It's taking longer than some competitors to get its 3D feet wet, and its Quattron lineup hasn't set the world on fire, as its shrinking U.S. market share reveals, but Sharp is finally releasing its first 3D video products, including a pair of LED-based LCD HDTVs and two Blu-ray players.
Sticking with the Quattron name, Sharp is offering the Aquos Quattron LC-52LE925UN (52-inch) and LC-60LE925UN (60-inch). Each comes with a pair of 3D glasses, which also allow you to watch 2D programming with the press of a button -- in case you're too lazy to remove the specs. The new Quattrons include jargon-y features like quad pixel, frame rate enhanced driving, and LED backlight side-mount scanning technology, as well as Aquos Net, which gives you access to streaming video apps from Netflix and Vudu via the built-in Ethernet port or included USB Wi-Fi adapter. All of this can be yours for a cool $4,199.99 for the LC-52LE925UN and $5,299.99 for the LC-60LE925UN, both of which are now available.
If you already have a 3D set, but no 3D disc player, Sharp also has you covered with the new BD-HP80U and BD-HP90U Blu-ray players. They come with the usual features, including built-in wireless connectivity and support for DivX HD-format discs, though the BD-HP90U sports RS232 support for high-end remote control systems and can also operate vertically for maximum coolness. You'll of course pay more for those accoutrements -- $499.99, versus $429.99 for the BD-HP80U.