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Sharp Cranks Out WiSA and Bluetooth Audio Options at CES 2014

By Rachel Cericola

The CES booth for Sharp Electronics is pretty loud this week. Aside from all of the new TVs, the company is showing off 10 (!) new audio products for 2014.

The new lineup includes a few soundbars, but it's mostly about making things wireless -- well, musical things. There are products with Bluetooth and NFC, but one of the highlights is the new Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association-compliant Universal Player.Also known as the SD-WH1000U, this is Sharp's first WiSA-based player. It promises uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz and full 1080p HD video, all without wires. Shipping this spring, the SD-WH1000U WiSA-Compliant Universal Player has an MSRP of $3999.99, with the VR-WR100U WiSA-Compliant Wireless Bridge selling for $599.99.

Sharp also has a pair of Bluetooth-enabled soundbars. The HT-SB602 is designed for screens 60 inches and up, with the HT-SB30 geared towards TVs that start at 40 inches. The HT-SB602 is a 2.1-channel, 310-watt system, which includes a wireless subwoofer. Also, because it has Bluetooth, you can stream music from any Bluetooth-capable device, without wires. Other features include NFC, two HDMI inputs, 3D sound support, Dolby and DTS decoding, and an optical input. The HT-SB602 soundbar will be available this spring, with an MSRP of $499.99. The HT-SB30 soundbar package is actually selling now, for $179.99.

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The SD-WH1000U is Sharp's first Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association-compliant Universal Player.

Sharp will also have three additional Bluetooth-enabled products for the year. The GX-BT7 is a 2.1-channel speaker with Bluetooth and NFC support, as well as two subwoofers that slide open as soon as the unit is turned on.

The DK-KP85P is more of a "slim micro system," with Bluetooth built in. Designed for smaller spaces like the office, den and/or bedroom, this system has a top-mounted Lightning dock, a USB input, a CD drive, an audio input, an AM/FM tuner, and an iPad stand.

Last in the new Bluetooth-enabled lineup is the XL-HF202P. This component system has separate speakers, a Lightning dock, a USB input, a CD drive, an audio input, and an AM/FM tuner. Also worth noting is that this setup does include Pro speaker binding posts, a video output, a subwoofer output terminal, and an iPad stand.

Both the GX-BT7 and the XL-HF202P will start selling this spring for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively. The DK-KP85P will arrive sometime this month, with an MSRP of $199.99.

If you don't need more wireless devices in your life, Sharp also has the CD-DH950P ($239.99) and CD-DHS1050P ($279.99) Mini Component Systems, as well as the GX-M10 Portable Audio System ($349.99). All three are selling now.

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The HT-SB602 soundbar is designed for TV screens that are 60 inches and up.

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