Most modern TVs are not known for their sound — the wafer-thin panels of premium models leave little room for good speakers. Not to mention you can easily get a decent soundbar with a subwoofer for cheap. So it's worth mentioning when a TV like the Sharp Aquos XLED TV (4T-C65FV1X) comes with 11 speakers, and a total output of 85W. It sounds impressive, and certainly outperforms most TVs I have tested. The picture quality is pretty good, too.
- 4K resolution with HDR10 and Dolby Vision IQ
- 4x HDMI 2.1 ports
- 65-inch tested
- Google TV platform with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in
With a quantum-dot layer, and over 2,000 dimming zones, the Sharp Aquos XLED TV is one of the better Mini-LED TVs I have tested in recent months. As is often the case with these TVs, the Sharp can get really bright (up to 1,400 nits at peak). In fact, at its Standard picture mode, the subtitles feel blinding, especially in a dark room. But there isn't much blooming, which is good. The blacks are not quite as dark as those from OLED TVs, but it's good enough. Screen uniformity is good, with some faint splotches. There is also some colour shift when viewing content from the sides. And Sharp could improve the anti-glare coating. In a brightly-lit room, I could see plenty of reflections, which can be distracting when watching content with dark scenes.
Like the Hisense ULED X, the Sharp Aquos XLED goes big on sound. It has an impressive array of 11 speakers — dubbed “ARSS+ surround speaker system” with upward-firing ones, and tweeters located close to the sides for a more enveloping, and immersive sound. Unsurprisingly, the Aquos is loud, and will easily fill a living room. But while the mid bass is noticeable, I don't experience the low rumble that you'd get with a powerful subwoofer. The speakers do a decent job of separating the sound, for example, you can hear objects whizzing from left to right in the opening car chase scene from 6 Underground. You also get a slight sense of height in the forest fire scene of Roma. But I would have liked more clarity in dialogue, which feels overwhelmed at higher volumes.
Probably because of those speakers (and those dimming zones), the Aquos XLED (65-inch) is a fairly chunky, and hefty TV that comes with a pedestal stand (also wall mountable). The screen bezels are thin, though the TV has thick, flat silver edges that remind me of a premium smartphone. I also like how there's a tiny joystick at the back near the HDMI ports to control the TV, if you somehow misplace the two included remotes. There are four HDMI 2.1 ports supporting 4K 120Hz and features such as VRR and ALLM. This is great for gamers with multiple consoles as well as a soundbar. But unlike some TVs, Sharp doesn't have a game bar or overlay with the game settings.
The Sharp Aquos XLED runs a vanilla Google TV interface without much customisation — at least compared with other brands such as Sony. At least the Aquos is responsive, and not at all laggy. Google TV also has most of the apps you'd need, including video and music streaming services. Overall, the Aquos' picture quality is definitely a step-up from cheaper or older LCD models. But its speaker system is probably the biggest differentiator here. And that's important because at around S$3,600, it's not priced competitively with brands like Hisense, TCL or Prism+. To be fair, I believe a more equitable rival to the Sharp Aquos XLED would be the premium Hisense ULED X, which is about S$4,299 (65-inch), albeit with even brighter, more eye-catching visuals. Get the Sharp now from Shopee, Lazada, and Amazon SG.
Note: Review unit provided by Sharp.
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