Sharp BD-HP50X – another $500-ish Blu-ray player enters the market

Sharp Corporation of Australia has released its new high end Blu-ray Disc player, the BD-HP50X, for playback of high definition video and audio plus an intelligent motorised front panel – all within a stylish high gloss piano black finish.

Offering the latest in home theatre technology, the BD-HP50X provides excellent image clarity and clean contrasts thanks to full HD 1080p/24Hz output from Blu-ray disc. JPEG images are displayed in vibrant colour, as true as the eye can see, made possible through inbuilt x.v.Colour technology.

The player also features Bonusview (profile 1.1) for enabling extra BD-ROM features such as Picture-in-Picture (PinP) and secondary audio to allow listening and viewing of a smaller ‘sub screen’ inside the main picture. This pop up screen function can be activated when watching any Blu-ray movie featuring additional content – a ‘must have’ for serious movie lovers.

High definition audio is also a highlight with the spectacular sound reproduction achieved thanks to Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD.

The BD-HP50X includes an extensive range of playback formats as standard including BD-ROM/R/RE / DVD video / DVD-R/RW / DVD+R/RW / Audio CD and CD-R/RW.

Connectivity to other equipment is quick and easy with terminals including HDMI out, component video out, S-video out, video out, audio out L/R, coaxial digital audio out and optical digital audio output. Aquos Link compatibility provides integrated and effortless connection with Sharp Aquos LCD TVs. The low 0.5 W of power in standby mode is another example of Sharp’s ongoing commitment to the environment.

Price and availability

The new Sharp BD-HP50X is available now from leading electrical retailers at the RRP of $599.

Source: Sharp