January 07, 2009
| by Steve Crowe
Sharp certainly didn’t disappoint with its product unveilings during its press conference here at CES 2009.
We’ll start with the AQUOS BD-MPC40 and BD-MPC30 HTIBs, which both include a Blu-ray player, an amplifier, five speakers (one center, two front and two rear) and one subwoofer.
Both systems offer 720W of power and 5.1-channel surround sound. The BD-MPC40 features black wooden cabinet speakers, while the BD-MPC30 has speakers with a black synthetic finish.
Each six-channel HTIB offers Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as an FM tuner and color-coded terminals for the wires.
The included Profile 2.0 Blu-ray players output 1080p/24Hz and have AQUOS Pure Mode to automatically detect the aspect ratio of the Blu-ray title.
- Built-in AQUOS LINK
- HDMI 1.3 output
- x.v.Color support
- DVD upscaling to 1080p
The Blu-ray players are compatible with formats including: BD-ROM/RE/R, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R and audio CDs.
Sharp says both the BD-MPC40 and BD-MPC30 will be available this spring for $799.99 each.
AQUOS BD Series LCDs with Built-in Blu-ray Player
The 1080p AQUOS BD Series LCDs come with built-in Blu-ray players and are available in theses sizes:
- 52-inch LC-52BD80U
- 46-inch LC-46BD80U
- 42-inch LC-42BD80U
- 37-inch LC-37BD60U
- 32-inch LC-32BD60U
The side-loading slot plays Blu-ray, DVD and CD content.
“This product is a one-stop, stylish home theater and the built-in side-loading Blu-ray slot is also a space-saver for style-conscious consumers, eliminating the need for a separate box and extra cables,” says Bob Scaglione, Sharp’s senior VP and group manager, product and marketing group.
The 52-, 46-, and 42-inch models have Fine Motion Enhanced technology for 120Hz Frame Rate Conversion and a 10-bit panel for Deep Color compatibility. Those models also offer four HDMI inputs, while the 37- and 32-inch LCDs have three HDMI inputs and two 1080p-compatible component video inputs.
Sharp adds that the BD Series LCDs house a built-in ATSC and QAM tuner, as well as RS-232C and PC inputs. Pricing has not been announced.
LC-52BD80U — February
LC-46BD80U — February
LC-42BD80U — January
LC-37BD60U — January
LC-32BD60U — January
BD-HP22U, BD-HP16U AQUOS Blu-ray Players
The company’s newest Blu-ray players, the AQUOS BD-HP22U and BD-HP16U, offer 1080p output when paired with an AQUOS LCD and come with a piano black finish.
The BD-HP22U is a Profile 2.0 player and supports BD-Live, while both offer AQUOS Pure Mode and consume 19W of power in On and Standby modes.
Features of both Blu-ray players:
- HDMI 1.3 output with x.v. color and 1920 x 1080 video at 24fps
- Decoding for lossless surround-sound formats including Dolby TrueHD DTS HD Master Audio
- Audio Decoding for Dolby Digital
- JPEG viewer
- Compatibility with BD-ROM/RE/R, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R and CDs
The BD-HP22U ($299.99) will be available in May, while the BD-HP16U will hit in March ($279.99).