updated 12:45 am EDT, Thu September 4, 2008
Sharp AQUOS BluRay
Sharp today announced two new AQUOS Blu-Ray players, the BD-HP21U and BD-HP50U. Both offer full 1080p HD at 24fps with HDMI 1.3 outputs, x.v.Color, and a new "Quick Start" feature claimed to get going in under ten seconds. The devices can play anything from audio CDs to Blu-Ray discs. Other sharp devices can be linked for control by using AQOUS-LINK.
Full 7.1 channel surround sound is supported, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, and Dolby Digital Plus. HDMI digital audio output can be sent to compatible receivers. In addition, Profile 1.1 Blu-Ray discs are supported, allowing viewers to access the special features picture-in-picture while viewing a movie; however, it does not support Profile 2.0 like many new models, such as href="http://macnn.com/rd/109947==http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/09/03/bd300.price.eta/" rel='nofollow'>LG's BD300 Blu-Ray 2.0 player with Netflix support.
The BD-HP50U offers additional features for custom installation, including an RS-232C port and an IR input if the player needs to be tucked away. A powered front door has been added to this model also, for aesthetic appeal. The BD-HP50U uses "Lip Sync" technology that compensate for any audio/video timing errors that normally result in voices not matching up with the actors' mouths, according to Sharp.
Both models are available now: the BD-HP21U for $350 and the BD-HP50U for $450. With the decisive win of Blu-Ray in the format wars, many companies have been dedicating significant resources to producing Blu-Ray players with the latest and greatest technology or at a lower cost.