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Sharp announces a “Quick Starting” Blu-ray Disc player for late fall

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 Digest.

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 was producing blue-violet laser diodes in considerable quantities, even though Sharp did not have any players in its product line.





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