Strengthening its position as a worldwide leader in flat-panel Liquid Crystal Display Televisions (LCD TV), Sharp today introduces the AQUOS D85U series, bringing more consumers a paramount high-definition viewing experience with premium features and high-style design. The D85U series, available in 52- (52-1/32″ diagonal), 46- (45-63/64″ diagonal) and 42-inch (42-1/64″ diagonal) screen class sizes, uses 120Hz Fine Motion Enhanced technology for an exceptionally clear and crisp picture. Additionally, these Full HD 1080p sets feature a sophisticated new design with angled edges that reflect the surrounding décor, allowing it to blend fluidly into the ambiance of any room.

In addition to stellar specs and a new design, the D85U series keeps consumers’ electricity bill top-of-mind by employing a new energy-saving function. The “Power Saving Mode,” available through the unit’s on-screen display menu, enables active contrast and active backlight to reduce the energy of the television while in use. These models are also compliant with the most recent ENERGY STAR® standards.

“The new AQUOS D85 series is our latest 120Hz series and offers a price-competitive home theater option, giving consumers an excellent viewing experience at a more attainable cost,” said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “This series not only offers an elite high-definition viewing experience, but also incorporates energy saving functions that allow users to lower their TV’s power consumption.”

With Fine Motion Enhanced technology for 120Hz Frame Rate Conversion and a fast pixel response time of 4ms, these new AQUOS models provide the ultimate medium for high-definition viewing, ensuring viewers never miss a detail. Additionally, this series uses the next generation of Sharp’s proprietary 10-bit Advanced Super View (ASV) / Black TFT Panel with Spectral Contrast Engine UD (Ultra Dark), providing high Dynamic Contrast for deep blacks and crisp picture quality. Rounding out a top-of-the-line home theater experience, viewing angles on this model are an impressive 176 degrees, enabling the color reproduction to appear bright and vivid from virtually anywhere in a room.

These Full-HD 1080p models also boast an array of connection options, including an unprecedented five HDMI™ (version 1.3 with Deep Color) and two component video inputs, all of which are 1080p compatible, accepting signals from Blu-ray and advanced gaming devices. A true high-definition TV, the model houses a built-in ATSC, QAM and NTSC tuner for access to DTV and analog TV channels. The unit also features an RS-232C input for custom installations and a PC input so the TV serves a dual purpose as a PC monitor. Additionally, Sharp’s AQUOS LINK™ feature allows users to seamlessly control compatible, HDMI-connected products using a single remote control.

Building on Sharp’s reputation for outstanding design, the D85U series features a sleek piano black cabinet with a reflective, titanium outer frame. The recessed bottom-mounted speakers are concealed within the cabinet, for a subtle, elegant look. The included table stand removes easily for wall mounting applications.

Pricing and availability

  • LC-52D85U will be available in October for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,599.99.
  • LC-46D85U will be available in October for an MSRP of $2,199.99.
  • LC-42D85U will be available in November for an MSRP of $1,899.99.