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THX Certified Sharp Q+ Series of TVs Welcome 4K, Streaming Media

Sharp's Q+ Series of televisions delivers 10 million more subpixels than 1080p, THX certification, Sharp's Aquomotion 960 processing, and other unique features.

Sharp's Q+ Series of televisions are available in a choice of 60-, 70- and 80-inch models and models that include the UQ and SQ lines to provide dealers a wide range of price points to offer their clientele.
Robert Archer · May 1, 2014

To its credit, Sharp Electronics Corporation is not hiding behind the umbrella of 4K ambiguity with the announcement of its new AQUOS Q+ Series of televisions.

The company was forthright with the capabilities of its Q+ Series products. The TVs are compatible with 4K content, but they are not capable of delivering full 4K resolutions.

“First unveiled at the 2014 International CES, Q+ televisions feature 10 million more subpixels than standard Full HD, for more detail, depth and color,” says the company in its press release. “Q+ TVs are the only Full HDTVs to accept a 4K signal and play it back at near 4K resolution, with an effective resolution of up to 3840x2160. All Q+ TVs feature Sharp’s Revelation Upscaler, which takes HD content and optimizes it for the higher resolution screen so that it’s sharper and more vivid.”

The Q+ Series offers a choice of 60-, 70- and 80-inch screen sizes. The company divided the product line in two to allow a greater number of consumers to purchase the products. The SQ line is priced at lower levels than the upper level, THX certified UQ products. The SQ line provides a choice of 60 and 70 inches, and incorporates the company’s SmartCentral 3.0 media platform which delivers a choice of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora and Rhapsody.

The THX certified UQ products offer a choice of 60-, 70- and 80-inch screen sizes, as well as Sharp’s AquoMotion 960 and Super Bright image processing technologies; 3D (with two pairs of glasses), Bluetooth; and Sharp’s latest industrial designs highlighted by a stylish aluminum bezel. Like the lower tier SQ line, the UQ products also incorporate Sharp’s SmartCentral media platform and it also adds upgraded sound provisions with a built-in 15-watt subwoofer.

MSRPs for the SQ line range from $2,400 to $3,400, and the MSRPs for the UQ line range from $3,000 to $6,000.

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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 · 3D · 4K · Sharp · Streaming Media · All Topics
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