To go with Sharp’s big new TV lineup, the company also announced a glut of fresh audio tech, including sound bars, a wireless speaker and audio-compliant universal player system, and a portable audio system that can easily be integrated into any home setup. Each new audio product spans a wide range of consumer interests—and best of all, most of them are in the realm of affordability. Five of Sharp’s new products are equipped with Bluetooth, including two of its sound bars, and three new gadgets that are NFC-equipped.
Sharp’s big headliner is its wireless speaker and audio-compliant universal play system; the company’s Universal Player is capable of transmitting uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz and video at Full HD without the need for wires; the first ever to do so, according to Sharp. Because of their capabilities, Sharp’s new WiSa-compliant products—a universal player and wireless bridge—will come at a pretty hefty cost, putting them out of reach for most consumers; the Universal Player will start at $3,999, while the Wireless Bridge will be available for $599. Both will hit the market in spring of this year.
Other audio products announced in Sharp’s new lineup include two sound bars, bluetooth speakers, a bluetooth-compatible micro system and a few mini component systems. The prices for these devices range from as low as $179 for Sharp’s HT-SB30 sound bar, up to $499 for the company’s other sound bar; Sharp’s Bluetooth speaker will start at $199, while its new portable audio system will go for $349.