Recorder built into the TVs.
Sharp reckons that since it launched last November its DX series has “enjoyed high praise and brisk sales for all-in-one convenience offering ease-of-use and the ability to record on Blu-Ray Discs and play back Blu-Ray Discs and conventional DVDs.” We’ll take Sharp’s word for that, backed up as it is by the launch of the DX2 series – boasting improved ease of use and – perhaps more importantly – image quality.
Available in 26in, 32in, 40in, 46in, and 52in sizes the range is split into two with the smaller two DX2s offering a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution, while the larger TVs have Full HD, 1,920 x 180 pixel panels. The largest three DX2s also have Sharp’s High-Picture-Quality Master Engine, which aims to improve the quality of both standard and high definition content
Otherwise, there’s little difference between the various models. Using an extended recording mode up to 30 hours of HD TV footage can be recorded to a dual-layer Blu-ray disc. All the models are internet-connected, giving access to web-based content without the need for a TV. The inclusion of only three HDMI inputs is verging on rude, but the integration of a Blu-ray drive negates the need for so many.
In Japan the DX2 series will launch this September, but UK-centric details aren’t forthcoming. It would be nice to think Sharp will do the decent thing and treat the UK to a little Blu-ray playing convenience, though.