SHARP INTRODUCES BD-LIVE AQUOS BLU-RAY DISC PLAYER WITH ENHANCED FEATURES

SHARP INTRODUCES BD-LIVE AQUOS® BLU-RAY DISC™ PLAYER WITH ENHANCED FEATURES: Deep Color™ for exceptional picture quality; Streaming video content and BD-ROM Profile 2.0

Sharp expands its suite of Blu-ray players with the introduction of the Full HD 1080p BD-HP52U AQUOS® Blu-ray Disc™ (BD) player. When paired with an AQUOS HDTV Liquid Crystal television, consumers can enjoy the latest Blu-ray Disc titles, as well as standard-definition DVDs, in the highest resolution possible. The BD-HP52U will also provide consumers access to premium streaming video content* for a first-class home theater experience. The BD-HP52U also adds advanced audio decoding, additional playback options and Deep Color™ for the purest color available on video images, as well as an RS-232 port for management by external control systems.

The BD-HP52U supports BD-ROM Profile 2.0 for BD Live interactive features through an Ethernet jack-enabled Internet connection. Users can download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers and multi-player interactive games, providing the consumer full access to content otherwise unattainable.

“We continue to add new features to our Blu-ray family that raise the level of entertainment for our consumers, including enhancements to the picture and audio quality as well as wide compatibility with many formats,” said Bruce Tripido, associate vice president, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “With this new player, consumers can tap into additional information and downloadable features for an interactive home theater experience.”

Superior Video Quality
The BD-HP52U enables superior video quality with state-of-the-art HDMI™ 1.3 digital output with x.v. color, and 1920 x 1080 video at 24 frames per second output, matching the playback of the original film. This feature eliminates the need for frame-rate conversion that can cause motion artifacts on film-based material and degrade image quality. To further improve the image quality, the BD-HP52U incorporates Deep Color, which extends the maximum number of colors for each color component, reducing and in some cases eliminating color component artifacts.

For the best high-definition video and the highest fidelity audio in home theater today, the BD-HP52U features AQUOS Link, enabling a simple one-cable connection via HDMI to carry a complete digital audio and video connection between the HDTV and the BD-HP52U player. Coupled with Blu-ray Disc technology, the BD-HP52U brings the multiplex experience right into the home.

High Fidelity Audio
The BD-HP52U features a next-generation audio format with full decoding, providing an immersive home theater experience. The player incorporates HQ Audio Circuits with an upgraded power supply that provides better sound and picture quality and delivers dynamic 7.1 Channel audio and true to life video. Surround-sound formats include Dolby® TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio via HDMI digital output. The player also decodes Dolby Digital Plus, which provides optimum surround sound for appropriately equipped receivers.

Advanced Playback and Compatibility
With backwards compatibility, consumers can play their existing standard definition DVD library on the BD-HP52U. By optimizing standard DVD playback signals, the BD-HP52U can deliver better picture and sound quality. The player also features a JPEG viewer, which allows users to view favorite digital images from their CD collection on screen in a slide show format. Consumers can also record and playback high-definition digital camcorder video files with AVCHD**. The BD-HP52U is also compatible with a wide range of formats including BD-ROM/RE/R, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R, audio CDs and MP3 audio files.

For added convenience, the BD player includes Sharp’s proprietary Quick Start*** feature for quick disc loading. For lower energy bills, both players feature low power consumption in both Power On mode and in Standby mode. The BD-HP52U also includes an anti-vibration chassis for stability and improved operation. The rigid chassis frame construction, combined with a dual-shield metal top cover, reduces the amount of vibration to the Blu-ray drive.

Pricing and Availability

The BD-HP52U will be available in October for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $379.99.

For more information on Sharp’s full line of home theater products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP. Become a fan of Sharp AQUOS at www.facebook.com/SharpAQUOS.

