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Sharp WiSA-certified Universal Player Streams Uncompressed Audio, Video Wirelessly

The Sharp Universal Player, a 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the High Performance Home Audio category, can play CDs, SACDs, DVDs and Blu-rays and transmits uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz all without the cable clutter.


Sharp Universal Player

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Sharp is focusing on more than just its 2014 TV lineup at CES this week. Sharp has unveiled the SD-WH1000U Universal Player and Wireless Bridge, the first Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association-compliant Universal Player system.

The Sharp Universal Player, a 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the High Performance Home Audio category, can play CDs, SACDs, DVDs and Blu-rays and transmits uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz all without the cable clutter.

The Universal Player features three HDMI inputs, two USB ports and can connect to the Internet. It can be set up as part of a complete WiSA-compliant ecosystem, using internal transmitters to connect with up to eight WiSA-compliant speakers (up to 7.1 channel surround sound) or a Sharp WiSA-compliant Wireless Bridge (VR-WR100U) to pair it with a client’s own amplifier and speaker.

“Sharp has legacy of revolutionizing the TV industry and is doing the same in audio, with the introduction of a new high resolution audio product,” says Jim Sanduski senior VP for strategic product marketing at Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America. “Now, the capability of the Sharp Universal Player will revolutionize the way home audio and home theater systems are configured. The combination of wireless uncompressed audio and wireless Full HD video transmission will create an unparalleled high end viewing experience in your home.” 

“Customers want the convenience, ease and quality wireless home theater components and speakers offer,” says Jim Venable, president of the WiSA Association. “We are thrilled Sharp will be bringing the first WiSA-compliant Universal Player to CES.”

The WiSA-compliant SD-WH1000U Sharp Universal Player costs $3,999.99, and the WiSA-compliant Sharp Wireless Bridge (VR-WR100U) will have an MSRP of $599.99.  Both will begin shipping in the spring of 2014.





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