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.
Conclusion: As good an entry-level Blu-ray player there is, but besides the picture quality, there's not much else to make it stand out from the crowd. Apart from the price.
Pros: The BDHP20H is Sharp's first Blu-ray deck, and it's not half bad. 1080p at 24fps delivers hugely detailed, noise-free pictures, judder-free motion and quite honestly, at this price (just scraping under £200), you can't ask for more than that. A decent range of audio options are included too. We hooked up an amp and speakers via the 5.1 analogue outputs so we could experience lossless Dolby TrueHD surround sound that was teeth-shatteringly good.
Cons: Unfortunately, it does suffer from sloth-like startup times, but Sharp has helpfully included a "Quick Start" mode that gets it up and running from standby a little faster. Sadly, this basically entails putting the player into an energy-sapping sub-standby mode, which might speed up usage but won't do your carbon footprint any favours.
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 playing DVDs and CDs. Why this was not evident on Blu-ray is a mystery. If Sharp can address these concerns with a firmware update, it’ll have a real winner on its hands.
Summary: The Sharp BD-HP20U is a decent Blu-ray player that can load some discs superfast, but there are better options out there.
Pros: The Sharp BD-HP20U's Quick Start feature loads certain discs superfast; excellent video quality using 1080p/24 output.
Cons: The Sharp BD-HP20U only supports Blu-ray profile 1.0; no onboard decoding for high-resolution DTS soundtracks or bit-stream output; poor 1080i deinterlacing on Blu-ray movies; no Ethernet port for firmware updates; poor performance with video-based DVDs; Quick Start feature guzzles power even when the player is off.
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