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* Streaming video content provider will be announced within the month.
** AVCHD format compresses video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, and audio is recorded in Dolby Digital.
*** Quick Start time may vary depending on movie content, type of video connection, and type of monitor being used.
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SHARP INTRODUCES TWO NEW ULTRA-PORTABLE IPOD DOCKING SYSTEMS

SHARP INTRODUCES TWO NEW ULTRA-PORTABLE IPOD® DOCKING SYSTEMS
High-fidelity Sound and Convenience in an Elegant, Handheld Design

Sharp introduces two new iPod® docking systems for headphone-free music on the go. The DK-AP8P and DK-AP7P allow users to play music directly from any iPod or iPhone® while simultaneously recharging the unit. Weighing less than 1.6 lbs, these 2.1-channel units feature premium sound quality, a long battery life and an ultra-portable design. An IR wireless touch panel remote control on the DK-AP8P adds flexibility and convenience, acting as a magnetic cover when not in use, while the DK-AP7P folds shut – protecting the units from damage during travel.

“As the popularity of digital music devices continues to grow, so does the desire for consumers to share their vast digital music libraries, whether traveling, in their backyard or in the comfort of the home,” said Sean McBride, senior product marketing manager, audio, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp. “The introduction of the DK-AP8P and DK-AP7P strengthens Sharp’s lineup of portable iPod audio systems and gives users the ultimate ease and convenience of high-quality music on the go, with an extremely small footprint.” The DK-AP8P and DK-AP7P join Sharp’s existing lineup of iPod audio systems, including the DK-AP7N and DK-CL6N.

DK-AP8P and DK-AP7P

These small, yet powerful, made for iPod audio systems also work with iPhone and feature an ultra-portable design that folds closed for safekeeping when on the go (the DK-AP8P has a magnetic cover). A 2.1-channel speaker system houses all of the necessary components for an enjoyable listening experience, including the main drivers and subwoofer. With approximately six hours of battery operation and an AC adapter and soft carry bag included, these models are truly a portable solution to enjoying high-quality audio from any location.

The iPod terminal allows the user to charge and play music directly from any iPod or iPhone through the unit’s full-range bass reflex speakers with HDSS™ (high-definition sound standard) sound technology. For optimum sound, the units offer ESound, a digital signal processing technology that improves the quality of compressed digital music. By enhancing the sound frequency and increasing the sound pressure, ESound mode corrects deterioration to the sound quality that plagues most compressed music. Both models also include a video output so that when connected to a TV, users can enjoy their favorite iPod videos and photos on a larger screen. Additionally, each unit features a 3.5mm stereo audio input for use with other audio MP3 players or PC audio for increased versatility.

The DK-AP8P and DK-AP7P feature a piano black finish. The current DK-AP7N is available in two eye-catching color combinations, sporting a glossy black body with either white or red accents.

DK-CL6N
With this clock radio music system made for iPod, users can wake up to their favorite playlists, direct from any iPod or iPhone (in airplane mode). The DK-CL6N charges and plays music from the docked iPod or iPhone (in airplane mode) with high-quality sound through the system’s 4 watt, 2.0-channel audio speaker system. The alarm clock function includes a sleep timer with snooze and dual alarms for ultimate convenience. An AM/FM tuner allows users to program up to 10 favorite radio stations. The unit also features an electronic equalizer that customizes sound based on the music genre and has a five-step mode to accurately adjust the sound for any type of music. The DK-CL6N is designed for the home or dorm room, featuring a compact design with a blue illuminated clock display. The unit also supports MP3 music players as well as streams video files from iPod video via the video output jack to the television. All models feature low power consumption and comply with ENERGY STAR® standards.

Pricing and availability

The DK-AP8P will be available in September for a for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $189.99.
The DK-AP7P will be available in September for an MSRP of $129.99. The DK-AP7N is available now for an MSRP of $129.99.
The DK-CL6N is available now for an MSRP of $99.99.
For more information on Sharp’s full audio systems line, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ, 07495 or call 800-BE-SHARP. Become a fan of Sharp AQUOS at www.facebook.com/SharpAQUOS .

