Sharp Aquos BD-HP20U Blu-ray Disc A Feisty & Unpredictable Player
Personal Electronics buzz
5 June 2008
Excerpt: The Sharp Aquos BD-HP20U has similar issues as comparable Panasonic and Samsung models. It is a Blu-ray player that is slow to load, and not entirely True HD. It is a good 1.0 Blue-ray player.
Excerpt: Sharp chose the blue pill-make that the Blu pill-and ended up a winner in the high-def DVD format war. Of course, so did Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic. But slowpoke players from those companies take anywhere from 60 seconds to (seemingly) 8 weeks just to spin up and reach the title menu.
Pros: Quick Start mode begs the question: Why do other Blu-ray players take so freakin’ long to load movies? Upscales old-fangled DVDs to 1080p. Supports Dolby TrueHD for lossless digital audio. The remote can also control a Sharp Aquos TV; one less clicker on the coffee table.
Cons: Silvery façade kinda fugly. No support for DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. (The other lossless-audio white meat.) Quick Start mode disabled out of the box-WTF?. Non-backlit remote scores negative one-million on the style meter. 0 for a DVD player-any DVD player-seems insane in the era of Netflix...
Summary: Sharp is to be commended for being so competitive on price with its debut Blu-ray player, and for delivering some profoundly good HD picture quality. But its lack of some key features ultimately makes it feel too much like a first-generation trial run.
Summary: Sharp’s first foray into the land of Blu-ray is excellent in many respects, especially the Quick Start feature and the friendly remote, but it falls short in others. Of most concern to me was the slightly reddish skin tones and the dramatic degradation in sound quality from the analog outputs when...