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Sharp Showcases Flat-Panel 1-BIT Digital Home Theater Systems

MAHWAH, N.J. — Sharp Electronics is helping custom installers attract new customers with simple and elegant home theater options provided by the world’s first vertical 1-Bit audio home theater systems. Unlike traditional home theaters, these high-quality systems use minimal space by combining DVD, CD, SACD and DVD-A into a single unit that can easily be mounted on a wall or placed on a narrow shelf. Designed for audio enthusiasts who prefer to choose their own speakers, or already own a high-quality surround sound speaker system, these models give installers the flexibility to create neat, attractive installations, with speakers that best fit into the room and their own business priorities.

“Our savvy retailers have recognized these 1-Bit systems match the style of flat-panel TVs while delivering exceptional sound previously available only with audio and video separate components. To take advantage of this sales opportunity, they are showcasing the products together in their stores as an elegant and affordable all-in-one theater solution that can be seamlessly installed in any room,” said Jason Gastman, senior audio product manager, Sharp. “For the consumer, these packages simplify the shopping experience. For the retailer, the systems represent a new and profitable business opportunity by offering custom level design and performance with quick and efficient installation. Additionally, sophisticated do-it-yourself enthusiasts can easily integrate these 1-Bit systems into a living room, bedroom or home theater.”

SD-HX600 and SD-HX500
The SD-HX500 and SD-HX600 feature a powerful 100-watt-per-channel amplifier section and main unit with a unique vertical design that hides the DVD/CD player behind a brushed silver front panel. The vertical orientation of the amplifier section and disc unit means these products are ideal to be placed on a shelf, or wall mounted with the included brackets. The SD-HX600 integrates sophisticated video switching capabilities into the design of the SD-HX500 by adding an audio/video selector system, which houses the inputs away from the main unit for a clean, clutter-free appearance.

The stylish amplifier and disc units are made of anodized aluminum and polished, transparent Plexiglas, while strategically-placed blue LEDs illuminate the sleek side controls. A smooth silver rotary-volume control on the disc unit rounds out the extraordinary design. On both models, rear-mounted speaker terminals are hidden in any installation, featuring sturdy binding posts that easily connect the latest high performance speaker cables.

SD-PX2
The new SD-PX2 is a compact home theater system that integrates five 35-watt 1-Bit amplifiers and the SACD/DVD-A playback into a single unit. The DVD/CD disc mechanism uses a polished door that slides to the right to expose the disc bay, then returns to seal the mechanism against dust. A Plexiglas side panel and blue LED complement the anodized frame and identify the burnished side-mounted controls. A large rotary volume control rounds out this unique design.

About 1-Bit Technology
1-Bit produces flawless, high-resolution sound, enabling the SD-HX500 and SD-HX600 systems to sample audio signals at an ultra-high speed rate of 5.6 MHz or 128 times faster than a CD. The faster sampling rate ensures that the SD-HX600 and SD-HX500 will produce excellent transient response, providing accurate reproduction of fast, percussive sounds and complex multi-instrumental timbres. The SD-PX2 utilizes a high-speed sampling rate of 2.8MHz. All units include Dolby Digital and DTS decoders along with a full set of controls that optimize sound balance and bass management.
For more information on Sharp’s full line of 1-Bit products, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp’s Web site at sharpusa.com.

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Sharp Electronics Corporation is the Mahwah, N.J.-based marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multifunctional office solutions, solar energy and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit digital audio products, SharpVision projection products, Carousel microwaves, IMAGER digital multifunctional systems, and Notevision multimedia projectors. Sharp Electronics Corporation employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the U.S. supporting more than 50 product lines.

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