Sharp BD-HP20U Blu-Ray Disc Player

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"Consumers have become comfortable watching high-definition programming, and now they want to transform their entire home theater experience into high-definition," said Bob Scaglione, Sharp Electronics Corporation’s senior vice president. Their BD-HP20U Blu-ray Disc player produces magnificent and vivid images with superior audio quality that give you a cinematic experience like no other. Put side by side with other offerings of major competitors, Sharp’s BD-HP20U is the hands-down winner.

One of the many things that consumers like about BD-HP20U is that while it is slower at starting to play, compared with many other disc players available in the market today, the 41-second combined startup time is still faster. It is almost two times faster than the Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD. The BD-HP20U is ready to receive a disc in less than 6 seconds from the time you power the unit up.

You’ll love it for its image and audio quality. It has full 1080P resolution capability (currently the maximum image resolution available), giving you the best home theater experience. What’s more, it has high fidelity audio. It allows you to get pleasure from first-class lossless 7.1 Channel digital surround, which is the equal of master recording. The BD-HP20U tops every test of color quality, brightness and contrast, detail, and audio. Another great feature is that it can decode Dolby TrueHD as well as Dolby Digital Plus audio, definitely an advantage for titles with sound-track formats.

Of course, nothing in this world is perfect. In addition to the fast response time and high-quality image and sound, the Sharp BD-HP20U Disc player lacks a Divx support (which is very common on other players), a BonusView support, and an ethernet port. The USB port that comes with it is also limited as it can only be used for firmware updates. It can’t be used for media files or images. Moreover, you’re in great trouble if you lose the remote control – the only buttons on are Open/Close and Power.

But there are just minor flaws. With a price tag of $550 as of April 24, 2008, the Sharp BD-HP20U Disc player is a great buy.

 

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