The Blu-ray Disc player pool will have to make room for
another, as Sharp Electronics will be releasing this fall its first player for
the high-def optical format, reports High-Def
The player, designated as model BD-HP205, will support 1080p
output at both 24- and 60-fps, and will include on-board Dolby TrueHD decoding,
along with the requisite analog 5.1 outputs. For its I/O port standard, the
BD-HP205 will support HDMI v1.3.
One feature on the BD-HP205 that Sharp is already
promoting is “Quick Start,” touting the machine’s ability to begin the playback
of a disc with minimal delay after the insertion of a disc. Current Blu-ray
Disc players on the market, with the exception of the PlayStation 3, suffer
from loading times that are much longer than what consumers have become
accustomed to when viewing DVDs.
Unfortunately for U.S. home theatre aficionados, the
upcoming player from Sharp is not planned for American shores, at least not
officially, according to PC World.
Instead, Sharp will have for the U.S. market the BD-HP10U, first showcased at
CES, priced at $1199.
Sharp’s move to enter the Blu-ray Disc player market was expected. The Japanese electronics company announced late last year that it
blue-violet laser diodes in considerable quantities, even though Sharp did
not have any players in its product line.