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Sharp Develops New PN-325 32-Inch Class (31 1/2" Diagonal) Professional LCD Monitor

Sharp introduced the new PN-325 32-inch class (31 1/2″ Diagonal) professional LCD monitor, which offers a new screen size for the most sophisticated commercial signage and display applications in both landscape and portrait modes. This new model joins Sharp’s steadily expanding line of monitors that have been designed for professional applications and operate in both portrait and landscape mode. With superb image quality and reliability, the monitor offers unparalleled performance for digital signage markets including retail, banking, hospitality and airports, as well as training simulation, government, university and corporate facilities. Also joining the lineup is the PN-325P monitor with an integrated protective acrylic overlay for high traffic areas.

“The digital signage market is still in its infancy and the growth potential is limitless. With the right solution, companies can maximize digital signage opportunities for effective communication of basic information, advertising and even pure entertainment,” said Dan Wynne, senior director, Marketing, Professional Display Division, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “This new size professional monitor opens up more possibilities for signage applications in areas where a smaller monitor is necessary, and can also fulfill both the traditional landscape and portrait mode needs for a wider range of commercial applications.”

Superior Image Quality and Reliability

The PN-325 monitor offers Wide XGA (1366 x 768) HD resolution combined with Sharp’s proprietary Advanced Super View (ASV) panel, providing stellar picture quality for fast-moving video through its fast pixel response time of less than 6 ms, as well as high brightness and wide 176 degree viewing angless. For a superior picture in practically any lighting condition, the monitor features a 1500:1 contrast ratio enabling viewers to discern details they might otherwise miss, particularly when viewing darker content.

To show multiple types of content sources in high definition, the monitors utilize DFE (Dual-Fine Engine) technology, which provides superior display of both digital and analog sources so the customer can display computer and video content flawlessly. A built-in enlargement function allows a user to create up to 4×4 video walls from a PC, and offers Picture in Picture capabilities.

For superior reliability in any commercial application, the monitor offers a rugged design and components, ideal for extended 24/7 use. The monitor also offers a lockable key panel, power-on delay function and extensive color adjustments.

Enhanced Connectivity

The PN-325 has a full complement of input and output connectors to display all types of content, from DVD to varying PC resolutions from both analog and digital (DVI-D) sources. The monitor also offers an optional stereo speaker system (AN-32SP1) which attaches across the bottom of the display, as well as an RS-232C input which allows the monitor to be controlled, monitored and have diagnostics performed from a central location.

The PN-325 and PN-325P are supported with a 3-year, 24/7 on-site parts and labor limited warranty, including 3-year warranty on the backlight with no restrictions on whether the monitor is installed in portrait or landscape mode.

Pricing and Availability

The PN-325 is available now through Sharp authorized dealers and value-added resellers for a Manufacturer’s Suggested List Price (MSLP) of $1,495.

The PN-325P is scheduled to be available in March through Sharp authorized dealers and value-added resellers; MSLP is TBD.

Sharp Corporation and Italy’s largest power company, Enel SpA Sign Joint Venture Agreement for Photovoltaic Power Generation Business and MOU for Production of Thin-Film Solar Cells

Sharp Corporation (below: “Sharp”) and Italy’s largest power company, Enel SpA (below: “Enel”), will establish a joint venture in the spring of 2009 to operate as an independent power producer (IPP*1) and will develop a number of photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 189 MW by the end of 2012.

A number of photovoltaic power plants will be set up mainly in southern Italy and will utilize thin-film solar cells, which offer superior power generating efficiency in hot-climate regions. The two companies are looking into expanding their IPP business in the future to cover countries of the Mediterranean region other than Italy with a view toward further strengthening their cooperative relationship.

Regarding cooperation in the production of thin-film solar cells, the plan is for Sharp, Enel, and a third European manufacturing company to construct a thin-film solar cell plant in Italy with the potential to expand annual production capacity to around 1 GW in the future. The initial phase of development will put in place a production system having an annual capacity of 480 MW, with the aim of starting operations around the middle of 2010.

