Sharp's new 90-inch set is the biggest LED HDTV you can buy

Sharp has the HDTV market cornered in terms of huge sets, with its latest entry, the 90-inch, LED-backlit, Wi-Fi-enabled LC-90LE745U

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).

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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.

This story, "Sharp's new 90-inch set is the biggest LED HDTV you can buy" was originally published by PCWorld.

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