When Sharp does a product release it doesn't fool around, today announcing no less than 15 new additions to the venerable AQUOS
lineup: nine LCDs, four DVRs, and a pair of TV stands with built-in receivers and speakers. The displays can be broken down into two general categories -- those with side-mounted speakers and those with speakers underneath the screen -- and then further subdivided by resolution, with seven of the sets sporting 1,366 x 768 pixels and the other two (both 37-inchers) rocking a full 1080p. Models with speakers on the bottom come in 20-, 26-, 32-, and 37-inch varieties, while side-speaker units are available in 26-, 32-, or 37-inch flavors, with both types offering the 37-incher in your choice of resolutions. The higher-res sets also offer a better sound system, higher contrast ratios (1500:1 as opposed to 1200:1), and an extra HDMI port -- though every model sports at least one HDMI and one DVI input. Turning to the DVRs, the top of the line DV-ACW38 offers two digital tuners, one analog tuner, and an 800GB hard drive capacity, while the other three only have two tuners (one each of digital and analog) and rock either 400GB or 250GB HDDs (one of the two 250GB models also includes an antiquated VHS deck). With the two stands -- differentiated by the speaker placement on the LCDs they're meant to hold, and similar to one we saw from Sony
not too long ago -- you're getting a digital receiver, two 1-inch tweeters, two 2.5-inch mids, and a 6-inch subwoofer, if not the most attractive design. As far as pricing goes, the LCDs range from 140,000 yen ($1,220) for the 20-incher up to 380,000 yen ($3,300) for either 1080p 37-inch model, the DVRs start at 100,000 yen ($870) and top off at 190,000 yen ($1,650), and either stand can be had for about 130,000 yen ($1,130). The entire lineup will be released steadily between September 1st and October 23rd, though for now, it looks like Japanese consumers will be the only ones picking these up. Keep on reading for exciting pics of both the DVRs and the multimedia stand...