A Blu-ray with a view
Unless you live in a world of cardboard cutouts and collage-style scenery, you probably see the world in three dimensions — why would you settle for only two dimensions in your movies? With more and more films being released in 3D, the Sharp HP80 is ready for them, with the ability to read and relay all the beautiful 3D information on your Blu-ray discs to your 3D HDTV. Plus, the processors necessary for 3D don’t just languish when you aren’t using them – the Sharp HP80 is able to leverage that extra processing power to bring out the best in 1080p color and quality when you’re watching a standard Blu-ray movie.
Let’s get one thing straight: when we say standard Blu-ray movie, that’s a little like saying something is averagely exceptional. With 1080 lines of resolution, and an incredible amount of color information, Blu-ray is the way to really watch movies on your HDTV. And, it’s not just the picture quality that’s gotten a bump with Blu-ray: sound has gone HD too. With the ability to decode the latest formats like Dolby True HD and dts Master Audio, your home theatre system can take advantage of true 7.1-channel audio so you can hear your movies the way the director meant them to be heard. With both HD video and sound, I think you’ll agree that Blu-ray is more exceptionally exceptional.
Not quite time to actually burn them
You’ve probably got a few DVD’s still lying around, and with your new Blu-ray player you might be thinking you’ve got a new coaster set. Don’t set down your drink just yet — this Sharp Blu-ray player is able to upconvert your regular DVDs to near 1080p quality, giving you a great picture upgrade on your already existing library. Now there’s something to drink to (just make sure you use a coaster before you set it down).
An ocean of entertainment
Entertainment isn’t just a one-source deal anymore. Sure, in the old days you would head down to the video store and rent a few flicks for the night, or maybe even the week. But anymore, who has the time to take a trip to the video store to pick something up? Plus, with schedules being what they are anymore, you can’t always count on being able to watch it the night you rent it. Thank goodness the HP80 is a little more diversified — it can not only play discs, but when you connect it to your home internet, you can get access to Netflix, which for a small monthly subscription fee will give you unlimited access to over 17,000 movies and television shows, and Vudu, which allows you to rent and stream HD movies (without taking a trip to a video store). Plus, if you’ve had your fill of movies, the HP80 also allows you to stream music through Pandora to facilitate a musical journey by finding songs that are similar to an artist, song title, or genre of music.
Fun with files
With streaming, discs, and 3D, you’d think that would be enough to keep you going for quite awhile. Well, to keep things even more interesting, you can play your movies in DivX HD format, view your JPEG photos, and even listen to your MP3 music files through either burned discs, or the front USB port. It’s a great way to enjoy content that might normally be reserved for your computer screen on your HDTV screen.
More content, your content
You’ve finished the movie, you’ve gone through all the features on the disc, but you still want more content. BD-Live is here to help. Using your internet connection, BD-Live lets you go beyond the disc by allowing you access to additional content online — everything from additional commentaries, games, videos, and even user-created content. BD-live can help you take control of your viewing experience by offering content well beyond what was previously available, giving you more options in how you interact with your entertainment.
Sure, there’s a lot of great reasons to pick up this Blu-ray player, but the big questions is: how is it going to look when you’re not using it? Pretty good, since it has an incredibly slim design, and can be mounted right next to your TV to create a sleek, stylish, and convenient accent to your home theatre setup. Plus, connecting to the internet isn’t going to add any wires: wireless access built into the player means you can connect to your existing Wi-Fi network. With only a single HDMI connection required to connect it to your television or home theatre system for both video and sound, creating a seamless installation has never been easier.
Now, we’re not saying you absolutely need to use this player with a Sharp AQUOS television. But with the ability to use the HDMI enabled AQUOS link system that gives you greater control over your HDTV and Blu-ray player without an extra remote, we’re definitely not going to discourage it. Oh, and if you needed a further reason to use it with an AQUOS HDTV (as if you needed one other than the amazing quality from Sharp’s best lines of televisions), there’s also AQUOS Pure Mode that allows the Blu-ray player and the television to work together to automatically give you “dot by dot” mode that optimizes each and every pixel between your Blu-ray move and TV.
We've got connections
Before you go charging off, there’s one last thing you’ll need to make sure you have, and that’s connections. You’ve already got Vann’s as a great connection for the best in electronics, but we’re talking more about getting the best possible picture quality from your Blu-ray player to your television, and home theatre system. When you’ve got a player capable of all this, it just doesn’t do to compromise it. Take a gander at our accessories tab, and give a call to one of our plucky experts by calling the 800-number above. They’ll make sure that you’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best in audio and video.
In the box
Included with your purchase of the Sharp BDHP80 are: remote control (with batteries), AC power pack, BDHP80 Blu-ray player