The Sharp BD-HP20U is a budget Blu-Ray player with a decent feature-set, arguably elevating it from from the "no frills" category. Standout features are its 1080p/24 fps playback, HDMI 1.3 output with support for Dobly TrueHD audio, and a QuickStart function which gets the player showing a movie in about 10 seconds (according to the manufacturer). Like all AQUOS products, it features AQUOS LINK protocol allowing you to control AQUOS branded TVs via HDMI on a single screen. The BD-HP20U also support standard DVD upscaling but reviews have suggested that its upscaling performance is little better than a standard DVD player.
- Full HD 1080p/24 fps video output
- Profile 1.0
- hdmi: 1 x HDMI 1.3 output /w audio and deep color support
- audio: 1 x digital optical S/PDIF, 1 x digital coaxial
- 7.1 Channel digital audio output over HDMI
- Quick Start Mode: enjoy content quickly without delay
- Designed to work with AQUOS display using the AQUOS LINK protocol through HDMI
- Upscales standard DVDs
- Does not include HDMI cable
- Price: $499.99
- Release date: September 21, 2007
This player was released before November 1st, 2007 and is not profile 1.1 compliant. No secondary video decoder chip is included inside the box meaning you will not be able to take advantage of Profile 1.1 features such as Picture-in-Picture. Blu-Ray discs that contain these special features will still play normally, you just won't be able to access the extras that fall under the 1.1 umbrella.
Updating the firmware is accomplished through loading the latest version (available from the Sharp website) onto a USB memory stick and following the instructions. No DVD/CD burning is required to update the firmware.