Sharp To Ship Aquos LCD/Blu-ray Combos

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Mahwah, N.J. — Sharp will ship in January a pair HD Aquos LCD TVs with integrated Blu-ray Disc players, according to Mike Troetti, Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America (SEMCA) president.

The first sets slated to arrive next month and will have screen sizes of 32 and 42 inches. The 42-inch model will feature 1080p Full HD resolution and 120Hz frame-rate processing. Both will include a multi-slot loading mechanism for Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs.

Troetti said the products will be targeted at consumers looking for wall-mounting applications and those who need less clutter on tabletop placements and in secondary rooms such as bedrooms and dorms.

News of the sets was first hinted at during a press conference in Japan last October, when Sharp announced the launch of a new series of Aquos sets with integrated Blu-ray Disc recorders for the Japanese market.

Pricing on the players was not available, although the 42-inch model is expected to see a suggested retail of less than $2,000.


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