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Sharp BD-HP25U 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
3.5 Stars
Value
4.5 Stars
Overall
4 Stars

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Sharp_BD-HP25U_3D_Blu-ray_player_review.jpgHigh Points
• The BD-HP25U supports 3D playback.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP.
• The player is WiFi-ready, with an optional USB adapter.
• Sharp's Web platform includes Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, and Pandora. DLNA media streaming is also supported.

Low Points
• This model does not include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3DTV and A/V receiver. It lacks 2D-to-3D conversion and advanced 3D image adjustments.
• It lacks analog A/V outputs, so it's not the best choice for someone who owns an older HDTV or A/V receiver.
• WiFi is not built-in; it requires an add-on adapter that costs about $50.
• The player lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content.
• Sharp's Web platform isn't as extensive or customizable as some of its competitors.
• There's no advanced control port like RS-232.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Sharp BD-HP25U with its competition by reading the reviews for the Panasonic DMP-BDT110, Sony BDP-S580, Toshiba BDX5200, and Vizio VBR333. Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
With a street price under $140, the BD-HP25U represents a very good value for a 3D Blu-ray player with streaming VOD capabilities. It's a logical mate for a Sharp 3D-capable TV or projector. Sharp's Web platform doesn't have as many options as you can get from the competition, but the big-name services--Netflix, VUDU (with Apps), and YouTube--are here. The step-up BD-HP35U comes with the WiFi USB adapter and adds IP control, and its street price is only about $10-$15 higher, which makes it an even better deal. If there's any chance you might want a wireless network connection in the future, I recommend you spend a little more now to get the 35U.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from Home Theater Review's staff.
• Find a 3D HDTV in our 3D HDTV Review section.
• Explore LED HDTVs and Plasma HDTVs to pair with the Sharp BD-HP25U.
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