Sharp Refreshes 1080p LCD HDTVs in Japan: the R Series

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Big-screen LCD pricing continues its downward march, with Sharp announcing its R Series of high-end Aquos 1080p LCDs that all have that latest 120Hz refresh rate that Sharp calls Double-Speed Advanced Super View.

The line is topped off by the 65-inch LC-65RX1W (pictured above) that will ship in Japan on March 10 for a mere $8,361— that's a lot less than the March-shipping Aquos D93, a 65-inch set with a 120Hz refresh rate going for $11,000.

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Also on the list of R Series displays are 42, 46, 52 and 57-inch screens, all with 1920x1080p resolution. All these sets are aimed at the Japan market, and include integrated analog and digital tuners with 10/100 Ethernet. Expect similar models stateside before too long, with lower pricing, too.

Sharp Aquos R series full HD LCDs [Newlaunches]

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DISCUSSION

What is the technology that makes 120 refresh rate so expensive? Is the screen different or is it just chips and power supplies.

How long will it take to get to a reasonable prices on these sets?