We have been hearing news about the upcoming HD recorders, and now it seems that Sharp has jumped the gun with not one but nine Blu-ray models, though only for Japan. The lineup includes a top-of-the-line 1TB hard drive model and an assortment of disc-only equivalents in contrasting hues.
Collectively branded under its Aquos family, the BD-HDW20, BD-HDW15, BD-AV1 and BD-AV10 all feature dual HD tuners, DVD/CD backward-compatibility and the new Aquos Fami-Link or HDMI-CEC.
The hard drive-enabled HDW-series also supports film-centric 1080p24 HDMI for judder-free movie playback. However, this lacks 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray support, relying on the onboard 500GB/1TB storage for up to 127 hours of HD recordings.
The AV-series, on the other hand, is designed for greater ease of use, targeted for the VCR upgraders. It has one-touch recording and playback, as well as a disc meter that provides one-glance updates on available space.
No pricing details were available at press time.
(Source: Crave Asia)