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Sharp BD-HP75U 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
3.5 Stars
Value
3.5 Stars
Overall
3.5 Stars

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Sharp_BD-HP75U_Blu-ray_player_review.jpgHigh Points
• The BD-HP75U supports 3D playback.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP.
• The player comes with a USB WiFi adapter.
• Sharp's Web platform includes Netflix, VUDU, YouTube, and Pandora. DLNA media streaming is also supported.
• The BD-HP75U offers RS-232 and IP control.

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.
• 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.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Sharp BD-HP75U with its competition by reading the reviews for the Onkyo BD-SP309, Panasonic DMP-BDT210, and Sony BDP-S580. Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
The BD-HP75U's $250 price point lands it in a crowded field of 3D-capable players. While this model offers a generally solid features package, there are similarly priced models that go a bit farther--offering things like integrated WiFi, dual HDMI outputs, 2D-to-3D conversion, internal memory for BD-Live, and Skype capability. The BD-HP75U does offer RS-232 for easier integration into an advanced control system, which is less common at this price. Plus, this player's street price dips a bit lower than other players with the same MSRP. Basically, if you're looking for a logical mate to your Sharp 3DTV or projector, want the streaming VOD basics, and appreciate the inclusion of RS-232, then the BD-HP75U is worth a look.

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