The three companies are working out the details of establishing the joint venture to manufacture thin-film solar cells in Italy, and plan to sign a memorandum of understanding in December.

Geographically, Italy lies at the heart of a project adopted at the Union for the Mediterranean*2 summit held in July 2008, namely, a “Mediterranean solar plan” that aims to develop power generating facilities with a capacity of 20 GW by 2020. With an eye to such a plan, Sharp and Enel will work together in the future with the goal of strategically expanding renewable energy in Europe, including in the Mediterranean region.

Sharp is moving quickly to initiate the world’s first “solar business model” by joining with a power company in an integrated business approach—from manufacture of thin-film solar cells to IPP activities—and is actively working toward becoming a company providing total solutions based on solar cells.

Overview of Power Generating Business and Joint Venture

Joint venture location: Italy (Rome)
Business description: Construction of photovoltaic power plants; generation and sales of electricity
Target date for establishing company: Spring of 2009
Amount of investment: Approximately 100 billion yen (2009 to 2012)
Total power generating capacity: 189 MW
Target region: Southern Italy

Overview of Cooperative Manufacturing Business

Planned construction location: In Italy
Target date for start of operations: Middle of 2010
Production item: Thin-film solar cells
Plant size: Approx. 1 GW
Production capacity: 480 MW annually (at start of operations)

Profile of Enel SpA
Location: Italy (Rome)
Founded: Established as a government-operated electric company in 1962; privatized in 1999.
Capital: 6.184 billion euros
Business overview: Italy’s largest power company, and Europe’s second listed utility by installed capacity (the Italian government holds 31% of the company). Enel produces, distributes, and sells electricity and gas domestically and internationally (in 21 countries across Europe and North and Latin America).

Employees: 73,500
Generating capacity: 80,000 MW (for the 21 countries in total, of which, 19,000 MW is from renewable energy sources)

Annual sales revenue: 43.673 billion euros

Sharp Expands Industry's Smallest Tuner Module for Mobile TVs in China

Sharp Corporation has developed the VA3C5CZ933, a mobile TV tuner module that supports CMMB and features the industry’s smallest package size (9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 mm). The device is intended for mobile equipment in the Chinese market, with mass production slated to begin in December 2008.

China’s efforts to provide digital mobile broadcast services intensified in anticipation of the Beijing Olympics, and broadcasts under the CMMB system, a standard advanced by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), began in 37 cities in July 2008, prior to holding the Olympic Games. By the end of this year, SARFT plans to expand CMMB network coverage to more than 300 additional cities.

This new tuner module takes full advantage of the high-density surface-mount technology that evolved out of Sharp’s experience in developing tuner modules for One-Seg, Japan’s terrestrial digital broadcast format. This new device features the industry’s smallest package size plus industry-leading energy efficiency, with a power consumption of just 93 MW. It is being offered as a key device that will contribute to making mobile equipment more compact with higher levels of performance, particularly personal navigation devices (PND) and mobile TVs capable of receiving mobile broadcasts under the CMMB system.

Product name Tuner module for China’s CMMB-system mobile broadcasts
Model name VA3C5CZ933
Sample price (including tax) 20,000 yen
Samples available October 30, 2008
Start of volume production December 1, 2008
Monthly production capacity 500,000 units

Major Features

1. The industry’s smallest package size, measuring 9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 mm.
2. Industry-leading energy efficiency (power consumption of 93 mW).

Specifications

Model name VA3C5CZ933
Receiving frequency spectrums UHF band: 470 to 798 MHz (8MHz)
Receiving sensitivity -98 dBm (QPSK, 1/2LDPC)
Interface SPI or SDIO (1 bit) (3.3V, clock 4MHz max.)
Supply voltage 1.8 V (RF), 1.2 V (OFDM core), 3.3V (I/O)
Power consumption 93 mW (typ. for single-channel video reception in time-slice mode)
Outside dimensions 9.0 x 9.0 x 1.7 mm

Sharp to Launch AQUOS DX Series—World’s First LCD TVs with Built-In Blu-ray Disc Recorders

Sharp Corporation will introduce into the Japanese market the 16-model AQUOS DX Series (including 52V-, 46V-, 42V-, 37V-, 32V-, and 26V-inch*2 models), the world’s first series of LCD TVs equipped with Blu-ray Disc Recorders.

