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.
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: 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.