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Sharp BD-HP20U
3.7 out of 10

Sharp BD-HP20U

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Review: Sharp BD-HP20U

13 February 2008
  • 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...
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