Posted Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 01:30 PM PST by Mike Attebery
The new HTiB from Sharp includes a Blu-ray player, a subwoofer, a soundbar and a pair of rear speakers. It doesn’t seem like much, but for the price it’s a pretty impressive setup.
Sharp just may have hit the nail on the head when it comes to HTiBs. They know there’s a certain type of customer out there that wants all the features of a system built of separates, but doesn’t have the time to invest in discovering what the best setup might be. HTiB buying customers have long had to settle for baseline features and performance, but as Bruce Tripido of Sharp says, “Sharp wants to simplify the home entertainment experience for consumers.”
The BD-MPC41 eliminates some of the more troublesome aspects of home theater setup. A soundbar takes the place of center, left and right speakers, and the Blu-ray player takes care of some basic receiver functions. A subwoofer is still included, as are a pair of wired rear speakers.
Where this HTiB really shines is in its functionality. Want to stream Netflix? The BD-MPC41 does that. It plays MP3s and displays JPEGs, but that’s not all.
Otherwise unheard of in a lower price home theater in a box, Sharp delivers Audyssey audio features. Audyssey BASS XT is there to help you get the most out of your subwoofer, and Audyssey Dynamic Volume takes care of those loud commercials. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is included as well, to keep sounds from fluctuating at higher and lower volumes.
The BD-MPC41 will be available this spring for $749.
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