June 23, 2012, 7:13 AM — At this year's CES, Sharp emphasized sheer size with its 2012 HDTV lineup. Now it has an even bigger addition to go along with the 60-inch, 70-inch, and 80-inch sets announced earlier in the year, as the company unveiled its new 90-inch Aquos LC-90LE745U model at an event in New York City today.
The new 90-incher is an LED-backlit set (without local dimming, although demo videos at the event showed impressive black levels) with active-shutter 3D playback, a 120Hz refresh rate, and Sharp's "Aquos Motion 240" motion-enhancement technology for fast-moving images. The Wi-Fi-enabled set also has the usual range of connected features (Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook).
There's also an "Aquos Advantage Live" feature that's found in other connected Sharp sets in 2012, and it sounds a bit like a remote PC-support tool. It allows a staff of technicians to troubleshoot your set remotely over a Web connection, access settings, and adjust them accordingly.
Weighing 141 pounds, the 90-inch set is about 5 inches deep and has a 1-inch-thick aluminum bezel. Despite its size and its 500-LED backlighting , Sharp is touting the set as very energy-efficient, claiming that it will add only $28 to your energy bill over the course of a year.
With a screen size that's about three times larger than a 55-inch set, the LC-90LE745U absolutely dwarfed the fairly large HDTVs that were set up next to it at the event. I watched the TV from a couch about 7 feet away, and wasn't able to see the lines of resolution. From that distance, watching movies on the TV felt a lot like sitting in the tenth row of a movie theater; it's more immersive than your normal TV-viewing experience, but the picture also looks brighter and sharper than your average cinema screen.
Sharp is billing the LC-90LE745U as the "world's largest LED set"--and the price of admission is also huge. The HDTV will cost you a staggering $10,999, and it is shipping immediately. If you have that kind of cash and living-room space, you can pick one up soon at Magnolia Audio Video, HHGregg, or P.C. Richard.