Sharp has a new wireless high resolution audio player, the SD-W1000H. It can handle 7.1 channels of audio and wirelessly transmit them to a receiving device wirelessly. It can handle a host of file formats including FLAC, WAV, MP3, DSP, CD, SACD and BD discs.
Sharp today revealed its upcoming home entertainment products, which continue to focus on big-screen HDTVs, with new ultra high definition (UHD, or 4K) screens coming this fall. But it also unveiled a new wireless audio device for high-end sound systems.
The Sharp SD-W1000H Wireless High Resolution Audio Player is what Sharp claims to be "the world's first high resolution audio solution." It uses the Wireless Speakers and Audio (WiSA) standard to transmit 7.1 channels of 24-bit, 96kHZ uncompressed audio to a receiving device without wires. It uses the 5.2-5.8GHz band, separate from Wi-Fi, to reduce interference when transmitting such dense data streams. It can also transmit high-definition video wirelessly over Intel's longer-established WiDi standard.
The SD-W1000H can read a wide variety of digital and physical media, including FLAC, WAV, MP3, and DSP file formats and CD, SACD, and Blu-ray optical discs. It can access files through USB hard drives and networked computers. Smartphone and tablet users can control the player with iOS and Android apps.
Sending uncompressed 7.1-channel audio wirelessly isn't cheap, though. The SD-W1000H will retail for $4,999 when it ships this September, and the accompanying VR-WR100U Wireless Bridge will retail for $999.
Sharp also announced its newest line of Aquos 4K HDTVs, the UD27 series. It features four HDMI 2.0 ports, HEVC (H.265) compatibility for streaming 4K content, and Netflix 4K support. Sharp also expects the line to get THX 4K certification, which is currently pending.
The UD27 line will be available in a 60-inch model for $2,999 and a 70-inch model for $4,499. Both models will ship this September.
Sharp's popular 650 series of 1080p HDTVs is also getting an upgrade. The new Sharp Aquos 600 line features Sharp's new SmartCentral 3.0 smart TV platform and a thinner, 0.4-inch bezel. It will also ship in September, with retail prices of $1,199 for the 60-inch model and $1,999 for the 70-inch model.