Overview of Sharp's UD27 THX 4K Ultra HD TVs

Sharp AQUOS UD27 Series 4K Ultra HD TV
Sharp AQUOS UD27 Series 4K Ultra HD TV. Image provided by Sharp Electronics

Introduction to the Sharp UD27 Series TVs

The 4K Ultra HD march continues as Sharp adds to its offerings in with their new THX Certified UD27 Series.

There are two sets in the UD27 Series, the LC-60UD27U (60-inches) and LC-70UD27U (60-inches). Both sets feature an edge-to-edge thin bezel design, utilize LED Edge lighting technology, supported by 120Hz screen refresh rate that is further combined with AquaMotion 480 motion processing.

Connectivity

The UD27 series TVs also provide four 4K-compatible HDMI inputs, and the same Smart TV internet and network connectivity (including full web browsing) and other access that is commonly available on most of Sharp's TV line, which includes access to many popular internet streaming services, such as Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Rhapsody, and more, including a built-in web browser. For easy connectivity to a home network and the internet, UD27 series provides both Ethernet and Built-in Wifi.

Another practical connection feature that UD27-series features are that one of the HDMI inputs is MHL-enabled. This allows direct connection of compatible smartphones and tablets, as well as Miracast capability which allows direct wireless streaming, also from compatible smartphones and tablets. Also, the UD27 series provides onboard ​HEVC (H.265) decoders, along with HDCP 2.2 compliance that allows access to 4K streaming options from services such as Netflix.

Additional physical connectivity includes a set of shared composite video inputs, both analog audio inputs and outputs, as well as a digital optical audio output, and a USB port that provides access to still image, video, and music files stored on flash drives.

Of course, the UD27 also includes an RF input connection and built-in tuners for reception of over-the-air digital and HDTV broadcast programming - just connect an indoor or outdoor antenna and you are set to go.

Color Processing

So far all of the above sounds pretty good, but there is more. Although it is interesting to note that the UD27 series does not incorporate Sharp's Quattron 4-Color Technology, Sharp has opted to utilize what they refer to as "Spectros" Color Display Technology which is intended to provide up to a 21% wider color gamut than most LED/LCD TVs.

Bluetooth

Wireless Bluetooth capability is also provided on both sets that allow direct audio streaming from compatible devices, as well as the ability to use compatible Wireless Keyboards and mice.

Audio Features

For Audio, the UD27 series incorporates a 2.1 channel down-firing speaker system with a total of 25 watts of output power (10watt for the left and right channel - 15 watts for the built-in subwoofer). Additional audio features include Auto Volume Control, Clear Voice dialog enhancement, and Simulated Surround Sound. However, if you are planning to use the UD27 series as your primary home theater viewing option, I would definitely suggest that you consider an external sound system, such as a good sound bar or home-theater-in-a-box system at a minimum.

More Info

The Sharp LC60UD27U and LC70UD27U THX Certified 4K Ultra HD TVs have been discontinued after a 2014/2015 production run - for suggestions on currently available options, refer to our continually updated listing of Best 4K Ultra HD TVs For Your Home Theater.