a PC and is encoded in Microsoft’s WMV format. Even Blu-Ray HD content tops out at 1080i. The TV or a intermediary box will need to de-interlace the 1080i content to progressively scan the video and display it on the LC-57D90U. I am very curious as to what video source Home Theater Mag was using.