The BD-HP90U, from Sharp, is certainly one of the more interesting looking players on the market. When first seeing the player, its unique design will surely be the first thing that grabs your attention. But on closure inspection you will discover the BD-HP90U is a solid player, filled with the latest features. It has 3D capability, streaming content, high-resolution audio formats, Wireless LAN and much more.
Because of its unique design, Sharp had to sacrifice some of the traditional controls and features found on most players. For example, there is no display screen on the player. This extremely slim player (just 36mm in height) is all about saving space. The BD-HP90U can be mounted to the wall using the 75mm VESA mount and be placed right next to your HDTV. There is also a stand for horizontal and vertical operation.
VIDEO QUALITY: Only a HDMI Output is provided. Assuming most consumers will purchase this player to be used with a 3D HDTV. This should not be a problem, since 3D requires a HDMI connection. It provides Full HD 1080p/24 fps video output on both Blu-ray and 3d Blu-ray discs. And it is equipped with the AQUOS PURE MODE, which optimized your Blu-ray Discs to provide the best possible viewing experience. ( A Sharp AQUOS LCD panel Required)
AUDIO QUALITY: There is an OPTICAL DIGITAL AUDIO OUT terminal, but the HDMI Output will be the main Audio connection for most users. The latest audio high-resolution formats are supported – Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA decoding 7.1-ch via HDMI. These formats can also be transferred externally, in bit-stream, via HDMI to your A/V receiver to decode.
Other features of the BD-HP90U include built-in Wireless and Ethernet Port to easily connect to the internet. Giving you access to BD-Live content and Online Streaming Content such as Netflix, Vudu, and Pandora. There is a USB Port for playing back DIVX HD, JPEG and MP3 files. The BD-HP90U is also equipped with the AQUOS LINK Function (integrates various Sharp’s A/V devices) and a RS-232C port.
THE PROS: The Sharp BD-HP90U Blu-ray Player has great image and audio quality. Providing you with Full HD 1080p/24 fps Video Output. Has decoding and bit-stream output for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA. It also supports the latest 3D technology, allowing you to playback 3D Blu-ray Discs. It has Built-in Wi-Fi giving you easy access to BD-Live content and Online Streaming Services. It has support for Netflix, Vudu and Pandora. A RS-232C Port is available if you want to use Custom Control Devices with the BD-HP90U Blu-ray Player.
THE CONS: The BD-HP90U player does not have any analog audio, Component or Composite connections. This may make connecting the player difficult for those with older audio and video devices without HDMI ports. 3D content is still rare and you will require a 3D HDTV and 3D glasses to view 3D images. With no internal memory, you will need to use a USB device to download BD-Live content.
THE FINAL WORD: The Sharp BD-HP90U Blu-ray Player has many great features. Providing Full HD 3D 1080p video resolution with audio HD formats. Built-in Wi-Fi and RS-232C connections, along with Online Streaming Media Services. It has a very unique design, providing you with many design and lay out options. The player can be mounted to your wall or there is even a stand that will allow you to set the player up horizontally or vertically. Like most of Sharps Blu-ray Players, the BD-HP90U is best when it is paired with other Sharp devices like the AQUOS® Quattron 3D LCD TV. Providing access to great features such as AQUOS PURE Mode. — Price you should look for when purchasing — Under $350.00