======= Summary =======
The Sharp Aquos 60" 4K TV is a very compelling Smart TV and an overall great buy. It offers great value with its good image quality, ease of use, and its many Smart TV functions. The out-of-the box image quality, however, was initially so-so. After calibration and testing, the image quality improved greatly and viewing multimedia content became very enjoyable and satisfactory.
======= Design =======
The Aquos comes smartly packaged inside a big box that is very easy to open and unbox. There are four black plastic tabs - two on each side of the box - that secure the TV inside the box. After pinching in and popping off the four tabs from the box, one can easily slide the box up to expose the TV inside. Brilliant.
Installing the two TV stand legs is quick & easy with the included screws.
The power plug is located on the back of the TV in the lower-left section. The rest of the TV's connections are located on the back lower-right section.
I chose to use the TV by standing it up on its two legs but there is also an opton for the TV to be wall-mounted (extra hardware required).
The TV remote is traditional-looking and traditionally laid out (i.e., nothing special). With that said, though, it is easy to use and the buttons are well-spaced out and have good feel when pressing down on them. The TV reacts quickly to button presses and commands and I didn't find it frustrating at all. Also appreciated are the quick-shortcut buttons to popular online video services such as Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and YouTube on the bottom of the remote.
======= Connectivity Options =======
On the back of the TV, you'll find the following connectivity options:
1x Digital Audio Out
1x Service port (manuf service port)
1x USB 2.0 (for your personal movie files)
3x HDMI (HDMI 1 and 2 offer 4K@60Hz while HDMI 3 offers 4K@30Hz. Only HDMI 2 offers ARC support, good for hooking up to sound bar systems).
1x 3.5mm audio jack
1x Ethernet port
Analog Audio ports
Composite Video ports
I appreciate having the HDMI ARC input for easy connection to my soundbar system (HDMI 2 port). Using the ARC port, I can control the power and sound levels of my soundbar system using only the TV's remote control, which is convenient.
The WiFi functionality of the TV worked very well. Using the remote and the onscreen keyboard, I was able to locate my home network and enter the password quickly and easily. Network setup was fast and smooth with no hiccups of any kind - the way it should be. My home network has speeds of 50Mbps down/10Mbps up. All online apps and video services loaded up quickly with no lag. For those with spotty or weak Wifi, the TV offers an Ethernet port for a more reliable Internet connection and steady speed.
Overall, I'm very satisfied and happy with all the connection types offered.
======= Picture & Audio Quality =======
Out of the box, the picture quality was underwhelming and frankly, disappointing. Initially, the TV was pretty dim, the colors were too muted and pale, fine details in scenes was kind of blurry, the blacks weren't very black but grayish, and the color tone of people's skins was way off. Also, natural scenery such as green trees and brown dirt looked washed out and not true to life. Pretty much the only thing the TV was initially good at was displaying fast action scenes very well with its "Motion Rate 120" motion technology.
Very fortunately, playing around with the picture quality and calibration settings inside the TV Settings resulted in dramatic quality improvements in color spectrum, color fidelity and pop, black levels, and color tones.
Here are the settings I used:
*Settings -> Picture
-Backlight = Middle
-Picture Mode = Vivid
-Contrast = 70
-Brightness = 50
-Color = 48
-Sharpness = 10
-Aspect Ratio = Wide
-HDMI 2.0 Format = Enhanced format
-Advanced Picture Options
--Overscan = On
--Color Temperature: Mid-Low
--Digital Noise Reduction = Medium
--Active Contrast: High
-Expert Settings = (Default)
*Settings -> Sound
-Sound Mode = Theater (I use Music mode for music videos)
-TotalSonics = On
-TotalSurround = On
-TotalVolume = Off (default)
-Advanced Audio Settings = Default
After setting up the TV as above, my multimedia experience improved tremendously. Now, movies and TV shows look very nice with great color fidelity, spectrum, vibrancy, pop, and detail. The black level was also improved dramatically and the blacks look inky and deep black now.
I'm pretty certain that by doing more research into TV calibration and using the additional settings found in "Expert Settings" (Color Tuner, White Balance), the image quality can be further improved.
Although it is a shame that Sharp didn't properly calibrate the TV before selling these (and perhaps leading to premature TV returns due to disappointed customers), it is a relief that users are given the option to calibrate the TV themselves that lead to perceptible and definite improvements in visual quality.
As for the audio, it is pretty decent. Built-in TV speakers will never be very good and one should always get an external sound system in my opinion(e.g., soundbar system with external subwoofer). With that said, the sound quality is adequate and decent. Its 2x 15W speakers produce good volume but lacks bass, as expected. Again, it is recommended to pair up this immersive 60" 4K TV with a decent soundbar and subwoofer system to maximize your multimedia experience.
When watching music videos, it is highly recommended to change the audio profile to "Music" for a perceptible and sudden improvement in music quality.
======= So, is it any good? =======
Yes. The Sharp Aquos 60" 4K Smart TV, especially at its current price point, is a tremendous value and a great buy. At its MSRP of $799.99, I wouldn't recommend it because it requires too much calibration and playing around with settings to extract good image quality. Otherwise, this Sharp Aquos TV offers lots of bang for your buck such as 4K resolution in a 60" screen form-factor that is immersive and expansive, decent audio output, Smart TV functionality, an easy-to-use remote, and great image quality. Pair it up with a decent quality soundbar system with a subwoofer and you'll have a very nice multimedia setup in your home.