Sharp's Integrated Blu-Ray LCD TV: The LC46BD80U, LC52BD80U, and the LC32BD60U

This April, Sharp will launch three new LCD televisions that feature integrated Blu-ray disc players, giving consumers the option to purchase a total high-definition package that eliminates the need for a separate set-top box; a nice perk considering TV sets no longer have tops on which to put such boxes anyway.
By , Last updated on: 12/3/2014

Though Sharp seems to be holding onto specific details about the player itself, we can extrapolate from the lack of an Ethernet port that these LCD TVs are equipped with a profile 1.1 Blu-ray disc player, meaning it is capable of utilizing "Bonus View" functionality on select discs, but cannot make use of the Internet-based "BD Live" features. Frankly, we don't think that's much of a big deal, as "BD Live" has not proved itself to be an essential part of the Blu-ray experience.

The Sharp AQUOS LC32BD60U is the "entry-level" model, a 32-inch LCD television with full HD 1080p resolution and a fairly reasonable price tag, as well. Of course, the real attraction to this stylish set is the integrated Blu-ray Disc Player, a slot-loading disc drive accessible on the side of the screen. By combining the HDTV and the Blu-ray player, Sharp helps to minimize the amount of space your entertainment center takes up, though the little bulge of the disc player on the back of the set could pose mounting problems. It's about 5.4-inches thick.

The Sharp AQUOS LC46BD80U is a step up from the 32-inch model, building on the solid foundation of 1080p resolution with the addition of the much ballyhooed 120Hz refresh rate, for smoother, more realistic handling of films and fast-moving action. The LC46BD80U features the same slot-loading Blu-ray disc player on the side of the screen, and throws in an extra HDMI port (for a total of four) for your high-definition accessories. The LC46BD80U is 5.5-inches thick.

The Sharp AQUOS LC52BD80U is virtually identical to the 46-inch model save a few minor differences. It's larger, yes, but has the same number of HDMI inputs (four), the same integrated slot-loading Blu-ray disc player, the 1080p resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It's actually the thinnest of the three TVs, though not by much at 5.1-inches. While we're very excited about having a complete entertainment package included on such a large television, that price tag is going to have to drop pretty significantly if Sharp hopes to make a dent. These days, $2,299 is outside of the average consumer's budget.


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