Sharp LC-42SB45U: 42″ LCD TV

Sharp LC-42SB45U Specifications:

  • Display: 42″ TFT LCD
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Pixel Format: 1920×1080
  • Response Time: 6.5ms
  • Tuner: ATSC/NTSC/QAM
  • Connectivity: HDMI (3), VGA
  • Availability: September 2008
  • Price: MSRP US$1399.99

Sharp LC-42SB45U: 42

BusinessWireEngadget: The Sharp LC-42SB45U is part of the company’s SB series of entry-level LCD TVs. Entry-level should mean low prices. With a MSRP of US$1399.99 for the LC-42SB45U, Vizio won’t be worried, but I expect street prices to be quite a bit lower than that. I’m look forward to major brands having $999 prices for 42″ LCD TVs that are 1080p capable by the end of the year. The LC-42SB45U sports a pixel format of 1920×1080, which is good, and a response time of 6.5ms, also good. More analysis and the full press release after the break.

The LC-42SB45U doesn’t have any fancy features such as 120Hz, motion interpolation, LED backlight, etc. but it has three things: size (42″), 1080p and price. So if those three are the most important factors for you, then Sharp’s LC-42SB45U should fit the bill. Just don’t expect motion-blur-free Olympics coverage on it.

Complete press release:

Sharp® Introduces Entry-Level Lines of Full HD 1080P Widescreen Liquid Crystal Display Televisions

New Models Provide Stunning High-definition Viewing & Stylish Slim-Line Designs at Competitive Prices

MAHWAH, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sharp, a worldwide leader in flat-panel Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Televisions, is expanding its large-screen SB series of LCD HDTVs, making the sought-after high-definition (HD) experience available to more consumers. The SB series (LC-52SB55U, LC-46SB54U and LC-42SB45U) provides consumers with affordably-priced Full HD, big-screen options, available in 52- 46-, and 42-inch screen size class units (diagonal 52 1/32”, 45 63/64 and 42 1/64” respectively), some of the most popular screen sizes today. All three feature Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution), and are cased in a glossy piano-black bezel.

“As the demand for high-definition home entertainment continues to rise, we are creating a wide range of reasonably-priced HDTVs that incorporate Sharp’s esteemed picture quality and renowned features,” said Bruce Tripido, associate vice president, marketing, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp. “The large-screen SB series of LCD TVs opens up the high-definition viewing experience to a wider audience, providing an affordable, yet high-quality option for consumers.”

Helping more consumers create a true high-definition home theater, the large-screen 1080p SB models feature Sharp’s Spectral Contrast Engine for deep blacks and crisp images. All three models also feature an impressive pixel response time of 6ms (6.5ms on the LC-42SB45U), providing excellent picture quality on fast-moving action scenes, and wide viewing angles so the TV can be viewed from virtually any seat in the room.

Additionally, these sets come fully equipped with built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners and an array of inputs, including four HDMITM on the LC-52SB55U, two on the LC-46SB54U and three on the LC-42SB45U, as well as two HD component terminals on each. All models feature a dedicated PC input so the TV can also act as a PC monitor. An OPC Power Save function automatically adjusts luminance to room brightness and lighting conditions.

Pricing & Availability

  • The LC-52SB55U is available now for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,299.99
  • The LC-46SB54U is available now for an MSRP of $1,699.99
  • The LC-42SB45U will be available in September for an MSRP of $1,399.99

For more information on Sharp’s full line of Liquid Crystal Televisions, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07495, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp’s Web site at

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