Sharp BD-HP80U 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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High Points
• The BD-HP80U supports 3D playback, when mated with other 3D-capable components.
• The player supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView.
• You can wirelessly connect the BD-HP80U to your network.
• The player offers access to Netflix, VUDU, and Pandora.
• The BD-HP80U has a stylish form factor and can \be mounted on the wall.

Low Points

• This model doesn't include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3D TV and A/V receiver.
• It also lacks analog A/V outputs, so it's not a good choice for someone who owns older A/V equipment.
• This player lacks onboard memory to store downloadable BD-Live content.
• You can't stream digital media from a PC or DLNA server,
• The BD-HP80U lacks an advanced control port like RS-232.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Sharp BD-HP80U with its competition by reading the reviews for the Vizio VBR333, the Panasonic DMP-BDT350 and DMP-BDT100, the LG BX580, the Samsung BD-C6900 and BD-C7900, and the Sony BDP-S570. Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
In its first 3D-capable Blu-ray player, Sharp includes worthwhile features like integrated WiFi, a sleek wall-mountable form factor, and a Web platform that includes Netflix, VUDU, and Pandora. However, the company has priced the BD-HP80U notably higher than similarly equipped models, and it lacks higher-end options like dual HDMI outputs and multichannel analog audio outputs. Still, if you're looking for a stylish mate for your new Sharp 3D TV, the BD-HP80U will deliver the essentials.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Explore the 3D HDTV options to pair with the BD-HP80U.

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HTR Product Rating for Sharp BD-HP80U 3D Blu-ray Player

Criteria Rating

Performance

3.5

Value

4

Overall

4

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