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Sharp rolls out Blu-ray recorders for Japan

They include a top-of-the-line 1TB hard drive model.

Crave Asia

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)