Consumers can experience a new TV entertainment lifestyle by not only watching TV, but also playing Blu-ray Discs and DVDs and recording in HD on Blu-ray Discs, all with a single unit.

Complicated connecting cables are unnecessary thanks to the all-in-one design and the single remote control achieves a new level of simple, easy operability for all consumers. For example, consumers can navigate the TV-viewing, disc-playing, recording, and pre-set record functions all with just one action, and the newly developed Motion Guide offers “one-shot” disc playing by playing discs automatically when they are inserted.

As for recording and playing media, the Digital W Tuner lets consumers record programs while watching TV, and the H.264/AVC (Advanced Video Coding) standard of the MPEG-4 suite enables 5X extended HD video recording (5X Mode)*3, which allows for extended recording time while retaining the same exact full-HD quality as the original high-definition broadcast. The DX Series also features 2X Mode and 3X Mode with Full-Capture Extended HD Recording, which allows recording of audio surround-sound data and extended HD recording while keeping intact the program data links embedded in the original video*4.

The TV itself is made from a high-class, high-quality Kameyama LCD panel*5 that achieves a remarkable feeling of depth and delivers high-gradation images with smooth picture quality. Plus, the DX Series comes complete with Sharp’s 1-Bit digital amp to faithfully recreate original sounds and its side-port Bass Reflex Speaker to deliver powerful deep bass sounds from a compact sound system.

Sharp, always at the forefront of the flat-panel TV industry with AQUOS, now offers a new kind of product that incorporates the best in image quality, sound quality, design, and environmental performance to provide consumers with an all-encompassing entertainment experience.

Product name Terrestrial/BS/CS110° Digital High-Definition (HD) LCD TV
Nickname
Model name LC-52DX1
-B/-W
LC-46DX1
-B/-W
LC-42DX1
-B/-W/-R
Color Black and white Black and white Black, white, red
Dot count (H x V) Full HD (1,920 x 1,080)
Design type Bottom-speaker design
Suggested retail price Open
Date of introduction in Japan November 20, 2008
Initial monthly production 4,000 units 5,000 units 10,000 units
Product name Terrestrial/BS/CS110° Digital High-Definition (HD) LCD TV
Nickname
Model name LC-37DX1
-B/-W/-R
LC-32DX1
-B/-W/-R
LC-26DX1
-B/-W/-R
Color Black, white, red Black, white, red Black, white, red
Dot count (H x V) Full HD
(1,920 x 1,080)
HD (1,366 x 768)
Design type Bottom-speaker design
Suggested retail price Open
Date of introduction in Japan November 20, 2008
Initial monthly production 15,000 units 33,000 units 13,000 units

Major Features

1. World’s first LCD TV with built-in Blu-ray Disc Recorder
2. New Motion Guide enables controlling functions while watching TV
3. Smooth picture quality of a Kameyama LCD panel combined with the superior sound of Sharp’s proprietary 1-Bit digital amp
4. Three color variations to match different interiors
5. Environmentally friendly, energy-efficient design

Sharp develops New Thin-Film Solar Cell Production Line Now Operational at Katsuragi Plant

Sharp Corporation has completed installation of a new 2nd-generation thin-film solar cell production line at its Katsuragi Plant (Katsuragi City, Nara Prefecture) using large-size glass substrates measuring 1,000 x 1,400 mm, equivalent to 2.7 times the area of conventional substrates (560 x 925 mm).

thin-film-solar-cell

The addition of this new line expands production capacity for thin-film solar cells at the Katsuragi Plant to 160 MW annually.

