There are a whole bunch of Blu-ray players being announced at CEDIA, but for the most part, there's not too much to differentiate them. Sharp's new Blu-ray player, the BD-HP20U, is its first-ever, but is still mostly the same as other players. Yet the company's press release claims that the BD-HP20U will load Blu-ray discs in 10 seconds. For those of you not used to the sluggish speeds of high-definition media, that's very fast--we're used to most high-definition players taking from 40 seconds to well over a minute to load discs.
Sharp BD-HP20U's key features:
- 1080p output at 24 frames per second;
- Onboard decoding for Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD;
- Quick Start mode, which can load discs in less than 10 seconds;
- HDMI output (version not specified);
- Possibly analog, 5.1 multichannel outputs (according to photos from AV Magazine.it);
- $550 retail, available in September.
We definitely love the Quick Start mode, but we're disappointed that the BD-HP20U doesn't offer bit-stream output for DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. On the other hand, the $550 price tag is pretty attractive, considering the only other $500 standalone Blu-ray player we've reviewed--the Sony BDP-S300--was extremely sluggish.
Sources: AV Magazine.it, Sharp press release