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: 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.
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.