Thin-film solar cells have a structure in which thin layers of silicon are deposited onto a glass substrate. This structure enables a dramatic reduction in the amount of silicon used to approximately one hundredth the amount used in conventional crystalline solar cells, and also enables simpler production processes that allow the glass substrates to be larger in size as well as lowering costs through manufacturing economies of scale. In addition, thin-film solar cells offer superior temperature characteristics compared to crystalline solar cells in that their conversion efficiency tends not to decline at high temperatures. They generate ample amounts of electricity even in areas with high ambient air temperatures, and for this reason, demand for thin-film solar cells is skyrocketing for large-scale solar photovoltaic plants in hot climate regions like Southern Europe.

Photovoltaic modules fabricated using the 2nd-generation thin-film solar cells manufactured on this new production line feature an industry-leading 9% module conversion efficiency and high 128 W power output. Also, making the substrates larger and boosting power output means fewer modules are required for a given installation than before, making it possible to reduce the cost of installed systems. This can be expected to lower the cost of generating electricity.

These modules will first be shipped to large solar power generating plants in Europe where demand has been expanding rapidly.

Sharp has invested approximately 22 billion yen in this current production capacity increase, and is introducing this new production line capable of handling large glass substrates the same size as those to be used in a new thin-film solar cell plant slated to become operational in fiscal 2009 (at Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture; below, the “new plant”).

Sharp’s aim is to develop production technologies and accumulate know-how based on this production line and establish a production system at the new plant early on for thin-film solar cells that will achieve a module conversion efficiency of 10%, and lead to their subsequent development around the world.

Sharp will invest approximately 72 billion yen in the first phase of development at the new plant to establish a production system with an annual capacity of 480 MW.

As attention is being focused on the depletion of fossil fuels and the problems of global warming, solar cells are expected to form the core of new sources of energy. As a leading company providing total solar solutions based on solar cells, Sharp will be working proactively to develop new solar technologies and boost production in the future.

Sharp expands Second-Generation Aquos Blu-Ray Disc Player with advanced Feature set

Sharp expands its Blu-ray family with the availability of the AQUOS® BD-HP50U Blu-ray Disc player that provides Full HD 1080p digital output. When paired with an AQUOS HDTV Liquid Crystal television, the BD-HP50U enables consumers to enjoy the latest Blu-ray Disc titles, as well as standard-definition DVDs, in the highest resolution possible.

The BD-HP50U houses several features that enable custom installations. The player can be managed by external control systems via the built-in RS-232C port. An IR input allows the unit to be controlled wirelessly through a remote sensor. The player can then be placed out of sight in a cabinet or closet for a custom installation. Additionally, a stylish powered front door includes on-unit controls and resonates high style design and quality.

The BD-HP50U supports BD-ROM Profile 1.1, which allows consumers to view additional content available on Blu-ray titles – including movie trailers, special subtitles, and director commentary – without stopping the movie. Additional content available on Blu-ray discs includes games, subtitles and audio tracks.

“The interactive features of the Blu-ray Disc format bring a new level of enjoyment to the high-definition movie experience,” said Bruce Tripido, associate vice president, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp Electronics Corporation. “With the new BD-HP50U, consumers can tap into supplemental information without leaving the movie.”

The BD-HP50U comes with state-of-the-art HDMI™ 1.3 digital output, which allows users to send the highest resolution video and audio signals possible to an AQUOS TV via a single cable. The player supports next-generation audio and video options available via HDMI 1.3, including x.v.Color, which expands the range of colors available. The BD-HP50U also supports Lip Sync, which automatically adjusts audio and video signal processing times to remove lip synch errors.

The BD-HP50U is compatible with the latest high-definition digital audio formats. The player outputs the most advanced lossless surround-sound formats including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS HD via HDMI digital output. The player also decodes Dolby Digital Plus, which provides optimum surround sound for appropriately equipped receivers. Additionally, the player boasts Sharp’s proprietary Quick Start* feature, which takes viewers from disc loading to viewing in less than 10 seconds. JPEG Viewing lets users view their favorite digital images from their CD collection on screen in a slide show format.

