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Sharp Elite PRO-X5FD Review: Best TV of All Time?
We cordcutters might hate paying the cable bill, but we do love expensive hi-tech gear. That’s why we decided to take a look at one of the best, actually the best LED televisions on the market; The Sharp Elite PRO-X5FD. What had us so intrigued about this TV is that some reviews claim the X5FD beats out the Pioneer Kuro as best TV of all time. If you aren’t familiar with the Pioneer Kuro, let us bring you up to speed.
In 2008 Pioneer Corp released a line of high-definition plasma TV that no average joe could afford. We’re talking a price tag of about $7,000. Talk about breaking the bank. Obviously, the target market was hardcore enthusiasts and maybe the 1%. What really impressed people about the Pioneer Kuro, which in Japaneses means black, was its ability to minimize light emissions from the TV and present extreme levels of black. Something that no TV could compete with and aficionados coined the term “true black”. Aside from that, the Kuro had amazing picture quality and viewing HD television was quite a sight.
But there wasn’t much of a market for the Kuro. For one the price was ridiculous. The technology was incredible, but who wanted to dish out 7K when they could pay much less and still be satisfied with their purchase. Granted the general TV purchasing populace wasn’t Pioneers market, but even at 7K an enthusiast would most likely look elsewhere. Secondly, in 2008 plasma weren’t as popular as what we saw in the middle of the decade. LCD TVs were becoming more price competitive and consumers swayed towards that direction.
So Pioneer dumped plasma’s and shifted its focus back to audio. But in 2011, due to a licensing agreement with Pioneer, Sharp took over by introducing the “Elite”. The Sharp Elite Pro-60X5FD and Sharp Elite Pro-70X5FD hit the hi-end TV market in 2011 with a 60 inch and 70 inch model, both priced high at $6,000 and $8,500, respectively.
Sharp has definitely impressed the hardcore TV enthusiasts with this set. Users rave the black levels are deep, more than the Pioneer Kuro. The picture quality is of superior quality and colors are extremely vibrant. On top of that you get top notch 3D Technology. The set includes 2 3D glasses that can switch between 3D picture and 2D. So if you’re not a fan of 3D just hit the switch on the glasses and the image will flatten.
Sharp has include a number of perks with this TV
- 3D technology
- THX Certification
- Intelligent Variable Contrast technology
- 5 HDMI, 1 PC, 2 composite video, 1 component, 3 RCA audio, 1 Ethernet,
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Optical Digital Audio
- 2 USB Ports
Just one note, the TV has a number of pre-set applications like Netflix, Vudu, Blockbuster, YouTube, Skype, and Napster. When compared to other TV’s, the Sharp X5FD lacks a bit in this area. But then again, the main draw with this TV is the picture quality.
Check out the full specs of the TV here.
What is your opinion of this overpriced, but amazing television? Let us know below!