Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Sharp bringing HDTVs with built-in Blu-ray to US

updated 04:15 pm EST, Fri December 5, 2008

Sharp LCDs with Blu-ray

Sharp will bring two world-first LCD HDTVs to the North American market in January, sporting built-in Blu-ray disc burners and another slot drive for DVDs and CDs, says Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America president, Mike Troetti, according to a Thursday report. First introduced along with different-sized models in mid-October in Japan, the 32-inch set features 720p resolution and a 7,000:1 contrast ratio, while the 42-inch set has a 120Hz panel with 1080p resolution and 15,000:1 contrast ratio. The new AQUOS DX-series HDTVs are meant to appeal to people who want or need a clutter-free appearance, minimizing the amount of hardware, or want a clean-looking, wall-mount installation, Troetti says.

Japanese versions of the TVs have built-in dual digital HD tuners, allowing users to watch one program while recording another onto a Blu-ray disc. With H.264 encoding and with an optimized bitrate, Sharp claims 21 hours of TV can be recorded onto a dual-layer 50GB disc. An integrated electronic programming guide allows users to set recordings. It is not clear whether the dual tuner or Blu-ray burning capability will make it to the US versions. Both models will include two HDMI ports and a component jack, which is equivalent to a component input. Sound is reproduced via a pair of 10W stereo speakers.

Pricing has not been announced, but the larger 42-inch version is expected to arrive with a price tag of under $2,000.






By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News