It was all quiet on the HDTV front for a few seconds there, but Sharp has put a stop to that: it’s announced no less than eight of the blighters.
The new LCD family share the same gene pool and come with WXGA resolution (1366x768 pixels, for 720p action), HDMI connectivity and a decent 1200:1 contrast.
Each model has individual talents which might determine which one you plump for.
Four of the tellies are analogue – the GA8 and GA9 series, which are available in 32in and 37in models – and four are digital, the GD8 and GD9 series, which are available in the same sizes and offer an integrated Freeview tuner.
The more expensive 32in and 37in GA9 and GD9 models sport Sharp’s new TruD anti-judder tech, which apparently enhances images from HD sources. Both the GA9s also have the EU’s Eco-label, awarded to tree-hugging goggleboxes that minimise impact on the environment.
All have HDMI ports for a Sky HD or Telewest TVDrive, two Scarts, PC in and an Audio out. The GA9 and GD9 models also have something particularly special on the connectivity front – a second HDMI port for an Xbox 360.
The eight-strong army will all be available from the end of this month, although there’s no pricing available yet. Check back here and at Sharp’s site for updates.