February 27, 2008 by Gordon Jones
No doubt, phase two of the Blu-ray adoption battle will be all about price, both hardware and titles. Speaking as someone who, for once, resisted a new technology I’ll be weighing the cost of ownership on a daily (if not hourly) basis. Today’s deal on Sharp’s BD-HP20U Blu-ray Player is an encouraging sign for us not-so-early adopters.
I suspect you’ve been fed the litany of Blu-ray benefits (HD DVD owners please cover you eyes), but for those under a rock: it’s 1080P (1920 x 1080), up to 40 Mbit/secs, seamless menus, incredible sound (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio), 5-10X the capacity of regular DVDs, and has the potential for some cool interactivity and extras. Obviously, there’s more but I’ll leave that to the fanboys.
The BD-HP20U is compatible with a variety of formats including BD-ROM/RE/R, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R, and audio CDs. It’ll up-convert your standard DVD to 1080p, and has the standard list of ports - Digital Coax, Digital Optical, Multichannel RCA, Component, HDMI, and S-Video(?!). Nice bonus: this player can also communicates with AQUOS TVs via Sharp’s AQUOS LINK function (through HDMI). This allows you to control those components with one remote, if you weren’t already.
Sale price: $333.00 with free shipping
Deal ends: who knows
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