The BD-HP50U outputs 1920 x 1080 video at 24 frames per second, matching the frame rate of the original film. This feature eliminates the need for frame-rate conversion that can cause motion artifacts on film-based material and degrade image quality. Sharp’s built-in AQUOS LINK™ feature allows users to seamlessly control HDMI-connected products via an AQUOS LCD TV screen using a single remote control.

The player is compatible with a wide range of formats including BD-ROM/RE/R, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R and audio CDs. Key components of the BD-HP50U, including the Blu-ray laser pick up assembly and drive unit, were built by Sharp, reflecting the company’s goal of creating exceptional products from high-performance devices.

Pricing and Availability

  • The BD-HP50U is available now for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $449.99.

For more information on Sharp’s full line of home theater products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP.

Sharp is introducing two new mini-audio systems to its broad mini- and micro-audio line

Sharp is introducing two new mini-audio systems to its broad mini- and micro-audio line. The CD-DK890N and CD-DK891N models are designed to deliver powerful sound and advanced features to meet the needs of today’s music enthusiasts. iPod® connectivity and front-panel Audio input lead the list of features that make Sharp music systems among the most advanced models available.

“We have found that consumers want a wide range of audio playback options in order to share their favorite music that is saved on different devices,” said Bob Pleyer, senior product marketing manager, audio, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp. “Sharp’s shelf systems deliver the powerful, pristine sound you’d expect from a high-quality audio system along with additional playback features designed to meet the needs of a broad range of users.”

Mini-Audio Systems
Leading Sharp’s powerful mini-audio system line are the new stylish, yet practical CD-DK890N and CD-DK891N. These models offer the ideal audio solution for almost any environment. A built-in iPod-docking slot allows users to play their music collection and charge their iPod at the same time. Available in black (CD-DK890N) and silver finish (CD-DK891N), the 250-watt systems include a two-way speaker system for precise, clean sound with X Bass for added bass response. These mini-audio systems also feature a five-disc CD changer that allows users to swap out four discs while a fifth is playing for uninterrupted music as well as a digital AM/FM tuner with 40 presets and a full-logic dual cassette deck. The audio systems are compatible with multiple formats including CD-R/CD-RW, MP3 and WMA.

Sharp’s mini-audio system line continues with the 600-watt CD-G14000, which divides amplifier power between left and right speakers and a powered flashing subwoofer. A five-tray CD changer allows users to switch discs while another is playing, and the versatile player handles music CDs and CD-R/RW discs along with MP3 and WMA files. For even more flexibility, the CD-G14000 offers AM/FM radio with 40 station presets and a full-logic double cassette deck.

In the mini component system line, the CD-SW340 offers Sharp’s Music Port for playback of MP3s in addition to CDs. With the five-disc CD changer, users can swap out four discs while the fifth is playing for a seamless listening experience. The 500-watt system includes two speakers and a passive subwoofer for extended bass. Multi-colored lights on the front speakers and subwoofer flash along with the music. Additional audio sources include an AM/FM tuner with 40 station presets and a full-logic dual cassette deck.

The CD-MPX880 is a 125-watt-per-channel mini component system with Music Port for playback of MP3s. The system includes a five-disc CD changer that keeps playing while users change discs that can be standard CDs or CD-R discs with MP3 or WMA files. The two-line text display reads CD tagging information. Additional sources include AM/FM radio with 40 station presets and a full-logic double cassette deck.

Micro-Audio Systems
The 160-watt XL-DK257N and 64-watt XL-DK227N micro-audio systems combine powerful audio technology with the hip functionality of an iPod docking system, providing playing and charging functions from a sleek pocket-style dock. Stealth single-tray CD players are compatible with multiple formats and music codes including CD-R/CD-RW, MP3 and WMA. Amplifier power provides 80 watts per channel for the XL-DK257 and 32 watts per channel for the XL-DK227. The AM/FM digital tuner offers 40-station random preset memory. The 6-mode Preprogrammed Electronic Equalizer enables users to tailor sound to their preferences. Bass boost is provided by the X-BASS (Extra Bass) System.

