Sharp Electronics today unveiled the Sharp Universal Player and Wireless Bridge, the first Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association- compliant Universal Player system.
The Sharp Universal Player (SD-WH1000U) is the first component to transmit uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz and video at Full HD (1080p) - wirelessly.
The Universal Player can be set up as part of a complete WiSA-compliant ecosystem -- in which this player uses internal transmitters to connect with up to 8 WiSA-compliant speakers (up to 7.1 channel surround sound) or install a Sharp WiSA-compliant wireless bridge system (VR-WR100U) that pairs with a consumer?s own amplifier and speaker. The player can handle SACD and CDs, Blu-ray discs and DVDs and offers 3 HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports and an internet connection.
The player's ultra-rigid disc drive mechanism accurately reads Super Audio CD and standard DVD discs as well as delivering all the data from the even more challenging Blu-ray format. The combination of a dual-core insulated base system and the expanded structure printed circuit board topology eliminates interference from external vibrations and stray signals. New power supply components including custom-tuned enhanced stability capacitors and an R-core transformer to ensure precise and stable operation.
The WiSA-compliant Sharp Universal Player (SD-WH1000U) will have an MSRP of $3,999.99 and the WiSA-compliant Sharp Wireless Bridge (VR-WR100U) will have an MSRP of $599.99. Both will begin shipping in the spring of 2014.