Sharp Rolls Out the World's First Wireless High Resolution Audio Player
by Helena Stone
High-fidelity sound no longer requires expensive cables and complex wiring. Wireless sound can now exceed the quality of wired systems. For audiophiles seeking a wireless solution, Sharp has introduced the Sharp Wireless High Resolution Audio Player, the only product in the world that can deliver High Resolution audio wirelessly.
Sharp is releasing the Sharp Wireless High Resolution Audio Player (SD-WH1000U), a brand, new wireless high res audio player promising high-fidelity sound. This new player will be compatible with an extremely wide variety of digital and physical media formats: its optical drive can play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs, while home networking and two USB ports enable FLAC, WAV and MP3 playback. Regardless of the source, however, the sound quality will be better than ever before -- thanks to the WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) standard, which focuses on interoperability between devices and avoids the use of congested Wi-Fi for its wireless connection.
Sharp's new Wireless High Resolution Audio Player can support 7.1 channel surround sound, and transmit audio at an incredible 24-bit/96 kHz. How? One way is by using the 5.2-5.8 GHz frequency band instead of the 2.4 GHz band. The 2.4 GHz band is used by Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices, as well as common household items like microwaves and baby monitors. Long story short, your home is filled with things that will interfere with audio systems transmitting on the 2.4 GHz band -- 5.2-5.8 GHz, not so much. That means your audio will come through clean and uninhibited.
Sharp's covered all the bases here. The 5.2-5.8 GHz band is used primarily by government radar systems, so interference is unlikely -- but what the heck, just in case the government is using a channel in that band, the Wireless Audio Player will detect that interference and use a different channel. No matter what, your audio will come through loud and clear, like it should be.
Let's not forget about video. Sharp's new player can read Blu-ray discs and DVDs, after all. It also has Wireless HD (WiHD) support, so you can wirelessly stream 1080p video with an included adapter for your TV. That means picture-perfect image quality to match the crystal-clear audio coming out of your speakers without any wires or cables.
The magic can happen, with either a WiSA-compliant set of speakers or you can use your existing speakers and Sharp's Wireless Bridge. Once you do, you can hear the beauty of high resolution audio with Sharp's new Wireless High Resolution Audio Player, capable of transmitting, uncompressed, lossless audio to each of those speakers without wires.
About the Author
Helena Stone holds a Masters in Digital Imaging and Design from New York University and has a background in the computer graphics and social media fields. Helena started Chip Chick in 2004, the first blog to heavily feature technology catered towards women. Chip Chick has grown to be recognized as one of the leading influential sites and is listed amongst Technorati's Top 100 Technology and Gadget blogs.