All music systems in the Sharp 2008 line are ENERGY STAR®-compliant. They include clock and sleep timers and full-function remote controls.

Pricing and Availability

  • The CD-DK890N is available now for an MSRP of $199.99.
  • The CD-DK891N is available now for an MSRP of $199.99.
  • The CD-G14000 is available now for an MSRP of $329.99.
  • The CD-SW340 is available now for an MSRP of $229.99.
  • The CD-MPX880 is available now for an MSRP of $159.99.
  • The XL-DK257 is available now for an MSRP of $159.99.
  • The XL-DK227 is available now for an MSRP of $139.99.

For more information on Sharp’s full audio systems line, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP.

SHARP LAUNCHES NEW 19-INCH AQUOS® LCD TV WITH WIDESCREEN CAPABILITY

Sharp Electronics continues to play a leading role in the industry transition to digital television by showcasing a new 19-inch (18 ½” diagonal) screen class widescreen AQUOS® model, the LC-19D45U LCD TV. Boasting a true 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366 x 768 resolution and a distinctive small footprint, the LC-19D45U delivers a stunning high-definition picture in a screen size that’s perfect for secondary viewing spaces including kitchens, bedrooms and offices.

“Today’s consumers are placing more TVs in rooms outside of the main family room, such as the kitchen, and even the bathroom, but still want to be able to display movies and HDTV programming in their original widescreen format,” said Bruce Tripido, associate vice president, marketing, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp. “With this new widescreen 19-inch TV, we are able to bring that full-screen, high-definition experience to smaller TVs so consumers don’t have to sacrifice viewing quality anywhere in the home.”

As more programming becomes available in the 16:9 format, widescreen TVs enable consumers to view movies and popular TV programming in the original aspect ratio without the appearance of distracting black bars. The LC-19D45U provides a 16:9 viewing experience for smaller TVs, and can expand 4:3 format content to fill the entire screen. The LC-19D45U includes ATSC/NTSC tuners to receive off-air broadcasts as well as a QAM tuner for digital cable programming.*

Design flexibility makes the LC-19D45U a solid choice for a variety of rooms and a carry handle allows easy movement to other locations in the home. A PC input enables consumers to use the screen as both a TV and a PC monitor. Bottom-firing speakers beneath the screen help keep the width of the screen to a minimum. In addition, the stand is detachable, so consumers can either place the TV on a table or mount it to a wall with proper accessories, including the Sharp AN-PSMARM articulating bracket. Wide 176-degree viewing angles allow placement of the TV almost anywhere in any room of the house.

Like all AQUOS TVs, the LC-19D45U features a slim design with a thin bezel and striking piano black finish, making it an attractive, yet understated addition to any decor. The 50,000-hour lamp life gives consumers the peace of mind that they’ll be able to enjoy their TV for many years to come. The high-brightness LCD panel ensures that the TV can be placed near windows, doors or light sources and still display a bright image at any time of day. To help reduce energy costs, the LC-19D45U offers Optical Picture Control (OPC) to automatically adjust the picture to match the brightness of the room.

The LC-19D45U includes an array of performance and convenience features led by an HDMI™ input for single-cable audio/video connection to DVD players, cable boxes and other digital devices. The remote control features a large clock display and a built-in On/Off timer, which can be used as a sleep timer or alarm clock in a bedroom or as a timer for the kitchen. Additional remote control functions include a backlight display for viewing in dim lighting conditions, a magnetic back that can affix to a metal surface such as a refrigerator, and three long-range transmitters, which enable users to control the TV from various spots in a room without pointing the remote at the unit.

Pricing and Availability

  • The LC-19D45U is available now at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $549.99.

For more information on Sharp’s full line of Liquid Crystal Televisions, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, NJ, 07495-1163, or call 800-BE-SHARP.

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