updated 04:45 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012
Slew of new devices unveiled ahead of CES
Sharp has unveiled a slew of new devices this week ahead of CES in Las Vegas. The product lineup includes a projector, 20- to 85-inch Aquos televisions and connected services, Blu-ray players, sound bars, shelf speaker systems, and several solar charging products for home installations.
The XV-Z30000 projector features 50,000:1 contrast ratio, with a brightness that is claimed to reach 1600 ANSI lumens. The device is capable of displaying 2D or 3D content, presented using a six-segment color wheel.
The company is showing off several Aquos Freestyle concept televisions, each featuring ultra-thin designs and LED backlighting. The models receive HD video signals over home Wi-Fi connections, eliminating the need for excess cabling. Other concept TVs on hand at CES include a 4K variant and an 85-inch model that jumps to 8K resolution (7680x4320).
Mainstream Aquos LED-backlit TVs slated for 2012 release include sizes ranging from 32 to 80 inches, many of which feature 3D capabilities. Some of the larger models include Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling users to take advantage of the company's new SmartCentral interfacae for access to connected features such as Netflix, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook. The premium Elite-series models offer improved picture quality.
Two Blu-ray players, the BD-AMS10U and BD-AMS20U, feature the same SmartCentral interface, image optimization for Aquos TVs, and MHL capabilities for connecting supported smartphones.
Additional home theater equipment includes the HT-SL75, HT-SL72, and HT-SL77 sound bars, including models with wireless subwoofers. The company has also introduced new bookshelf speakers with docks for iOS devices.
Aside from Sharp's traditional product lineup, the electronics maker has also introduced the SunSnap solar charging system that includes photovoltaic modules and is claimed to offer simplified installation and scalability. A smaller-scale charging station takes solar energy to supply power to six USB ports.