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Sharp Adds Aquos 4K Ultra HD TVs with THX Certification

Sharp's new Aquos 4K Ultra HD Series features a 60- and 70-inch model with standard features that include THX certification, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Vudu streaming, active 3D with Bluetooth glasses, and four HDMI 2.0 inputs.

Sharp's Aquos 4K Ultra HD Series that offers a choice of two TV sizes, active 3D, smart options and other features at MSRPs that range from $5,000 to $6,000.
Robert Archer · February 6, 2014

The consumer electronics industry will, at some point, look back at 2014 International CES and say it was the show that launched Ultra HD 4K video into the mainstream.

Sharp Electronics is helping the category gain momentum with its new Aquos 4K Ultra HD Series that includes a 60-inch and a 70-inch model. Sharp differentiates its 4K products through participation in the THX certification program, saying the products had to pass more than 30 test categories with as many as 400 bench tests, and more than 1,000 data points.

The TVs also include Sharp’s new SmartCentral content platform that lets homeowners access and search their cable and satellite subscriptions, streaming services through the SmartCentral interactive guide to find TV shows and movies via keywords such as titles, genre and popularity. Some of the streaming services the TVs offer include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and YouTube, and the TVs also offer streaming music services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, and the social media service FaceBook.

In addition to its 4K capabilities, which include upscaling, and the SmartCentral option, the new Aquos 4K Ultra HD Series also offer active 3D technologies with Bluetooth glasses and four HDMI 2.0 inputs that enables multiple 4K source connectivity. Sharp uses dual-core processors and its AquoMotion 240 with 120Hz panels, and externally the TVs are wrapped dark silver brushed solid aluminum bezels.

“Our new lineup of Aquos TVs provides customers with more higher resolution choices than ever before,” says John Herrington, president, Sharp Electronics marketing Company of America (SEMCA). “Not only does Sharp manufacture superior 4K and Full HD sets in a variety of large-screen sizes, our Q-Series and our Q+ offerings provide viewers with even more resolution options, including picture quality never seen before from a 1080p panel.”

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  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at

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Home Theater · Displays · News · 4K · Sharp · Ultra HD · All Topics
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