Sharp Announces Universal Player and Wireless Bridge at CES 2014

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Sharp Wireless Audio and Video System

The innovators at Sharp have developed the Universal Player and Wireless Bridge, the first Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA™) Association- compliant Universal Player system. The Sharp Universal Player (SD-WH1000U) is the first Sharp component to transmit uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz and video at Full HD (1080p) — wirelessly. Unlike previous sound systems that compressed the sound quality, the SD-WH1000U reproduces the source signal without degradation or delay.

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The Universal Player can be set up as part of a complete WiSA-compliant ecosystem — in which this player uses internal transmitters to connect with up to 8 WiSA-compliant speakers (up to 7.1 channel surround sound) or install a Sharp WiSA-compliant wireless bridge system (VR-WR100U) that pairs with a consumer’s own amplifier and speaker. The player can handle SACD and CDs, Blu-ray discs and DVDs and offers 3 HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports and an internet connection to bring a wealth of online and portable device options to the consumer.

The Sharp Universal Player uses the highest quality components to create the ultimate wireless audio and video system for the most discerning audiophile and videophile.

The player’s ultra-rigid disc drive mechanism accurately reads Super Audio CD and standard DVD discs as well as delivering all the data from the even more challenging Blu-ray format. The combination of a dual-core insulated base system and the expanded structure printed circuit board topology eliminates interference from external vibrations and stray signals. New power supply components including custom-tuned enhanced stability capacitors and a powerful yet efficient R-core transformer ensure precise and stable operation.

The WiSA-compliant Sharp Universal Player (SD-WH1000U) will have an MSRP of $3,999.99 and the WiSA-compliant Sharp Wireless Bridge (VR-WR100U) will have an MSRP of $599.99.  Expect to see the Sharp Universal Player and Wireless Bridge at your favorite stores starting in Spring 2014.

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