Sharp expanded its Blu-ray Disc family with the introduction in the US of the AQUOS BD-HP50U Blu-ray Disc player that provides Full HD 1080p digital output.
When paired with an AQUOS HDTV Liquid Crystal television, the BD-HP50U enables consumers to enjoy the latest Blu-ray Disc titles, as well as standard-definition DVDs, in the highest resolution possible.
In addition, the BD-HP50U supports BonusView, the latest version of the Blu-ray format. BonusView provides secondary audio and video decoders for Picture in Picture (PIP) capability, as well as an external storage.
Interactive features of the BD-HP50U allow consumers to view additional content available on Blu-ray titles - including movie trailers, special subtitles, and director commentary - without stopping the movie. Additional content available on Blu-ray
discs includes games, subtitles and audio tracks.
The BD-HP50U comes with HDMI 1.3 digital output. The player supports next-generation audio and video options available via HDMI 1.3, including x.c.Color, which expands the range
of colors available. The BD-HP50U also supports Lip Sync, which automatically adjusts audio and video signal processing times to remove lip synch errors.
The BD-HP50U is compatible with the latest High Definition digital audio formats. The player outputs the most advanced lossless surround-sound formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD via 7.1 channel HDMI digital output. The player also
decodes Dolby Digital Plus, which provides optimum surround sound for appropriately equipped receivers. Additionally, the player boasts Sharp?s Quick Start feature, which takes viewers from disc loading to viewing in less than 10 seconds.
The BD-HP50U outputs 1920 x 1080 video at 24 frames per second, matching the frame rate of the original film. Sharp?s built-in AQUOS LINK feature allows users to control HDMI-connected products via an AQUOS LCD TV screen using a single
The BD-HP50U will be available in May 2008 for a Manufacturer?s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $699.99.