Sharp has unveiled its new BD-HP20S AQUOS Blu-ray player at IFA 2007 in Berlin, as
the latest addition to its AQUOS home entertainment family. This powerful BD player provides high definition content in 1080p screen resolution, and features 24 frame per second (fps) capability. It supports the high-resolution film experience with crystal-clear sound.
The new Blu-ray player provides a screen resolution quality of 1080p, both from High
Definition Blu-ray discs as well from upscaled DVDs. The 24 fps progressive scan
process is being used as a standard for movie productions. This format is
transferred to Blu-ray discs and fully supported by the Sharp BD-HP20S Blu-ray
player. Losses in quality because of image scaling are immediately excluded, since
films are always played on the BD-HP20S Blu-ray player in the same frequency at
which they were recorded. Rapid camera pans and tilts are represented in 24fps
mode without irregularities in the image progression.
Using a long-life and particularly high performance 210 milliwatt quality laser, as
well as being fitted with modern protocols, together with many AQUOS features,
means that the BD-HP20S is a fully technically-developed product that is ready for
the future. All components are made by Sharp and key components such as the
opto-electronic laser diodes and the multi-beam scan unit were also developed by
Outfitted with the current HDMI 1.3 protocol, the BD-HP20S will pass all 1080p video signals. With a doubled data throughput by comparison with the HDMI 1.2 protocol, HDMI 1.3 can pump out as much as 10.2 gigabytes to the output device. This further permits reproduction of multi-channel high-definition audio formats such as Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby truHD with up to eight surround sound channels, as well as a substantially larger color range for natural skin tones and optimal color reproduction during dark scenes.
The Sharp BD-HP20S offers a full range of input and output connections including component (Y, PB, PR) video, HDMI 1.3 interface, 5.1 channel analog audio outputs, as well as optical and coaxial digital audio outputs. The Sharp BD-HP20S will probably be
available on the German market during the fourth quarter of 2007.