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Sharp BD-HP20H Reviewed

Sharp BD-HP20HIt seems like a good time to buy a Blu-ray player, as they seem to have won the whole HD format war. Unfortunately the players don’t come cheap. Sharp has noticed these two things, and have released the BD-HP20H blu-ray player at a very competitive price.

One of the biggest complaints about blu-ray players is their start up time, some players take as long as 2-3 minuets from power up to playback. The Sharp BD-HP20H has a “quick start” feature which allows the player to begin playing back a blu-ray disc after loading in just a couple of seconds. As well as being quick the Sharp BDHP20H also looks great with it’s high gloss black front and slim design.

The most popular output for will be the HDMI port, and the BD-HP20H has the very latest HDMI 1.3a version, which allows it to output “Deep Color” and also Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel HD audio. Component, and digital and analog outputs are also featured.

The Sharp BD-HP20H has full 1080p HD output, along with 24p support, which is great for film lovers as it can output at exactly 24 frames per second for the best viewing. Upscaling of standard DVDs to full 1080p is also supports, so you can get the best out of your existing DVDs on your HDTV. CnetUK say, performance wise, using the 1080p/24 output mode yields very impressive results. The amount of fine detail and sharpness on show is little short of stunning. The HP20H is a good price for a standalone Blu-ray deck, especially one featuring an HDMI 1.3 output and the Quick Start function.