This is a continuation of my review on my new Sharp 60″ LED TV LC60LE640X.
4) Instead of my ‘conventional way’ of attaching a media box to the TV, with the new TV, I can just attach a harddisk directly to the USB port to view all the content.
For video files, a few formats are supported.
I presume .avi file will be supported without any problem.
.mp4 .mpg never seem to have problem.
Frankly, I have not tested any .mov
Now it comes to : .mkv
All the Mandarin / Cantonese / English / Korean / Japan movies and series in .mkv do not have problem. All play without any hitch on this TV. Amazing.
For whatever reason, anime seems to be a different kettle of fish.
Quite a few anime encoded in .mkv could not be played. Scratch head.
Do people encode anime differently?
Anyway, I am still pleasantly surprise by the ability of the TV to handle all those kinds of media, considering that my previous dedicated media player could handle less than half of those medias.
5) About Astro.
I guess I should write a few lines about Astro B.yond HD
Naturally, with my previous TV, I did not subscribe to the HD channel.
So what if I want to subscribe to it? How should I configure the box and TV?
Firstly, if you normally connect to the set-top-box using the normal Red, White and Yellow (Composite) cables, you need to switch off the set-top-box, plug in your HDMI cable to your box and your TV.
Now switch on your set-top-box and your TV.
When you switch to the appropriate HDMI channel, you should press “HOME” on your Astro Decoder Remote Controller.
If you can see the Astro Home Screen, you are already halfway to success.
Go to Settings: Installation Settings
It will ask you for Installation PIN. Don’t get worried. The PIN is : 0000
Go to TV Settings.
For TV type, choose: High Definition
For TV aspect ratio, choose: 16:9
But what if, when you go to HDMI mode, there isn’t any image when you press HOME?
Be aware that to view Astro content through HDMI option, you NEED to subcribe to HD channel. Simply having an Astro B.yond box does not mean that you can use the HDMI option.
If you are indeed subscribe to HD channel, yet cannot view it on your HDMI channel, try this:
With your composite cables still connected, go to your ‘normal TV channel’ which you used to watch Astro content. Press HOME here.
Do all the setting in this mode. After you are done, now when you go back to your HDMI viewing mode, you should already be able to see the image.
Hopefully this help.